Between the Thames and the Tiber: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes [NOOK Book]


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson traverse the British Isles and the Italian Peninsula in a rousing series of new adventures
After a thrilling jaunt in the Far East, Holmes and Watson return to England to address an inheritance left by one of Watson’s relatives in Cornwall, half of which he gave to his dear friend, Sherlock Holmes. Financially secure, the two are now free to spend as much time on Baker Street and the Continent as they ...
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson traverse the British Isles and the Italian Peninsula in a rousing series of new adventures
After a thrilling jaunt in the Far East, Holmes and Watson return to England to address an inheritance left by one of Watson’s relatives in Cornwall, half of which he gave to his dear friend, Sherlock Holmes. Financially secure, the two are now free to spend as much time on Baker Street and the Continent as they please, and the duo find themselves as comfortable in Rome on the banks of the Tiber as the Thames. As Holmes rationalizes and ratiocinates his way through case after case, from “The Case of Two Bohemes” to “A Singular Event in Tranquebar,” it’s all in a day’s work, until clues surface that his great nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, might still be alive . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Riccardi's second pastiche volume (after 2003's The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes) offers tantalizing glimpses of what might have been, as many of the dozen short stories have promising setups. Unfortunately, the resolutions of the intriguing puzzles the author crafts for the great detective are almost all unsatisfying, if not downright silly. The first sign of trouble comes in Dr. Watson's preface, in which Watson claims that Holmes "came to the conclusion that it was really no concern of his whether Moriarty had ceased to exist or not." But things really go off the rails in the second story, "A Case of Criminal Madness," in which Holmes thwarts a villain's bioweapons with some of his own. Internal inconsistencies, illogical developments, and open-ended conclusions won't please those who seek quality continuations of Doyle's beloved characters. (June)
Anne Perry
“Filled with fascinating detail, and provides an answer as to what Holmes was up to during those missing years.”
on The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
“There’s no way to dance around it: Ted Riccardi’s work is absolutely brilliant.
Once you’re a few pages into these stories, you would swear that these were newly discovered manuscripts, unearthed by Conan Doyle’s estate.
Riccardi has it all down—the cadence, the language, everything. It is as if each and every tale in this volume was written at the turn of the century.”
Kirkus Reviews

A Baker Street dozen of "new" cases featuring the imperishable sleuth.

Dr. Watson'scrisp introduction sets the stage by explaining an unexpected inheritance that enabled the pair to travel to the continent, where most of the adventures take place. The opening story, "An Affair in Ravello," though set in Italy, centers on a pair of British matrons, features a Middle Eastern suspect, and ends with a smattering of German. "The Death of Mycroft Holmes" shows the sleuthing duo traveling back and forth from Austria to England in the wake of the death of Holmes' brother, an invaluable employee of The Foreign Office. The novella-length "A Death in Venice," an eerie tale of poisoning and obsession, features Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner. Another long story, "The Case of the Vermilion Face," begins in Holmes' comfy Baker Street digs, but takes the duo to Rome and features an interview with the Pope. "The Case of the Missing Lodger" and "The Case of the Plangent Colonel," set in London and Rome, respectively, are more traditionally tidy Holmes whodunits, though the latter includes a letter to Holmes by Charles Darwin. The collection closes with the more introspective "The Mountain of Fear," in which Holmes uncharacteristically shares secrets from his past as a means to solving a baffling mystery in the present.

Riccardi(The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, 2003) brings variety and clever roman à clef strokes to this volume while maintaining the core charm and panache of the Holmes oeuvre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453217856
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publication date: 6/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 255,968
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Ted Riccardi is a professor emeritus in the Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. He has served as the counselor of cultural affairs at the United States embassy in New Delhi and is the author of The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. Ted and his wife divide their time between New York City, New Mexico, and Nepal.
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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    The author's second collection does NOT measure up to the first

    This is the second collection of Sherlockian tales by this author. I reviewed his earlier collection, "The Oriental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" in 2003, when it was published. this group of stories, unfortunately, does not measure up to his earlier effort. The 'Oriental' tales were full of rich color and intriguing characters. The present tales are novellas and short stories that seem to consist more of nasty characters and problems in timing and nomenclature than of color and life. After a Preface that 'explains' the presence of Holmes and Watson in Italy, we are presented with "An Affair in Ravello," a novella about Sir Jaswant and Lady Singh and some odd events that take place at their villa near Naples. This story also introduces Lady Singh's sister, Lady Maxwell, who is supposed by the author to be engaged in a long-term relationship with Holmes. "A Case of Criminal Madness" is poorly resolved and features some 'criminal masterminds' being fiendish. "The Death of Mycroft Holmes" is a novella that contradicts events in "His Last Bow" and tangles the Holmes brothers in the mess in Sarajevo in August, 1914. "The Case of the Plangent Colonel" is an oddity. It introduces us to Holmes' interest in modern music and musical artists in Italy, but also to another criminal mastermind smuggler. "Porlock's Demise" brings a formal end to the Moriarty epic, sort of. It ends with more questions than answers and does not encourage any hopes for resolution. "A Death in Venice" is a novella about the death of Richard Wagner. It is full of musical geniuses and their relations and convolutions and it ends with his American biographer, Mary Burrell, thanking Holmes for the information that he put in her way. "The Case of the Two Bohèmes" s a novella that involves Holmes with the creators of "La Bohème" and in the complex lives of the musical colony in Italy, neither of which seem worth the trouble. "The Case of the Vermillion Face" is another novella that brings Holmes into the service of a dying Leo XIII when a papabilè (a likely candidate for the Papacy) Cardinal disappears. The investigation uncovers more than I really wanted to know about early 20th Century Vatican politics. "The Case of Isadora Persano" completely ignores the original citation in "The Problem of Thor Bridge" and tells an entirely different story in a dull fashion that involves Spiritualism and contradicts the Preface as well. "A Singular Event in Tranquebar" also tells a confused tale. Holmes deduces everything and explains it all in even more confusing fashion. "The Case of the Missing Lodger" introduces an old friend of Watson's who conveniently dies and presents a mystery to Holmes. The solution involves grave robbing and hidden treasure. "The Mountain of Fear" reintroduces the Singhs and adds a variety of frills and dressing. I lost track somewhere along the line and I suspect the author did so as well. This collection is a real disappointment. Borrow it from a library and buy it only if you like it. Perhaps you would like to buy my copy. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, July 2011

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