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Here are six extraordinary adventures, never revealed before, starring Simon Callow as Sherlock Holmes and Nicky Henson as Dr Watson, written by John Taylor.

  • "The Wandering Corpse": The professor claimed he knew how to resurrect the dead. Now he's dead and his body's missing from the coffin.
  • "The Horror in Hanging Wood": The victim's arm has been wrenched half off, face battered out of all recognition. Who, or what, could have made such a ferocious attack?
  • "The Paddington Witch": Saul Ransome's body was cooked like meat and black as coal. But "Garth Ransome is saying his brother was witched - that it was Bess that witched him."
  • "The Phantom Organ": The night that Hugh Hembury was killed, a note was nailed on the church notice board: "Now is the hunter hunted. H H shall be first."
  • "The Devil's Tunnel": A young woman disappears from a train as it speeds through a tunnel, and only her hat and one shoe are found. Surely too few clues, even for Sherlock Holmes.
  • "The Battersea Worm": The Tower was Angel Holland's fortress. The only way to Holland's room at the top was by the passenger elevator, and Dr Watson was the only person who had used the lift the day she was murdered.

  • ©2008 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    • Shawn
    • Glasgow, KY United States
    • 08-05-09

    Good stories, but not by Arthur Conan Doyle

    I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and enjoyed the uniqueness of the 6 mysteries included in this collection. While most of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories keep me wondering right to the end, these seemed to be a bit easier to figure out before the final "reveal", though.

    I would recommend the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories first, also available through Audible. Don't be misled as I was, though. There has been an error and the author is listed as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but it is not. These are not any of the original 56 short stories. They are based on the characters by ACD, but the stories are actually written by someone else.

    Enjoy, but be aware...

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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    Poor imitations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Some contemporary writers have given us acceptable and enjoyable new stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. This particular collection is very disappointing as the solutions are so glaringly obvious from early on that all mystery is lost. The performance is good but does not make up for the boredom of waiting for the ending you have foreseen. Although the likeable Dr Watson is well portrayed, he has been made to seem unbelievably gullible.

    The author is John Taylor, NOT Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as another reviewer has made clear, and this should be corrected on Audible as it is misleading.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    • Bulldogscm
    • Burlington, Vermont, United States
    • 02-24-17

    Alright Story but Butter Alternatives

    This wasn't bad but it wasn't great. Simon Cowell as Sherlock Holmes seemed to work for me. However, the voice acting was not that strong from the supporting cast. Watson's character was written more as bumbling, aloof, and not fully aware. The stories were not that bad. However, they did not seem to fit into the Sherlock Holmes canon that is so strong.

    If you want to hear a wonderful dramatization of Sherlock Holmes with stellar sound effects, voice acting, and story -- I would recommend that dramatizations starring Clive Merrison as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr. Watson. After Williams passed away, Andrew Sachs took over as Watson and he is equally good. I would recommend those audio books over these hands down.

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    • Andy Potter
    • 09-03-16

    A fine Holmes adventure.

    On first coming across this title I had my doubts as to the attention to detail that would be paid to the original Holmes stories. However I found myself pleasently surprised as the stories, although short, are punchy ,well paced and full of the Holmes intrigue. Great performances from Henson and Callow and well written by John Taylor. more please!!

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    • Mary Carnegie
    • 08-27-17

    Very decent Holmes pastiche

    Many writers have attempted to produce new tales of one of the world's most famous and instantly recognisable fictional characters, though, in fairness, his "hagiographer" Watson, is equally well-known, and probably more loved.
    John Taylor has managed to capture Doyle's tone and style (even better with this series than with the Railway mysteries, IMO).
    He seems to have researched the period adequately, considered the geography, and avoided stretching credibility any further than did ACD himself (which does leave fair leeway, but not as much as "Sherlock Holmes vs the Martians/Dracula/Burke & Hare/Sawnie Bean" or, this is in a book not of my invention, involved in orgies in the Vatican. (The Vatican cameos" rapidly returned to Audible) There have been times long ago, that this last would have been possible, but in Holmes' time the Popes weren't orgy-minded; as ridiculous to bad-mouth them on those grounds, as to construct a book on the basis that Trump suddenly found the Damascus road, resigned from White House, donated his filthy lucre to environmental charities and went off to do social work in poor communities in Mexico.
    Simon Callow & Nicky Henson do a convincing job of Holmes and Watson, though I'm not sure SC could carry it off visually, since we're conditioned to recognise Holmes from illustrations, countless film/TV productions, and Simon Callow is also so utterly wellknown, not a lanky, aquiline nosed, impassive ascetic loner...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful