A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon

A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon

by Laurie R. King
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A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon by Laurie R. King

BESTSELLING AUTHORS GO HOLMES—IN AN IRRESISTIBLE NEW COLLECTION edited by award-winning Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Neil Gaiman. Laura Lippman. Lee Child. These are just three of eighteen superstar authors who provide fascinating, thrilling, and utterly original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes in this one-of-a-kind book. These modern masters place the sleuth in suspenseful new situations, create characters who solve Holmesian mysteries, contemplate Holmes in his later years, fill gaps in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, and reveal their own personal obsessions with the Great Detective.

Thomas Perry, for example, has Dr. Watson tell his tale, in a virtuoso work of alternate history that finds President McKinley approaching the sleuth with a disturbing request; Lee Child sends an FBI agent to investigate a crime near today’s Baker Street—only to get a twenty-first-century shock; Jacqueline Winspear spins a story of a plucky boy inspired by the detective to make his own deductions; and graphic artist Colin Cotterill portrays his struggle to complete this assignment in his hilarious “The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story.”*

In perfect tribute comes this delicious collection of twisty, clever, and enthralling studies of a timeless icon.

Featuring these stories

“You’d Better Go In Disguise” by Alan Bradley
“As To ‘An Exact Knowledge of London’” by Tony Broadbent
“The Men With the Twisted Lips” by S. J. Rozan
“The Adventure of the Purloined Paget” by Phillip Margolin and Jerry Margolin
“The Bone-Headed League” by Lee Child
“The Startling Events in the Electrified City” by Thomas Perry
“The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman
“A Triumph of Logic” by Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon
“The Last of Sheila-Locke Holmes” by Laura Lippman
“The Adventure of the Concert Pianist” by Margaret Maron
“The Shadow Not Cast” by Lionel Chetwynd
“The Eyak Interpreter” by Dana Stabenow
“The Case That Holmes Lost” by Charles Todd
“The Imitator” by Jan Burke
“A Spot of Detection” by Jacqueline Winspear

*print-version only

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857689320
Publisher: Titan Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen Mary Russell mysteries, five contemporary novels featuring Kate Martinelli, the Stuyvesant & Grey novels Touchstone and The Bones of Paris, and the acclaimed A Darker Place, Folly, Califia’s Daughters (written under the pen name Leigh Richards), and Keeping Watch. She lives in Northern California.

