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The Sherlock Holmes Handbook Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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The book is worth the low price, it's an entertaining brief read, and the numerous short articles would make it a good bathroom book for a Holmes fan. The author knows his subject, and I suspect I'd love to sit and talk and (mostly) listen to him in a discussion of Holmes and his times. But there's nothing profound or insightful here. I'm baffled at the numerous five-star reviews.
Need to fake your death? No problem. But if you can't reach a ledge near the cliff, aim for deep water and rush for the shore. Do everything you can to maximise your chances of survival. Never make contact with even your closest friends and confidantes. They may inadvertently reveal your survival to your enemies with an unconscious facial expression. Best to lie very, very low (underground in another continent, if possible) until everything blows over.
There are even brief insights into two notorious criminals who ran the London underworld to a large extent (one of these was a corrupt cop who used his connections to "return" stolen property and dispense lenient sentences to his pickpocket underlings).
Dealing with women, children and royalty must be done with the utmost care. The nuances of French princes will differ from that of African sovereigns and Arabian sultans, and you insult them at your own peril. Women can reach zeniths of ire upon betrayal, so fabricate affairs and engagements with velvet gloves. Children should never be looked down upon. They can betray you just as easily as adults can, but they can be peerless sources of information and exemplary spies. They can hide in plain sight and eavesdrop without attracting too much unwanted attention. This introduction to Psychology 101 is fun for all ages.Read more ›
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I bought this for my Daughter who is a huge Sherlock fan. She loves this book and had it read in two nights! She refused to put it down. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gary R. Fossaceca
Love this book! Most of the information is just for fun, but some topics covered could help you in real life if you plan on becoming a forensic scientist, CSI, or detective.Published 8 months ago by Bryan Rannigan
Some of the chapters were a little "are you kidding me?" foolish. For example "How to Stage a Dramatic Entrance" really? Read morePublished 8 months ago by IllBeMother221b
I borrowed this book to research Victorian detective methods and discovered that the book is filled with all kinds of historical trivia. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rivermama
This is a fun book to read about the apparent "scholarship" of Sherlock Holmes that has been speculated for a century now.Published 12 months ago by Laura O'Shea
Love these Sherlock Holmes companion books. This is a must-have for Holmes scholars.Published 13 months ago by Alex