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A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon

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  • Posted November 12, 2011

    King and Klinger present Canonical offspring

    This collection is the first by this pair of editors and it looks to be a winner. The stories are not necessarily about Holmes, but rather are all inspired by the sixty tales of the Canon. This has resulted in a complex mixture of tales. Properly speaking, none of these tales are pastiches, although some are about Holmes or Watson or other Canonical characters. They are not imitations of the Canonical tales written in the style of Doyle but instead are stories inspired by the sixty tales written by Doyle about Holmes. ¿You¿d Better Go in Disguise¿ is an intriguing short story by Alan Bradley that presents several odd twists and confused identities. ¿As to ¿an exact knowledge of London¿¿ is a novella by Tony Broadbent. It is set in modern times and it tells of a wounded Army Doctor returning from service in Afghanistan who takes a long cab ride around London with a very knowledgeable cabbie. ¿The Men with the Twisted Lips¿ is a short story by S. J. Rozan. It presents an alternative and very interesting but not contradictory view of events in ¿The Man with the Twisted Lip.¿ ¿The Adventure of the Purloined Paget¿ is a novella by Phillip and Jerry Margolin that relates the offer for auction of a Paget drawing created for a lost, 61st Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The owner¿s murder sparks serious Sherlockian analysis and deduction. ¿The Bone-headed League¿ is a short story by Lee Child set in modern day London with an ardent student of The Canon being caught up in an investigation that echoes with the tone of ¿The Red-Headed League.¿ ¿The Startling Events in the Electrified City¿ is a novella that relates Holmes¿ and Watson¿s involvement in the assassination of President McKinley at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. It provides an excellent explanation of the political effects of this event. ¿The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story¿ is an illustrated ¿commentary¿ of uncertain length and content by Colin Cotterill. It does mention Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street several times (at least twice!) and is almost surely related to some sort of Sherlockian narrative, I think! ¿The Case of Death and Honey¿ is a short novella by Neil Gaiman that once more displays his true mastery of Sherlockian fiction. It mingles the story of old Gao¿s mean and lazy bees and the old white ghost man with that of Professor Presbury and his experiments. ¿A Triumph of Logic¿ is a short novella by Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon. It relates an unofficial investigation by a Maine lawyer and judge into the suicide of a court recorder. ¿The Last of Sheila-Locke Holmes¿ is a short story by Laura Lippman that relates a Holmesian episode in growing up for an eleven-year-old girl. ¿The Adventure of the Concert Pianist¿ is a short story by Margaret Maron that describes a joint investigation by Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson just prior to ¿The Adventure of the Empty House.¿ It also contains several interesting comments of one sort or another by Mrs. Hudson.. ¿The Shadow Not Cast¿ is a novella by Lionel Chetwynd about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. It is brimming over with interesting characters, ideas and situations, topped off by a true Holmes sound-alike. ¿The Eyak Interpreter¿ is a short story by Dana Stabenow that features her native Alaskan private detective, Kate Shugak, in a story reminiscent of ¿The Greek Interpreter.¿ ¿The Case That Holmes Lost¿ is a short story by Charles Todd. It tells of an in

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Does Athur Conan Doyle Proud

    Love these collections of Sherlock stories from all the different authors. A number of them have caused me to looking into the author that wrote them to see other books they might have done. Stories range from traditional Sherlock to modern day Sherlock to people who love the Sherlock stories and are detectives like him. Highly recommend these if you love Sherlock and the Mary Russell/Sherlock stories.

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  • Posted December 23, 2011


    An interesting collection of Sherlock Holmes stories by a varied assortment of popular authors. Each is accompanied by a brief bio of the author and their relationship to the Holmes character. Any fan of Holmes will find this an enjoyable read.

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