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A Study in Emerald | [Neil Gaiman]

A Study in Emerald

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.
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Publisher's Summary

Alluding to both the Sherlock Holmes canon and the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, this Hugo Award-winning short story will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, and of course, Neil Gaiman.

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

©2006 Neil Gaiman; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo winner, Best Short Story, 2004

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    Ruth Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Ruth Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Wonderful....."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Study in Emerald to be better than the print version?

    .... as usual. Just what you should expect from Gaiman. Flawless reading and plotting. A perfect story that just wraps you up and carries you along.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    What sets Gaiman's reading apart from the usual cast of actors who so audio tracks is the simple ease with which he reads. He's not just reading the story, he's telling it, but he does it so well that he manages to not become a character himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    07-02-11
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    "fun!"

    I admit I'm biased: I love both Holmes stories and Gaiman. Still, this is a great tale, and Gaiman is a great reader.

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    Marlène United States 03-24-11
    Marlène United States 03-24-11 Member Since 2010

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    "A brilliant exercise..."

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could only be pleased by this work. Or feel a bit threatened even, because Neil Gaiman certainly has it in him to unravel clever clues.

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    Fred WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 03-09-11
    Fred WESTMINSTER, MD, United States 03-09-11
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    "Strange mix of genre - but well done anyway!"

    At first, it's an old Sherlock Holmes story, but then, throw in a globe-conquering alien life form, and then only "hint" at the alien's true nature. I know, sounds kinda weird, but in all, a great little story.

    - Frederick

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    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11
    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting and Entertaining"

    This listen is an enjoyable spin on the Sherlock Holmes theme, in a kind of alternate reality. It is quite entertaining, and Gaiman's narration is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sandra decatur, TX, United States 01-28-11
    sandra decatur, TX, United States 01-28-11
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    "A fun take on a classic"

    This was a fun and slightly twisted take on a classic, one I enjoyed very much in a noir meets the creature from the black lagoon kind of way.

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    Matthew A. Razzano 12-16-10
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    "great piece of meta-fiction"

    Gaiman is a true craftsman and a deft hand with the styles of other authors when he bends his will to it. This funny and fascinating piece of meta-fiction had me rapt from beginning to end. It will help if you're familiar with the work of Sir Conan Doyle and several of his contemporaries, but it's not necessary. This will leave you wanting more Gaiman awesomeness so I highly recommend Fragile Things, a collection of Short Stories that contains this as well as many others.

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    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 11-20-10
    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 11-20-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Sherlock with a twist"

    I really enjoyed this. It was very faithful with the original Sherlock Holmes story. But, the twist really enhances it. I loved all the detail. I would love to hear more stories in this vein from Neil Gaiman.

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    David East Palo Alto, CA, United States 10-18-10
    David East Palo Alto, CA, United States 10-18-10
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    "Sherlock Holmes crossover with a dash of Cthulhu"

    Sherlock Holmes mystery with a dash of Cthulhu and a twist of lime- I mean plot. As ever, Neil Gaiman adds further dimension and character to his stories by providing his own narration.

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    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09
    Anna Genoa, IL, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2008

    I love books.

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    "Enjoyable"

    Neil Gaiman is a smart and interesting writer, and he narrates his own work wonderfully. This story is short- just under an hour to listen to. I would recommend this to any Gaiman fan.

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