If you’re looking for a bit of light reading over the festive period, then here's the very book for you. "Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys"!!!!
Oh yes, written as a “B-movie” in a book, with a title that would surely make Arthur Conan Doyle turn in his grave, this is actually a collection of 4 stories from author Chris Wood, featuring the legendary detective, his impertinent assistant Dr Watson and a hoard of undead flying simians, which feature predominantly in the first story and turn up to wreak havoc in the subsequent 3.
The first tale “The Flying Zombie Death Monkey’s”, is the main story of the book, and sees the famous crime fighting duo, armed with an unfeasibly large amount of ammunition for a Victorian story, risking life and limb trying to prevent the titular creations of the man with the sinister bonce from taking over London after they decimate parliament.
The Second tale, “A Scandal in Burnley” has Holmes and Watson trying to find the whereabouts of a certain incriminating photo that threatens to embarrass a certain Bavarian nobleman (the motto of the story being, if you are going to have an affair, never photograph yourself with your mistress mooning a scurrilous rebuke to a football team).
The third story “The Pain of the Piano Forted Parts” sees them trying to find who the real culprit was that “knackered” the career of a man who could play the piano using his genitalia and lastly “The Mystery of the Speckled Wang” has the bungling crime fighters embroiled in a tale of murder most foul on a country estate, which is made all the more difficult by attacks by the flying creatures from the first story.
Hugely tongue-in-cheek and filled with humour that would not be out of place in an Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall production, I really had a blast reading this. You can tell straight away from the story’s title what your in for, so if you like daft, tongue in cheek, slapstick humour then this is definitely for you.
This is actually author Chris Wood’s second “Holmes” novel, which is a follow up to “Sherlock Holmes and the Underpants of Death”. I can’t wait to check that one out either!