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Requiem for Sherlock Holmes

Requiem for Sherlock Holmes [Kindle Edition]

Paul Stuart Hayes
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Sherlock Holmes returns in five enthralling cases. Written in an authentic style, each tale adds new layers to the legend of the great detective. When Holmes' father is arrested for the murder of a servant, Sherlock has to prove his father's innocence and clear the family name. However, the fractious relationship between father and son makes the case doubly a challenge. Will they be able to put aside age-old hostilities and find the true culprit before the accused has his date with the gallows? After decades of forced absence, Holmes returns to his childhood home, in the process unlocking long-repressed feelings which force him to confront his troubled past and threaten to expose his darkest secrets. This collection also contains four short stories in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson pit their wits against their deadliest foes, culminating in a sea journey for Watson which takes an extraordinary turn that could solve the most fabled of mysteries.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hidden Tiger Books (4 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1HHS84
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Stuart Hayes was born and raised in South London, but now predominantly lives in Ireland with his wife and two children. He has always had a penchant for writing but until recently work commitments were constantly getting in the way of his creativity. When he lost his job in 2011 it gave him the impetus he needed and he completed his first book, 'Requiem for Sherlock Holmes' within a year. He chose to write Sherlock Holmes stories as the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have been with him from a very early age (his father being responsible for introducing him to the great detective) and it seemed to be the perfect setting to start with.
His greatest challenge whilst writing was making the stories fit into the world that Conan Doyle had so expertly created and that they did not contradict anything previously written by the original author. To achieve this, a great amount of research was needed and the end result is something that pleases Paul greatly.
Although he is currently hard at work writing the follow up to 'Requiem for Sherlock Holmes' he has found time to pen introductions to 'The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes' and 'Mysteries and Adventures', both published by Hidden Tiger books and available at Amazon sites across Europe and America. He has also submitted pieces for both volumes of 'You & Who: Contact Has Been Made', two Doctor Who themed books available from Miwk Publishing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This outstanding book of Paul Stuart Hayes simply is a MUST HAVE for every true Sherlockian/Holmesian out there! While reading each story-one novella and 4 short stories,in good old Conan Doyle manner-you can actually feel like being back in the victorian London of the 19th century.
The authors admiration for the great Sir Conan Doyle is clearly perceptible in every single story so one could not tell the differens between Hayes and Sir Conan Doyle.Excellently Hayes gives us such a detailed insight into the soul of the great detective and his never mentioned childhood, for us finally being able to understand why Holmes is so aloof and appears to be so emotionless when it comes to interpersonal matters.The unexpected encounter with Professor Moriarty is described magnificently so the reader automatically feels that "THE GAME IS AFOOT" again! Holmes' trains of thought,his cleverness in solving the cases and the dialogues between Holmes and Dr.Watson are brilliant in following Conan Doyle!
I am sure Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would take off his hat to Paul Stuart Hayes,express his gratitude to him for breathing new life into his master of deduction and carry his adventures forward in his respect !!!
Alas,do pray for the coming literary masterpiece of Paul Stuart Hayes to be released in the meantime!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning debut. 6 Nov 2013
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As debuts go, they don't get any better than this collection. The Ancestral Horror is really a novella and for the insights the author gives us into Holmes's family life it cannot be bettered and is certainly one of the best this reviewer has come across. Holmes's father is accused of murder and it is up to Holmes to clear his father's name. Simple enough one would think, but Holmes and his father can barely communicate due to reasons hidden in the past. Watson hears both sides of the story and he, like the readers have to ponder that there may be an unknown side to Holmes. This is handled with great skill and dexterity by Mr Hayes who shows himself to be a master of plot, dialogue, atmosphere and characterisation. The collection opens with this triumphant entry and the following stories serve to underline what great control and a great touch the author has. Whether it be pure fiction or a mix of fact and fiction Mr Hayes simply does not put a foot wrong. I cannot praise it highly enough for it is superb from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 4 May 2014
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I read this book in one afternoon, I cant remember the last time I did that. I really could not put it down. The stories were great, I loved the insights into the relationship between Holmes and Watson and as I have read Doyle in the past I can honestly say the writer was very authentic in capturing the dynamic between the two beautifully. I really recommend this book, wonderfully told stories where mystery abounds. Five Stars, I will be keeping an eye out for any further publications from this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good 31 July 2014
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I enjoyed the series of stories in this book. It is well written and I would like to read more by this author. The only small niggle is the amount of smirking and sneering Holmes seems to do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for Sherlock Holmes 8 Oct 2012
By Steve Watts - Published on
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary creation Sherlock Holmes has recently undergone something of a modern reinvention through BBC Television's "Sherlock", but in Paul Stuart Hayes' "Requiem for Sherlock Holmes", we find Holmes and Watson back in the period which we as fans are most familiar with. Hansom cabs and telegrams are the height of technology and there's not an iPhone or skyscraper in sight! In fact, through most of the book I was reminded of the greatest Holmes of all to my mind, the late actor Jeremy Brett. This feeling is heightened as "The Ancestral Horror" kicks into gear, depicting Holmes at his most enigmatic and brilliant. At the story's heart is the catalyst of a dark, suppressed family secret, and as the plot twists and turns, it brings even the ever-dependable Watson to question whether his friend is being wholly honest with him. The story is a well paced and clever pastiche which harks back to Conan Doyle's style and evokes the period vividly. The author clearly has a deep love and understanding of Doyle's creation and his portrayal of the characters of Holmes and Watson is pitch perfect. The other stories in "Requiem for Sherlock Holmes" are equally as engaging and varied, with nods and rewards along the way for Holmes afficionados and more casual readers alike. I particularly enjoyed "The Penitent Man" with its supernatural undertones and the gruesome subplot which I will leave to the reader to discover for themselves. All in all, a great effort which the both author and his publisher, Hidden Tiger, can be proud of. I look forward to reading more from this writer and maybe his further tales of the world's greatest detective.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start from a newly published writer 17 Jan 2013
By clearydeb - Published on
Wow. This book was such a revelation as at times I thought I was reading something written by Arthur Conan Doyle himself! The language flows together seamlessly and it's enjoyable from start to finish. Unputdownable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Is No Longer 1895 28 May 2014
By Plum - Published on
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Sherlock Holmes is dead. That is the premise and the underlying theme of this book, the motif that ties all the stories together. In other narratives, in other places it might very well always be 1895; here, time doesn't stop, and there is no immortality - not even for the great Sherlock Holmes.

It is a requiem. A record of the cases that remained unfinished, that did not have a clear ending, did not culminate in an unquestionable triumph. These stories are memories, scraps of things long gone; but, above that, they are a tribute to a friend.

The humour in Requiem, the warmth, the liveliness belong to the character of Holmes. He is as he must be - an extraordinarily sensitive and responsive human being, paradoxically full of life and young in spirit. One can hear Watson's voice in these descriptions; they are born of love, of the desire to understand this man who can no longer explain anything himself.

The stories in this book are full of questions. The endings may seem somewhat anticlimactic; but that is their purpose - to convey to the reader the sense of loss, the knowledge that the problems recounted do not and will never have clear-cut classic solutions.

Thus, the idea of the book - a Holmesian tribute, a collection of memories - is an original and highly intriguing one, and it is used with some skill by the author, who clearly has considerable grasp of plot, characterization, and narrative devices. Perhaps the only weakness of Requiem is the author's insistence on using literary countersinking along the lines of "'Surely that is beyond even his considerable abilities!' exclaimed I, shocked at such an idea", but this, as well as other minor stylistic mistakes, can surely be attributed to the fact that this work is the author's debut.
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