Fully revised 2nd edition - The Investigating Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes Colloquium and donation of the third largest private collection of Sherlockiana in the world were supposed to produce a weekend of great publicity for tiny St. Benignus college in Erin, Ohio. But when theft and murder come to campus, college public relations director Jeff Cody finds himself knee-deep in Sherlockian suspects, besieged by an aggressive reporter he loves but no longer dates, and competing with his eccentric brother-in-law, Sebastian McCabe, to solve the crimes first. The mess worsens when Jeff and his ex-girlfriend, Lynda Teal, themselves fall under suspicion of murder - and with good reason, for they have something to hide. This satirical romp takes Sherlock Holmes seriously, but not Holmesians. A witty and engaging spoof sure to delight not only the deerstalker set but mystery fans in general.
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No Police Like Holmes based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dan Andriacco has written a wonderful, light piece of mystery that is hard to put down. It seems that at a Sherlock Holmes colloquium the fans of the Great Detective aren't satisfied with just honoring Sherlock. Indeed they become involved with a theft of priceless Holmes artifacts and a murder of one of their members. I certainly don't want to give too much away, but the local university public relations officer (Jeff Cody) is pitted against his brother-in-law (one of the schools professors) in trying to solve the mystery. Not surprisingly, Jeff and his ex-girlfriend (a local reporter) become suspects in the case. The entire book is fast paced and remarkably well done. It will keep you guessing until the end and even when you think you've got it you won't be quite sure until the final pages. I could not help but see the similarity to the characters of Rex Stout. In fact, Andriacco makes reference to Nero Wolfe more than once. While there is a vague resemblance between Cody and Archie as well as Wolfe and McCabe (the brother-in-law), the real draw of the book is the wit and cleverness displayed by Cody and the on-again, off-again romance with his ex-girlfriend. I really recommend this book most highly. It's a great who-done-it.