Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles

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  • ISBN-13: 9781931832960
  • Publisher: Riverbend Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 790,579
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 5.42 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    I was born in Butte, Montana, and have often visited the Anaconda/Butte area, walking close by the ruins of the Anaconda smelters and hiking to old mine shafts in the area¿s hills. John Fitzpatrick captures these places and their historical flavors wonderfully in his book Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles. People, places and events are brought to life and ring true for this reader. The few historical photos included are a perfect accompaniment to the stories. There are not too many so that they disrupt the flow of reading, but there are enough so they add authenticity to the stories. As a longtime fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle¿s Sherlock Holmes stories, I was curious as to whether Fitzpatrick¿s stories would effectively follow Doyle¿s style. I was pleased to find that they mostly do. Characters are well developed and the story lines were varied. Fitzpatrick did a fine job of keeping the solutions to the 'problems¿ a mystery until the end. My only quibble was with the distracting use of too many ¿editor¿s note¿ footnotes. Those that refer to historical facts or other Holmes stories are not so irritating, but those that refer to other stories in this short book seemed to me to be superfluous. However, this is only a very minor flaw and the footnotes do not spoil the book as a whole. I would happily recommend this book to readers who enjoy light mysteries or historical fiction. It¿s a fun summer or sitting-by-the-fire read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Great New Holmes Stories with Fabulous Montana Local Color

    I love reading Sherlock Holmes stories by Doyle and derivative works by other authors. The fresh work of four short stories set in old Montana was quite a treat! Interesting plots, and Holmes and Watson interacted with wonderful 'natives' of historical Montana. A 'must read' if you love Holmes and/or Montana. Fitzpatrick treats us to 1890's Montana through the eyes of the famous English physician, Dr. Watson. I'd love this book on CD, but then we'd miss the wonderful photographs!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    A reviewer

    Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles is an imaginative work that¿s a welcome addition to the panoply of works which has extended the life and breadth of experience of Arthur Conan Doyle¿s famous detective. Larry Millett, through his series of five Holmes novels set in Minnesota, showed that Holmes¿ incredible detective skills could be successfully employed in the pursuit of evildoers in America. The Montana Chronicles likewise returns Holmes and Watson to the good old USA but has expanded upon the approach taken by Millett in several favorable ways. First, the venue has been changed to Montana, a place with its own mystique and a most interesting frontier history. Second, the author has successfully integrated figures from Montana¿s past into the story narratives. And, third, the book includes a number of historical photographs from near the turn of the century which help draw the reader into the stories. I liked all four of the short novels presented in the book but preferred The Tammany Affair above the others, simply for the adroit way in which it used that portion of Montana history popularly known as the ¿War of the Copper Kings¿ as the setting for a mystery set around a racehorse. I also give the author great credit for crafting stories with intricate, but not obtuse, plots that develop in a well-paced, but measured, way. It was a comfortable writing style, and I would not hesitate to purchase another book by the same author. Hopefully, he¿ll have something additional on the market in the not-to-distant future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    Great Montana mysteries

    I purchased ¿Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles¿ recently and loved reading it so much that I bought several more to share with other as gifts. The book describes what life was like during the late 1880s when Montana was mainly being settled by miners and the businesses that went along with boom towns. I loved the descriptions of my hometown, Anaconda, and the surrounding areas in Southwestern Montana. His stories bring to life the history of Montana while incorporating historical figures and places. It's a great book especially for those who love mysteries.

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