Holmes for the Holidays

Holmes for the Holidays

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by Martin H. Greenberg
     
 

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Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been solving cases and amazing fans for over a century. From his flat at 221 B Baker Street, the engaging detective has led readers - and an often incredulous Dr. Watson - on a series of mystery adventures unmatched anywhere in literature. Now, Berkley Prime Crime presents Holmes For The Holidays, a brilliant collection of…  See more details below

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Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has been solving cases and amazing fans for over a century. From his flat at 221 B Baker Street, the engaging detective has led readers - and an often incredulous Dr. Watson - on a series of mystery adventures unmatched anywhere in literature. Now, Berkley Prime Crime presents Holmes For The Holidays, a brilliant collection of fourteen original Holmes stories written by today's premier mystery writers. Each story features Holmes and Watson, festively solving the darkest of crimes in the brightest of seasons.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Veteran anthologists Greenberg (Great Modern Police Stories) and Waugh (New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) have joined with Doyle/Holmes scholar Lellenberg (Quest for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) to gather 14 new Holmes cases by contemporary writers involving Christmastime mysteries. Contributors include some of the mystery field's brightest stars, including Anne Perry, Loren Estleman, Jon Breen, Reginald Hill, Carole Nelson Douglas and Carolyn Wheat. Their affection for the style and feel of a Holmes short story is evident. Hill's Holmes, in "The Italian Sherlock Holmes," even sounds like Doyle's creation: "...my methods misapplied are as capable of causing serious damage as a surgeon's scalpel in the hands of a schoolboy." Both Wheat's "Adventure of the Angel's Trumpet" and J.N. Williamson's "Adventure of the Man Who Never Laughed" are delightfully sinister and macabre. In all, this is a fine collection in which even the weakest story pays worthy homage to Doyle and will please the ardent Holmes fan. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The stories in this collection, contributed by well-known British and American mystery writers, tell various Holmes and Watson Christmas adventures. Authors include Anne Perry, Reginald Hill, Bill Crider, Carolyn Wheat, and others. Good selections from quality contributors.
Kirkus Reviews
If the prospect of 14 pastiches all featuring Christmas and Sherlock Holmes makes you queasy, take heart: Everyone involved produces professional, if not exactly inspired, work. It's a treat to see Irene Adler's chronicler, Carole Nelson Douglas, present a jewel theft from Watson's point of view for a change, and her mastery of Watson's voice is rivaled by that of Reginald Hill (Holmes and Watson invited to witness a Roman execution) and Jon L. Breen (a talking dog). Anne Perry begins the collection on a suitably atmospheric note; Loren D. Estleman and Bill Crider put two different spins on the Scrooge affair; Edward D. Hoch's blackmailer puts the bite on Lewis Carroll; John Stoessel, in a deceptively clever puzzle, has Watson solve a case (the stabbing of Inspector Lestrade) on his own; and Gillian Linscott's Swiss holiday shows Holmes and Watson from a charmingly novel point of view. The most elaborate cases, however, are William DeAndrea's stolen Christmas tree and Carolyn Wheat's richly detailed salute to "The Five Orange Pips."

No entry threatens the preeminence of "The Blue Carbuncle." But readers who find Holmes here repeatedly more impressive at tossing off casual inferences than at solving cases should consult Conan Doyle, in whose hands he often behaves much the same.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425167540
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/1998
Edition description:
BERKLEY PR
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.82(d)

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Holmes for the Holidays 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first it doesn't seem like the cold laconic Sherlock Holmes would be much of a figure in a Christmas story; but when you consider that he dedicates himself to helping others solve their crises, he does seem a little like Father Christmas. These stories keep Holmes in character while showing the positive effect he has on people's lives(except for the perpetrators of evil). All the stories are superbly written, an admirable effort and a suitable tribute to Doyle.