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Sherlock Holmes-Consulting Detective Volume 1 Paperback – February 2, 2014
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I have had very pleasant experiences thus far. The writers really know what they are doing and provide taut, focused plots along with clear descriptions of settings and characters. Included are spot on historical details and the writers are skillful enough to insert misdirecting elements in manners so successfully that as of yet I have not successfully guessed a climax to a story. So for those who have a Friday evening complete with fireplace and nothing scheduled on Saturday, these books are the ticket. Note the plural. My next stop is rereading volume two of six.
The locales chosen for each mystery were rather equally unique. Part of the Holmes/Watson banter seems a bit forced, and the explanations for Holmes' deductions from hard to follow to totally far fetched. Most were minor flaws that the less picky readers might well never discover. I might not find them myself on a second reading of the book. (The Raven admits to a certain pickiness, but, heck, I'm a poet!) One sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb: Van, you dropped the ball in "The Adventure of the Tuvan Delegate". I read your passage on pages 113-114 and my Holmes radar went off like a light:
Taken from "The Dancing Men", by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
Step 1: You had chalk between your left finger and thumb when you returned from your club last night.
Step 2: You put chalk there when you play billiards.
Step 3: You only play billiards with Mr. Thurston.
Step 4: You told me four weeks ago that Thurston wanted to sell you some land in South Africa.
Step 5: Your bank book is locked in my drawer, and you have not asked for the key.
Step 6: So you are not going to buy the land from Thurston!
This may have been on your mind when you set up that story, but your deduction by Holmes is Canonically wrong.
I did enjoy the book, however, and since this says Vol 1, I expect more great Holmes stories from Airship27!
Quoth the Raven....
Fortunately the formatting issue isn't present in subsequent volumes, at least not in 2 and 3 which are the ones I've read so far.
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Not as intriguing as I'd hoped.