The Rendlesham Incident – Case of the Cosmological Killer – By Stephanie Osborn

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stephanie osbornStephanie Osborn never disappoints!! With Book 3 in her Sherlock Holmes mysteries, Osborn draws her audience into the story, immediately immersing them in the action.

UFOs have been spotted in the UK near Bentwaters and Woodbridge, two abandoned airbases. Observers describe is as a yellow orb of light that resembles a giant tennis ball. This is seems harmless enough until a man is found lying dead in his field. Reports say Mr. McFarlane died of fright, but authorities aren’t convinced.

Back in Colorado, it’s nearing Christmas. Skye Chadwick and Sherlock Holmes are happily ensconced at the ranch, enjoying some free time since the closing of the Tesseract Project. It is nearing Skye’s birthday, November 5, Guy Fawkes Day, and Holmes has quite a surprise in store.

I refuse to give plot spoilers. Readers can fill in obvious blanks themselves. Suffice to say, Skye is happily surprised.

After Christmas, the pair plan a trip to England where they are asked to investigate the death of Mr. McFarlane. What they find is disturbing as well as puzzling.

The Rendlesham Incident is a well paced sci-fi mystery that pits Homes & Chadwick against something not of this world. It leaves the reader puzzling over where it can possibly go wrong next.

Skye Chadwick is a fun character. She is intelligent, witty and spirited. She doesn’t back down from a tough situation and is read to take on any situation. Like Holmes, she is brilliant and resourceful. Although, by her own admission, her deductive powers are learned rather than intuitive, she is a great investigator.

I love Osborn’s characterization of Holmes. He’s true to his Victorian sensibilities, but shows his indomitable personality and ability to adapt to adverse circumstances. Holmes is a far more sympathetic character in Osborn’s series. Perhaps it was the style of the times, or maybe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle didn’t believe in revealing Holmes’ softer side, but I like the loving attention he showers on Skye, as well as the passion they share. He is the Holmes I always felt lurked beneath the words.

I highly recommend this book for all who love a good mystery and adore Holmes. Also a great read for sci-fi enthusiasts.

5Golden Acorns

© 2013 Dellani Oakes

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About dellanioakes

Dellani Oakes writes mostly romantic suspense novels, but she occasionally dives off the deep end into science fiction, fantasy or historical romance. When she isn't writing, she's editing, marketing or hosting her two Blog Talk Radio broadcasts: Dellani's Tea Time – every second Monday from 4-6 PM Eastern, or What's Write for Me – every fourth Wednesday from 4-6 PM Eastern, on Blog Talk Radio. Dellani has a new book coming out soon with Tirgearr. Look for So Much It Hurts November 1,2017. Dellani can be found on Facebook, Twitter and her personal blog

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  1. Thank you, Ms. Oakes! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you see Holmes the way I do – a passionate, artistic Victorian gentleman with a computer-like brain capable of becoming the master logician when a case is presented to him. The clues are all there in ACD’s wonderful works – no pure logician would so delight in a flair for the dramatic as Holmes does; no person all head and no heart would threaten to kill a perp in cold blood for potentially killing his best friend. These are only a few of the examples that led me to write Holmes as I did. He isn’t the stereotypical Sherlock Holmes, granted, but as Skye puts it in this very book, “I just…feel bad when…when people don’t understand. When they don’t see you [Holmes] as a real feeling, caring person, but only as a static literary figure sprung to life, like you’re an actor playing a role or something.”

    I hope readers will agree.

    • I hope they agree too, Stephanie. I love what you’ve done with Holmes. I see him as a mixture of Robert Downy, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch. The two sexiest Holmes actors EVER! With a little Jeremy Brett mixed in. 🙂

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