Tuesday, June 21, 2022

REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes - The Seamstress of Peckham Rye by Jonathan Barnes

Released July 2021

Available from https://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/sherlock-holmes-the-seamstress-of-peckham-rye-2496

The Sherlock Holmes series keeps going from strength to strength and the only disappointment is how few stories are released each year. 

Jonathan Barnes has proven himself to be the master detective writer as each new story he has written is more inventive and captivating than the previous one. The twists you never see coming even when signposted for you - and the character keep surprising you with their actions. 

The support cast are exceptional and a who’s who of Big Finish. Lucy Briggs-Owen, Mark Elstob, India Fisher, James Joyce, Angela MacKintosh and Glen McCready. Together they have appeared in hundreds of stories and always rise to the occasion. 

As always, however, kudos must be given to Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl. They for me are now the definitive Holmes and Watson and everyone else is just a lesser copy. The angst and quiet desperation of Holmes is beautifully played and Watson rises to new heights as a man in love and defender of virtue. 

Sound design by Benji Clifford is faultless and displays his high level of care and pedantry in all that he does and music by Jamie Robertson creates mood across the story. 

As the winner of the 2022 Audie for excellence in performance, production and content there is little more that needs to be said. This has been judged the best audio of the year against every other release. So if you haven’t been swept away to Peckham Rye yet, what are you waiting for?

Philip Edney

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