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The Whole Art of Detection Audiobook

The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes

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Publisher's Summary

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.

In "The Lowther Park Mystery", the unsociable Holmes is forced to attend a garden party at the request of his politician brother and improvises a bit of theater to foil a conspiracy against the government. "The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel" brings to Holmes' attention the baffling murder of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage. With Holmes and Watson encountering all manner of ungrateful relatives, phony psychologists, wronged wives, plaid-garbed villains, and even a peculiar species of deadly red leech, The Whole Art of Detection is a must-listen for Sherlockians and any fan of historical crime fiction with a modern sensibility.

©2017 Lyndsay Faye (P)2017 HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books

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    Gentleman Gamer 05-16-17
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    "Marvelous!"

    Don't feel like writing a long review: just will say this. The stories are all excellent, the writing true to Arthur Conan Doyle's style and the language of the day, and Holmes and Watson are excellently characterized. If I didn't know better, I'd swear Conan Doyle penned them himself; I can offer no higher praise as a Holmes fan then that.

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    KadySiga Cental IL, US 03-13-17
    KadySiga Cental IL, US 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Yay! More Sherlock!"

    I've listened to all the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and most all of the "new" stories by other authors, and I enjoyed this one more than most. Simon Vance, as always, does an excellent job and adds to the story with his perfect narration. I really like the small glimpses into the private life of Holmes and Watson, but most of all, the mysteries are at the forefront and they are great. Thank you so much for these stories!

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    TS904 Jacksonville, FL USA 07-08-17
    TS904 Jacksonville, FL USA 07-08-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful style, but ultimately unsatisfying"

    I really wanted to like this book, as I have enjoyed everything I have read by Lyndsay Faye. At best, the author has a lovely dry wit and a wonderful year for Victorian prose. At worst, the book is a series of sketches which never really add up to a satisfying product. I did enjoy her characterization of the relationship between Holmes and Watson; her talent for character is evident in her later writings. I gather this is an anthology of previously published stories from various sources, and the lack of continuity shows. I would skip this one and encourage the reader to try her other books, particularly the excellent Jane Steele and the Gods of Gotham series.

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    Holly 11-18-17
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    "Skip this!"

    Terrible and boring. Not enough Sherlock Holmes stories. Too much filler. Very disappointing. Don't bother.

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    "Very well done!"

    I think that the author did a great job of staying true to the original Sherlock Holmes story type. I also enjoyed the narrator's reading of this book! I highly recommend!

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    O. Bernal 11-17-17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed!"

    I never tire listening to the dialogue between Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Simon Vance is the perfect narrator. I could actually picture the characters just by his voice. And not once did I even get annoyed at his female voices. The stories were short but very entertaining.

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    thomas dye 11-16-17
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    "fun sherlock"

    The author's version of Sherlock Holmes feels a great deal like the original literary version. I enjoyed the take on things, and found it to be generally a great deal of fun. If you enjoy the classic version of Sherlock these (while not being particularly surprising to you) will just be plain a whole lot of fun. Enjoy yourselves!

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    Annonymous 11-15-17
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    "Volume difference at start"

    The voice for sherlock and Dr Watson at the start were very different in volume... It got better later... Stories not bad... One or two a bit muddled.. But good overall

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    "The Best Erzatz Holmes work"

    I'm not often driven to write reviews but this work deserves my effort. This collection outshines all of the Holmes wannabes I've read. It's so close to Doyle that it's scary but adds a touch of empathy not much found in his work. Simon Vance is by far the best narrator for Sherlock. It's a shame he hasn't done more.

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    Brent 11-13-17
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    "Brilliant narrator, interesting stories"

    The author has boldly written the “lost stories” of Sherlock Holmes. She has written several stories that the cannon of works only eludes to. For example, we find out what the details of the case was Sherlock was working on which stopped him for going to the Baskerville estate with John Watson. Very intriguing.
    Simon Vance has narrator the Comolete Stories of Sherlock Holmes in another audible listen and he carri s on his amazing performance here as well. Great edition to my library!
    Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry

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