Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Review: Seance For A Vampire
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Did you know Sherlock Holmes and Dracula were cousins? No? I'm not giving anything away; it's revealed early on in this charming mystery that reeks of the paranormal and a very famous vampire, indeed. I have to say that I have never read a Sherlock Holmes mystery so I cannot be a judge of whether or not the author has captured that character's voice and style (as well as Watson), but it worked for me. The story is narrated in turns by Watson and Dracula. It is methodical and meticulous with detail, as I'm sure Holmes would appreciate. Fraudulent mediums get caught up in their own hoax as murder, kidnapping and the paranormal enter the picture. At times, Holmes seems to fade into the background, giving Watson center stage, but I didn't mind. It was the mystery that intrigued. Dracula seemed a bit subdued until he revealed his amorous hungers halfway through the book, yet he remains a strange gentleman through and through. The period detail becomes a character itself.
If you're a Holmes fan, you mustn't miss this story. If you've never read Sherlock and his adventures, I feel sure if you love a good mystery, this one will not disappoint. Dracula fans not big on mystery may approach the novel cautiously, but give it a go. Saberhagen's entire Dracula series is not to be missed by any vampire fan. I've also read the Holmes-Dracula File and found it fascinating.
This rerelease of SEANCE FOR A VAMPIRE by Titan Books (originally published in 1994) is under the series title THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES and features a handful of authors and their stories starring Holmes and Watson (but I suspect Saberhagen's is the only one including Dracula).
For those interested, here is a list of all the Dracula books in Saberhagen's series: