The Sherlock Holmes Adventure

The Sherlock Holmes Adventure

by Regis McCafferty
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The Sherlock Holmes Adventure 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DrPhibes More than 1 year ago
SHERLOCK Holmes pastiches, parodies, and 'apocryphal additions', have been around nearly as long as the Great Detective, the first one appearing as early as 1893 (The Adventure of the Two Collaborators, by Sir James M. Barrie). What we have here, however, is something new, which can only be termed a Sherlock Holmes 'spin-off'. The protagonist is a former member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a band of ragged street children (something which nineteenth century London had an abundance of) that acted as auxiliaries to Holmes in his two earliest cases, asking questions and watching, in places where an adult would immediately arouse suspicion. After a short career as a sailor, he has established himself as a private enquiry agent on Baker Street, not far from his one-time employer, with whom (and Dr Watson) he maintains friendly relations.
This book is not for the Sherlock Holmes glutton, nurtured on the exaggerated extravagances of popular publishers and Hollywood; like those who eat largely and indiscriminately, their palate will not be able to appreciate the refined, subtle flavours here. Rather, this is a book for the Holmes gourmet, with a keen sense of atmosphere.
These short stories are extremely enjoyable, and exceptionally well-written. The writer has a fine sense of the period, and a solid, Western understanding of the fundamental incompatibility of Law and Justice. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sherlock Holmes Adventure contains six tales featuring the detective, Joshua Pitt. Like Holmes, Pitt uses his wits, rather than his fists, to slove cases, though he does get physical in one story. The author does a magnificient job of capturing the atmosphere of Victorian England. Characters from all walks of life, cabbies, nobles, prostitutes, innkeepers, inspectors from Scotland Yard, all realistically parade through the pages & the ways the different classes speak is a delight to read. The tales are clever, well plotted, & psychologically interesting. Pitt has a fondness for attractive women & in The Kendal Affair, he deals gallantly with the modern issue of spouse abuse. & he also plays chess with Dr. Watson! A highly enjoyable collection of stories.