Dracula’s Heir & The Crimes of Dr. Watson [Mini Reviews]
1897, Archibald Constable & Company published Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the most famous horror novel of
all time. For reasons still debated by scholars, the first chapter of Dracula was cut from the book just weeks
before publication. Here, it becomes the central clue in a spine-tingling
original interactive mystery.
10 years after the horrific events described in the original novel. Jonathan
and Mina Harker are happily married and enjoying life in Bixby, England.
Meanwhile, their friend Dr. John Seward is tracking a string of crimes that
seems eerily familiar. A 14-year-old girl sleepwalks out of her parents’ house
and disappears into the night. Two “accident victims” are found drained of
their blood, yet there is no crime scene evidence to explain its loss.
vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, all the evidence points to Jonathan Harker.
After all, Harker spent weeks imprisoned in Castle Dracula as a guest of the
Count – was he infected without anyone realising it? Has the mild-mannered
English solicitor spent the last decade lurking in the shadows as a nosferatu?
Or is someone (or something) else
getting away with murder?
including a newspaper, a death certificate, Renfield’s private journal, and the
original first chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula
When you think you’ve solved the crime, you can open the final signature
(sealed at the printer) to test your powers of deduction.
absolutely loved reading this lovely little interactive mystery!
reader is the one solving it, alongside the main character. I loved how it had
clues which you had to pull out and unfold, such as scrunched notes, envelopes
which needed opening and little notebooks. It also had its own newspaper.
Alongside all that fun, there were beautifully detailed illustrations that went
along with the story. I just had to love that aspect of the novella.
was pretty worried before I started reading this one because Dracula is a classic I have come to
adore. I was anxious about someone else writing those characters, and trying to
fit into Stoker’s style. But Stall does a wonderful job. Believe me, if I
hadn’t known better, I would’ve been able to believe that Bram Stoker wrote
this himself as well. Kudos to the author for mastering his writing style and
writing it in a way I could love.
better mystery and more so intriguing than that of the original novel? I did
not guess the culprit myself, although I should’ve been able to, now that I
know what the answer is. I really liked how it involved the previous characters
and how they were accused as well. In fact, the evidence is so convincing that
it’s hard to believe otherwise. But the clues were clever, and tricky, and it
was just fun to read. I especially liked that we get to play along and try to
figure it all out ourselves before the answer is given.
liked how they moved the time on ten years down the line, and how that played
into the story. The ending was definitely haunting – the perfect atmosphere to
leave with the reader after having read such a chilling read.
corpse is discovered in the wreckage—Dr. John H. Watson is arrested and
imprisoned at Coldbath Fields penitentiary. Writing from a cramped and dimly
lit cell, Watson describes the mysterious events leading up to his arrest.
Someone has been mailing him a series of cryptic warnings. His lifelong friend
Sherlock Holmes has vanished in the raging waters of Reichenbach Falls. And
Professor Moriarty’s criminal empire is expanding across Europe and throughout
In a desperate attempt to clear his good name,
Watson has compiled twelve clues that may prove his innocence, including:
• The front page
of a newspaper from Thousand Oaks, California
• A catalog of
Victorian fashions and merchandise
• An empty
matchbook containing cryptic handwritten notes
• The complete
text of “The Final Problem,” Watson’s famous account of the death
of Sherlock Holmes
• Plus a theater
ticket, an arrest report, a railroad timetable, and more
All twelve clues have been painstakingly
reproduced for this volume, along with the complete text of Watson’s manuscript
and specially commissioned illustrations by Homes aficionado Clint Hansen.
was another interactive mystery, but this one was told from the point of view
of Dr. Watson. The novel is about those who find clues to a mystery which
apparently was supposed to be secret, buried and hidden. However, when new
documentation is brought to light, the reader can try and solve the mystery
with some of the clues which are given. This is brilliant for those who are
fans of Sherlock and enjoys these kind of mysteries!
Perhaps even more so than the Dracula novel because these were even more
interactive. For example, there is a paper which has been cut up and burned,
and you get the pieces and have to put them together. Although there are still
notes, newspapers and so on, this has a bit more than the Dracula one did.
I will say that I preferred those in the Dracula mystery more, but these ones
were still able to take my breath away with their beauty. When you have
interaction and beautiful illustrations, it’s hard to label this book as
anything other than a winner.
bit confused. Not when we were getting things from Watson’s point of view, but
when we weren’t. When it was set in the present day, I got all mixed up with
the characters and whose perspective I was reading from. I wish a little more
time had been taken to describe who these people were so I would’ve gotten a
little less mixed up. That took some enjoyment from my reading, but that could
simply be something personal. Maybe others found it easier to follow, so make
sure you go to Goodreads and check out other reviews to be sure!
flew through in a couple of hours. It’s well worth the fun!