In 1893, the Amlingmeyer boys venture forth from the west in response to a summons from Otto's ("Big Red") publisher - they are to come to Chicago immediately, to the World's Columbian Exposition, and compete with some of the most famous detectives in the world. Set to coincide with the closing days of the first World's Fair and the publication of the story revealing the death of Sherlock Holmes, Gustav ("Old Red") will be competing for the title of World's Greatest Sleuth!
Hating train travel and cities, the real draw is the chance to meet up again with the intriguing and elusive Diana Corvus. But the competition has barely begun before there is a murder in "the White City" - the organizer of the contest is discovered face down in the Mammoth Cheese from Canada - and from there, the game is really afoot.
©2011 Steven Hockensmith (P)2011 Tantor
"Hockensmith has delivered a fine addition to his Holmes on the Range series.... This should satisfy historical mystery readers who enjoy a tale full of clues leavened with humor." (Library Journal)
With this novel S.H. has gotten the series back "on track". I think I could listen to Mr. Dufris read names from a phone book, and his voice has the right touch of humor to really bring the author's story to life. Well done!
I enjoy the Holmes on the Range series. If you have never read the series start with the first book. Big Red and Old Red are wonderful characters and the narrator William Dufris does a fantastic job of bringing them to life. I laugh out loud when I listen to this series. If you prefer serious mysteries with wholly realistic characters then these books may not be for you but if you enjoy fun and outlandish characters you will like this series set in the old west.
Plot was so-so. Interesting background on the Chicago World's Fair. DROP the "good ole cowboy" accent for the narrating character. It became very annoying and I had to force myself to finish the book. A book has to be pretty awful for me not to finish it!
I don't know about the story. I didn't make it through the first 15 minutes. Painfully contrived narration. Unnatural, exaggerated, grating. Waste of money.
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