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The Hidden Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: A Novel and Three Short Stories Hardcover – February, 2001


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Product Details

  • Series: Hidden Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Enterprises Ltd (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097022981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970229816
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,464,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2003
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This book is nowhere close to the style of Doyle or other Holmes authors. It is a self-published (and poorly self-edited) ego trip by Paxton so he could expound his theories of graphology, of which he claims to be an expert, and his personal family history. His used his wife as "illustrator" (see cover for her style, does that look like Holmes ?) and he probably wrote off a trip to Europe as "research". His writing style is atrocious (eg: Holmes starts 3 sentences in a row, in the same paragraph, with: "I have been..."
He completely fails to capture the Holmes style and instead lulls his readers into disinterest with long, boring dissertations and completely unrealistic dialogue.
This is about as phony a Holmes volume as ever hit the market. Try John Dickson Carr or Nicolas Meyer if you're ready to expand beyond Doyle's original canon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Blue Carbuncle on September 6, 2003
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This book was a complete disappointment. It is apparently self-published and self-edited and the errors in grammar and continuity fairly scream off the page. The author fails to capture Victorian England of 1896 by making several errors of historical fact. Most distressing of all is the total failure to capture the characters of Holmes and Watson in the style that Conan Doyle created them. The personalities are all wrong and the dialogue completely misses the mark.
If you are ready to move beyond Doyle's canon this is NOT the tome you wish to peruse. There are too many other excellent Holmes collections available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Garrigues on March 19, 2007
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This is a wonderful primer on how NOT to write . . . and how NOT to draw portraits. Otherwise, I mourn the sacrifice of a tree to print this tedious book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raven on January 10, 2006
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Holmes on the other hand, is treated like, "Oh, yeah, better mention him once in a while!" I have no doubt of Mr. Paxton's credentials in the field of graphology. But even the fact that my copy is personally signed by the author (not to me, which tells you that the person he did sign it for didn't keep it) doesn't make it of much value. It's a curiosity, nothing more. A little less graphology and more writing would have made a credible story. Quoth the Raven, droping a black feather...
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