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Schlock Homes: The Complete Bagel Street Saga Hardcover – August 1, 1990
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Robert L. Fish (1912-1981), a civil engineer by profession, was 47 years old before he wrote his first published story. He quickly became one of the best regarded figures in the mystery genre, winning three Edgar Allen Poe Awards, serving on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America (and one term as its president), and taking a special interest in beginning authors. He is known for his series characters Kek Huuygens the smuggler and Captain Jose da Silva the Rio police detective, as well as for the movie Bullitt. But it is the misadventures of Schlock Homes of Bagel Street upon which his reputation will inevitably rest. It is secure.
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-- Schlock Homes, The Adventure of the Counterfeit Sovereign
This book is absolutely hilarious. The puns are unbelievably sharp and the jokes come thick and fast. I recommend not eating or drinking while you are reading it!
My only problem with it is that the stories are all basically the same (albeit very, very funny). Homes is called into a case, misinterprets everything he sees, bumbles through to the end and either solves the case by accident, or someone else has to come in and clean up after him. It gets repetitive, and I never read more than one or two stories at a time in order to avoid that feeling of deja vu. An entire book of these stories is almost too much!
If you just love puns and goofy situations ("It's a trap!" Watney cries, throwing Homes into a sand-filled depression -- on a golf course) you should get this book. For myself, I wish I had taken it out of the library instead of purchasing it. Nevertheless, I certainly recommend reading it. It's a classic.
I bought this as a gift for a friend "across the pond" who had never heard of him or Schlock.
Well my friend loved the stories and quickly sent the book back to moi so that I can read them again!