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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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    january huntersville, NC, United States 03-19-14
    january huntersville, NC, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fan-fiction noob"

    I wouldn't say I'm new to ACD and SH. I read several of his stories when I was a teenager, during a brief mystery/detective phase. But I am new to Sherlock fan-fiction.

    I recently stumbled upon the PBS series Sherlock, and fell in love. (No. Not with Benedict Cumberbatch. Although he does a fantastic job. It's the overall mood I love.) I decided that I needed to know more in order to understand some of the underlying themes. So I read the entire collection. (The Audible version is fantastic!)

    There are many great things about Sherlock Holmes, but I believe one of the best things is the scattered and open ended way it was written. ACD left a wide open space for future generations to continue the story. So it makes sense that so many people have taken up the tale.

    The stories in this anthology fall all over the spectrum, from very good to bleh. But even the ones I didn't like still have some redeeming aspects. For instance, there are three stories that are narrated by neither Watson nor Holmes. And one of them doesn't have either of them in it. I thought that was particularly clever, even though I didn't care for the story.

    The first essay at the end was a little irritating at the start , but I think the message of it was better than the author articulated. I believe we can deduce that no one is truly just one thing. We are all complicated and often contradictory. It did, however, raise some interesting questions about Mary Marston's role in the story.

    This was an enjoyable journey into the land of SH fan-fiction. I can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes, so I'm certain it won't be my last.

    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

    Semper Audiendo

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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.

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 08-10-15
    Laura 08-10-15
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    "Too much analysis, not enough story"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This would have been better with less background and introduction about the multiple authors these stories. There were some good stories but many were just boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Wouldn't go looking for them specifically on Audible. None was that memorable


    What three words best describe Graeme Malcolm’s voice?

    The performance was the best part of the package. Easy to listen to with good timing and tone. He rang true to the stories read.


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

    Dissapointed with the direction of many of the stories but mainly with all the filler about the authors, their other works, their perspectives on Holmes, Watson and Doyle.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't purchase this to have whole chapters of analysts on Holmes stories, I've read them all numerous times. Nor do I need long narratives about Doyle's life experiences and motivations. I was purchasing a certain number of hours of stories not a lecture on writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 05-04-15
    G. Parish 05-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "A bit more please"

    These are some modern renditions of Sherlock Holmes. They are written in that world and are, in my humble opinion, welcome additions to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Mabry, Jr. 11-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Chocked Full of Sherlockanna"

    Sherlock Holmes in America by Martin H. Greenberg (Editor) is a collection of 18 short stories that place the famous character and his sidekick Dr. Watson in late 19th century to early 20th century America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    No One 09-18-14
    No One 09-18-14
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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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    Steven 04-16-14
    Steven 04-16-14
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    "not worth the time"
    What would have made Sherlock Holmes in America better?

    if you're expecting the sir A.C.D. quality, look somewhere else.
    The stories are a bit lame at best. Some I had to fast forward before I threw out my player!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 04-04-14
    Linda 04-04-14 Member Since 2012

    snowbyrd13

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    "Varied Collection of Stories"

    I enjoyed these stories. The editor chose a variety of excellent writers. Each writer had a unique and interesting idea for a Sherlock Holmes adventure.

    Narrator Graeme Martin is superb. His voice is smooth and pleasing to hear. He deftly differentiates characters. His character "voices" are distinct, but never distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robbie B Blackwell 03-31-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Surprised and disappointed an avid Sherlock fan"
    What disappointed you about Sherlock Holmes in America?

    I just could not get into it. Began as more of a background review than a story...and I was expecting an exciting Sherlock tale.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Graeme Malcolm?

    I don't think the narrator was the main problem for me.


    What character would you cut from Sherlock Holmes in America?

    Didn't get far enough to determine.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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