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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1ST edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602399344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602399341
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Sherlock Holmes pastiches will welcome the 14 new stories, all set in the U.S., in this solid anthology from Greenberg, Lellenberg and Stashower (Murder, My Dear Watson). Newcomer Lyndsay Faye, author of Dust and Shadow (Reviews, Jan. 12), offers one of the volume's highlights, The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness. In this version of one of Watson's legendary untold tales, Holmes cleverly solves the case in an armchair after the doctor describes a mystery he encountered in San Francisco. Robert Pohle makes good use of some ambiguities in A Study in Scarlet to craft a fitting sequel to Doyle's first Holmes story in The Flowers of Utah, while Gillian Linscott has the detective ascertain which violin belonged to Davy Crockett in The Case of Colonel Crockett's Violin. Other contributors include Steve Hockensmith, Loren D. Estleman and Bill Crider. (Mar.)
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From Booklist

It seems there is a never-ending supply of new material to provide Sherlock Holmes addicts with their latest fix. This one is interesting because its setting, the U.S., is a place in which (as Holmes fans know) the master detective has always had a great deal of interest. This volume, edited by veteran genre anthologist Greenberg, brings together more than a dozen stories set in such American locales as New York, St. Louis, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, and Youngblood, Arizona. Holmes takes on a variety of cases, from a missing violin to chicanery in the world of sports, meeting along the way such notables as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Harry Houdini, and Teddy Roosevelt. The stories, by such well-known writers as Loren Estleman, Matthew Pearl, Bill Crider, and Jon Breen, are uniformly very good, with occasional flashes of genius. And, best of all, they aren’t pastiches or painfully faithful re-creations of Conan Doyle’s writing style; each is told in the writer’s own voice but still captures the spirit of the Holmes stories. A thoroughly entertaining collection. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

If you are a fan of the Great Detective like I am, you'll enjoy the book.
TDub
I was not familiar with any of the authors who submitted stories for this anthology although some have credentials in the world of Sherlock.
fastreader
"Sherlock Holmes in America" stays true to Doyle's characters while providing new adventures, and is a top pick for classical mystery fans.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on July 14, 2009
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This anthology consists of an Introduction, fourteen stories, three essays (one by A. C. D.) and notes about the editors. Each tale is preceded by a short note about the author. The Introduction calls this "a collection of new stories ... in which Holmes and Watson strike out for the United States" and that more or less describes the theme of the book.

The fourteen tales included begin with an account of "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness," by Lyndsay Faye, as cited in ENGR. In this tale. Watson tells Holmes of a mystery he encountered in San Francisco years before and Holmes provides an explanation. It serves as a good introduction to the book's theme in addition to being an interesting narrative. Lloyd Rose's "Ghosts and the Machine" recounts a visit, with their father, of the youthful Mycroft and Sherlock to America. They encounter Colonel Henry Olcott investigating some `Psychic' events shortly before he met Madame Blavtsky and they founded the Theosophical Society. The Holmes boys were not impressed by the events but did find Colonel Olcott admirable.

Steve Hockensmith's "Excerpts from an Unpublished Memoir..." gives us an interesting glimpse at Sherlock's career on the stage. Robert Pohle's "The Flowers of Utah" tells of a trip Holmes and Watson took to Utah financed by by an English Mormon following events in STUD, "to solve the case, once and for all." Their findings, of course, upset the Doctor's comfortable view of the resolution of that tale. Lauren Estleman's "The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist" introduces Holmes and Watson to another pair of prominent companions, Wyatt Earp and `Doc' Holliday.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bookmeister on March 27, 2009
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Some of these stories are spot-on with Doyle's style, although as the title shows, none happen in Merry Old England. A couple pastiches have alternative narrators, but all in all, if you like the original flavor of Holmes stories, than you will greatly enjoy this. It is refreshing that a few of the authors actually put in some deductive methods, which many modern SH authors are remiss in doing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kentucky King on December 8, 2011
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Collections such as this, of stories by various authors about a single subject, tend to be hit or miss prospects. Add in that they are basically fan-fiction of something so dear and well-known as Doyle's canon, and you have certain expectations most collections can't esteem to meet. This one does fairly well.

The collection, for the most part, does not read like Doyle. It wasn't written by Doyle, so it shouldn't. We can't expect the authors to try to duplicate Doyle, as doing so would feel forced and cramped (which a few stories in this collection do). Overall, the different writing styles add a lot to the effect (though at least one I very much disliked). On the whole, the plots are interesting, and it's fascinating to see how other authors would write Holmes, especially set in America.

If you thirst for new situations, and new settings for Sherlock Holmes, and you can understand this will not read like Doyle, you will enjoy it. If you insist that anything that couldn't pass for Doyle isn't Holmes, you may want to skip this one. As a rabid fan, I enjoyed the read very much. I probably won't re-read it, but it was thoroughly worth my time and money to read it once.

If I was strictly a Holmes fan, I would probably rate it a 3. As a lover of creative writing excercises, I would rate it a solid 5. On the whole, I'll call it a 4.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Miller VINE VOICE on January 31, 2010
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"Sherlock Holmes in America", far from being a radical reimagining of the life of the quintessential English detective, is a very carefully thought-out and faithful effort to portray some of Sherlock Holmes' "missing" adventures in the United States. The 14 short stories written for the collection are arranged in roughly chronological order, ranging from the 1870s through 1913, and take place all over the map of the continental U.S. Holmes (mostly but not always with Watson) investigates crimes on behalf of both private citizens and celebrities, often while being treated like a celebrity himself.

The leadoff story in the collection, "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness", is Watson's retelling of a mystery he encountered in San Franscisco long before being introduced to the Great Detective; Holmes, hearing the story, is naturally able to solve it without even leaving his chair. The next two stories, "Ghosts and the Machine" and "Excerpts From An Unpublished Memoir", are first-person accounts (neither by Watson) of an adolescent Holmes, set respectively in New England and Colorado. "Ghosts" is authored by Lloyd Rose, one of the few authors in this collection I'd read before; her previous work (the novel The City of the Dead (Doctor Who) and an episode in Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 7) is highly recommended.

Both "The Flowers of Utah" and "The Case of the Coughing Dentist" are follow-ups to
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