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Jewel thefts, missing persons, even murder are all elements in the world of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. What connects the stories in this book is that the cases he and his biographer Dr. John H. Watson investigate are based on adventures beloved of childhood. In a novel twist to the usual Holmes pastiches, Mrs. Puhl has based her plots involving Mr. Sherlock Holmes on folk tales, nursery rhymes, and other snippets of children's literature. She has brought them into the Victorian era and kept them true to the expectations for Holmesian stories. But these are not children's tales. There are no talking rabbits, no flying carpets, or magic wands. There is not always a happy ending. They are all grounded in the logical world of Holmes and Watson. Two men are determined to prove in a race which of them is faster. A child is missing and presumed dead. Can Sherlock Holmes help heal the mother's broken heart? A baby is found in a basket at the foot of the 17 steps to 221b Baker Street. Did an ancient legend lead to a modern-day murder? Join Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his biographer Dr. John H. Watson as they explore the unusual cases brought to them from the land of bedtime stories and wise adages. You may never feel quite the same again about children's literature.

©2015 Gayle Puhl (P)2017 MX Publishing

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Holmes is back in some great short capers

I am by all accounts a Holmesian. I have read every original story a dozen times, and have several leatherbound editions that I have had for years and years. That said, I know a good Holmes book when I read it. Here, I get the joy of listening to Kevin Green as he transports us back to the 1800's. He is impeccable as Holmes and unimpeachable as Watson, the narrator of these tales. He has quick a vocal bag of tricks, and plays each character as if it was the only one in the story.

The writing is crisp, and the dialouge is sharp, and the atmosphere is perfectly set. Puhl has clearly studied his Holmes. I may be a bit daft, but I really did not see the folk tales aspect of the book much at all, but that doesn't bother me. All of the stories were great, and were of a perfect length.

I do have to say that I did get this book as a promotion tool, but the review here is honest and heartfelt. If this book was a clinker I would have said so and never looked back or felt sorry about it. In this case, it makes me want to get the first book, so that I can hear more Green, and enter Puhl's London.

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amazing book

loved it
amazing book
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i would love to listen to this again wish i had the first volume

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A great addition to the Sherlock Holmes Anotholoy

I am an avid Holmes fan (I have a cat named Watson to prove it) and I loved this collection of Holmes stories. These stories had the flavor of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but the dialogue felt a little faster paced than what is found in some of Conan Doyle's work- which I greatly appreciated. I loved that these stories were short- which made them perfect for a shortish car trip or while running errands. I especially enjoyed the narrator of these stories. I thought his Holmes and Watson were well voiced without seeming over-the-top or forced. I would recommend this book to any Holmes fan- you won't be disappointed!

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Excellent Narration

The narrator did an excellent, believable job with the the voices. The stories were interesting, sometimes humorous. The folk tale connection was, thankfully, tenuous. Well thought out stories for anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

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  • Rebecca Green
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A pleasure to listed to

Having really enjoyed the Sherlock tv series, I really enjoyed these stories, and found it to be very well narrated