Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye by Len Bailey

Book Description:  Embark on a journey through the Old and New Testament with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson as they explore exotic and spice-laden places in search of clues.  
The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, satisfying, and almost inevitable conclusion. So it is with Bible stories which the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues, their long kept secrets. Like a jewel newly polished, they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light.

While traveling back in time to witness certain scenes, Holmes and Watson unravel ten different Biblical mysteries, including the following:

·       The Hanging Tree: Why did Ahithophel hang himself?
·       Righteous Blood is Red: Is Zechariah the son of Berekiah or Jehoiada in Matthew 23?
·       You Miss, You Die: Why did David take five stones against Goliath?
·       Dead Man Walking: Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus in John 11?

My Thoughts:  I am an armchair super sleuth.  I love reading christian suspense and mystery reads!  The joy of "figuring out" a clue and the anticipation of a new mystery spur me on to a greater challenge.
Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye is all about unlocking Bible mysteries.  How cool is that!  
Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite detectives.  So, when he and Watson travel back into the Bible . . .  back into time . . . low and behold there are mysteries to solve.
What really wowed me about this book is the wonderful time my son and I had unraveling biblical clues.  It was fun and this book actually got us deeper into the Bible.  It's not a Bible study book but we were reading clues and searching and that actually made us delve deeper into God's Word. 
I was looking for a good book for my son to read over summer vacation but he doesn't enjoy fiction so when this book came it solved the problem.  *Just a note my son is 13 and has great critical thinking skills*  so this book may not be fun for a younger child.
For all those mystery/suspense fans out there who love Sherlock Holmes and want to delve deeper into the mysteries of the Bible this may be a book you want t check out.  We loved it!
*This book was provided for review by BookSneeze*
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849964830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849964831