Sherlock Holmes and the Tangled Skein by David Stuart Davies is another Sherlock pastiche. Some of these are great; some not so much. This one falls somewhere in between.
I simply couldn't resist the Dracula element. Holmes vs Dracula drew me in, and Davies does a decent job with it.
A quick and enjoyable read, but not my favorite in the realm of Holmes and Watson.
Mystery/Supernatural. 2007; 2016. Print length: 192 pages.
Prime Evil by Maynard Sims is the second in a series featuring DCI Jack Callum and set in the 1950's, although I haven't read the first one. Jack Callum is a likable protagonist, a devoted husband and father, and an honest and dedicated policeman.
Perhaps most interesting (aside from the murder mystery) is the insight into the 1950's: the advent of television, the treatment of women (who stepped up during the war years and who are once again relegated to subordinate roles), the changes in families and in traditions. In a world that cannot imagine being without modern technology, cell phones, internet, and global television opportunities, the post-war years would be difficult to imagine.
Jack Callum resists some of the changes and approves others.
Maynard Sims is the name adopted by Len Maynard and Mick Sims. They met when they were eleven and later established a writing career together. The two men cover a wide variety of genres: crime fiction, thrillers, supernatural crime (Department 18 series), supernatural novels, and erotic romance (under a pseudonym)! The Department 18 series might be good for the RIP Challenge.
Crime/Police Procedural. March 2016. Print length: 232 pages.