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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; Re-issue edition (22 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845299264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845299262
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The biggest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle laid down his pen.

About the Author

Mike Ashley is editor of several volumes of The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits, plus The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunnits and The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits among others.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. Powell on 24 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a well-researched and excellently selected collection of stories by many authors. The ordering is based upon the chronology of the life of Sherlock Holmes as reconstructed by the editor who makes considerable contributions to the text thereby.

The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because a few (a very few) of the selections were not really good enough, though all are to a high standard. The best thing about this book is that every contribution is placed into the Doyle canon at least plausibly, and this collection certainly succeeds in extending what we can know of Holmes outside of Dr. Watson's original published accounts in a credible and refined manner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Skudder TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2012
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It is a shame that Conan Doyle wrote so few Sherlock Holmes stories. In the absence of any more from him this is the next best thing - a collection of stories all purporting to be rediscovered Watson writings.

On the whole these are respectful attempts to reproduce the spirit and style of the originals rather than mere pastiches. Some are better than others but the overall standard is high.

I actually bought this by mistake, forgetting that I had the paper version on the shelf somewhere, but I don't regret it at all.

Unfortunately the book is let down by the odd mistake in translation from paper book to ebook. Nothing to make it unreadable but little things like some mis-spellings or in one case extra spaces around punctuation, which upsets the flow of reading just a little.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By C. Bentley on 5 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This 'revised and updated' 2009 edition is a textbook example of how excellent writing can be ruined by atrocious editing. Mis-typed words, bad grammar and, most damaging of all, hopeless punctuation mar almost every page of this edition. This is a terrible shame because the stories themselves are a clever and entertaining collection of Conan Doyle pastiches by acknowledged masters of the genre.

Perhaps the worst victim here is Eric Brown's 'The Vanishing of the Atkinsons', relating the untold story of 'the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee' mentioned by Watson in the opening of 'A Scandal in Bohemia'. Admittedly the story-within-a-story structure presents both the writer and editor with a variety of tricky punctuation challenges, but rarely has that challenge been met so incompetently as that seen here, rendering a perfectly good tale maddeningly unreadable. Conan Doyle expertly illustrated how it should be done in 'The Gloria Scott' and 'The Musgrave Ritual', two stories which should have been more carefully studied by those charged with editing and proof-reading this volume before committing their efforts to print.

Authors of the calibre of Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, H.R.F. Keating and David Langford really deserve better than to be treated like this. It is to be hoped that the publishers will employ some editorial and proofing staff who actually know what they are doing in order to correct all the mistakes for a reprint in the near future.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Diggins on 20 Sept. 2003
Format: Paperback
With over 25 new Holmes stories in this volume, one might expect a high ratio of chaff, but I don't think there are more than 3 that fail to ring true, and even they are worthy attempts.

Amongst the more ingenious stories: Holmes crosses with Aleister Crowley, and in another, discovers evidence supporting the Curie's hypothesis of radiation!

Thoroughly enjoyable, and like the originals, rewarding to return to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 May 2012
Format: Paperback
An excellent collection of stories based on incidents and other stories mentioned in Conan Doyle's original tales of the great detective. While not all of them are individually great, they are woven very satisfyingly into the narrative of Holmes and Watson's lives. Some of them involve future technology and I found these a little too prescient to feel fully authentic as Holmes stories. But overall, an excellent and absorbing collection of stories.

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The Bothersome Business of the Dutch Nativity

Theft of an old painting to cover the fact that it is a fake.

The Affray at the Kildare Street Club

Mundane theft case but very early appearance of Moriarty and Colonel Moran.

The Case of the Incumbent Invalid

A much more substantial story involving several twists. Good one, based on one of the stories mentioned in passing by Conan Doyle.

The Adventure of Vittoria, the Circus Belle

Short murder substitution case. Quite good.

The Darlington Substitution Scandal

Theft and copying of artworks. Feels very genuine.

The Adventure of the Suspect Servant

This is a case, not really an adventure and the servant makes no actual appearance. Short and another case of theft to cover debts.

The Adventure of the Amateur Mendicant Society

Rather an implausible tale.

The Adventure of the Silver Buckle

How can a buckle have an adventure? Theft on a remote Scottish island and another extrapolation from a line by Conan Doyle. Quite enjoyable.

The Case of the Sporting Squire

Unusual poisoning case that could alarm book lovers.
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