Sherlock Holmes had many secrets. This is the greatest of them.

This collection of four new audio adventures by Jonathan Barnes follows on from his very conspicuous success with The Adventure of the Perfidious Mariner and The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes for Big Finish productions. Once again Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl star as Holmes and Watson.

The blurb: Our knowledge of the life and career of Mr Sherlock Holmes is necessarily partial and inexact. Riddled with lacunae and ambiguities, its parameters are defined chiefly by what his friend and colleague, Dr John Watson, saw fit to record. One era in particular – those enigmatic years in which, believed dead at the Reichenbach Falls, the Great Detective roved the world incognito – has been shrouded in obscurity and doubt, the particulars of that time too terrible and too strange to be set down in full.

At least, that is, until now…

Part One: Poppyland
It is October, 1921. Dr John Watson, now almost seventy, has accustomed himself to a life of retirement. He is surprised, then, to encounter his old friend, Mr Sherlock Holmes, rising out of the early evening mist like a wraith. There are things they have to discuss, he says, matters from the distant past …

Part Two: At the Gates of Shambhala
1892. At the heart of Tibet, a world away from London, where a grieving Dr Watson is battling demons of his own, stands an ancient monastery, abandoned for generations but now the source of rumours of the most peculiar and terrible kind …

Part Three: The Man in the Moonlight
Mr Sherlock Holmes is the kind of man whom it is practically impossible to imagine ever having been a child, so fixed and set is his nature. Yet even he was once an infant, his childhood as fraught with peril as his adult life. That time, long past, still haunts him …

Part Four: The Tragedy of Pargetter Square
Here is where it ends: with a murderer in Pargetter Square, with the detective and a tyrant come face to face in Baker Street …

To order this production, either on CD or as a download, visit the Big Finish website at: Jonathan Barnes’ blog can be found at: Pantisocracy

Director: Ken Bentley
Producer: Nicholas Briggs
Script: Jonathan Barnes

Cast: Nicholas Briggs (Sherlock Holmes/Sherrinford Holmes), Richard Earl (Dr Watson), John Banks (Inspector Lestrade, Colonel Sebastian Moran), Tim Bentinck (Mycroft Holmes), Gemma Whelan (Mary Watson), Jemma Churchill (Helena Eidelmann), Terrence Hardiman (Dr Esau Thorne), Nicholas Chambers (The Reverend Samuel Griffiths), Joannah Tincey (Miss Jessica Hendrick), Dai Tabuchi (Dorje), David Killick (Lord Colney, The Earl of Pettigree)

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28 Responses to THE JUDGEMENT OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Jonathan Barnes

  1. Margot Kinberg says:

    Thanks, Sergio. I must confess to being somewhat of a cranky purist. Honestly, I’m not much of a one for follow-ons. Still, I know some of them are done well….

  2. tracybham says:

    I haven’t even read any of the original Sherlock Holmes stories. All I know about Sherlock I have learned from movies and TV shows. And for some reason I have a block against audio. I am glad to know you will be enjoying them.

    • Sorry audio doesn’t do it for you, TracyK – I don’t like spoken books, but full-cast radio productions with music and effects can be wonderful, better than most TV – as they say, in radio, the sets are better 🙂

  3. Colin says:

    Must look out for these – I’m getting into audio bit by bit. And I have to admit I actually enjoy some of the Holmes pastiches more than Doyle’s stories – probably heretical but there you go.

  4. Only listened to Poppyland so far and it continues the success of the The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes. I heartily recommend these to any Holmes fan – to me, Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl (especially Earl) have become the definitive Holmes and Watson (excluding Cumberbatch, Freeman, Miller and Liu, who don’t really count). One of the few times that I’ve understood the friendship behind the partnership, as I mentioned in my review of Ordeals here

    • I’m with you on this – and I think with Barnes writing the scripts this iteration of the classic characters has well and truly founds its mojo – hope it goes on forever, and seeing that Holmes and Watson are immortal … 🙂

  5. Hate audio books, but love fully-produced stuff like this. It’s a whole different animal.

  6. Never tried audio books, Sergio. I forget they exist. I’ll try listening to something in the public domain, to see if it appeals to me, before I reach out for this or any other new collections.

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