This is a poignant tale of an aging Sherlock Holmes and has more to do with the mysteries of life and death than the more prosaic mysteries of the typical Sherlockian novel. We see an elderly Sherlock who, after a lifetime of shunning all but a few interpersonal connections, is forced to grapple with his own humanity and that of those around him. This definitely is not your classic SH mystery, but a sadly bittersweet tale imbued with its own sense of, perhaps more eternal, mystery.
This is the first time I've tried to write a review, so bear with me. I liked Slight Trick of the Mind. It was a nice listen. Well read and written. I will listen to it again sometime. There is a mystery to solve and some insight into Sherlock's life as an older man.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book though if you are looking for a Sherlock Holmes mystery this is not. This book is another type of mystery looking into the personal thoughts and feelings of a legendary literary character. The narrator was perfect and drew me into the book immediately. This once fearless and magnificent man is now near the end of his life but as the story unfolds you realize that what seemed to most of us to be an exciting and fulfilling life, actually had a lot of emptiness. It's an exploration of the humanity of the greatest and most memorable detective.
Mitch Cullin, No. Simon Jones, Yes.
There was no intrigue, mystery or even interesting characters including Holmes himself.
The woman who played the Armonica.
Fall asleep several times.
The stories were simply narratives with little satisfaction at the end of their telling. It's a caricature of what the 1970's Holmes would have become.
Remove Holmes and retitle it, "Reflections of a dying old man" and it may be a better book, but the inclusion of Holmes leaves a reader/listener expecting something memorable and interesting.
The Author, Mitch Cullin has managed to strip nearly every enjoyable aspect of Holmes and left us with a rambling old imposter or character impersonator who thinks he was once Holmes.
I loved the way it studied, in a unique, new way, the main character - Sherlock Holmes.
His vocal pacing was very good.
The focused, yet imperfect mind, of an aging former detective.
A read for true Holmes fans, because they will appreciate the story without being disappointed that this is not a classic Holmseian mystery.
The premise of a Holmes getting senile is interesting. There are three stories and all of them are incomplete. That being so, I wonder why they were told in the first place. There are plenty of unanswered questions. Maybe this is to replicate Holmes' memory loss but, if so, why write this book. Mysteries need a conclusion and there isn't one here.
Bring something to conclusion - even Holmes' death in a relevant situation.
Some insight into memory loss, but not in this context.
When discussing all of his associates' deaths, it gets very depressing. Again, maybe realistic, but that's not what I read Sherlock Holmes for.
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I have been reading Sherlock Homes stories since I was a teenager - over 50 years ago. I still enjoy re-reading these tales. It was a nice change to read about Sherlock in his old age, still the spritely individual I have enjoyed forever.
Mitch writes beautifully. The problem is that he seems to fall in love with his words while neglecting the story. The end result is a very genteel tale with piles and piles of lovely words that become forgettable shortly after you hit the STOP button on your DVD player. If you like being talked AT while sinking into an overstuffed chair at the Savoy during high tea, then this is for you. If you're looking for something to stimulate, look elsewhere.