Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but best-selling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life. With access to the estate's archives and careful study of the original stories, Horowitz is sure to weave a tale that satisfies new fans as well as the most dedicated Baker Street Irregular.
©2011 Anthony Horowitz (P)2011 Hachette
i'd rate this a very easy four stars out of five! highly recommended.
sherlock framed. sherlock in jail. enemies helping holmes out? very entertaining novel. if i didn't know doyle didn't write this, i would have believed it was an original sherlock story! an entertaining novel that brings forth everything you love about sherlock holmes and puts him in a precarious situation. can the great sherlock survive? this book is well written, and has a pace that doesn't drag.
jacobi acts out the various voices with great differences that make it easy to tell who is speaking.
l was very involved from the beginning. the plot is very original and well paced.
I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.
Sherlock Holmes again.
It brought back that style that Doyle used and kept me going to the very unusual end.
Elementary my Dear Watson, Sherlock Holmes.
Not laugh or cry, but made me feel hopeful that we will see more.
You have to hear the solution to this mystery!
I'm a bear that likes honey, climbing trees, stealing picnic baskets and listening to audiobooks.
It was great to revisit the characters of Holmes and Watson, the mysteries were engrossing and engaging, and the writing style was crisp.
Anytime we get to see Sherlock Holmes at his inquisitive best
Great narrator. Uses vocal inflections to bring the characters to life.
It's not only a great stand-alone mystery novel, but a fitting tribute to the legacy of the famous fictional detective. There are slight tones of melancholy and of days-gone-by.
I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Of course I love Conan Doyle's originals, but I am also a big fan of Laurie R. Kings stories featuring the great detective and Mary Russell. I am always looking for more Sherlock holmes and this book did not disappoint!
At 1st I found the narrator's voice for Holmes a bit strange , but I grew used to it quickly, and found myself immersed in the world of Holmes and Watson.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
Horowitz really impressed me. I was concerned about the handling of such an iconic character. My worries disappeared as I listened to the wonderful Derek Jacobi narrating a tale which took Holmes into new situations and places. This book really impressed me. Characterization was excellent and the plot was handled nicely, with tight pacing and twists. I would highly recommend this audible book for both writing and narration.
Horowitz did it!
The author clearly did his homework in having researched his subject thoroughly, producing a story that will delight fans of Sir Arthur's canon.
There is a reason that Derek Jacobi is considered one of the finest actors in the English language. Listen to this book, and you'll know yourself.
Without revealing too much of the plot, I will say only that this novel really humanizes Holmes more than we are used to seeing in other popular portrayals of the character.
I really enjoyed this book not only for the fabulous narration by Derek Jacobi but also the great writing style so reminiscent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A great, fun book to listen to.
I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and this new story was totally in keeping with the canon.
Sherlock (of course!)
I love Derek Jacobi's performances, but have never listened to his audiobook narrations before. Before now, in my mind, there were only two narrators that do any Sherlock Holmes audiobook justice. That was Simon Vance and John Telfer. Now I have a third, Derek Jacobi.
Loving Holmes and Watson as I do, the prelude in chapter one was both wonderful and sad, to hear Watson talk about his longtime friendship with the "great man".
Truly hope Anthony Horowitz will publish another Sherlock Holmes. Sir Anthony Conan Doyle would be proud!
I wasn't sure what to think of this novel when I first heard of it. I half expected it to be like the modern movies of sherlock holmes, enjoyable but not the same. I was very wrong, this story felt like the one of the originals from the beginning. The way it flowed, the way the characters talked, it all fit. An awesome book and well worthy of being accepted as canon.
There are good things in this book, but it definitely felt like an homage to Sherlock Holmes rather than the real thing. In that sense, it is not so very different from other Holmes fan fiction out there. The writing is good. Horowitz can imitate 19th century English English well. But knowing Horowitz's superb work on the "Foyle's War" TV series, I expected better plotting, and more interesting use of the Holmes world, rather than a parade of Victorian cliches.
It is true to the VIctorian setting to have gay characters and poor Irish characters denigrated by the establishment and narrator, but I'm not sure that's an aspect of the Victorian world I like to hear reiterated.
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