The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmesby Luke Benjamen Kuhns
In the year 1933 an elderly Dr John Watson is looking back over his life and his time spent with his brilliant friend and master of deduction Sherlock Holmes. He writes in a letter to the reader that he has assembled a list of seven untold adventures that span from his and Sherlock's early years until the time of Sherlock's retirement. Watson explains that he wishes to leave, not only his family but the public with a final compilation of Adventures that he and Sherlock shared while he is still able. In these seven stories Holmes and Watson are caught in the middle of multiple Government Scandals (Acquitted Client & Diamond Jubilee) cold blooded murders (Poisoned Affair & Saint Mary's Murder) and Terrorist groups (The Yellow Handkerchief). As well Holmes and Watson come face to face the spirits of darkness (The Haunted Hotel) and in a story that works through over a decade of Holmes's cases, we learn the truth about Watson's marital life and what happened to his wife Mary after Holmes's apparent death at Reichenbach (The Solved Problem).These Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes will engage Holmes fans from all over and will bring them deeper into the world of Sherlock Holmes and the complexities within.
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"The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" is an engaging work written by prolific writer Luke Kuhns about the more elusive assignments the legendary detective and his partner embarked upon. Based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the book is separated as extracts from a journal written by Sherlock's partner, Watson. In it are seven short stories that recount many curious and even moving expeditions through the streets of 19th Century London, to the mountainous regions in Switzerland, and to the aid of Queen Victoria in the very heart of the United Kingdom. "Untold Adventures" is Luke Kuhns' first publication, and definitely not his last. Knowing his skills in storytelling, it is indubitably a set of adventures that will keep one's mind working (as Sherlock himself would be proud of). Kuhns' attention to the flow of each tale makes it an enjoyable read and every story memorable. Told in retrospect, and from Watson's point of view, it is nothing short of Sherlock in his most uncompromising.
The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Luke Benjamen Kuhns My thanks to Steve and Timi at MX Publications for my review copy of this book. The seven stories in this volume are cases never given to the public by Dr. Watson… “The Adventure of the Poisoned Affair” involves adventurer Jackson Hardy’s sudden death. Although it is ruled a suicide and a note has been found, the man’s wife believes that he has been murdered. The neighbor and friend of the Hardys, a Mr. Timothy Strong is advising the widow to return to South Africa. As for the poison, Mr. Hardy was doing a study on poisons and almost everything in the house was poison; plants, animals, and minerals. “The Adventure of the Yellow Handkerchief” involves several murders where a yellow handkerchief is the only clue left behind. Targeted are members of the Sleeman family. Years ago, Mr. Sleeman Sr. had put down a rebellion of the Thuggee and adopted an Indian girl. And the yellow handkerchief is the calling card of the Thuggee, a cult of fanatics from India... “The Adventure of the Haunted Hotel” sends Holmes and Watson to Porlock in October of 1885. A local man, Mr. Bradson, has had strange things happen in the hotel his wife inherited and that they are remodeling as both their home and a business. Mrs. Bradson is said to be cursed… “The Adventure of the Acquitted Client” takes place in the summer of 1887. Miss Tabitha O’Neil has been jailed and taken to court on the flimsy accusation that she was trying to bilk a cabdriver out of his fare. She had told him she had to go inside to get the money, but as she was a bit drunk, she was arrested by the police. She then was given a lawyer and has been appearing before a judge to have her record cleared… “The Adventure of the St. Mary’s Murder” takes Holmes and Watson to Manchester. A young woman has been found murderer on the altar of St. Mary’s church with her wrists slit. And she makes the third woman to die in various area churches over several years… “The Adventure of the Diamond Jubilee” finds Holmes and Watson working directly for Queen Victoria. Her carriage on the train exploded killing two guards. A third barely leaped to safety. The Queen had been warned and wasn’t on the train. This story has the side issue of Holmes’ fear that an heir to Moriarty is pulling strings of crime anew. Suspicion falls on the Muslim Patriotic League (MPL,) who has a man very close to the Queen named Abdul Karim as a member… “The Solved Problem” deals directly with the death of Mary Morstan. Due to the circumstances described, Watson was careful about saying who his second wife was or exactly where they lived… All of the stories have elements that make them rather unique! I felt that Mr. Kuhns did a fair job of imitating Conan Doyle. There were minor discrepancies, but nothing major wrong with the stories. The book gets four stars! Quoth the Raven…
The mysteries in the collection are pretty bland; the obvious suspects are usually the right ones, and there are little in the way of surprise twists. In addition to the storytelling flaws are a number of editorial flaws. The book is replete with missing words, misspelled words, and incorrectly used words. Not recommended.