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Title: The Affair of the Asphyxiated Acafan by AJ Hall
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing: John/Sarah
Categories: mystery, casefile, established relationship, humor, drama
Length: Very Long (~30,000 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: n/a

Coming home from a fan convention, Sarah (who I think is the lady John dates in ep 2) finds her seatmate on the plane is dead. Scotland Yard thinks the death is the result of natural causes, but Sarah (undoubtedly influenced by her boyfriend's roommate) think it's murder.

This is, by far, the best Sherlock BBC fic I've read to date. AJ Hall positively *nails* Sherlock's characterization, up to and including Sherlockian monologues on any and every subject including the insufficient safety standards of Sarah's neighborhood and the lineage of a short-order cook who specializes in Full English breakfasts. Sarah is also brilliant: completely in love with John but also fully aware of the fact that she is battling it out with Sherlock for John's attention. It's a very real, very human response and I love the fact that while Sherlock has obviously got her beat when it comes to crime solving, Sarah holds her own in the war.

Equally as good as the characterizations is the plot: a layered, fascinating mystery that is actually better on the second-read through (as you see all of the clues that are neatly laid out in a row). Most of the time authors hold back information to keep the reader from figuring out the mystery before the end; AJ Hall holds back nothing, and yet the mystery is good enough that I was guessing right along with Sarah most of the way through.

Finally, I *love* the fact that there are more women than men in this fic (a rarity in what is proving to be a very male-oriented fandom), that the women are all fully developed, and that every one of them comes across as a realistic, interesting person. Mix in all sorts of sly meta humor (featuring the epic Raymond Chandler fandom flame war!), a John who is stuck in the middle and yet still manages to be awesome, and a tense, dramatic ending and you have a hugely entertaining fic. Highly recommended even to those who (like me) usually only read slash in this fandom.

The Affair of the Asphyxiated Acafan


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Ooh, brilliant, I've been hoping some good fanfic would come out of that series. ^_^
Dec. 20th, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
There's been a lot of good fic thus far, unfortunately most of it is very, very short and thus won't be recced by me. I'm looking forward to more gems like this one, however!
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