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What if count Dracula was actually a good guy Not the grisly bloodsucker of grim horror tales, just an innocent man who was framed to cover up crimes committed not by supernatural foes but by very human villains This is the premise behind A Betrayal In Blood , and it is an interesting one.As we know Sherlock Holmes does not believe in the supernatural and when he begins digging into the Dracula papers , the documents chronicling the murderous creatures acts of terror, he starts noticing tha What if count Dracula was actually a good guy Not the grisly bloodsucker of grim horror tales, just an innocent man who was framed to cover up crimes committed not by supernatural foes but by very human villains This is the premise behind A Betrayal In Blood , and it is an interesting one.As we know Sherlock Holmes does not believe in the supernatural and when he begins digging into the Dracula papers , the documents chronicling the murderous creatures acts of terror, he starts noticing that plenty of things just do not make an awful lot of sense So apparently Dracula is able to shape shift into various animals, but for some reason he chooses not to use this power when he is in gravest danger under attack by his greatest enemies Why did the count come to England at all and how did he choose his victims And for that matter what really happened to the Demeter, the ship he arrived on Why does the celebrated vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing pretend to be Dutch, when he is in fact German If you are a vampire aficionado and know Bram Stoker s classic novel Dracula inside out then you will no doubt enjoy Mark A Latham s book very much If however like me you are a bit rusty on vampire lore and it s been a while since your last reading of Dracula you might get a bit confused now and then So wait, who was Renfield again What was the role of Lord Godalming How did The Crew Of Light originally manage to defeat the master of darkness Nonetheless even if you do not know the precise answers to these and other questions there is still a lot to enjoy here it might seem like a tale of gothic horror on the surface, but this is actually a real detective story, with some of the best bits occurring when Holmes and Watson investigate how it might have been possible for Van Helsing and his associates to fake the existence of vampires They even staged the killing of a vampire at a cemetery by putting a stake through its heart Sherlock Holmes demonstrates that this illusion can be achieved by relatively simple means.If A Betrayal In Blood is a let down ending with a whimper rather than a bang, it is because once you take the supernatural elements and even the part of the actual blood sucking away from the Dracula story you are left with only an average series of crimes committed by villains who are not that interesting Initially Holmes likens Professor Van Helsing to his arch nemesis Moriarty, but in the end he is only a pathetic old man not smart or menacing enough to be a worthwhile spoil for the great detective.This is still a good solid novel that just lacks the ultimate excitement it promises on the cover For someone who studied Dracula extensively in college and who currently consumes anything related to Sherlock Holmes, my honest opinion is that this story was very compelling and overall a good read Took me about six months to actually sit down and read it after I initially bought it and tried reading for the first time, but whatever Still made it Still counts.Truthfully, reading Dracula before reading this book helped immensely Otherwise, the clues and characters and stories that Sherlock For someone who studied Dracula extensively in college and who currently consumes anything related to Sherlock Holmes, my honest opinion is that this story was very compelling and overall a good read Took me about six months to actually sit down and read it after I initially bought it and tried reading for the first time, but whatever Still made it Still counts.Truthfully, reading Dracula before reading this book helped immensely Otherwise, the clues and characters and stories that Sherlock and Watson go through probably mean nothing to you It s a cool cross over fiction with the greatest literary detective of all time trying to solve the story of the greatest literary supernatural creature of all time, and if you haven t read Dracula and aren t that familiar with Sherlock Holmes, then this might be less interesting to you than it was for me, or anyone else in that vain.That being said, the story of Dracula lends itself to being solved because it claims a Transylvanian vampire is wreaking havoc on the citizens of London, and even though Bram Stoker wrote it so that Dracula is literally a vampire, and not simply metaphorically or figuratively, A Betrayal in Blood delves into the question what if Dracula hadn t actually been a vampire, and something had gone horribly wrong that his existence had to be spun thusly What if killing vampires was actually a cover up for meticulously planned murders