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Sherlock Holmes in America | [Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)]

Sherlock Holmes in America

Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets America’s most famous figures.
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Audible Editor Reviews

The nostalgic anthology Sherlock Holmes in America gives some of America’s best mystery writers a chance to imagine the famous sleuth at work across the pond. The 14 stories here are in chronological order, and are set in various regional pockets. The stylish and diffident Holmes crosses the Atlantic. His celebrity precedes him. As happens back home, his clients range from the obscure to the famous. Holmes retains his uncanny powers of deduction, and manages to solve tricky and dangerous interpersonal puzzles. The writers included here conjure Holmes and Watson without distortion, and thrust the ultra-civilized duo in conflict with purely American villains. The stories have local flavor and American upstart ruggedness. Graeme Malcolm narrates in a tone filled with irony and energetic wit.

Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Short Stories/Collections, 2014

The world's greatest detective leaves his native shores and travels to the most dangerous land of all...America!

Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets some of America’s most famous figures along the way.

This exciting new anthology features over a dozen original short stories by award-winning and prominent writers, each in the extraordinary tradition of Conan Doyle, and each with a unique American twist. Featuring new stories by:

  • Edgar Award-winner Daniel Stashower
  • Edgar Award-winner Jon L. Breen
  • Shamus Award-winner Loren Estleman
  • Derringer Award-winner Steve Hockensmith
  • Anthony Award-winner Bill Crider
  • And many more!

©2009 Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Audie Award Winner, Short Stories/Collections, 2014

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    J. Comeaux Lafayette, LA USA 10-11-13
    J. Comeaux Lafayette, LA USA 10-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Laugh out loud stories clever and smart"
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    Short stories by different writers, so you get different styles and characters. These are SO MUCH FUN. Sherlock and Wyatt Earp. Sherlock and Teddy Roosevelt. Don't tell me that the purists would wince. Let us have some fun with our favorite consulting detective and his trusty side kick. Love these stories.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Granite Falls, NC, USA 02-15-13
    Amy Granite Falls, NC, USA 02-15-13 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Terrific for Sherlockians!"

    On the whole this is a far better than average collection of Sherlockian stories. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing how the different authors opted to bring Holmes to the States while respecting Conan Doyle's canon. The best tales here are excellent, most are good, and few are disappointments. The narration was fantastic - evocative and skilled with the various accents used, both British and American.

    Lyndsay Faye's "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness" tackles one of the canonical unchronicled cases with great success, underscoring not only Holmes's impressive deductive abilities, but also Watson's inherent decency and empathy. It's a delight to have Watson relate an unsolved mystery from his days in San Francisco to help his friend battle crippling boredom. San Francisco's a compelling character here. Given how much I enjoyed Faye's DUST AND SHADOW, I'm unsurprised that I liked this so much.

    In "Ghosts and the Machine," Lloyd Rose offers a fascinating glimpse into Mycroft's and Sherlock's younger years and relationship (from Mycroft's point of view, quite well done), as well as a poignant window into real-life characters from the history of the Spiritualist movement.

    Steve Hockensmith's "Excerpts from an Unpublished Memoir Found in the Basement of the Home for Retired Actors" is a delight, both for the ridiculously self-important voice of its narrator and the its evocative descriptions of The Whelp (that is, a young Sherlock Holmes, "treading the boards" as a company player in the wilds of America). Great fun with lovely insights into a young but already recognizable Holmes.

    Robert Pohle's "The Flowers of Utah" offers a "What if?" spin on some of the not-so-tied-up loose ends from "A Study in Scarlet," but it thinks it's cleverer than it is, and the payoff from the "infodump" doesn't justify abandoning the rest of the story as Pohle does. This fell rather flat for me, the first disappointment of a volume that's otherwise been excellent.

    Loren D. Estleman's "The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist" has Holmes and Watson working with Wyatt Earp to prove Doc Holliday innocent of false charges of murder before he's lynched. The character voices are wonderful here, as is the portrait of the still young and growing friendship between Holmes and Watson.

    Victoria Thompson in "The Minister's Missing Daughter" provides a mystery that's quite easily solved, but that's rather the point, as the community's and family's general assumptions about an exploited wallflower of a girl have blinded everyone from seeing the obvious truth about her fate. This is not a standout story, but it has its own quiet charm.

    "The Case of Colonel Crockett's Violin" by Gillian Linscott is a story about Holmes and Watson in San Antonio determining which, among a field of several choices, is the authentic violin owned by Davy Crockett and rescued from the Alamo. A solid effort.

    Bill Crider's "The Adventure of the White City" needed to be about twice as long as it is to do justice to its ambitious premise (mixing the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Wovoka, and the Ghost Dance). Although it felt rushed and very thin in patches, the main theme was more than worthy, and I appreciate the thought behind the not-quite-fully-realized story.

    In "Recalled to Life," Paula Cohen offers a story from the Great Hiatus in which Holmes saves the career of a framed former New York detective. A very satisfying story and a compelling original character.

    Daniel Stashower's "The Seven Walnuts" shows a Holmes-obsessed Harry Houdini and his brother employing the Great Detective's methods to solve a local mystery after Holmes's "death." Clever, but I missed Holmes and Watson.

    Matthew Pearl's "The Adventure of the Boston Dromio" is a very satisfying and complex mystery showing Holmes at the height of his deductive powers as he helps Watson save the man who once saved Watson's life. Quite well done.

    Carolyn Wheat's "The Case of the Royal Queens" is another good mystery, and it offers glimpses into both Holmes's past and his future life with bees. A solid and wryly told tale.

