"Have you ever seen a ghost, Mr. Holmes?" asks Victoria Temple, and Sherlock Holmes, at the height of his powers in 1898, must face a new challenge, one that plunges the great detective into the realm of the supernatural. Miss Temple has been found guilty - but also insane - at her trial for murdering a child under her care. She is locked away in the Broadmoor lunatic asylum, and worse still, she believes fully in her own guilt. But were the hauntings at the Elizabethan manor house of Bly a vision of the walking dead, perhaps, rather than delusions of her tormented mind? Or could it be that a criminal conspiracy is to blame for the psychic phenomena, as well as a second murder cunningly concealed in the past?
In the company of Dr. Watson, the indefatiguable Holmes will track down the perpetrators through the occult underworld of Victorian London.
Next, on the eve of World War I, Holmes is confronted with fraud and forgery at the Royal Naval Academy in "The Case of a Boy's Honor". While back in London, behind the scenes of the Herculaneum Theatre in the Strand, "The Case of the Matinee Idol" embroils Holmes and Watson directly in an apparent on-stage murder. How did poison get into two Shakespearean goblets when only the victim, now dead, had access to them and the most likely suspect was a mile away with an unthinkable alibi?
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Both of these stories suffer from being way too long. Both are quite simple, yet entertaining stories. They suffer from being three times longer than they should be and a tag-along interpretation of Watson that leaves much to be desired. Intricate wit, actual mystery or even dramatic tension are all missing from these stories. One knows the result of both stories about a third of the way in. ACD was keen to capitalize on keeping the reader engaged.
All this said, if going on a long road trip by one's self, one could do far worse than this collection of stories.
lover of books, puzzles, and yarn
The narration of this book brings it to the top of the list.
A different type of Watson makes it a not-Sherlock but Sherlock-like. And very enjoyable.
I'm not sure that I would experience the story differently if I read it -- Telfer's narration is terrific in the way any good actor brings life to good writing.
As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan I was skeptical as to anyone else doing justice to the great works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However I was pleasantly surprised by this. Donald Thomas does indeed successfully recreate the mood, and tone of the time and has his characterization of the famous duo Holmes and Watson down to perfection.
But the real genius is in the plot. "Do you believe in Ghosts Mr. Holmes?" is the question which sets this story in motion...
It concerns itself with the storyline from 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James (a masterpiece in itself) and takes the ghostly goings on and 'turns' it all on its head. The whole mystery is set before our great detective and he sets out to investigate.
Did the children and the Governess really see ghosts? What was Miss Jessel and Quints involvement? And was the Governess ultimately responsible for the death of little Miles? (for which she is accused and has been sentenced accordingly) Holmes has but little time to prove otherwise before the governess is due to serve out her sentence.
Concentrating on the latest technologies and amidst the spiritualist movements of the time, Holmes embarks on an intriguing journey into the chilling events that shrouded Bly House.
An epic tale, a must read / listen and an admirable tribute to Sherlock Holmes.
I am a huge fan of the 'original' Sherlock Holmes and was somewhat sceptical about listening to any other stories which were not penned by Conan Doyle. I have to admit to being gripped by the stories and the writing, especially the 'Ghosts of Bly' - which intertwines Henry James' 'Turn of the Screw' with an investigation by Holmes. Excellent listening - well narrated and thoroughly recommended! Enjoy!
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