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A Slight Trick of the Mind | [Mitch Cullin]

A Slight Trick of the Mind

He's 93-years-old, in retirement in Sussex, beginning to lose his memory, and subject to emotions he has resisted all his life. His name is Sherlock Holmes.
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Publisher's Summary

He's 93-years-old, in retirement in Sussex, beginning to lose his memory, and subject to emotions he has resisted all his life. His name is Sherlock Holmes.

It's 1947, and the long-retired Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with a housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Holmes has recently returned from war-torn Japan and settled into the routine of tending his apiary, writing in his journals, and grappling with the waning powers of his once razor-sharp mind. Then Roger secretly searches Holmes' private study and uncovers the case of Mrs. Keller, the long-ago object of the legendary sleuth's deep, and never acknowledged, infatuation.

As Cullin weaves together Holmes' hidden past, his poignant struggle to retain mental acuity, and his unlikely relationship with Roger, who stirs his paternal affection, a mythic figure is transformed into an ordinary man. At once an engrossing mystery and a gripping character study, A Slight Trick of the Mind is an affecting and original portrait of literature's most beloved detective in the twilight of his illustrious life.

©2005 Mitch Cullin; (P)2005 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Winner, Fiction (Unabridged)

"An ambitious, beautifully written novel....This look at Holmes near his natural death is a delight and a deeply satisfying read." (Publishers Weekly)
"This is a lovely, tenderhearted book, full of reserve, good manners, elegance of feeling. It's what a novel should be. You don't read it to be "improved", but for the plain joy of seeing what the language can do in the hands of an affectionate, very accomplished writer." (The Washington Post)
"Under Cullin's sure hand, the vibrant, assured detective we know gives way to a man who looks back with regret at missed opportunities in a manner that makes the larger-than-life figure surprisingly human." (Booklist)

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    "A Nice Way to Remember Sherlock Holmes"
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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.


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    Fran Silt, CO, United States 04-04-08
    Fran Silt, CO, United States 04-04-08 Member Since 2001
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    truly an excellently written book....

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    hh pdx United States 08-11-06
    hh pdx United States 08-11-06 Member Since 2015

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    "many words, little substance"

    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.

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    John Asquith NSW, N/A, Australia 04-01-06
    John Asquith NSW, N/A, Australia 04-01-06
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    "Bad Bad Bad!"

    This book is incredibly tedious and depressing. Definitely the worst thing I have found here at audible.

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    Gregory Sebastopol, CA, United States 08-22-06
    Gregory Sebastopol, CA, United States 08-22-06 Member Since 2006
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    i thought it would be like any other sherlock holmes i had read but it was too hard to follow it switched from the past to the presint then to a book holmes is wrighting if u like to have to go back and relisen to parts and have to pay close atenchen to the book at ALL times then this book is for you if not forget it this book is terrible and i LOVE practicly ALL sherlock holmes mysterys but i got to confused and downright hated this book

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