    The May-December romance for Sherlock Holmes in Michael Breathnach's "The Song at Twilight" is a bit odd and not entirely convincing, but I do appreciate how the story fits into the canon of THE VALLEY OF FEAR and "His Last Bow," and how it underscores the manner in which sovereign, country, and his brother all manipulate the aging and supposedly retired Sherlock Holmes.

    Michael Walsh's essay is somewhat suggestive, if not persuasive, although I don't see how its theme (of anti-Hibernian sentiment in the canon) fits that of this volume. Christopher Redmond's piece on Doyle's travels in the United States is more descriptive than analytical, but it adds useful context to the focus of the collection. It's lovely that this volume ends with Conan Doyle's own comments on "The Romance of America."

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 04-26-14
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2006

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Holmes (and I) Hit the Road"

    Get this one for your car journeys! My husband and I take a lot of short trips- say an hour or two each way. We're always happy to find something to listen to that holds our attention but is short enough that we don't have to keep driving in circles to finish before arrival.

    Does that sound like faint praise? Well, it is. As anyone might expect, this selection of non-Doyle Holmes stories is a real mixed bag. Some of the stories are clever and involving; others not so much. But the advantage of the short story format is just that - none requires a major investment of time or attention.

    So, if you enjoy the original Holmes canon and are looking for an entertaining way to pass the time and/or miles, this is a pretty sure pleaser.

    Note: There are a number of non-fiction diversions, including some fairly lengthy author bios and two final essays on Doyle and his attitude to Americans and (rather strangely) to the Irish. Interesting, perhaps, but definitely not short stories.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 03-22-14
    A. Yoshida Pasadena, CA USA 03-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not quite like the original"

    This anthology consists of short stories written by different authors in which Sherlock Holmes ventured to America, sometimes accompanied by Dr. Watson. About half of the stories has the feel of Doyle's style. The other half, while not bad stories, didn't characterize Holmes and Watson as expected. Some of the stories make reference to Holmes' other adventures (written by Doyle). It's helpful to be familiar with those before reading this book, such as "A Study in Scarlet," "A Scandal in Bohemia," "The Speckled Band," and "The Final Problem."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer CA 05-30-14
    Amazon Customer CA 05-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "SH In America"

    I love anything with Sherlock Holmes. An unabashed fan. Very entertaining to see the character from different perspectives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 04-15-14
    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 04-15-14 Member Since 2003

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    "A lot of fun."

    An interesting pastiche of stories of Sherlock Holmes in the US. As a life long fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories I found these additions to be well worth reading. In fact I found many of them to be more interesting than some of those in the "Canon" and have no complaints about any of them that are actually Sherlock Holmes stories.

    However two of the "stories" are, in fact, not Sherlock Holmes stories at all but are short articles written about Arthur Conan Doyle. One is a study of what the author says is the anti-Hibernian flavor of the stories. While he may (or may not) be right, it is certainly not a Sherlock Holmes story and I found the psychological analysis of Mr Doyle both annoying and a bit silly. A second is a description of Mr Doyle's tour through the US. It is hard for me to think of either of those as being Sherlock Holmes stories.

    Still, those that are actual Sherlock Holmes stories are a lot of fun and, I think, worth the price if you like the Sherlock Holmes character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Hansen Denmark 03-25-14
    J. Hansen Denmark 03-25-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Lovingly funny"

    I don't often find myself laughing out loud when I walk around with my headphones and listen to a book, but several of these stories made me do just that. And they do in a good way, showing a lot of insight into, and love of, the Conan Doyle universe.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 03-28-14
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible listener who's grateful for a long commute!

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    "Kinda Fun"

    I'm a Sherlock Holmes/fan, with a little "f" in fan. That translates as 'I know when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was knighted (1902); that he was a medical doctor (University of Edinburgh, 1881); and that he died in 1930. I have all of the Holmes stories and novels in two leather bound books with small print and pages edged in gold. They were probably meant to be decorative, but I've read and reread them so many times, the bindings are coming off.

    I am glad that writers like Robert Pohle, Gillian Linscott, and Lyndsay Faye are Fans with a big "F" for Fanatic. Their admiration of Doyle and his writing style made this an enjoyable collection of "new" Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

    Some plots were more intricate than others. In a few cases, I solved the mystery in a few minutes. I kept listening, hoping I was wrong and was disappointed to be right. The writing was uneven - some language was spot on; other dialogue was wooden, forced and anachronistic. What worked very well was listening to the narrator, Graeme Malcolm because no matter whose writing, it's the same "voice".

    Each story is about 30 to 45 minutes long, which is a good length for my commute.

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    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    No One 09-18-14
    No One 09-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Underwhelming"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The problem with this book is that it doesn't have an audience. You have to know the Doyle stories inside and out to appreciate (or even understand) a fair number of these mysteries, but, if you're that big of a Holmes fan, you'll probably hate the compilation for being either stupidly easy or out-of-character.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    There are a large number of authors, who had varying problems (and to varying degrees).


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I don't really remember the narrator, which means he a) didn't do anything annoying but b) didn't make an impression.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Every time you pick up a tribute book of any genre there's a trepidation that's inherent with somebody trying to add on to a beloved author. This just falls so flat.


    Any additional comments?

    Several stories attempt to keep the social biases of the originals, so if you're easily offended by either racism or bigotry, you probably shouldn't read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer 09-10-14
    jennifer 09-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring and annoying!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the stories didn't have so many annoying introductions, the authors weren't so in love with their long descriptions and extensive vocabularies, if the stories were remotely interesting, then it might be worth the listening.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Probably not.


    What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

    Tedius


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard quite a few interesting Sherlock Holmes stories, these were not among them!
    Frankly, I couldn't get halfway through the book. I may have missed a good story in the end, but didn't think it worth the trouble to find out. THAT is pretty bad. I am not usually so critical.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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