The Execution of Sherlock Holmes: New Adventures of the Great Detective

The Execution of Sherlock Holmes: New Adventures of the Great Detective

by Donald Thomas
     
 


"Creepy atmospherics and unpredictable plot twists."-Publishers Weekly

"Sherlockians old and new should relish Thomas' wit and elegance."-Booklist

"Dedicated Sherlockians will appreciate the novelty of the great detective's incursion into real-life crimes."-Kirkus Reviews

Crossing historical fact with detective

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"Creepy atmospherics and unpredictable plot twists."-Publishers Weekly

"Sherlockians old and new should relish Thomas' wit and elegance."-Booklist

"Dedicated Sherlockians will appreciate the novelty of the great detective's incursion into real-life crimes."-Kirkus Reviews

Crossing historical fact with detective fiction, the cache of the celebrated detective's private papers is once again opened, bringing Holmes and Watson out of retirement to investigate the most notorious mysteries in the annals of true crime.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The five long tales in Thomas's third Sherlock Holmes collection (after 2002's Sherlock Holmes and the Voice from the Crypt) offer gripping plots and masterfully evoke the flavor of Doyle's original stories of the great detective. Holmes's legendary powers of logic are deftly displayed in "The Case of the Greek Key," in which a German cipher must be cracked to preserve some vital military secrets, and "The Case of the Peasenhall Murder," in which he finds evidence that a parson accused of a brutal murder has been framed. The high point is "The Case of the Phantom Chambermaid," in which Holmes's intervention on behalf of a fired servant leads him to foil a diabolical murder plot. Few authors have done as well as Thomas in bringing these beloved and familiar characters to life, and Sherlockians everywhere will hope that less time passes before Thomas again delves into Watson's fabled cache of untold adventures. (May)

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Holmes and Watson are out of retirement and into another adventure in the third of the series. Thomas lives in Bath, England. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty-a different Moriarty-go at each other again, and again, in the pair of tales that frame this cycle of pastiches. Thomas (Sherlock Holmes and the Voice from the Crypt, 2001, etc.) relies on bold invention rather than stylistic imitation in all five of these stories. Years after his attempt to burgle Charles Augustus Milverton was interrupted by a lady who shot the blackmailer dead, Holmes is identified by his fingerprints and locked up in Newgate Prison-not by the police, but by a self-appointed vengeance squad headed by the surviving brothers of Milverton and Professor Moriarty. The title story, whose first half is both ingenious and thrilling, describes his escape. "The Case of the Greek Key," an altogether more mundane affair, sets Holmes the challenge of a complex German Navy cipher in the days before WWI. Holmes and Inspector Lestrade agree to go one-on-one to break a legal deadlock in the case of a married father of six accused of killing a pregnant young woman said to be his mistress in "The Case of the Peasenhall Murder." "The Case of the Phantom Chambermaid" neatly uses the apparition of a chambermaid entering a hotel guest's room by night to expose an elaborate case of fraud and murder. "The Queen of the Night" returns Holmes to his duel with Col. Moriarty, this time over the fate of a storied royal ornament. Ceremoniously written, carefully researched and much, much too long.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933648224
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Donald Thomas is the more than twenty books, among them The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes and the Voice from the Crypt. He has also written a number of true crime histories, including An Underworld at War; The Victorian Underworld; and Villains' Paradise: A History of Britain's Post-War Underworld. He lives in Bath.

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