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2.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes vs. the Supernatural - - Misfire., March 2, 2006
This review is from: The Ghosts in Baker Street : New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (Paperback)
GHOSTS IN BAKER STREET is the third installment in Martin Greenberg's "New Tales of Sherlock Holmes" series. Methinks Greenberg went to the well once too often.

The theme of this third volume centers on history's supreme rationalist tackling cases of a supernatural bent. I was skeptical of the idea but, like most Sherlock Holmes fans who are forever hoping some modern day author will recapture Doyle's lighting in a bottle, I plunked down my $16.95.

Unfortunately the stories in GHOSTS IN BAKER STREET fall pretty flat. Despite some attempts to create a properly spooky atmosphere, the stories are unaffecting. The only story that made an impact was "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes," the reason being that author Loren Estleman has "his" Holmes pay Watson a compliment in words that could have flowed from Conan Doyle's pen.

Like the previous two volumes, both of which I enjoyed to a great degree, this volume has several non-fiction essays on Holmes at the end of the book. Though some of these essays have been interesting, I would have much preferred that Greenberg included more stories.

All in all, an optional purchase.
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