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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2009
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
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
on 5 January 2010
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
on 20 September 2003
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
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.

The Vanishing of the Atkinsons

Colonial disappearance of two brothers with a shocking and tragic twist.

The Adventure of the Fallen Star

The worst story in this collection so far, an implausible plot around scientific rivalry that reminded me more of a second rate Jules Verne story. Holmes's deductions here are just too far fetched for words. Also spotted a couple of crass grammatical errors.

The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger

This one didn't ring quite true to me. I guessed the sex change by the murderer. But it didn't feel like a Sherlock Holmes story really.

The Mystery of the Addleton Curse

Interesting story looking to the then immediate scientific future. Not typically Holmesian but this worked.

The Adventure of the Parisian Gentleman

Political assassination in France against the backdrop of the notorious Dreyfus case. Good one, albeit brief.

The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor

Sherlock Holmes meets H G Wells. Such a scientific story does not convince as an authentic Holmes story but this was better handled than one or two of the other similar stories in this collection. Stephen Baxter has written a sequel to The Time Machine.

The Adventure of the Touch of God

Grisly story about a series of Ripper-like murders in Yorkshire. But this did not feel like a Holmes story and some of the dialogue did not ring true. This Holmes is a caricature, saying "elementary, my dear Makinson" and smoking a Meerschaum pipe.

The Adventure of the Persecuted Painter

Quite good, authentic seeming story set in remote Dorset.

The Adventure of the Suffering Ruler

A classic Holmes plot, with the difference that he gets it totally wrong! The ending is laugh out loud for this.

The Repulsive Story of the Red Leech

The Adventure of the Grace Chalice

Very short story of an insurance scam and murder. Fairly unremarkable.

The Case of the Faithful Retainer

Scandal surrounding the very highest in society, i.e. Queen Victoria herself, though absurdly get name cannot even be mentioned at a closed meeting, despite the obvious context. Links to The Devil's Foot.

The Case of the Suicidal Lawyer

Mistaken identity between two brothers. Wry story with some amusing comments about authors.

The Legacy of Rachel Howells

A marvellous tale, a sequel to The Musgrave Ritual. I found RH's diabolical ingenuity a bit hard to believe, though. Also mentions David Copperfield's Mr Dick and a crafty in joke reference to the first publication of A Study in Scarlet in a downmarket Christmas journal.

The Adventure of the Bulgarian Diplomat

Excellent story with an international cast where Holmes averts a world war from breaking out in the Balkans in 1903.

The Enigma of the Warwickshire Vortex

Seems to have a science fiction air, though there is a rational, if not plausible explanation. Interesting things about early cinema, but one of my least favourite stories in this collection.

The Case of the Last Battle

A suitably sombre end to the collection with Holmes deciphering a code to bring about peace at the end of the First World War. Not great as an exercise in deduction per se.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2009
I have found this a most wonderful book that is hard to put down once you start to read the stories,they nearly all capture the mood and atmosphere that Conan Doyle created with this character and is a book I would heartly recommend to any Sherlock Holmes fans. The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures[[ASIN:1845299264 The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures]
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2011
I always enjoy a good Sherlock Holmes pastiche and the tales here are all very plausible. The voice of Watson sounds very authentic. I particularly like the chronological order of presentation which definitely adds something to the collection. I did find the numerous mistakes in the kindle edition really extraordinary - it cannot ever have been proof-read. Try not to let yourself be put off though. Its good value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 January 2012
Some of these stories are very good, nicely capturing the tone of Dr Watson/Conan Doyle, and some, well, aren't. Ashley excludes from the book and from his appendices those Holmes pastiches in which our hero meets other fictional characters. Perhaps he should also have considered why the weakest stories here include all those where the great man comes across real historical figures. Funnily enough those individuals seem all to be writers; maybe there is an element of professional vanity involved.

The transfer to Kindle hasn't done the book any favours either as it is filled with typos and other production errors.
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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.

*************

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.

The Vanishing of the Atkinsons

Colonial disappearance of two brothers with a shocking and tragic twist.

The Adventure of the Fallen Star

The worst story in this collection so far, an implausible plot around scientific rivalry that reminded me more of a second rate Jules Verne story. Holmes's deductions here are just too far fetched for words. Also spotted a couple of crass grammatical errors.

The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger

This one didn't ring quite true to me. I guessed the sex change by the murderer. But it didn't feel like a Sherlock Holmes story really.

The Mystery of the Addleton Curse

Interesting story looking to the then immediate scientific future. Not typically Holmesian but this worked.

The Adventure of the Parisian Gentleman

Political assassination in France against the backdrop of the notorious Dreyfus case. Good one, albeit brief.

The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor

Sherlock Holmes meets H G Wells. Such a scientific story does not convince as an authentic Holmes story but this was better handled than one or two of the other similar stories in this collection. Stephen Baxter has written a sequel to The Time Machine.

The Adventure of the Touch of God

Grisly story about a series of Ripper-like murders in Yorkshire. But this did not feel like a Holmes story and some of the dialogue did not ring true. This Holmes is a caricature, saying "elementary, my dear Makinson" and smoking a Meerschaum pipe.

The Adventure of the Persecuted Painter

Quite good, authentic seeming story set in remote Dorset.

The Adventure of the Suffering Ruler

A classic Holmes plot, with the difference that he gets it totally wrong! The ending is laugh out loud for this.

The Repulsive Story of the Red Leech

The Adventure of the Grace Chalice

Very short story of an insurance scam and murder. Fairly unremarkable.

The Case of the Faithful Retainer

Scandal surrounding the very highest in society, i.e. Queen Victoria herself, though absurdly get name cannot even be mentioned at a closed meeting, despite the obvious context. Links to The Devil's Foot.

The Case of the Suicidal Lawyer

Mistaken identity between two brothers. Wry story with some amusing comments about authors.

The Legacy of Rachel Howells

A marvellous tale, a sequel to The Musgrave Ritual. I found RH's diabolical ingenuity a bit hard to believe, though. Also mentions David Copperfield's Mr Dick and a crafty in joke reference to the first publication of A Study in Scarlet in a downmarket Christmas journal.

The Adventure of the Bulgarian Diplomat

Excellent story with an international cast where Holmes averts a world war from breaking out in the Balkans in 1903.

The Enigma of the Warwickshire Vortex

Seems to have a science fiction air, though there is a rational, if not plausible explanation. Interesting things about early cinema, but one of my least favourite stories in this collection.

The Case of the Last Battle

A suitably sombre end to the collection with Holmes deciphering a code to bring about peace at the end of the First World War. Not great as an exercise in deduction per se.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2009
Some of these stories excell those of Arthur Conan Doyle himself. I like the way the volume is set out, taking the reader through Holmes's life from his early days of crime deduction, some stories tell the previously untold cases that Watson and Holmes mention in their more popular cases.
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