Maurice Newbury is an agent of Queen Victoria. He and his partner, Veronica Hobbes deal mainly with the stranger mysteries of London: monsters, disappearances, the occult. There are five novels, written by George Mann, that chronicle the adventures of Newbury, Hobbes, and their friends and acquaintances. The Casebook of Newbury and Hobbes, however, is a collection of short stories. It contains 15 unrelated adventures that occur outside of the novels. The book supplies a timeline of the Newbury and Hobbes universe so the reader can see where these stories fall into place with the novels chronologically. The book also has story notes in the back where Mann gives the reader insight into how each story came about.
This was my first introduction to Newbury, his associates, and his world. I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes and have read many of his stories and I was a little afraid that these stories would feel like imitations of Holmes’s antics, as Mann does speak of his love of Holmes. That, however, is entirely not the case. These stories are original, and silly, and extremely fun to read with lovable, well-developed characters. Holmes and Watson even make an appearance.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to have fun while reading. I, myself, will definitely be reading more of Newbury’s adventures in the future.