This idea certainly intrigues Sherlock Holmes, and thus the plot of this book has its launch pad.Nodetails need to be given for this story or else too much can be given away I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of Dracula and Sherlock who are looking for a sufficient hybrid of both the compelling and intricate mystery of a Holmes story written similarly to the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a visit back to the characters of Bram Stoker s imagination from a different perspective, and the at least in literature immortal Count Dracula Did not finish.This is the draw back to reading what is possibly a reasonable Sherlock Holmes book just after reading a great one The enivitable comparison Found this one too slow and dull compared to The Adventure of the Deadly Dimensions.May give a go some other time. Our infatuation for a damned fine mystery often stirs a morbid curiosity of the unknown and encourages many of us to channel our inner detective We may not rival the greats, particularly when the competition is none other than Sherlock Holmes, but A Betrayal in Blood reinvents a cryptic nemesis to indulge our every whim.In this embittered tale a familiar legend places innocent lives in jeopardy Set amid Victorian society, an asylum, and the grandeur of a Transylvanian castle, Doctor Watson nar Our infatuation for a damned fine mystery often stirs a morbid curiosity of the unknown and encourages many of us to channel our inner detective We may not rival the greats, particularly when the competition is none other than Sherlock Holmes, but A Betrayal in Blood reinvents a cryptic nemesis to indulge our every whim.In this embittered tale a familiar legend places innocent lives in jeopardy Set amid Victorian society, an asylum, and the grandeur of a Transylvanian castle, Doctor Watson narrates the case of the Dracula papers as the determined duo investigate the impact of vampirism, allegedly practised by a deceased reclusive nobleman.How I love it when sinister plots are afoot aiming to foil our intrepid private detectives, especially when those responsible are not to be meddled with Professor Abraham Van Helsing is one such character Exuding confidence in both his intelligence and influence, The Dutchman defends his posse s intervention to stop Dracula literally dead in his tracks after an unfortunate young woman could not escape the Count s wicked motives He may have led the hunt for the monster responsible but was subsequently accused of murder.Certain irregularities regarding the murders will rise, along with reports of the undead, causing Sherlock to continue where Scotland Yard s official involvement ceased as the whole affair remains fantastical In an unusual spin, a new case is born combining the tale of Count Dracula and the authenticity of classic Sherlock Holmes Harnessing the keen perception of the great man himself complete with his faithful colleague at his side, they nip at the heels of shifty witnesses until the facts are unveiled and the wicked are held accountable I could tell from the spring in his step and that familiar gleam in his eye that he had the scent of villainy, and would stop at nothing until the wrongdoer was brought to justice Unreliable evidence and inconsistent testimony construct a riddle that features timeless fictional celebrities fuelled by fear and a quest for the truth A worthy and thoroughly obliging addition to the Sherlock archivesOn a totally random note, by reading this I ve learned the name Wendy a fleeting character appearance, and of course my own appeared before JM Barrie s Peter Pan was published I didn t know that, and I only mention it as I d never heard the name being used in a story around this period before End of randomnessI received a copy of this title from the publisher and it is my pleasure to provide an unbiased review ( Download Book ) ♫ A Betrayal in Blood ☢ When Sherlock Holmes acquires the fabled Dracula Papers , the stage is set for the greatest battle of wits since Reichenbach Why did five men really pursue an innocent Transylvanian nobleman to the ends of the earth Who was really behind the murders that would have every man in England whispering vampire for years to come The detective would have the truth, though he must overcome the genius of Abraham Van Helsing to get it What if the events of Dracula were the proverbial smoke and mirrors meant to cover up political intrigue and personal betrayals And nothing that we know of the original tale is actually true In a very unique take on an old classic, Sherlock Holmes has been called upon by the British government to investigate the Dracula papers , which leads the detective to some very startling conclusions as to how events really transpired No one is who they seemed to be, Dracula is not the undead but was What if the events of Dracula were the proverbial smoke and mirrors meant to cover up political intrigue and personal betrayals And nothing that we know of the original tale is actually true In a very unique take on an old classic, Sherlock Holmes has been called upon by