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Sherlock Holmes Investigates. The Pink Jewel Conundrum [Kindle Edition]

Philip van Wulven
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this 7,400+ word story, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the disappearance of a jewel from the desk of the Mayor of Portsmouth, William Pink.



Product Details

  • File Size: 97 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Philip van Wulven (December 8, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006K37SHE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Holmesian, Nice Twist February 22, 2012
By Eyeball
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This reads very much as an original Sherlock tale. The dialogue is accurate and authentic to the style of Doyle. The author has come up with an interesting twist in this short story, which is precisely the right length. I enjoyed it and I think most Holmes fans will too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Short Story February 23, 2012
By Suzanne
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A solid short story which I think captures pretty well the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's rendition of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Fans of Sherlock Holmes shouldn't be disappointed with this very short tale.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Maddy May 30, 2012
By Maddy
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I would rate this short story as a 3.5 star. Though engaging, this story does not have the same gripping style and dramatic revelations as the original Conan Doyle mysteries. The ending was a bit of a downer as well - rather than the "Ah ha!" moment in the Conan Doyle stories this was more "Ho hum". Anthony Horowitz's "House of Silk" is far more true to the original Conan Doyle style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a Holmes story April 18, 2013
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I read this free offering and was pleased to see that it is not one of those "new" Holmes stories that attempts to reinvent Holmes. For fans of the traditional canon this is right up your alley. On the downside the story is a bit fantastic, but for my money three stars means I liked it and I did like it. Anything above means I really liked it or loved it. Nice change of pace for Holmes fans. I will try some of this authors other Holmes offerings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but Good August 6, 2012
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It turned out to be a simple tale, but it was just complex enough to keep you engaged. I would read others by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Liked It July 30, 2012
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I liked it. Just a single short case and I hope the author does some more of them. I thought the ending was neat. The characters seemed to capture the flavor of the originals. All in all I would recommend it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Thin September 7, 2012
By Lou
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Sherlock Holmes Investigates. The Pink Jewel Conundrum
This is a very short story, which in itself is OK but, perhaps due to the author's desire to make it a short story, much of the background, color and details were omitted from the narrative. The story was a bit thin, lacking suspense and excitement.
Yet it was enjoyable enough to say I liked it, (I do like Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but I am not a fan of the current films starting Robert Downey portraying Holmes as I don't quite know what). It was a fair effort at writing in the style of Doyle, who also wrote some fairly short essays on Holmes's adventures. The ending, in my opinion, should not have been the ending, but rather should have woven into the story earlier and used to misdirect the reader while not falsifying the clues Holmes is able to decipher.
One final word, the title, The Pink Jewel Conundrum, does not seem really appropriate. When I began reading this story I didn't realize it would be so short, and so I supposed what I was reading was a type of introduction to a greater mystery since a pink jewel was not part of the story; I was surprised to discover I reached the end of the book, (no, I'm not much of a detective myself, which is obvious if I didn't discern to size of the book I picked up to read!!!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read May 18, 2013
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Fun read
Good story fast read,didn't expect the ending would recommend to anyone new to Holmes and Watson. Two thumbs up
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice and interestingly connected with a background of history.
Published 3 months ago by Pradip Kumar Banerjee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic Sherlock.
Published 3 months ago by Gary L.
5.0 out of 5 stars muy bueno
Recomendable como todos los libros de Sherlock holmes, digerible, corre de manera ligera la historia,entendible y lógica, para disfrutar en cualquier momento
Published 6 months ago by eoj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Love any Sherlock Holmes!
Published 7 months ago by Amy Ayers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars ok read
A bit of non mystery though Sherlock in in full elements and interesting how he solves this case at hand
Published 14 months ago by I M Swaminathan
4.0 out of 5 stars My rating should be enough of and answer, I either liked it or I did...
My rating should be enough of and answer, I either liked it or I did not like it! Thank You!
Published 15 months ago by Gramma Sero
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes Investigates
If it is Sherlock Holmes I am not going to turn it down! This is my favorite Detective of 'll time followed by Miss Marple! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Monika Peters
3.0 out of 5 stars So So
I love the Sherlock Holmes books by Doyle so this one was different enough that I was not as thrilled.
Published 16 months ago by Mariah B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Holmes
I really enjoy the old style mysteries like Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's characters. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries where ingenuity and deduction... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A Poet at Heart
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More About the Author

Phil van Wulven was born in Africa, in a family who changed houses and schools, as well as countries, quite often.

Landlords, Headmasters and governments prefer you to leave places as you found them, he discovered. He has lived in Canada for quite a while now, where he is busy growing roots.

He hates rejection almost as much as dejection, so he was delighted when his very first poetry submission was accepted for publication in Willows Wept Review.

He has had several short stories published, for example in 'Joyful' magazine and 'Rose and Thorn Journal' and has had Honourable Mentions and Finalist almost-successes with prestigious short story writing contests, like Glimmer Train's Open contest and Best New Writing.

He now finds the world of Independent Publication rewarding.


In between writing, blogging at http://www.swazz7.blogspot.com and mowing the lawn, he likes to drink beer and hang out with the grandchildren. No wait, that should be 'drink beer OR hang out with his grandchildren'


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