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Dr Watson crosses fact with inventive fiction, real clients -- illustrious Oscar Wilde, infamous Dr Crippen, and an errant husband condemned to hang for brutal murder and dismemberment of wife. 1,2 The Two 'Failures' of Sherlock HolmesThe Case of the:3 Racing Certainty 4 Naked Bicyclists - Nocturnal rides in rural Essex lead to the discovery of some grim secrets buried benDr Watson crosses fact with inventive fiction, real clients -- illustrious Oscar Wilde, infamous Dr Crippen, and an errant husband condemned to hang for brutal murder and dismemberment of wife. 1,2 The Two 'Failures' of Sherlock HolmesThe Case of the:3 Racing Certainty 4 Naked Bicyclists - Nocturnal rides in rural Essex lead to the discovery of some grim secrets buried beneath the blackthorn trees5 Sporting Major 6 Hygienic Husband - Bathtub is crucial clue in rescuing a young woman from a devious bigamist7 The Voice from the Crypt: The Case of the Talking Corpse - Depraved Dr Thomas Cream leaps from shadows in the Lambeth slums...

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ISBN : 9780330486477
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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  • Mike
    2019-01-25 11:11

    This is a decent book, one that I would happily give a "3.5" to if the ranking scale permitted, but cannot justify giving it a "4". But you may feel more positive about it than I.Like the first Holmes pastiche I read by Mr. Thomas, I wanted to like this book more than I feel I did. As in "Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly" (I am reading them out-of-order of publication date) there were several "disturbances" in an otherwise flowing narrative. The truth is that because most of the writing is quite good, I probably assign more importance to these oddities in the mannerisms and speech of Holmes and Watson than they deserve. But I'm glad I read it. It was certainly far better than some of the war era "new" stories filmed by Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce (and if you are addicted to SH you'll watch those, anyway).On to the book. This is an interesting blend of real and fictional crime and detection. Personally, I read the book as if it was just another set of SH detective stories, but it was interesting to see how the author wove real crimes in and around his tales. Mr. Thomas is an author who has a long track record in both biography and crime and detection non-fiction. Thus it is only natural that he would use real crimes as the basis for his Holmes stories. I cannot comment on the accuracy of the historical crimes, nor how they were investigated or prosecuted, but for the most part he did a good job of merging the two together. In addition to his additions to the Holmes canon, he has written a couple of fictionalized novels on Jack the Ripper (which I will be reading shortly) and several other crime fiction books.Certainly I have read far worse stories using (or abusing) the Holmes character. These are definitely in the "better" class of pastiche. I get the feeling that what I think is excess the author (and his editors) feel is "mainstream" Doyle-like prose. Ultimately, it may just be that I am judging the man too harshly. What I can say is that while Watson is still not the stellar intellect of Holmes he is treated in a more even-handed and satisfying manner than many others. Of course, there are still instances where Holmes despairs of Watson's inability to see the correct deduction, but there are other places where Holmes genuinely compliments Watson on getting the facts right before any others (excepting SH). When cast as such a buffoon (think Nigel Bruce), one always wonders why Holmes would tolerate Watson more than 3 days in a row before committing premeditated murder.I do recommend it both as pure, well-written crime fiction and as a continuation of the careers of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.One brief note about the first two high-profile "cases" in this collection. We all know, far too well, that Oscar Wilde's ill-advised defamation case against Lord Queensberry (yes, the same "Marquess of Queensberry" responsible for the boxing rules) resulted in his eventual prosecution for "perversion" in the English courts. While I felt it was gratuitous to bring Mr. Wilde in as a "client" of Holmes, it did give the author an excuse to provide a concise, but reasonably full biographical sketch of the man.The other high-profile crime was that of Dr. Hawley Crippen. He allegedly poisoned and then dismembered his wife and months after the crime fled with his assistant and mistress when he was questioned by Scotland Yard. It became, for a while, "The Crime of the Century" because the Captain of the vessel they were sailing on had recognized the pair and using his wireless sent back information about them. The detective in charge, got on another, faster steamer heading to the same destination in Canada eventually catching up with them while still in international waters. All this time, the Captain kept sending accounts to a newspaper of the Dr. and mistress, whipping up public interest. In the book, Holmes attempts to have Crippen acknowledge that he did administer the poison, but only as a sedative, not to induce death. Crippen, although an American, keeps a stiff upper lip protecting his mistress and goes to the hangman 4 weeks after conviction. There is an interesting "Secrets of the Dead" episode about this case which brings modern genetic and forensic methods to bear on the case. It is very, very interesting.

