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The Great Detective: His Further Adventures (A Sherlock Holmes Anthology) [Kindle Edition]

Marvin Kaye , Magda Jozsa , Stan Trybulski , Lyn McConchie , John L. French , Ralph E. Vaughan , Richard K. Tobin , Morris Hershman , Gary Lovisi
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Book Description

Sherlock Holmes! That magical name conjures up all that is thrilling and exciting about the classic mystery short story. The Great Detective, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is without doubt the most well-known and popular fictional character ever created--and with good reason. Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are fascinating excursions into scientific detection with interesting, well-formed characters, offering intelligent, thoughtful mysteries that all men and women can relate to--and enjoy. Quite simply, Doyle created magic with his Sherlock Holmes stories. Writers over the last hundred years have been desperately trying to capture and recreate that magic, and I feel that the authors in this book have done just that. Here are a dozen well-crafted stories (nine of them original to this book) by writers whose love of the original Holmes stories clearly show in their work. So sit back in your comfortable chair, and let the fog of old Victorian London swirl around you. Once again, the game is afoot!

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  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1434445798
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (March 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Must Have REALLY Liked This One... March 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
...because I started reading it at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, finished it up at 9 that night and barely set it down once the whole time.

I usually hesitate before buying a new and unreviewed book of Sherlock Holmes stories because I am distressed by the amount of tales whose authors think they know how to write a Sherlock Holmes story better than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They will change absolutely anything! They may have Holmes find the love of his life (most commonly, women writers do this). They could introduce their own series character into the stories, essentially shoving Watson to one side. They might have Holmes pensively mooning about what-might-have-been regarding his "relationship" with Irene Adler. (It is mostly male writers who cannot seem to resist doing this, as if they had never actually read "A Scandal in Bohemia.") They might introduce personality traits which are completely out of character because that suits their story better. And so on. (Feel free to fill in your own pet peeve).

The editor of this book promised not to do any of that, and for the most part, kept his promise. "None of that nonsense, thank you very much, but I could not resist just one exception!" Although I personally felt there was more than one exception, I really can't complain very much, as I found this book to be full of totally engrossing tales. And for the price? How can you beat it?

1. The Mystery of Ogham Manor -- An insurance company engages Holmes to look into the suspicious timing of the death of a businessman who had been insured for an obscene amount of money and then died a month later.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A collection by old (and new) favorite authors January 15, 2013
This book is an anthology of an even dozen short stories and novellas by a variety of authors. "The Mystery of Ogham Manor" is a novella by Stan Trybulski in which Holmes unmasks a serial killer with an international reputation. Magda Jozsa's short story, "The Dentist," tells of a murder brotherhood uncovered by Dr. Watson and brought to justice by Holmes. In "The Fury," a short story by Lyn McConchie, we revisit King's Pyland Stables and Colonel Ross, owner of Silver Blaze. A gypsy stable hand who tends a difficult horse has gone missing and is urgently needed to calm the horse before a race. In "Death and No Consequences," a short story by Richard K. Tobin, Holmes and Watson are asked by the Royal Family to investigate a gruesome murder.

John L. French's short story, "Murder at the Diogenes Club," is an onion. In it, layers of truth and falsehood are stripped away, one after another, to reveal the true events behind a "smash and grab" set of murders. Ralph E. Vaughan's short story, "The Adventure of the Night Hunter," tells of Sherlock and (his cousin?) Professor Challenger joining forces to track a new hunter who has declared a territory in the world's largest city. "The Adventure of the Devil's Father," a short story by Morris Hershman, tells the tale of "Colonel Warburton's madness" as cited in "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb." Inspector Lestrade introduces Holmes and Watson to "...the card scandal at the Nonpareil Club," as cited in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" in Marvin Kaye's short story "A Memo from Inspector Lestrade."

"The Button Box," a short story by Lyn McConchie, Brings Hilton Soames, from "The Adventure of the Three Students" back into Holmes and Watson's lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nothing to write holmes about March 30, 2013
By chrisam
Format:Kindle Edition
Despite reading a couple of very positive reviews of this collection, I find it to be uneven and unbalanced. The authors attempt to produce authentic-seeming pastiches of the Canon, but in most cases they have not done enough homework. I admire their efforts and wish them all luck in the future. But this one didn't make it for me. There is much better stuff in the genre out there in bookland.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Holmes Anthology March 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a potpourri of twelve adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes and his loyal colleague, Dr. John Watson. Edited by mystery writer Gary Lovisi, this anthology contains original short stories by a diverse group of contributors hailing from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

All of the authors ably demonstrate their respect and great affection for the original tales of detection as related by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are a tribute to the creative genius of the man who created Sherlock Holmes.

The traditionalist Sherlockian will be delighted to find that the authors have placed Holmes and Watson in their Baker Street flat near the dawning of the 20th century. Queen Victoria is on the throne and the gas lights are glowing dimly through the British fog. Unlike the more recent incantations of Holmes in the media, there is a welcome absence of cell phones, computers, and related digital technologies of the present day.

THE GREAT DETECTIVE: HIS FURTHER ADVENTURES captures that elusive magic which has made Sherlock Holmes one of the most recognizable and popular characters in the history of fiction. This new anthology belongs in the libraries of all those readers who savor their frequent visits with the two distinguished gentlemen who reside at their Baker Street residence in London.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This collection is one of the best Holmes pastiche that I have recently read! I particularly enjoyed the last story; a lesson in observation from which we can all learn! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clifford L. Feightner
3.0 out of 5 stars The Great Detective: His Further Adventures (A Sherlock Holmes...
I thought it was OK. I had just read Lyn Mc Conchie's "Sherlock Holmes: Repeat Business" and 2 of her stories were in this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. J. Kalin
4.0 out of 5 stars For those who love Sherlock
I always enjoy Sherlock Holmes stories. These were full of detail and feeling. I recommend these to all Sherlock Holmes lovers.
Published 2 months ago by Ruth Himes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to mark
It was a good read although I could notice easily that they definitely are not the original Holmes stories. I'd rate it 3 stars for the effort.
Published 9 months ago by Frank
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREAT DETECTIVE
Published 10 months ago by Joe F. Pace
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine Holmes anthology
I became acquainted with the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories years ago. I've re-read them several times over the years. Read more
Published 10 months ago by RivRider
4.0 out of 5 stars the great detective-further adventures of sherlock holmes
this is another one for airports and waiting rooms. it is fun to reinhabit the sherlock holmes universe with a few new tales.
Published 13 months ago by D. T. jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Detective Comes Alive!
The Great Detective: His Further Adventures truly makes Sherlock Holmes come alive. The nine original stories are well done, creative, and provide fond memories for those who love... Read more
Published 15 months ago by ruthkellogg
1.0 out of 5 stars Still looking for my Holmes fix
I read the Sherlock Holmes collection 40 years ago and have reread the short stories several times to scratch my itch for Holmes because I enjoy the genre of the detective noticing... Read more
Published 15 months ago by texas rob
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