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Reluctantly, Sherlock Holmes agrees to assist Inspector Lestrade who is being hounded by an obnoxious nobleman whose jewel-encrusted dagger has gone missing. However, what Holmes initially believes to be a simple theft turns out instead to be his first encounter with a master criminal, who is as ruthless as he is brilliant and whom Watson dubs "The Merchant of Menace".

Soon, Holmes finds himself matching wits with a man who will steal anything - if the price is right. Moreover, this thief will go to any lengths, including blackmail and murder, to achieve his desired goal.

As Holmes comes to understand his adversary, he also begins to realize he can only react to the Merchant because he has no idea where this criminal mastermind will strike next. All Holmes knows for certain is the Merchant seems to specialize in priceless, one-of-a-kind articles. Will that be enough information for the great detective to outwit his foe?

From the British Museum to the Louvre to Blenheim Palace, Holmes finds himself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Set against the backdrop of early Edwardian England, the detective and his Boswell encounter an array of luminaries from the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough to a young Winston Churchill.

For fans of Conan Doyle's immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, this time around, Holmes must try to bring to justice a villain who might well be the next Napoleon of Crime.

©2019 Richard Ryan (P)2019 MX Publishing

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Superb

Having received an ARC audio of this was an added bonus to the story. A fan of everything that is written about Sherlock.This is a new author for me, and it was a good plot. I love the narration by Nigel Peever, he is great and brought the story to life. Sherlock has meet his match, and one wonders how he will get the upper hand to caught the thief.

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Classic Grand Mystery!

I love all things Sherlock...this was Watson telling the story which was cool. This story actually led me to do some research on Faberge eggs... I could almost see the sitting room.. the long library..the estate. I love Nigel Peever narrations..for instance the clattering on the stairs cracked me up..and the constant ticking of the clock..the horses hooves..I find the sound effects add so much! I truly enjoyed this story and definately recommend it!!

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Another great Holmes mystery..

Great Holmes mystery that is rich in historical references. An exciting and entertaining read! If you’re a Sherlock fan or mystery lover, would definitely recommend!

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Well Done !

This is a well written Sherlock story, I felt the characters fit very well with the original Sherlock. I absolutely loved the narrator and the sound effects. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Definately worth a credit !!

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A Worthy Holmes & Watson Tale

This clever story nestles right in with the Holmes mythos. The neat prose feels over a hundred years old, the setting and characters are vividly familiar, and the plot is a fine study in the realm of detective fiction. This is one slick production. Not to be missed by any Holmes fan. Nigel Peever is a deft narrator, a versatile performer, and artful audio producer. His employment of voices and music makes this audiobook a rare treat. So, treat yourself and get it! I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Another clever and intriguing listen. Brava

With the sound effects that fans of vintage Holmes BBC dramas love drawing us in, this story blends beautifully into the corpus of Doyle's original works. I really adore Peever's voice performance, and the story itself is a perfectly and classically engaging and intricate mix of interpersonal interaction and pure, logical mystery-solving in the style of Doyle himself (which, in my book, is high praise). This and Ryan's other works have gone on my Comfort Reads shelf. I highly recommend it.

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The best entry in the Richard Ryan series

I've been critical of the previous books in the Richard Ryan series of pastiches for a number of reasons. However, this book is the best entry yet. It reminds me of the original Conan Doyle stories more than any previous Ryan book does. Perhaps because most of the action takes place in England, rather than other faraway places. Perhaps I've finally accepted the "Count Dracula" quality of Holmes' voice, or perhaps I've come to appreciate that Nigel Peever's Watson is the best part of the work. Whatever the reason, this is a top shelf book with a very pleasing narration. Watson truly carries the weight of the story-telling, which in itself is quite pleasing. Overall, this book comes with my high recommendation.

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The Merchant of Menace. I like the author's style. He certainly writes in the Conan Doyle style. And the language is beautifully Victorian. And gives a high quality Holmes experience, great entertainment for anyone who likes the worlds most famous detective. I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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A fun listen! Enjoyed it a lot!

At first I found the Sherlock Holmes voice a little overdone, more like Count Dracula than Holmes, but decided to give it a chance because the story was good and I really liked the historical detail. Then I thought hey this is a pretty good cast and then looked again and realized it is just one narrator talented enough to give the impression of an entire cast! The sound effects help give the impression of a full cast recording and really enhance to story. Give it a chance and remember that you are listening to just one person! Clever story, talented narrator & a great touches of humor.

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Merchant of Menaace

Bring on the sequel, Mr Ryan. Very entertaining and enjoyed the characters. We hope for a new release soon.

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  • Daddy Bear
  • 10-21-19

A new lease of Holmes & Watson

A good story with excellent narration from Nigel Peever. I assume Nigel has based this interpretation of Sherlock Holmes on Tom Baker's portrayal in the 1980s due to the voice he adopts. A wonderful listen which had me sitting in the van outside my destination wanting to know what was happening next.

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  • W. R. O'Neill
  • 03-22-20

Repetitive and cliched

At 4 hours and 31 minutes Ryan has Holmes use the appalling modern cliche “going forward”. At the point I stopped listening.

