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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ignore the photo of the actual novel that Amazon has supplied. Its not "The Murder Dossier".

The "Murder Dossier" by Simon Goodenough was published in three different editions:

[1] 1983 First British Edition published by Webb & Bower, paperback, bound with a red ribbon.

[2] 1983 First American Edition published by Quill Press (William Morrow), paperback, bound with a red ribbon and comes in a cardboard slipcase.

[3] 1985 Second Edition published by Peerage Books, hardcover, also available as e-book on Kindle.

Normally a hardcover book would be more desireable than a paperback, but the only hardcover edition [3] is a disappointment. It was a mass-market coffee table book of the type found on the remainder tables at Barnes and Noble.

The first British [1] and American [2] editions are the same paperback, purposely designed to look like Dr. Watson's 100 year-old scrapbook of case files.
You have newspaper clippings, telegrams, hand-written notes, and photographs bound into a book which is held together by a red ribbon. The paper was pre-yellowed to look old (it looks even yellower after 30 years).
Dr. Watson supposedly assembled it: It was supposed to look beaten-up and amateurish (even "Like New" copies look this way, somewhat confusing).
[1] and [2] came with four glassine envelopes containing actual clues: a gold wedding ring, a poison pill (eek!), and two calling cards (make sure your copy has all clues intact).

The only difference between [1] and [2] is that the American edition comes with a cardboard slipcase. Nice to have (but the British edition is technically the first edition - important to collectors).

[3] contains NONE of this neat stuff. It's a plain old book, not a "Murder Dossier." Instead of the clues, you now get photographs of the clues. Disappointing.

Simon Goodenough assembled two additional "Murder Dossiers", devoted to the Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of Four.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2000
I've had this old book since it first came out in '83. It's now old and falling apart and I was hoping to find a reprint...
This murder dossier brings a Sherlock Holmes mystery to life. It contains physical evidence for you to handle, which is the coolest part about it. Presented in the form of a case file, it contains letters, maps, newspaper clippings, photographs, calling cards, and other evidence like a ring interspersed with journal entries. They don't make books like this anymore. It's really fun reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2000
I've had this old book since it first came out in '83. It's now old and falling apart and I was hoping to find a reprint...
This murder dossier brings a Sherlock Holmes mystery to life. It contains physical evidence for you to handle, which is the coolest part about it. Presented in the form of a case file, it contains letters, maps, newspaper clippings, photographs, calling cards, and other evidence like a ring interspersed with journal entries. They don't make books like this anymore. It's really fun reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
This dossier should be fun for the student of Holmes. This is the case where Watson first met Holmes. Included is a Watson handwritten "Sherlock Holmes - His limits (Knowledge or Literature - Nil, Knowledge of Politics - Feeble"). I also enjoyed the letter from John H. Watson, to Conan Doyle, with Doyle as editor and literary agent. Also enjoyable were the editing by Holmes of Watson's notes. For example Watson writes "Gregson & Lestrade being the pick of a bad lot" and Holmes annotates "Gregson is the smart of the two. Both quick and energetic but shockingly conventional". Elsewhere "Holmes" writes "Ah. The great issues that hang from a boot-lace". Included is also "Sole impressions" a monograph by Holmes on "the tracing of footsteps". Perhaps some of the handwriting and newspaper clips are hard to read, and the included Map of London is so reduced to make it illegible. In the original story "The Country of the Saints" provides much richer material on what happened in America with the Mormons that what is included here. So this is no substitute for the original story, but is imaginative.
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