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Mycroft Holmes and The Adventure of the Silver Birches Kindle Edition

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Length: 37 pages Series: Mycroft Holmes (Book 1)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kate Barber on December 12, 2011
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This short - but smart and fun - e-book from Endeavour Press is a brilliant read, perfect for a Christmas journey. The character of Mycroft Holmes is faithful to Conan Doyle, but the author makes him his own creation too. One can read this book even if unfamilar with the original Sherlock Holmes stories, although there are nice touches of wit and style for fans too.
David Dickinson, author of the Lord Powerscourt mysteries, has already proved his crime/mystery writing skills and The Adventures of Mycroft Holmes lives up to expectations. Hopefully, there will be more adventures to follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on January 22, 2012
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The beginning of The Adventure of the Silver Birches alerts the reader to the vacuum created by the retirement of Sherlock Holmes, and his absence sets the tone for a story in which his elder brother, Mycroft, is called on to do things far outside his comfort zone in order to ensure the safety of the British nation. One of the story's strengths is the portrait it paints of Mycroft, a picture rich with details about his lifestyle, habits, and associates. He is a believable extension of the original Mycroft Holmes--more fleshed-out, but certainly compatible with his persona as conceived by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Inspector Lestrade, too, is a strong presence, and his dogged, uncreative policework is capably contrasted with Mycroft's subtler methods.The story contains several references to original stories and characters that are sure to delight canon-lovers, but at the same time it also provides new perspectives to enjoy. Sherlock, no longer resident in London, is nevertheless frequently mentioned, and the contrast between his personality and Mycroft's is aptly preserved. The Adventure of the Silver Birches employs the short-story format capably and presents an interesting picture of Mycroft Holmes at the helm of a case that his brother would certainly have tackled in a very different way.

--Amy Thomas, The Baker Street Babes
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Claire on January 31, 2012
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This is a superb short book, intelligent and absorbing. David Dickinson brilliantly envisages the lesser known Holmes brother as, in a rather apt tale, he fights to save the British economy from collapse.

I was enthralled by the mystery of this story - I prayed my Kindle wouldn't run out of power before I finished it! The author really makes Mycroft's story feel new and exciting, while perfectly capturing the sense of the original Sherlock Holmes series.

If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes - or even if you're not - this is a must quick read.
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This short story from Endeavour Press is as atmospheric as it is accessible. Immersed in the smells and sounds of 19th century London, the reader meets Mycroft Holmes as he tackles a criminal organisation bent on achieving the collapse of the pound. Dickinson adds depth to Conan Doyle's lesser-known character whilst comparing and contrasting him with an old favourite: his brother Sherlock. Dickinson, respected author of the Lord Powerscourt series, brings a historically fascinating setting to life in the context of an all-too-relevant financial crisis sure to ring bells with a modern audience. This story offers something new to both fans and first-timers alike and is perfectly-suited to a quiet lunch or a morning train ride: an excellent read.
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By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2014
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I have enjoyed the Powerscourt series and thought I would try the Mycroft series also. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will read more.
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