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A pseudo detective story
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2021
Second story of the world's greatest detective has a decent premise. A soft interlude after the life and death packed initial tale.
However, the chosen setting and detective problem raises a problem of its own.
Much of the story deals with an intricately trapped house and how to reveal the secrets of it.
Unfortunately, unlike a true detective story, we are not given any clues to try to unravel it on our own, instead having been forced to simply passively follow Sherman's adventures.
This clashes with the perceived genre of detective(especially one which draws on Sherlock Holmes fame), where clues are shared with the reader and an implicit race to the correct answer is underlying the plot.
While it was OK for the initial story, the second installment makes certain this is nothing like a detective story, despite the main protagonist.
This lack of cohesion between the characters and the form makes for an annoying read.