the British government to investigate the Dracula papers , which leads the detective to some very startling conclusions as to how events really transpired No one is who they seemed to be, Dracula is not the undead but was instead murdered by Van Helsing Holmes sets out to prove his suspicions, and at every turn is met with deceptions, lies and a very tangled skein indeed I was left impressed with this story, and I m a fairly jaded reader of pastiche It was a refreshingly well done portrayal of the detective and his doctor, written in the style of an old puzzle box mystery of yore, with clues scattered everywhere for the reader and poor, exasperated Dr Watson to piece together I was impressed by its originality, characterization, and plotting alike Although, I do have to mention my slight caveat that this turned Dracula on its proverbial head so completely that it bordered on character bashing, and if it wasn t for that niggle I would have rated ithighly Nonetheless, an engaging and highly recommended read Titan Books has released a number of Sherlock Holmes titles by several authors Mark Latham has a good job of recreating a Dr Watson narrative un raveling the TRUTH of the Dracula papers Firstly if you haven t read Bram Stoker s original book, you won t have a clue what s going on in Betrayal by Blood If you have, you ll see Latham has great fun cherry picking ideas from both Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle The text is written in Victorian Edwardian prose without being too florid and long win Titan Books has released a number of Sherlock Holmes titles by several authors Mark Latham has a good job of recreating a Dr Watson narrative un raveling the TRUTH of the Dracula papers Firstly if you haven t read Bram Stoker s original book, you won t have a clue what s going on in Betrayal by Blood If you have, you ll see Latham has great fun cherry picking ideas from both Stoker and Arthur Conan Doyle The text is written in Victorian Edwardian prose without being too florid and long winded Fans of period crime procedural novels will enjoy this book I think I ll try some of the other titles in the Titan Books collection This is the first Sherlock Holmes novel I ve read that isn t written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so I was branching out on this one It was very good I am not someone who is familiar with the story of Dracula, other than the fact he s supposed to be a vampire We know that Holmes doesn t believe in the paranormal, so the whole premise of the story is Holmes figuring out the truth behind a case everyone else accepts as to be of paranormal origin You can tell by the style of writing that it was n This is the first Sherlock Holmes novel I ve read that isn t written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so I was branching out on this one It was very good I am not someone who is familiar with the story of Dracula, other than the fact he s supposed to be a vampire We know that Holmes doesn t believe in the paranormal, so the whole premise of the story is Holmes figuring out the truth behind a case everyone else accepts as to be of paranormal origin You can tell by the style of writing that it was not written by Doyle, but I found that this did not bother me much Watson is still the narrator, but he sounds different than he usually does This Watson isvisible, along with his personality and his flaws There were things this Watson wrote that I think Doyle s Watson would have omitted about himself like the unreliable narrator he is My favorite pieces of this story was 1 Holmes was completely dismissive of the paranormal like usual and was very blunt about getting down to the truth of the matter, which was totally in character 2 Watson wasready to believe Dracula was a vampire than Holmes His unease of Holmes view spoiler breaking into Lucy s tomb hide spoiler was comical, because Watson watched Holmes view spoiler brush aside the anti vampire relics dismissively, and Watson was scared the evil they were holding back might be unleashed hide spoiler And then Holmes just smirked and reminded Watson not to worry because Lucy couldn t be an un dead vampire any because the Crew of Light had cut her head off This was also really in character for Watson.3 We see Watson blush and get flustered not once but twice when they are questioning an attractive woman first Lady Godalming posing all attractively on a couch to rattle Holmes and Watson and then again Mina Harker Watson realized Mina looks a lot like Mary did And Holmes notices it right away Mina Harker noticed it right away too and knew she had Watson in her hands and immediately used Watson to turn on Holmes It led to this little exchange not really a spoiler because it has no bearing on the plot Mina If Mr Holmes cannot understand what it is to love someone unconditionally, then perhaps you can Watson I do My dear wife wasprecious to me than anything in the world Mina Was Watson nods Holmes Watson, that s enough And then Holmes hurried Watson out the door, not letting him say anythingto Mina Of course, then Watson does