Voyage au centre du mystère (Journey to the Centre of a Mystery) 1995
- This review is a crossover review, written in collaboration with Xavier Lechard of At the Villa Rose.
This is a most unusual Holmesian novel, one in which Sherlock Holmes never appears. Nevertheless it is heavily inspired by Holmes and its plot would have been impossible without him. Here, Reouven postulates the survival of the first draft of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This is a manuscript of such concentrated evil that it turns anyone who reads it into a murderer. The novel follows the manuscript from owner to owner in reverse chronological order... culminating with the reveal of its first owner, better known to the world under his nickname: Jack the Ripper!
- Originally published under the pen name "Albert Davidson", derived from Reouven's second name (Albert) and his father's name (David).
Of the untold tales of Sherlock Holmes, some of the most fascinating references involve animals -- unfortunately we never got to hear Dr. Watson's take on these adventures. The most famous of these is perhaps the giant rat of Sumatra. Well, Reouven's take on the Rat is in this collection, as well as the affair of the trained cormorant, the mysterious worm unknown to science, and the red leech. Three of these stories are narrated by Holmes itself, and the other story is set during WWI. In other words, they're somewhat unusual pastiches. Although the stories collected here are individual stories, they tie into each other in unexpected, and often surprising, ways!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is sick and tired of the comparisons made between Sherlock Holmes and C. Auguste Dupin. So he sends his detective back in time (via H. G. Wells' time machine) to Paris in the 1830s. Their mission is to discover whether Poe ripped his story from the headlines, and if so, who was the real-life Dupin? After wrapping things up on the Parisian end, Holmes and Watson are then sent to America, shortly after Poe's death. They investigate the man's untimely death and determine the cause of death, the meaning of the great man's final ramblings, as well as unearthing a surprising connection to the Mary Rogers murder case...
A collection of literary mysteries, each story is dedicated to an author. In the first story, dedicated to Josephine Tey, Holmes finds himself investigating the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. In the second story, dedicated to John Dickson Carr, Holmes investigates the sudden death of Cardinal Tosca, a notorious anti-Semite found dead inside a locked Jewish library. The third story is dedicated to Thomas De Quincey, and it involves Holmes' investigations of the peculiar persecutions levelled towards a tobacconist.
- · This book collects all the Sherlock Holmes stories of René Reouven, both novels and short stories.