I enjoyed the mystery of the Paget! Klinger, world renowned Holmes expert and editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. Still, for those who aren't strict Holmes fanatics, this is a fun collection and a way to check out the works of authors which which you mightn't be familiar. In The Case of Death and Honey Neil Gaiman provides the story that explains Holmes longevity. There are indeed some pastiches-including a magnificetn one by Neil Gaiman- but this collection includes also modern stories modelled after the Sherlockian tales, stories about boys and girls who meet with the Holmes stories at a point of their growing up, Holmes stories set in other places or times and with other characters for example, a very uncommon version of the Greek Interpreter with Native Canadians as characters , Many may think that it is a pastiche collection, but it is not the case. And Nero Wolfe works because he is everything that the original is not. I like Neil Gaiman's and that story actually was a pretty straightforward pastiche, if a little.
The reason I'm going with 3 stars instead of 2, though, is because of the two surprises in the collection: Thomas Perry and Dana Stabenow. The first two selections are, frankly, bad the second in particular, by Tony Broadbent, seems to serve as little more than proof that Mr. Particular highlights are N This is a collection of short stories by authors experienced in various genres. Honestly, though, most of these were rather pointless. Luckily, the other authors seem to pick up the slack.
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. Thomas Perry, for example, has Dr. It centers on a newly discovered Paget painting and a bunch of friends that bid on the priceless possession. This anthology is quite an eclectic collection of stories based on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - from the usual murder mystery to stories with a hint of the supernatural to conspiracy theories to contemporary adaptations, this book really does have it all. In the thirteen decades since A Study in Scarlet first What would happen if you asked eighteen top writers who don't normally write about Sherlock Holmes to write about Sherlock Holmes? I thought the mystery was interesting, and some of the comments were really funny, but I felt like the ending wasn't much of an ending. After that, she closes her agency for good. This review can also be found on my blog, Sherlock Holmes has always been a part of my life - from the time I was little, my parents introduced me to this mystery-solving madman, and I have continued to be intrigued and awed by this eccentric character.
Her official forum is here on Goodreads--please join us for book-discussing fun. 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. She lives in Northern California. I kept expecting mustaches and tisane to be mentioned. Question: What do these people have in common? I'm just not that into that style and it may be a good story- I just couldn't get into it. We suspect that you have in the back of your mind a story that plays a variation on the Holmes theme.
I am being honest that I would think twice about picking up an anthology edited by them again. Some of the 16 true stories and one epilogue mini-story are pointless and pedestrian: major mystery writers retelling Conan Doyle canon stories with their own series stars solving the same case or just writing a basic mystery with a few nods in the direction of Holmes references. Rozan's interesting premises, well-written, but neither really goes anywhere ; Colin Cotterill's a short graphic novel that's amusing but slight ; Margaret Maron's a clever mystery told from Mrs. Too many of the stories had modern settings and did not feature Sherlock Holmes and John Watson at all. This reimagining was both realistic and satisfyingly preternatural. Like all short story collections this is a mixed bag.
Rozan and the Twitter interview with Mary Russell Holmes is worth the price of admission. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself. Long buried mysteries, modern day adaptations, continuations, etc. Rozan: one of the most famous canonical cases, recounted by the invisible players who might have been behind the curtains all along. I checked out as many of Conan Doyle's books as I could carry home from the library. I persevered, however, and the remaining stories weren't too bad. The result is this collection.
However, this is not on the same level as his other Holmes pastiche, 'A Study in Emerald. It isn't the detective we love; thanks to Doyle's artistry, it's the man. This anthology is quite an eclectic collection of stories based on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - from the usual murde This review can also be found on my blog, Sherlock Holmes has always been a part of my life - from the time I was little, my parents introduced me to this mystery-solving madman, and I have continued to be intrigued and awed by this eccentric character. If you would like to be considered as a contributor to the Baker Street Blog, please see the above. Some of the author's who contributed a story were S. Luckily, the other authors seem to pick up the slack.
As with all short story collections, the quality of the writing varies widely. I didn't enjoy this one as much, especially the narrator's preoccupation with technology and going on about modern adaptations of Sherlock. There isn't a middle ground when imitating Holmes. This story really pits logic against loyalty, and the characters were quite witty and fun. Watson and jumped at the chance to see what a few authors, whose other books I have read and enjoyed, could do with a Holmesian type story. Here, they are told they will get to participate in a secret auction of a rediscovered and previously unknown drawing of Sherlock Holmes by the famous illustrator, Sidney Paget.
I can honestly say I liked almost every story in this book, and it's given me a few new authors to try. Lippman's was my personal favorite, one of the only stories that emotionally resonates, and one that ends in a completely different place than it starts. Some are retellings of Sherlock mysteries with new characters. The stories themselves vary in content. Alan Bradley of Flavia de Luce fame, Charles Todd whose Insp.