Warlock Holmes has become one of the most enthralling series I have ever read, and diving into number three, My Grave Ritual proved to be no different. G.S. Denning has re-created the feeling of classic Sherlock Holmes mixed with comedic situations and supernatural elements involving demons, binding charms, vampires, and trolls. After reading Warlock Holmes, Elementary and Sherlock will never be the same.
The Adventures in My Grave Ritual
Warlock Holmes – My Grave Ritual would be nothing without the adventurous tales of John Watson and Warlock Holmes as they fight and reconcile with supernatural elements that plague the Queen’s land in England. Among some of the tales include:
- The Adventure of the Navel-Starer
- The Adventure of the Blue Gob-Runkle
- The Adventure of the Disgusting Stain
- The Adventure of My Grave Ritual
- The Adventure of the Copper’s Screeches
- The Adventure of the Red Head’s League
- The Adventure of the Three Apprentices
- A Scandal in Boh-grah-grah-grah
Without spoiling the whole book, I have selected a few entertaining sections to discuss, and show the antics that Watson and Holmes get up to!
Story, Character Development and Connection to Earlier Books
G.S. Denning has done a wonderful job of connecting the two earlier books, Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone alongside Warlock Holmes – The Hell-Hounds of Baskerville to the new novel My Grave Ritual. The humor is thorough throughout the series, where Watson and Holmes have their tid-bits of sniping back and forth, alongside their quirks. They are inclusively challenged by former enemies including Moriarty, Irene Adler (The Woman), and other extensive supernatural entities that make their way to the Queen’s land. Warlock faces many contradictory actions as a Doctor bound to do no harm, while Holmes must overcome his demon tendencies to use magic profusely for the small and large chores of life.
Moving directly to the story of My Grave Ritual, this leads into what I hope to be future books in the series by G.S. Denning. The ending of the book is what I consider to be a cliff-hanger, where the life of a main character is in mortal danger and without having a future book their fate is simply unknown.
Covfefe the Demon
While Warlock Holmes – My Grave Ritual is just a plain amazing mystery novel in the series, G.S. Denning has included a few ‘interesting’ qualities that were shared on social media. If you’ve followed Warlock Holmes or G.S. Denning on social media, you’d know the humorous author promised to name a demon Covfefe after the Donald Trump social media flop (which I wholeheartedly supported).
Following this, G.S. Denning and Warlock Holmes shared:
— warlock_holmes (@warlockmomma) June 1, 2017
Ok, the series of likes and retweets on my old Covfefe post had not gone unnoticed. You guys are gonna make me name a demon that, huh? https://t.co/B8ow4jXyLQ
— G.S. Denning (@GS_Denning) September 18, 2017
I’m proud to say G.S. Denning came through, and indeed name a demon named Covfefe, and I consider this demon to be very egotistical, especially when he stated in the book:
“Then Covfefe said, ‘You’re too stupid to solve it. Stupid is a good word. I have the best words. I’m gonna take human form and solve it for you, okay? No problem. I’m great'”.
Covfefe will forever live on in Warlock Holmes.
I’ve been a true fan of Warlock Holmes since the initial book A Study in Brimstone was published through Titan Books in 2016. The books are familiar in quality to Sherlock Holmes, Elementary, and BBC’s Sherlock. When reading them you’re instantly transported to the supernatural world of Warlock Holmes, where demons, charms, and other maladies are very real. The balance of mystery with supernatural is superb and quite a combination.