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  • File Size: 222 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Robbie Cutler Mysteries (May 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087RDGA4
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I have enjoyed writing about wine, and diplomacy. But one night, when I was on duty in the Executive Secretariat of the State Department,I wondered why there had been no diplomatic sleuths. Career diplomats see so many sources of information, that the connection of diplomacy and crime solving seemed natural. And so, on retiring after service at five diplomatic missions abroad, and a number of Washington assignments, I created a new mystery genre, the "diplomatic mystery."
There are now four novels in the series, with Robbie Cutler, a career diplomat, as the protagonist. In "Vintage Murder," set in Bordeaux, leaders of the Basque terrorist group ETA attempt to blackmail the great Bordeaux wine estates, as Robbie Cutler, assigned to the Bordeaux Consulate General, and his girlfriend Sylvie Marceau, race against time to uncover the terrorist plot. In "Murder On The Danube," Robbie Cutler is transferred to our Embassy in Budapest, where an old crime, treachery during the 1956 Revolution, is the motive for current murders. In "Murder In Dordogne," Robbie and Sylvie are on their honeymoon - while murderers attempt to crash the festivities. And now in "The Saladin Affair," Robbie Cutler is Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, whose initial trip to European gives rise to an Al Qaeda murder plot. And that Elizabethan desk in the residence of our Ambassador in Dublin - can it really contain documents hidden since the time of Shakespeare?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By crazy food on August 31, 2012
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So you thought that Sherlock Holmes, the real one, was a pleasure from the past? Well here are 5 new stories, set in Victorian London, the London of gas lights and heavy fogs, and, of course, the Napoleon of Crime, Professor Moriarty! Bill Shepard has written 5 new stories featuring Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Inspector Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson, and all of their associates. Most impressively, he has done it with the permission of the Conan Doyle Literary Estate.
My favorite is "Mrs. Hudson Solves A Crime". Author Bill Shepard reasons that a Victorian housekeeper would know lots of details that Holmes would not - and she proves it in this excellent tale. Aside from the 5 Holmes stories there are 15 more stories with old favorites like "Crusher Davis" and the summer theatre group, "Straw Hat Mysteries". Lots of fast and fun reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marianne on August 16, 2012
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I'm a fan of this author and was excited to see the latest edition... and really excited when I saw that this volume of short mystery stories included tales that feature the immortal figures from the Sherlock Holmes stories! I was impressed that the author actually got official permission from the copyright holders to use these characters, including Moriarty, Mrs Hudson, and of course the leads. This would make the writing interesting of itself, but these new stories are terrific and I think the well known literary figures are drawn true to their original characteristics. There's a real twinkle of fun and insider knowledge here for fans of the Sherlock Canon, and other mystery fans will find something they like, too. You know my methods, Watson! Apply them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Bromley Croshaw on June 28, 2012
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From start to finish Mr.Shepard captures the essence of Holmes and Watson. The even flow mysteries continue through Ask Martha mystery adventures. Ideal reading for those who love a good mystery. Short and sweet "who dun it!". In the end it's... "Elementary Dear Watson." (just couldn't resist that one)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gingerpeach123 on January 16, 2013
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I enjoyed this set of mysteries, especially the Sherlock Holmes set, which I found to be the best of the bunch. The heroes of some of the other stories are also modeled after other famous detectives, but some of these were not well edited, making the parallel a bit more obvious than the author intended! For example, the main character of "Did the Vicar Solve the Mystery?", Miss Hazel Clemens, is occasionally referred to as Jane or Miss Marple. Likewise, in "The High School Crush Murder," Stan Latimer is referred to a few times as Perry or Perry Mason. (His assistant "Bella" narrates the story!) Despite these glitches, it was fun to be able to read a story or two when I had a break, and I was introduced to some new characters (my favorite being the former football player who secretly wrote his local newspaper's "Ask Martha" column).

I will definitely look for other books in this series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Donaldson on May 3, 2013
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I'm a big fan of Sherlock Holmes and an even bigger fan of mysteries in general so this collection is right up my street. They were not too taxing or overdone and the endings were pleasing and well-thought out as they weren't in the least predictable, and I found each story entertaining.

There's also uniqueness in being challenged to solve the mystery mentally, and then you turn the next page for the solution to see if you guessed correctly.

Each stand-alone tale is the ideal type of read just before I settle down for the night, on a train journey, reading in the shade in the garden, or indeed during a coffee break.

This is a very good collection of short stories, and I might be doing things backwards but I need to get hold of a copy of the first book in the Coffee Break collection now that I've read and enjoyed this one.
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