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The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes by [Watson M.D., John H., Tony Reynolds, Chris Coady]
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About the Author

John H. Watson, M.D., authored dozens of adventures about the great detective Sherlock Holmes (most were published under the name of his literary agent, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).

Coady has worked for design and publishing groups in England and the US.

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  • File Size: 1263 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A154MO
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By G. Peter Wityk on March 16, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My mind boggles at the fact that there are reviewers that rate this book at 4 or 5 stars. These stories simply do not qualify for that high a rating.

1. Holmes is out of character in many of them. First he appears to be more concerned with money, specifically his fee, than a solution in at least two of the stories. I only recall only a few discussions of fees in the canon; one about the check from the Duke of Holdernesse; one where Watson says that Holmes regularly turned away rich clients with money in hand and uninteresting problems to concentrate on poor clients with interesting problems and another where he says, "My professional charges are upon a fixed scale. I do not vary them, save when I remit them altogether." In the canon, he shows no concern with money and indeed seems to have what he needs to do what needs to be done. The tenor of these stories seem quite different than that. Second, he seems to depend on Watson far more for investigative work than the rest of the canon. And, third, he seems much chattier about the details of his thinking, the clues found, etc.

2. The mysteries are all rather thin. In at least two of them, I could tell who the criminal was, what the substance of the story would be and predict the conclusion in the first few pages.

3. There are a number of jarring, false to fact or false to character points in the stories. Some of this is due to poor editing but still it takes away the sense of wonder and the suspension of disbelief.
(1) Brazil seems to have become a former Spanish colony rather than Portuguese or many of the inhabitants seem to be Spanish.
(2) Curare poisoning changes to strychnine in less than 3 paragraphs and then back to curare a few pages later.
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The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes - "Edited" by Tony Reynolds is probably one of the best collections of pastiches I have read in the last couple of years. Mr. Reynolds starts with the "Giant Rat of Sumatra" and then adds seven more delightful mysteries for us. We get to follow the stories of gypsy girls, Amazon explorers and Russian anarchists. Mr. Reynolds has made eight unique tales (which in itself is a challenge) to test the Great Detective. Dr. Watson of course remains the participant, biographer and ally.
An especially delightful aspect to this volume is the illustration provided for each of the adventures by Chris Coady. They are quite remarkable. Sydney Paget would be impressed!
It would be hard to select one particular story in the group that I would consider my favorite but when pressed I would have to say it's the Adventure of the Russian Anarchist. The problem with reviews of novels is that if you like it you're terribly afraid if you go into the tale you'll "give it all away". I certainly don't want to do that. Let me just say that Mr. Reynolds has kept the style and pace of the original tales and Holmes is at the top of his form.
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This is the first Sherlockian writing I have found by this author. It is a collection of eight short novellas, each set up similarly to the Canonical tales. Other than the language, which seems a bit modern, these tales read a lot like their originals.

`The Giant Rat of Sumatra" takes place in London and migrates from a tale of murder to a story of a curiosity and then to a true tragedy. The explanation offered is plausible and the events are reasonable. "The Adventure of the Gypsy Girl" reads very well. Holmes always seems a step ahead of the reader and gives his client what she asks for. It is quite well executed and seems to unfold naturally.

"The Adventure of the Amazon Explorer" recalls a couple of the Canonical tales and includes several excellent deductions by Holmes. Again, Holmes satisfies his client's needs, if not those of the Metropolitan Police. "The Adventure of the Medium" starts out as if it is another fraud debunking as in the earlier "Gypsy Girl" tale. It ends up as a tale of Holmes' compassion and understanding.

"The Adventure of the Russian Anarchist" has Holmes requested by a high Government Official to help prevent the assassination of a visiting diplomat. Holmes manages to do so, despite the advice and help provided by his client and by Inspector Lestrade. "The Adventure of the Eminent Collector" involves Holmes in an inexplicable robbery. The stolen object and the pains taken simply do not match, so Holmes finds the explanation.

"The Adventure of the Pawnbroker's Wife leads Holmes and Watson into an increasingly dark and involved situation. Their client's suspicions seem to be confirmed and then magnified as the case progresses. "The Mystery of the Missing Rubies" introduces us to a family of Holmes relatives.
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The book contains eight stories and, on a cosmetic level, the most pleasing aspect is the way that the book is presented in the style of the original Strand Magazine. The typeface is the same (or very close to) and the illustrations are excellent. In fact they almost make you feel like Sidney Paget had been resurrected to produce them.

Like the original stories themselves, some are better than others. I particularly enjoyed "The Adventure of the Medium" and "The Adventure of the Amazonian Explorer" but felt that "The Adventure of the Gypsy Girl" was a little too straight-forward and easy to work out.

All in all this is very much one of the better collections of pastiche stories. For me personally I very much like the fact that the author has stuck to the spirit of the originals. He has not brought Holmes into battle with demons nor has he had Holmes meet other characters from Victorian literature.
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