The Case of Death and Honey by Neil Gaiman
My Rating 5 of 5 stars
I love Sherlock Holmes and after so many books, movies and television series it is a special treat to read a unique Sherlock Holmes story which adds to the cannon in so many brilliant ways. The marvelous Neil Gaiman provides us with a rare first person point of view, albeit in the form of a letter to John Watson, from the pen of a retired, aging Sherlock Holmes as he visits his brother’s death bed. With all of the bickering and condensation between the brothers over their long history it is heartbreaking to see Sherlock’s acknowledgement of Mycroft’s greatness and the tremendous weight of his loss. (Pun intended) Mycroft’s passing ignites a passion in Holmes to answer one of the greatest mysteries of mankind. I will not flirt with spoilers or the nature of the investigation, which Neil Gaiman so expertly weaves through the alternating point of view of an elderly Chinese beekeeper and Holmes’ journal entries. At a scant 13 pages, The Case of Death and Honey is exquisitely sharp of focus and is a worthy chapter in the history of the world’s greatest detective.