Dr. Watson's Charge Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The enigmatic army officer Captain JAC Smethwick is a veteran of the The Charge of the Light Brigade. But when he visits Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson he has more on his mind than the conflict in the Crimea. There is a mystery surrounding the death of his former employer, Lord Cardigan. Smethwick believes that the man responsible for his death is none other than the former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.
Holmes sends Watson off to Deene Park, Lord Cardigan's estate, to investigate and question the victim's widow - the colourful and flirtatious Adeline de Horsey. But Watson starts to uncover an altogether more sinister and complex conspiracy. And rather than unmask the murderer, Watson may become his next victim. The game's afoot - but who is the hunter and who will be the prey?
Patrick Mercer is author of the Doctor Watson series, as well as Men of Honour. A military historian by training, he was decorated four times as an infantry officer and then was the defence correspondent for BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 25 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 22, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #355,582 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#3,007 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,785 in Cozy Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#19,548 in Traditional Detective Mysteries (Books)
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The premise about the Crimean War and the Charge of the Light Brigade was intriguing, and had great potential, especially in light of Dr. Watson's military service in so many regions where we are still fighting today.
The author seemed to have a solid bqckground in the military elements of the story, but I never felt the deep friendship and mutual respect that underlies the Holmes/Watson relationship, despite their frustrations and differences. This Holmes is entirely the supercilious aristocrat, instead of an intelligent loner with difficulty showing emotions, and Watson comes across as rather petty -- and very anachronistic in his frequent references to sexual acts. Yes, he had been a soldier, but no Victorian-era literary narrator would have addressed such salacious material so openly to a general audience, not even in the coy, stilted manner of this book. One or two indirect references would have sufficed, and maintained the illusion that this is a 19th-century story by Dr. John Watson.
Mr. Mercer could have written and meaty novel instead of a rather thin novella, if he had developed the chracters with more depth and subtlety. Simply telling the reader directly about the protagonists' sexual lives is neither as satisfying nor interesting as creating scenes and situations that let the conflicting sexual and personal tensions play out naturally, so that readers can work it out themselves. A book can drip with sexual tension and rivalry by showing that the surface behaviors displayed in the drawing room are distorted by layers of hidden emotion and suppressed conflicts. The character development was done by shortcuts, and shallowly, when it had potential for so much more. Better character development would have filled out a plot that was not quite good enough to sustain the story.
Despite the story weaknesses, reader Barnaby Edwards remained lively and believable, able to differentiate each character and add his own depth where the story lacked it.