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  • Jeff
  • 11-16-19

ANOTHER GREAT STORY

THIS ONE WAS GREAT BUT FELT THAT THE STORY ITSELF JUST WENT ON TOO LONG IT SEEM TO JUST REPEAT THE SAME THING OVER SEVERAL CHAPTERS BEFORE THE FINALE

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  • deafmick
  • 10-18-19

This set of audio books are very good 5 out of 5 100% 😊 😀

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  • generate
  • 11-13-20

Difficult narration

I’m struggling to concentrate because of the narration. His Sherlock does sound like an exaggerated Tom Baker and he uses similar drawn out phrasing and intonation for Doctor Watson. What made it even more difficult was that a third character was introduced who then sounded identical to homes. I’m having a break from it, don’t know if I’ll come back to it.

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  • Nephrite
  • 05-03-20

A Very Engaging Holmes Mystery!

The Merchant Of Menace: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan Informational Note: I am reviewing the following audiobook completely of my own free will however I have been contacted by the author of this book in the past and he is aware of my reviews through a book themed social media equivalent Hello again to you all! I hope you are all as well as could be expected. Now at the end of my last review I didn’t indicate to you what my next review would be. Although it is now time to reveal it. My frequent readers will be familiar with the fact that among my many other favourite topics I have a fondness for Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and their various adventures. So I thought why not listen to a modern Sherlock Holmes pastiche or investigation? There is one company of which I am aware and in some cases helped back some releases who specialise in Sherlock Holmes adventures. MX Publishing who acted as the publishers for today’s manuscript. For the curious they also publish a multiple volume series of Sherlock Holmes anthologies named The MX Book Of Sherlock Holmes designed to raise funds to restore Conan Doyle’s home of Undershaw which is now a school for children with learning difficulties. The plot in simple terms of The Merchant Of Menace is as follows: Inspector Lestrade is at his wit’s end. He is being pestered night and day by a particularly obnoxious nobleman who demands the police force hunt down the thief of his extremely luxurious and valuable knife. Holmes displays minimal interest in the case however what is initially assumed to be a standard theft soon turns into a game of cat and mouse with a knowledgeable criminal Watson names The Merchant. The Merchant will steal anything providing a price can be negotiated and has very few limits to what he will and won’t do to attain his target. How will Holmes and Watson catch their clever thief? The story of The Merchant Of Menace is a very entertaining one. When I listened to it it practically flew by! This story contains a set up of a journalist who had obtained Watson’s famous tin dispatch box at an estate sale in Scotland discovering the tale under a false bottom. The story itself is told to us by Watson who sounds very much like the Conan Doyle original. Some mentions throughout the narrative are made to previous canonical adventures as well as a few mentions to characters I believe may have originated in Ryan’s previous Holmes stories as Merchant is the most recent of four to date. Ryan’s Holmes is also convincingly written with both the closeness expected between Holmes and Watson as well as his usual enthusiasm for all things investigation. He also makes vivid use of Holmes’s intelligence with regards to certain plans involving museums and palaces. As such the pair shine off the page as does the Merchant. The mystery is an intriguing one and a good example of multiple authors attempting a similar concept in other Holmes stories but requiring a undefinable mix of talent, luck and skill to successfully pull it off which Ryan certainly does here! I look forward to his next Holmes adventure! Throughout the narrative several genuine and important historical figures and items become matters of interest such as a janbiya knife belonging to the aforementioned nobleman, the Irish Stone of Tara or Lia Fáil and the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough among others. To some readers this may seem distracting or at least unusual but it is actually a common theme in modern Sherlock Holmes fiction. It even showed up in The Adventure Of The Peculiar Protocols which I reviewed last year. Other examples of famous individuals Holmes has met in other stories include H.G. Welles, Conan Doyle himself and some rather famous American politicians from the post Civil War Reconstructionist period. With regards to the audiobook of this particular adventure I was pleasantly surprised! The narrator is a Nigel Peever who has the ability to draw you even further in. His Watson is probably my personal favourite of all the characters in the book he performs as he seems very much in the spirit of that Edwardian era. Peever also succeeds admirably at his version of Holmes – one with a surprisingly deep voice! Certainly deeper than most performances I’ve seen or heard but in Peever’s case I think he makes it work. His version of The Merchant when he makes his entrance is suitably arrogant and somewhat grandiose as befits someone with that level of talent. Even criminal talent. One small criticism I have for the audiobook is for its accents. It becomes clear that his non English accents can come across a little over the top or ever so slightly arch. His Mrs Hudson in particular seems like he’s overegging the pudding a little. Another example would be the Irish and French museum characters who have strong accents. And yet despite my understanding why certain people would have an issue with this I can’t bring myself to dislike it. It is exactly the right level for me to see it as artistic license for the sake of the narration or to imagine those specific characters as though this entire Holmes narrative is being acted out in a play complete with the occasional sound effect. In conclusion I think this is a very entertaining Holmes story. Although I personally have not yet read or listened to Ryan’s previous efforts I can certainly say I fully intend to. The Merchant of Menace is a very enjoyable story and one I heartily recommend. I’m curious to see what his version of Holmes has to pit his mind against next. I’ll see you all soon. Sayonara to you all! Nephrite

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  • odickinson.
  • 01-17-20

A Fair story and oddly good natration

A Fair story and oddly good natration, really enjoy sherlock holmes character's voice by Nigel Peever