  • Billhotto
    2019-02-01 12:22

    Holmes solves real life crimes. Unlike "Law and Order" these occurred a century ago and so the names don't have to be changed to protect the innocent. Fun for Sherlock fans and an interesting account of major turn of the 20th century British crimes.

  • Calvin Daniels
    2019-02-18 10:18

    Another fine Holmesian book. A 3.5 would be a truer rating.

  • Mary-Beth
    2019-02-16 09:14

    This book imitated the style of the Sherlock Holmes stories quite well. The mysteries themselves were also convincing, if a little more over-the-top than the usual Sherlock Holmes tales, just a little. It was the characterization that suffered the greatest in this imitation. The author seems to labour under a misapprehension that Holmes and Watson were constantly at one another's throats, even on the verge of blows it sometimes seems. Others may have a different opinion of the situation from the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but I saw Sherlock and Watson as extremely close friends even though they quarreled sometimes, I mean close enough they'd die for one another. The characterization just rang false for me and as the relationship between Sherlock and Watson is absolutely central to the classic mysteries it didn't work for me. It seemed to me the author should have chosen to write from another character's perspective perhaps rather than trying to imitate the originals so closely. At any rate, the stories were still amusing enough for someone who craves more Sherlock Holmes to pick up and read for a fix.

  • Matt Kuhns
    2019-01-25 09:10

    Most of this book would merit two stars, a rating that I would apply to the one other collection of Thomas's Holmes stories I have read, as well; for the most part they seem adequate but entirely forgettable exercises, lacking any great depth.Yet the last and longest item in this collection, the titular "Voice from the Crypt," surprised me. Here, finally, Thomas seemed to capture the subtle qualities that separate a compelling story from merely another pseudo-Watson going through the motions. Perhaps the sense of urgency in this particular historical case helped lend more life to Holmes's maneuvering around its edges, compared to the other crimes given the same treatment herein; whatever the reason, "Voice from the Crypt" stands out as a relatively memorable little Sherlock novella.By itself, I might award "Voice from the Crypt" as many as four stars. For this collection as a whole, an average of three seems appropriate.

  • blushenka
    2019-02-15 05:35

    Loved these stories, especially the last one, which gave the name to the collection. In fact, the last story (view spoiler)[features an actual real life murderer, Thomas Neill Cream, and the murders from the story did indeed happen very much as they are recounted, during that time, which adds a note of creepiness to an already creepy tale. And the letter received from supposedly Jack the Ripper claiming responsibility for the murders, is probably a nod to the fact that this guy is a Ripper candidate (although the case for him being Jack the Ripper is not very convincing). (hide spoiler)]Conclusion: A very entertaining set of pastiches, written by someone who obviously knows and loves the characters. Holmes is subtle, witty and irreverent, Watson is kind, prosaic and reliable, Lestrade is mostly wrong but very tenacious. The author's style is engaging and the mysteries are well crafted.4.6/5.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-07 05:29

    This book features Sherlock Holmes on some real life cases, including Crippen and Neil Cream the poisoner. It was a pretty good read, but as always for me, a little Holmes goes a long way. I just can't buy the way he takes a single look at a person and can 'deduce' his profession, how he travelled, and in this book, what music the man's wife had been practicing on the piano earlier in the day. Please.

  • Jon Terry
    2019-02-01 12:21

    Historical fiction that gives Holmes the credit in solving several real-life crimes of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Solid writing and solid research. I would have been happier, however, if he had not multiple times violated the timeline of Doyle's established canon with the crimes he chose.

  • Dave Hunsberger
    2019-01-24 12:32

    A bit dry at times, but some interesting backstory that seems plausible

  • Michele bookloverforever
    2019-01-24 11:22

    collection of sherlock holmes pastiches in short story forms. not bad. plots are a little outre.

  • Les Wilson
    2019-02-04 11:33

    Not as good as "Death on a Pale Horse", but still a good read.

  • Kel
    2019-02-19 09:26

    A pleasant surprise. The stories were based upon true crimes in Britain with Sherlock Holmes woven fairly seamlessly into the investigations.