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.
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:
©2009 Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Audie Award Winner, Short Stories/Collections, 2014
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.
There are a large number of authors, who had varying problems (and to varying degrees).
I don't really remember the narrator, which means he a) didn't do anything annoying but b) didn't make an impression.
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.
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.
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.
disappointment and boredom
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I don't think the narrator was the main problem for me.
Didn't get far enough to determine.
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