A Double Book Review

Many thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for kindly granting me  advance readers copies of these two books in exchange for honest reviews.

I decided to take a short break from reading Christine Kling's books. As such, I've just finished reading two novellas which are based on two very different franchises.

Doctor Watson's Battle by Patrick Mercer
This short novella is based in the 19th Century and follows the famous Doctor Watson and his good friend Sherlock Holmes as they attend a Regimental weekend for Watson's former Afghan campaign regiment. Things quickly go wrong, however, and Watson and Holmes find themselves in the middle of an investigation after a suspicious death occurs.

I enjoyed the story with it's typical Holmesesque investigation, but the short form of this book meant that some bits were lost. Had this been part of a larger collection, it would have been better. But, saying that, it has some very strong ideas and is true to the methods of Conan Doyle.

Star rating: 3 1/2 from 5

Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations - Time Lock
This novella is, as you can guess by the title, set in the Star Trek universe and follows the events at the Department of Temporal Investigations' Vault, a hidden storehouse of temporal objects. When a team of Vomnin infiltrate the Vault and start stealing everything, the DTI team initiate a time lock to enable Starfleet to help them. Sealed from normal time by some complicated mathematics, time passed much slower for them inside the Vault than in the rest of the galaxy.

This was a clever book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The characters were good, the plot intriguing and the writing style was easy to read. Not having any easily recognisable characters from the Star Trek universe didn't spoil the book either as there are plenty of references to the series throughout the book.

Star rating: 4 from 5