not know what really happened, and Holmes has to explain it to him Holmes She managed to find your weakness quickly and clinically, and exploited it In doing so, she found my weakness also Watson Oh Does the great Sherlock Holmes have a weakness Holmes Of course It is you, Watson Damn Think about that Watson s weakness was Mina s good looking face that was similar to Mary s, and Holmes weakness is Watson Watson of course can t add one plus one together They continue to talk, and Watson still is not convinced that Mina is a foe Holmes gets impatient with him and snaps, Oh, Watson, how many times must you be lured from the path of scientific deduction by female wiles A pretty face and a neat ankle never fail to soften your brain It s canon to me that Watson always loses his composure, fumbles in his speech, looks at the ground awkwardly, and blushes every time they question a pretty woman, and Holmes notices it and thinks, Reallyevery time.4 Watson needs a lot of sleep, Holmes needs next to none, and both of them were worried about the other getting enough sleep, which was in character too Watson chided Holmes that Holmes himself needed to get some sleep a few times, and while they were traveling, Holmes told Watson to get as much sleep as possible Yet when Holmes was close to an hour late in returning to their hotel room, Watson remained awake waiting, and when he did return, Watson said, I was worried sick It s past midnight The plot itself is satisfying enough I wish that I had knownabout the original story of Dracula before reading this one, so I recommend brushing up on the original story line first This is a Holmes Dracula File with a stunning twist It was probably destiny that people would connect the World s Greatest Detective and the World s Worst Vampire as they occur at the same period in time The meeting of the two has been explored bythan one author Some follow the tale of Dracula closely, guided by the times when it would have been logical to find Holmes involved.After all there was a Police investigation into the case of the children harmed by The Bloofer Lady The incid This is a Holmes Dracula File with a stunning twist It was probably destiny that people would connect the World s Greatest Detective and the World s Worst Vampire as they occur at the same period in time The meeting of the two has been explored bythan one author Some follow the tale of Dracula closely, guided by the times when it would have been logical to find Holmes involved.After all there was a Police investigation into the case of the children harmed by The Bloofer Lady The incident even made it into the papers, and any Holmes aficionado knows how Holmes devoured any strange report in the papers That alone would have sent Holmes on the hunt.What makes this story different is the choice of villain What if Dracula wasn t evil What if he wasn t even a vampire What is the story were carefully contrived to cover up a murder Holmes finds himself faced with an implacable foe, one who has wealth and influence Holmes may suspect the truth behind the Dracula Papers, but being able to bring the truth to court where the bad guys would face justice is something else altogether The battle takes place through all the landmarks made famous in the novel by Bram Stoker Transylvania, Whitby, Doctor Seward s Asylum, Carfax, the home of Lucy Westenra, the Law Office where Jonathan Harker worked, the sailing ship Demeter all of these places feature in this unique tale The story even ends in the same place as Dracula Transylvania I liked this tale a lot I give the book five stars Quoth the Raven A Betrayal in blood is by no means a completely original concept, there have been many Sherlock Holmes investigating the Dracula mystery pastiches, but this effort is a well thought out idea Certain concepts are great and work well, especially the portrayal of the famous count and his nemesis Van Helsing However, there is still an air of familiarity to the tale that unfolds Some Dracula enthusiasts may become irritated by the novels main theme indeed, I was slightly annoyed myself The prob A Betrayal in blood is by no means a completely original concept, there have been many Sherlock Holmes investigating the Dracula mystery pastiches, but this effort is a well thought out idea Certain concepts are great and work well, especially the portrayal of the famous count and his nemesis Van Helsing However, there is still an air of familiarity to the tale that unfolds Some Dracula enthusiasts may become irritated by the novels main theme indeed, I was slightly annoyed myself The problem is that the novel becomes almost like a creative assassination of Bram Stokers original book The main concept is to use the discrepancies and minor plot errors in the classic tale to back up the theory that Van Helsing s, and his adventurous band of friends account, may be false It seems a bit harsh and disrespectful at times Despite its flaws, this novel is still engaging and fun at times I would certainly say It has original ideas, which helps to make it a fresher walk down a well worn path