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A Study in Sherlock: Stories inspired by the Holmes canon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The sixteen contributions are over all quite good with no clinkers though few are outstanding enough to stand out in the vast Sherlock universe. Alan Bradley opens the overall engaging homage to the great detective of 221B Baker Street with a throwback tale that comes across as if Mr. Doyle wrote You'd Better Go in Disguise" if you want to catch a killer in a park. Tony Broadbent as a modern day taxi driver give a fare "As to an "Exact Knowledge of London" tour in a strange but enticing entry. In 1901 President McKinley meets with Holmes in Buffalo with a strange request (see "Starling Events in the Electrified City" by Thomas Perry). An Anglophile FBI agent investigate the murder of an American in London, only to learn the path from Baker Street to Leavenworth is through Pennsylvania in "The Bone Headed league" by Lee Child. The Margolin brothers have Baker Street trivia guru New Yorker Ronald Adair on the moors solving "The Adventure of the Purloined Paget." Colin Cotterill provides a refreshing amusing take with his animated "The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story." Finally Jacqueline Winspear ends the collection with an ailing lad inspired after reading Holmes to solve the case with "A Spit of Detection." Harriet Klausner
UK_Writer_Fan More than 1 year ago
Love these collections of Sherlock stories from all the different authors. A number of them have caused me to looking into the author that wrote them to see other books they might have done. Stories range from traditional Sherlock to modern day Sherlock to people who love the Sherlock stories and are detectives like him. Highly recommend these if you love Sherlock and the Mary Russell/Sherlock stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was somewhat skeptical when this book was recommended in a newspaper, but curious enough to purchase it. I like the "real" Sherlock Holmes tales a lot, and generally don't like it when folks mess with the "real thing." However, this collection is quite interesting in its approach, and it is amazing to see how the various authors took such different "spins" on the general topic. I'm about half-way through the book now and am enjoying it a lot.
Philip_K_Jones More than 1 year ago
This collection is the first by this pair of editors and it looks to be a winner. The stories are not necessarily about Holmes, but rather are all inspired by the sixty tales of the Canon. This has resulted in a complex mixture of tales. Properly speaking, none of these tales are pastiches, although some are about Holmes or Watson or other Canonical characters. They are not imitations of the Canonical tales written in the style of Doyle but instead are stories inspired by the sixty tales written by Doyle about Holmes. ¿You¿d Better Go in Disguise¿ is an intriguing short story by Alan Bradley that presents several odd twists and confused identities. ¿As to ¿an exact knowledge of London¿¿ is a novella by Tony Broadbent. It is set in modern times and it tells of a wounded Army Doctor returning from service in Afghanistan who takes a long cab ride around London with a very knowledgeable cabbie. ¿The Men with the Twisted Lips¿ is a short story by S. J. Rozan. It presents an alternative and very interesting but not contradictory view of events in ¿The Man with the Twisted Lip.¿ ¿The Adventure of the Purloined Paget¿ is a novella by Phillip and Jerry Margolin that relates the offer for auction of a Paget drawing created for a lost, 61st Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The owner¿s murder sparks serious Sherlockian analysis and deduction. ¿The Bone-headed League¿ is a short story by Lee Child set in modern day London with an ardent student of The Canon being caught up in an investigation that echoes with the tone of ¿The Red-Headed League.¿ ¿The Startling Events in the Electrified City¿ is a novella that relates Holmes¿ and Watson¿s involvement in the assassination of President McKinley at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. It provides an excellent explanation of the political effects of this event. ¿The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story¿ is an illustrated ¿commentary¿ of uncertain length and content by Colin Cotterill. It does mention Sherlock Holmes and Baker Street several times (at least twice!) and is almost surely related to some sort of Sherlockian narrative, I think! ¿The Case of Death and Honey¿ is a short novella by Neil Gaiman that once more displays his true mastery of Sherlockian fiction. It mingles the story of old Gao¿s mean and lazy bees and the old white ghost man with that of Professor Presbury and his experiments. ¿A Triumph of Logic¿ is a short novella by Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon. It relates an unofficial investigation by a Maine lawyer and judge into the suicide of a court recorder. ¿The Last of Sheila-Locke Holmes¿ is a short story by Laura Lippman that relates a Holmesian episode in growing up for an eleven-year-old girl. ¿The Adventure of the Concert Pianist¿ is a short story by Margaret Maron that describes a joint investigation by Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson just prior to ¿The Adventure of the Empty House.¿ It also contains several interesting comments of one sort or another by Mrs. Hudson.. ¿The Shadow Not Cast¿ is a novella by Lionel Chetwynd about a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. It is brimming over with interesting characters, ideas and situations, topped off by a true Holmes sound-alike. ¿The Eyak Interpreter¿ is a short story by Dana Stabenow that features her native Alaskan private detective, Kate Shugak, in a story reminiscent of ¿The Greek Interpreter.¿ ¿The Case That Holmes Lost¿ is a short story by Charles Todd. It tells of an in
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easyreader50SV More than 1 year ago
An interesting collection of Sherlock Holmes stories by a varied assortment of popular authors. Each is accompanied by a brief bio of the author and their relationship to the Holmes character. Any fan of Holmes will find this an enjoyable read.
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Robins_Son More than 1 year ago
There is little I can add to what has already been said above, except to point out that they neglected to mention my favorite story, the Kate Shugak tale by Dana Stabenow! Overall, a fun romp with the great detective in many different guises.
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