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"An excellent collection of short stories and essays." --New York Review of Books

"The Perils of Sherlock Holmes is an entertaining and diverting read. If you liked the Conan Doyle adventures, there's plenty here to keep you turning the pages and try to make your own deductive reasoning." --BookPleasures.com

"Estleman's style as Watson is better than many, and I especially liked 'The Devil and Sherlock Holmes' and 'The Riddle of the Golden Monkeys.' His fine introductory essay discusses his interest in Holmes and writing Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula - which I read and recall liking many years ago." --BestofSherlock.com

"Readers who appreciate the classic portrayal of the detective...will likely enjoy The Perils of Sherlock Holmes. The limited duration of the stories is appreciated and allows readers flexibility. However, the brevity does not diminish the storytelling. Readers are transported back to another place and time during the series of short stories that pay homage to the legend that is Sherlock Holmes." --Pop Culture Guy Blog

About the Author

Loren D. Estleman is the author of nearly seventy novels, including the long-running Amos Walker private detective series; Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula, or The Adventure of the Sanguinary Count; and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes. In thirty years, his Sherlock Holmes novels have rarely been out of print.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books; F First Edition edition (October 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144054414X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440544149
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Loren D. Estleman graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Journalism. In 2002, his alma mater presented him with an honorary doctorate in letters. He left the job market in 1980 to write full time, after a few years spent "pounding out beat-the-train journalism" during his day job as a reporter before going home and writing fiction at night.

His first novel was published in 1976, and has been followed by more than 70 books and hundreds of short stories and articles. His series include novels about Detroit detective Amos Walker, professional killer Peter Macklin, L.A. film detective and amateur sleuth Valentino, and the Detroit crime series. On the western side is the U.S. Deputy Marshal Page Murdock series. Additionally, he's written dozens of stand-alone novels.

His books have been translated into 27 languages and have won multiple Shamus, Spur, Western Heritage, and Stirrup awards. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. In 2012, the Western Writers of America honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

He lives in Michigan and is married to writer Deborah Morgan. Find out more about Estleman and his books on his website: lorenestleman.com

Customer Reviews

Actually it was a book I didn't even want to finish.
Becca Chopra
I read the author's two Holmes novels, SHERLOCK HOLMES VS DRACULA and DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HOLMES years ago, snapping them up as soon as they appeared.
George R. Johnson
Overall this book is definitely recommended to people who enjoy reading Sherlock Holmes stories.
Lizz A. Belle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2012
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The estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle authorized this collection of short stories, a play, and a couple of essays. Thus, Sherlockian experts felt that Loren D. Estleman either captured the story-telling method of Conan Doyle, or enhanced the popularity of the original oeuvre, or, at least, didn't create any embarrassment to the Doyle estate. This is not the first attempt by Estleman to write books that imitate Doyle and involve Holmes. Her Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes were best sellers.

Estleman has eleven chapters in this volume, seven are short stories, one is a short play that mocks Watson, one is an essay discussing how Watson is portrayed in films, one discusses the author's involvement in writing Holmes stories, and one, written with tongue firmly planted in both cheeks, suggests that The Shadow is really Sherlock Holmes in disguise.

I enjoyed the essays and the stories. The former were informative and the latter were composed with a sense of humor in the narratives, descriptions, and remarks made by Holmes and others that spiced the mysteries that Holmes tried, usually but not always, to unravel. It was also fun to see him involved with the author of the Fu Manchu mysteries and when he joined Wyatt Earp in trying to save Doc Holliday.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Sorel VINE VOICE on July 25, 2013
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Nowadays, it seems like Sherlock Holmes is the new crack. It's everywhere from back alleys to high class movie theaters. Robert Downey Jr. is doing it, Lucy Lu is doing it, even BBC is doing it! So it's a safe bet that publishing a Sherlock Holmes book at this time would prove to be a huge success. You may be wondering how it is that I am so skeptical about this phenomenon and yet came to be in possession of this book. It's easy...I'm a lemming! I love Holmes. I have jumped on the bandwagon and I am cracking the whips on the horse. So when I saw that a new book was coming out AND it got the sign off from the Doyle estate...I knew that I had to have it. There's a disappointment sandwich at 221B Baker Street...

First, I don't really know what this book is. There are some short stories, a map, a play...and we meet Scrooge? Holmes is such a charismatic guy that he doesn't need the schtick of bumping up against the devil or Wyatt Earp. Also, some of the stories are so short that there's barely any mystery in them. Without the mystery, we don't get to see Holmes' brain at work, and without that...well there's no point! There were a couple stories that made me want to keep reading, but the play between Dr. and Mrs. Watson lost me entirely.

Overall, I would call this book a Sherlock sample that was probably someone's creative writing portfolio. Does it deserve to be put on the same shelf as Doyle? Absolutely not. But with the Holmes hubbub reaching a climax, I am sure it will appeal to some recruits.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peterack VINE VOICE on May 20, 2013
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Loren D. Estleman is a fine author and any attempt to keep Holmes and Watson "alive" are okay with me, but this just did not do it. The author tries, where few succeed, to live into the spirit of the original canon of stories, while at the same time trying to shake things up just a bit (the Nicholas Meyer - "7% Solution" and "West End Horror" are good examples where this chancy formula succeeds), but alas he cannot do it.

Without going into great detail, there are actual "famous/historical" characters who show up much too often, along with the non typical Holmes events that pull the reader, who is a fan of the original works, out of the realm that the author tries to work in. As a Holmes fan I give this four stars as my B+ for effort, but cannot go higher because the author, who had the potential to do so, was not able to succeed with this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graves VINE VOICE on December 5, 2012
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When Doyle brought the character of Sherlock Holmes to the page, he brought one of the greatest literary characters of all time to life. There are others, who have also had their `adventures' translated to the screen but few enough so beloved that there are international organizations dedicated to discussing him. These devoted fans, Sherlockians, will often have strong debates about particular stories. Actors who portrayed him in different productions and even elements of the characters not touched upon-did Holmes have a moustache-comes to mind. They also write Sherlockian stories and since Doyle is certainly not writing new Holmes stories they hope this will be an effective honor to the author who created their beloved character.

Several of these short stories are presented here and it is a mixed bag. Some a very good, some are less so. There is even and essay- was Sherlock Holmes really "the Shadow" as an example of the sort of essays Sherlockians produce. What they all have in common is they were written by someone who loves Holmes and hopes to show that love in trying to copy Doyle's style with a greater or lesser degree of success.I will question how new these are though. The second story about a man haunted by ghosts at Xmas I read previously in the anthology of Holmesian anthology "Holmes for the holidays' which I will admitt I enjoyed more.

If you've never read a Sherlock Holmes story do NOT start here, read the originals, but if you know and love Doyle's work then this will be an entertaining read. A word of warning, the very first story "An Arabian Knight" is, I'm afraid, the worst of the lot with an easy resolution and some very not good attempts at Victorian mannerisms. In fact having read that I nearly didn't go on to the second story, so give that a miss until you've read another.
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