Sherlock Holmes: The Tangled Skein
by David Stuart Davies
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is basically Sherlock Holmes versus Dracula, and how you react to that capsule description will tell you most of what you need to know about how you'll feel about the play. My own reaction was more or less, "Well, the two don't really seem to belong in the same universe, but it could be fun."
The story starts off with Holmes dealing with an adversary who's trying to kill him, and who nearly succeeds a couple of times. The plot then takes a turn as Holmes and Watson suddenly have to deal with the more pressing threat of vampires. Of course, the two plots turn out to be connected. Although I find myself wishing that they'd been connected in a more interesting way, or that the original adversary had remained more central to the story, because I thought he was actually more interesting than Dracula. The final showdown between Holmes/Watson and Dracula is suitably dramatic, though.
I like Nick Briggs and Richard Earl as Holmes and Watson, and I thought the more traditional Holmesian parts of this were quite good, so I'll definitely be checking out other titles in Big Finish's Holmes range. View all my reviews