When another ranch hand turns up in an outhouse with a bullet in his brain, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to put his Holmes-inspired detective talents to work and solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
©2006 Steve Hockensmith; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
"Sherlockians, western fans, and mystery lovers who enjoy their whodunits leavened with humor should all be delighted by Hockensmith's captivating debut." (Publishers Weekly)
"This first novel will keep both mystery fans and afficionados of Westerns grinning from the first page to the last." (Library Journal)
The talented reader added the right amount of western tones to this well written mystery. The ending was unexpected but completely reasonable. There is a lot of "deducifying" done by the Holmes on the range using skills we have had a chance to hone on our own readings of the Canon.
A very enjoyable read.
I was looking for a new genre and found myself downloading this, although westerns don't usually grab my interest and I've never read a Sherlock Holmes book. I'm certainly glad to have found this series! I loved the story--not too much of a mystery to confuse the daylights out of me; enough western to give it a bunkhouse flavor, and colorful characters abound. The author's pace is perfect.
Certainly, the reader has done a brilliant job of things. If you go into this realizing it's read like a vaudville play, you'll get great pleasure from the listening.
I'm off to download the next in the series now...
I'm not sure why I even chose this one, but I'm so glad I did. Although it's not a favourite genre for me, I was entertained all the way. The writer is very funny and fairly original.
Audio: This reader came so close to being in the top rank, but he has a tendency to over-act slightly. Much of the time he sounds more like he's telling a story on a Vaudeville stage rather than imparting to you something that really happened. Still, he's endearing and talented.
A Montana based contemporary of Holmes who has followed Watson's stories and faithfully duplicated the great detectives methods. It is a witty and entertaining story.
I really look forward to more Old Red and Big Red!
I love genre fiction but enjoy discoving something new. Mysteries are my favorite.
I enjoyed this a lot. It's a light hearted mystery set in the old west about two brothers who go about "Holmesifying" when murder strikes the ranch where they work. It's an interesting mystery with an entertaining setting and memorable characters. The narrator does a good job with the main characters, but a few of the minor ones are English and his accent is not good. His English ladie's maid voice is down right horrible. They are small characters, so it didn't bother me that much. Also, the characters curse a fair amount. Even using the N word a few times. It fits in with the setting, though, and it's not too exessive. I really liked it overall.
So I would actually give this 4 1/2 stars if I could, but rounded up as I enjoyed the story very much. Obviously, it's a humorous novel with a premise that requires a bit of suspension of disbelief. That said, I prefer that historical novels not have too many obvious anachronisms. There were definitely some moments that veered into silliness and improbability, but the characters, the story, the narrator, and the excellent pacing smoothed them over quickly. It's a lively and fairly original story with plenty of action and plot twists.
If you like humor, the old west, and Sherlock Holmes, this novel is for you.
Someone who is not easily offended by the N-word being used.
Yes. I loved his Pride and Prejudice zombie books. I was eagerly anticipating another genre, but was sorely disappointed.
Mr. Dufris was great. It was the novel itself.
I've loved Sherlock Holmes since I watched my first Basil Rathbone movie. This was a great spin on a classic. I'm not a western fan at all but I got into the story because of all the interaction between the two main characters who are brothers and cowboys in the Old West. What a lark!
This is an enjoyable romp through the old west with a Holmes feel to it. There was plenty of light humor mixed in. Not a deep thriller, just good entertainment. William Dufris was right on the money. There was some rough language, but not vulgar. Enjoyable to find a book not filled with sex, vampires, zombies, etc.
I first read about this book and it's series in MysteryScene and I was definitely intrigued. Then I go to my audible account, find myself with 4 credits, and decide to take a chance. The moment I heard William Dufris's voice, my interest was caught and after a few minutes, I immediately came back on and bought the next 3 books in the series with my credits.
Dufris's voicework is amazing and he has quickly became my favorite narrator. And with this series, he is an incredible fit because his "voice" works so well with the main character's persona. Think of a warmer Jeff Foxworthy aww shucks type voice and you may have it nailed. As for the book, a great start to a fantastic series and I will be buying the last book in the series tomorrow and I simply can't wait.
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