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Schlock Homes: The Complete Bagel Street Saga Hardcover – August 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Gaslight Pubns; First Edition edition (August 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934468168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934468169
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,224,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert L. Fish (1912-1981), a civil engineer by profession, was 47 years old before he wrote his first published story. He quickly became one of the best regarded figures in the mystery genre, winning three Edgar Allen Poe Awards, serving on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America (and one term as its president), and taking a special interest in beginning authors. He is known for his series characters Kek Huuygens the smuggler and Captain Jose da Silva the Rio police detective, as well as for the movie Bullitt. But it is the misadventures of Schlock Homes of Bagel Street upon which his reputation will inevitably rest. It is secure.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John G. Terino on May 12, 2011
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Whether you are a Sherlockian or not this is must reading - for all the laughs. Fish wrote the best parodies to be found of the great fictional detective. They originally appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, then were collected into two volumes, the only problem was that all the stories were not in the two volumes. This book has them all and is well worth it. Read them slowly, one at a time, the humor is often subtle. Then, re-read them to catch the send-ups you missed the first time. Even Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would probably enjoy these well crafted stories
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By arthur glatman on August 1, 2013
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Nothing Schlock about it. A funny, entertaining take off of Holmes. A book that can be reread and enjoyed. Wish there were more stories by Robert Fish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AcerAcer on July 16, 2013
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"This is my old friend Dr. Watney, and whatever you have to say may be said freely in his presence, as he is remarkably inattentive."
-- Schlock Homes, The Adventure of the Counterfeit Sovereign

This book is absolutely hilarious. The puns are unbelievably sharp and the jokes come thick and fast. I recommend not eating or drinking while you are reading it!

My only problem with it is that the stories are all basically the same (albeit very, very funny). Homes is called into a case, misinterprets everything he sees, bumbles through to the end and either solves the case by accident, or someone else has to come in and clean up after him. It gets repetitive, and I never read more than one or two stories at a time in order to avoid that feeling of deja vu. An entire book of these stories is almost too much!

If you just love puns and goofy situations ("It's a trap!" Watney cries, throwing Homes into a sand-filled depression -- on a golf course) you should get this book. For myself, I wish I had taken it out of the library instead of purchasing it. Nevertheless, I certainly recommend reading it. It's a classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Durkee on May 2, 2013
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I read Robert L Fish's works in the '60s when they were written.
I bought this as a gift for a friend "across the pond" who had never heard of him or Schlock.
Well my friend loved the stories and quickly sent the book back to moi so that I can read them again!
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