The Case of Emily V. After a proper young lady shoves her lecherous guardian off a cliff, she is psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud and investigated by Sherlock Holmes. Is Emily… The Case of Emily V. After a proper young lady shoves her lecherous guardian off a cliff, she is psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud and investigated by Sherlock Holmes. Is Emily… 2006-11-01 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Pleasure Boat Studio
Book Review

The Case of Emily V. (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 01, 2006; Writer: Keith Oatley; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Pleasure Boat Studio

After a proper young lady shoves her lecherous guardian off a cliff, she is psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud and investigated by Sherlock Holmes. Is Emily a victim, a murderess, a spy, or a latent lesbian? The Case of Emily V., Keith Oatley's period whydunit, draws intriguing parallels between shrink and sleuth — both deduce hidden character from subtle clues — and deepens Victorian melodrama with murky neuroses: ''[D]amnable nonsense, which I profoundly resent,'' yelps Holmes when Freud diagnoses his narcissism and father issues. A pitch-perfect pastiche of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and Freud's case studies, but a bit too clinical to be emotionally compelling.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2006