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Sherlock Holmes makes his American debut in this fascinating and extraordinary collection of never-before-published crime and mystery stories by bestselling American writers. The world's greatest detective and his famous sidekick Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they fight crime all over nineteenth-century North America. From the bustling neighborhoods of New York City and Washington, D.C., to sunny yet sinister cities like San Francisco on the West Coast, the world's best-loved British ...
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Overview


Sherlock Holmes makes his American debut in this fascinating and extraordinary collection of never-before-published crime and mystery stories by bestselling American writers. The world's greatest detective and his famous sidekick Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they fight crime all over nineteenth-century North America. From the bustling neighborhoods of New York City and Washington, D.C., to sunny yet sinister cities like San Francisco on the West Coast, the world's best-loved British sleuth will face some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer, and meet some of America's most famous figures along the way. Each original story is written in the extraordinary tradition of Doyle's best work, yet each comes with a unique American twist that is sure to satisfy and exhilarate both Sherlock Holmes purists and those who always wished that Holmes could nab the nefarious closer to home. This is a must-read for any mystery fan and for those who have followed Holmes' illustrious career over the waterfall and back again.
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Publishers Weekly

Fans of Sherlock Holmes pastiches will welcome the 14 new stories, all set in the U.S., in this solid anthology from Greenberg, Lellenberg and Stashower (Murder, My Dear Watson). Newcomer Lyndsay Faye, author of Dust and Shadow(Reviews, Jan. 12), offers one of the volume's highlights, "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness." In this version of one of Watson's legendary untold tales, Holmes cleverly solves the case in an armchair after the doctor describes a mystery he encountered in San Francisco. Robert Pohle makes good use of some ambiguities in A Study in Scarlet to craft a fitting sequel to Doyle's first Holmes story in "The Flowers of Utah," while Gillian Linscott has the detective ascertain which violin belonged to Davy Crockett in "The Case of Colonel Crockett's Violin." Other contributors include Steve Hockensmith, Loren D. Estleman and Bill Crider. (Mar.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Think the Great Detective never set foot in the United States? Think again. Fans' reactions to the 14 new stories commissioned by the editors of The Ghosts of Baker Street (2006) will depend on what they're looking for. If you've never been able to picture Sherlock Holmes in Boston or Chicago or San Diego, Matthew Pearl and Bill Crider and Carolyn Wheat fill in the blanks, and Victoria Thompson and Paula Cohen take him to New York. If you hanker for tales of Holmes in the Wild West, Lyndsay Faye, Loren D. Estleman and Steve Hockensmith are happy to oblige. Apart from setting new scenes for Holmes, the stories abound in inventive concepts. Gillian Linscott sets Holmes on the trail of Davy Crockett's violin, missing from the Alamo, and Jon L. Breen introduces him to American football. Robert Pohle provides a sequel to A Study in Scarlet, and Michael Walsh a bridge between The Valley of Fear and "His Last Bow." Lloyd Rose spins a tale told by the young Mycroft Holmes, and co-editor Stashower a Holmesian adventure starring Dashiell Hammett. Most of the plots, however, fall short of the concept and scene, with mysteries either transparent (Faye, Thompson, Pearl) or foolish and inconsequential (Hockensmith's burlesque of a ham actor, Crider's encounter between Holmes and Buffalo Bill). The volume closes with Walsh's irrelevant essay on Doyle's anti-Irish streak; Christopher Redmond's account of the author's first visit to America; and Doyle's own speech "The Romance of America," which sets a stylistic standard no other contribution can match.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602399341
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 945,608
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin H. Greenberg Martin H. Greenberg has been called “the best anthologist since Ellery Queen.” He’s the most prolific anthologist in publishing history and recipient of the Ellery Queen Award for life achievement in editing from the Mystery Guild of America. He is also one of the editors of Sherlock Holmes in America and Vampire Stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Jon L. Lellenberg is the U.S. agent for the Conan Doyle estate and the editor of The Baker Street Irregulars archival history series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Daniel Stashower is an award-winning mystery novelist and the author of A Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2009

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    If you love the Sherlock Holmes style, Don't read this

    I am a lover of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and this doesn't come close to their high standards. While some stories are true to the Doyle cannon, others, such as 'The Song At Twighlight' are completely uncharacteristic to Holmes. I do not suggest this as a book for true Holme's fans. If you do want some new Sherlockian Adventures, check out my recomendations.

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    Sherlock Holmes in America is a collection of mostly only fair H

    Sherlock Holmes in America is a collection of mostly only fair Holmes pastiches. None of them come close to anything in the canon, although a few are amusing. Searchers for new Sherlock stories should go to Mike Ashley’s The Mammoth Book of Sherlock Holmes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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