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Friday, 20 July 2012

The Jacobite Rose

Mycroft has a missing agent; the stepdaughter of Lord Wexford Foyle wants a pearl brooch authenticated. Sherlock Holmes has little interest in either until he learns the gem is the Jacobite Rose, a royal treasure. Reading Debrett's Peerage, Holmes discovers Lord Foyle has a brother who is known as a craftsman in gold. Three strange clues - the drawing of a rose, fish scales and a fragment of pine resin - discovered at the last known locus of the missing man begin to link the two says the blurb accompanying Fiona-Jane Brown's 'Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Jacobite Rose'. It is a two-act play, a simple enough story, but even within the constraints of the two acts, there is time enough for the characterisations to come shining through. There is a certain economy of dialogue which is not in any way shape or form a criticism, but rather, a bonus for nothing is wasted and the story fairly zips along. Holmes, Watson and Mrs Hudson are presented to us exactly how we perceive them to be from the Holmesian canon. They think, act and speak how we expect them to. The deductions from Holmes are logical and sound. Humour plays an important part too and the script has many moments which made me smile for all the right reasons (Mycroft: 'One of our ministry men is missing'). Well-researched, well thought out and well plotted. A delight to read and one would think a joy to perform also.


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