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Exploits of Sherlock Holmes Hardcover – May 11, 1999
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There are three classifications of stories in the book. First, stories primarily written by Adrian Conan Doyle, with some input from JD Carr. Second, two stories written almost entirely by Mr. Carr, possibly with some slight input from Doyle. Third, six stories written solely by Mr. Adrian Doyle.
Since I have read a number of mysteries by Carr, and expected much, I was most disappointed to find his two stories the weakest in the book. In one instance, after reading the first page I was able to anticipate the entire plot. In the other case, I simply found the story flat, uninteresting, and narrowly derivative of similar stories in the original Holmes canon.
To the contrary, some of the stories by Mr. Doyle cannot be praised enough. One that's typical, "The Adventure of Foulkes Rath," seems up to the work of Arthur Conan Doyle himself. All in all, Adrian Doyle admirably captures the style and brooding Gothic tone that so typifies many of the best stories in the original Holmes canon. Moreover, Adrian Doyle's stories have a kind of life and warmth that brings the Edwardian world alive for the reader.
I would give the book five stars were it not for a few tales that seem off the pace, and decidedly inferior to the others. Alas-- and surprisingly-- these are from JD Carr's pen. Perhaps Carr tried too diligently to write an impeccably logical mystery, where nothing in the denoument was not well provided for in the early story.Read more ›
Adrian Conan Doyle (with or without John Dickson Carr) tells a straight no-frills tale very much in the spirit of the Sherlockian canon; Holmes doesn't wind up getting married, Watson doesn't turn out to be the real Holmes, et cetera, et cetera. And there are no attempts to link Holmes to fabulous ripped-from-the-headlines figures like Dracula or Jack the Ripper -- these are perfectly ordinary cases of the kind in which Holmes himself was known to delight for their own sake owing to their touch of the _outre_ and the singular features they presented to the reasoner. Solid stuff despite the weaknesses of a few of the tales.
If you want a couple of novel-length pastiches to go with it, I recommend Nicholas Meyer's first two: _The Seven Per Cent Solution_ and _The West End Horror_.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SEVEN CLOCKS. What would cause a brave and stalwart man to faint at the sound of a ticking clock?
THE ADVENTURE OF THE GOLD HUNTER. Holmes and Watson tangle with Lestrade in a story drawn from the famous Bartlett case, involving chloroform. Here is a splendid variation on the "least likely suspect" leitmotif.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE WAX GAMBLERS. Stories set in wax museums are always spooky and this one has a socko ending.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE HIGHGATE MIRACLE. This is the famous tale Watson once mentioned, the case of "Mr. James Phillimore, who, stepping back into his own house to get his umbrella, was never more seen in this world." A natural for John Dickson Carr.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLACK BARONET. A thoroughly bloody mess of a crime and a drinking cup that proves unexpected fatal for a despicable cur. Not a very good story.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SEALED ROOM. The "sealed room" is again a trademark of John Dickson Carr. This story is oddly more like something G K Chesterton might have turned out than an authentic Sherlock Holmes adventure.
THE ADVEVNTURE OF FOULKES RATH. This story has been widely praised, but I do not see its appeal.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBAS RUBY.Read more ›
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