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A brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon.

In this follow-up to the acclaimed In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, expert Sherlockians Laurie King and Leslie Klinger put forth the question: What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories? While some are highly regarded mystery writers, others are best known for their work in the fields of fantasy or science fiction. All of these talented authors, however, share a great admiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

To the editors' great delight, these stories go in many directions. Some explore the spirit of Holmes himself; others tell of detectives inspired by Holmes' adventures or methods. A young boy becomes a detective; a young woman sharpens her investigative skills; an aging actress and a housemaid each find that they have unexpected talents. Other characters from the Holmes stories are explored, and even non-Holmesian tales by Conan Doyle are echoed. The variations are endless!

Although not a formal collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories, some entries do fit that mold, while others were inspired by the Conan Doyle canon. The results are breathtaking, for fans of Holmes and Watson as well as listeners new to Doyle's writing.

Full cast of narrators includes Marguerite Gavin, Mirron Willis, Ralph Lister, Saskia Maarleveld, Sarah Nichols, Tim Gerard Reynolds, and Traber Burns.

©2016 Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • David
  • Kristiansand, Norway
  • 02-08-17

Mixture of good and not so good

Most of the stories are written in spirit of Sherlock.
But this collection is a long way from the best.
Ok for light listening.

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Wonderful collection!

This group of Holmes-inspired stories was a delightful listen! I was impressed by how well the narrators captured the tone of the stories they were emulating. Highly recommend!

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Some hits , some misses....

For my preferences , drifts too far from the Canon. Well written and read just not enough Holmes and Watson.

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A Great Collection

This is an eclectic collection of stories related to the Sherlock Holmes series. Some are better than others, but on the whole they are an enjoyable experience.

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Never reeled me in

It's a little hard to give this a single score because the stories, and the readers, vary in quality enormously. But none are great and some are pretty poor. (Full disclosure: I gave up half-way through; maybe it gets better.) Several of the stories had a clever premise, but somehow the execution was poor and they all promised more than they delivered. When listening just became a burden, I stopped.

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Easy listen

It is so very hard to find modern fiction that is entertaining without engendering severe tension. I have listened multiple times to this collection and will continue to do so. The Reader's are great save one. In my current menopausal state I need a soothing goto book to allow myself to drift pleasantly back to sleep.

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Every other chapter for women

EVERY OTHER CHAPTER OK FOR THE MOST PART, BUT NOT IN THE DOYLE CANON. SOME MAY LIKE THE BOOK, BUT IT,S NOT FOR ME.

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  • Smask
  • 05-17-18

Not what it says on the tin

Its relation to the Sherlock Holmes canon is slight, and the first introduction appears to be read by a robot. Too much emphasis on the modern and too little Sherlock Holmes. I won't be buying the others in this series and will be returning this one.