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  • The Vatican Cameos

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Richard T Ryan
  • Narrated by: Nigel Peever
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII. After learning from the pontiff that several priceless cameos that could prove compromising to the church, and perhaps determine the future of the newly unified Italy, have been stolen, Holmes is asked to recover them. In a parallel story, Michelangelo, the toast of Rome in 1501 after the unveiling of his Pieta, is commissioned by Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia pontiffs, with creating the cameos that will bedevil Holmes and the papacy four centuries later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Sherlock returns!

  • By Question Everything on 11-06-16

Sherlock Holmes and the Vatican cameos

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-18

Hey truly enjoyable story and exceptional narration which kept my interest all the way through. I hope Mandy take advantage of Mr. Ryan‘s Holmes and Watson‘s adventure. Extraordinary does Not do this piece justice.

  • The Return of the Ripper

  • The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series, Book 7
  • By: Anna Elliott, Charles Veley
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble, Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Victorian London, 1897: Sherlock Holmes has been asked by South African mogul Cecil Rhodes to stop an international ring of diamond smugglers. An alluring woman wants Watson to help raise funds for her charity. Lucy and Jack are looking forward to their wedding and moving into a new home. But then a new series of murders take place in Whitechapel, and Lucy is targeted by a notorious killer. The Baker Street team will need more than their usual deductive brilliance to defeat their latest adversary, or else the case of the Ripper could be their last. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly amazing story

  • By Clau on 07-10-18

Return of the Ripper

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Fantastic Story with Classic Holmes and Watson to include Lucy, Jack and Becky. Great narration All around. Very exciting and enjoyable.

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  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,596

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wadie on 01-07-11

Dust and Shadow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

A truly fantastic story by Lyndsay Faye, Conan Doyle would be so proud. Nobody better than Simon Vance period. Many Many thanks.

  • Sherlock Holmes - Consulting Detective, Volume 1

  • By: Aaron Smith, Van Plexico, Andrew Salmon, and others
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A famous soccer player is found dead in the clubhouse. An unidentified stowaway is murdered aboard a US Navy warship while another man is found asphyxiated in an empty, locked room. These are several of the twisted puzzles challenging the Baker Street sleuth as he once again takes up the hunt on the fog-ridden streets of London, accompanied by his faithful ally, Dr. Watson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Classic Holmes Tales

  • By Ron Fortier on 04-17-16

Consulting Detective Book 1

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Narrator voice was different but ok. I opine we needed more of a UK accent. Stories and explanations were detailed and interesting but would rather have the explanations included in the same chapters as opposed separate chapters. I guess more stories would have been more fun! Stories started a bit slow but great as we got into the book.

  • European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

  • The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club, Book 2
  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Mary Jekyll’s life has been peaceful since she helped Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Whitechapel Murders. Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, Justine Frankenstein, and Mary’s sister Diana Hyde have settled into the Jekyll household in London, and although they sometimes quarrel, they can always rely on Mrs. Poole. But when Mary receives a telegram that Lucinda Van Helsing has been kidnapped, the Athena Club must travel to the Austro-Hungarian Empire to rescue yet another young woman who has been subjected to horrific experimentation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Little Women meets Anno Dracula

  • By Stefan Filipovits on 07-13-18

Book Number Two was Extraordinary.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Dear Ms. Goss,

Please continue with these Very Enjoyable and Entertaining stories of the Athena Club. How soon can we expect the next one with Holmes and Watson returning with The Evil Professor?

  • Return to Reichenbach

  • By: Geri Schear
  • Narrated by: Dominic Lopez
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

When a half-naked man is found gibbering on the moor, Sherlock Holmes uncovers a series of bizarre murders. At their heart lies a shadowy figure known only as The Sorcerer. He can talk to the dead, they say. He can bend any will to his own. Even a will as formidable as the detective's. The investigation leads from Dartmoor to Ireland and, ultimately, back to one of the most terrifying scenes of his career. Can Holmes survive the Reichenbach Falls a second time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to Reichenbach

  • By Par5 on 07-28-18

Return to Reichenbach

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Please send us another book as soon as possible. This third book is excellent. All phases are classic Holmes and Watson. We need more from Geri Schwartz.

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  • The Papers of Sherlock Holmes: Volume 1

  • By: David Marcum
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Spanning events over thirty years, Volume I of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes relates narratives of Holmes and Watson's days in Baker Street, as well as particulars of Holmes's supposed retirement. Follow along as The Master and his Boswell travel from the streets of London to the Kent countryside, to Oxford and Sussex. Written in traditional canonical style, these stories provide fresh details of Holmes's world. Join us as we climb the seventeen steps to the Baker Street sitting room, where Holmes and Watson prepare to begin their next adventure. The game is afoot!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A middling Holmes pastiche

  • By David on 05-04-17

The Papers of Sherlock Holmes

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Mr. Marcum, needs to keep finding more lost or hidden papers. A very well done novel. New Holmes Family information was great!!

  • Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder

  • By: Luke Kuhns
  • Narrated by: Joff Manning
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Three seemingly separate crimes, three detectives. A mysterious stalker is on the loose in London known only as the Goblin Man and his sights are set on a wealthy businessman, David Daniels. A horrific explosion rips through Whitechapel Underground Station and the prime suspect is a Jewish anarchist. And a Mrs. Clara Edwards is searching for her missing lover, Philias Jackson. What connects these three?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sherlock with a Twist

  • By LaPazBC on 11-07-17

Luke Kuhns

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-18

A very well done story with fine narration and always welcome addition of Irene Adler with Holmes and Watson in 1890 America.

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  • Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder

  • A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
  • By: Bonnie MacBird
  • Narrated by: Simon Darwen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

December 1889. Fresh from debunking a 'ghostly' hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta. A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France. On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French detective Jean Vidocq...and a terrible discovery.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but.......

  • By D. R. H. on 10-18-17

Unquiet Spirits

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-18

Very good story, narrator not as good as others I have heard. On to book # 2 by author. A think the story was a bit too long but again a very good Holmes and Watson adventure.

  • The Whole Art of Detection

  • Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

Internationally best-selling author Lyndsay Faye became enamored with tales of Sherlock Holmes and his esteemed biographer, Dr. John Watson, as a child and later began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction - from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! More Sherlock!

  • By KadySiga on 03-13-17

Ms. Faye’s production

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

Wonderful stories via Holmes and Watson, with a different twist of several collections! Mr Vance is superb too. Keep them coming!!!