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Sherlock Holmes in America [Paperback]

Martin Greenberg , John Lellenberg , Daniel Stashower
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7 Jan 2010
Sherlock Holmes makes his American debut in this fascinating and extraordinary collection of never-before-published crime and mystery stories by bestselling American writers. The world's greatest detective and his famous sidekick Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they fight crime all over nineteenth-century North America. From the bustling neighbourhoods of New York City and Washington, D.C., to sunny yet sinister cities like San Francisco on the West Coast, the world's best-loved sleuth will face some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer, and meet some of America's most famous figures along the way. Each original story is written in the extraordinary tradition of Doyle's best work, yet each comes with a unique American twist that is sure to satisfy and exhilarate both Sherlock Holmes purists and those who always wished that Holmes could nab the nefarious closer to home. This is a must-read for any mystery fan and for those who have followed Holmes' illustrious career over the waterfall and back again.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849013276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849013277
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,218,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Martin Greenberg is one of the most prolific anthologists in publishing history and a recipient of the Ellery Queen Award for life achievement in editing from the Mystery Guild of America. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin. John Lellenberg is the U.S. agent for the Conan Doyle estate and the editor of The Baker Street Irregulars archival history series. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. Daniel Stashower is an award-winning mystery novelist and the author of A Teller of Tales: The Life of Author Conan Doyle. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy elementary... 30 Mar 2014
By Den
Ok, so when I heard 'elementary' (Holmes in America) was coming to our screens, I wasn't too happy, but after trying it, I love it! As with 'Sherlock Holmes in America' prejudice crept in, but, I tried it and I liked it. This is a collection of short stories based around Holmes in America, written by various authors, which helps keep the Holmes mythology alive and kicking with a fresh twist.
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1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy 10 Oct 2013
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Very poor' not in the style of Doyle. Don't buy. The short stories are poor and not typical Sherlock Holmes stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars More American Holmes 14 July 2009
By Philip K. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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This anthology consists of an Introduction, fourteen stories, three essays (one by A. C. D.) and notes about the editors. Each tale is preceded by a short note about the author. The Introduction calls this "a collection of new stories ... in which Holmes and Watson strike out for the United States" and that more or less describes the theme of the book.

The fourteen tales included begin with an account of "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness," by Lyndsay Faye, as cited in ENGR. In this tale. Watson tells Holmes of a mystery he encountered in San Francisco years before and Holmes provides an explanation. It serves as a good introduction to the book's theme in addition to being an interesting narrative. Lloyd Rose's "Ghosts and the Machine" recounts a visit, with their father, of the youthful Mycroft and Sherlock to America. They encounter Colonel Henry Olcott investigating some `Psychic' events shortly before he met Madame Blavtsky and they founded the Theosophical Society. The Holmes boys were not impressed by the events but did find Colonel Olcott admirable.

Steve Hockensmith's "Excerpts from an Unpublished Memoir..." gives us an interesting glimpse at Sherlock's career on the stage. Robert Pohle's "The Flowers of Utah" tells of a trip Holmes and Watson took to Utah financed by by an English Mormon following events in STUD, "to solve the case, once and for all." Their findings, of course, upset the Doctor's comfortable view of the resolution of that tale. Lauren Estleman's "The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist" introduces Holmes and Watson to another pair of prominent companions, Wyatt Earp and `Doc' Holliday. Then, Victoria Thompson tells us of Holmes solution to the disappearance of a prominent Minister's daughter at the request of Theodore Roosevelt, then Commissioner of the New York City Police Department in her "The Minister's Missing Daughter."

Gillian Linscott's "The Case of Colonel Crocket's Violin" treats us to the sight of Holmes being asked to identify the `real' violin of Davy Crocket from three possible competitors. Bill Crider renews Holmes' acquaintance with `Buffalo Bill' Cody, Frank Butler and Annie Oakley in "The Adventure of the White City" at the Columbian Exhibition, where Holmes shows an amazing grasp of recent events in the `Wild West.' In her "Recalled to Life," Paula Cohen tells us of a fascinating sidelight to one of the tasks Sherlock performed at Mycroft's request during `The Great Hiatus.' Daniel Stashower spins another tale of `The Great Houdini' as detective in his "The Seven Walnuts." As usual, brother `Dash' steers Harry into finding the truth, this time by asking him to write to Holmes about a disputed point.

In Matthew Pearl's "The Adventure of the Boston Dromio," Holmes and Watson investigate the murder charges against the Doctor who saved Watson's life in Afghanistan. Carolyn Wheat describes a unique method of murder in "The Case of the Rival Queens" while Holmes and Watson explore a Theosophist community. Jon L. Breen teams Holmes with a former acquaintance, Clive Armitage, in "The Adventure of the Missing Three Quarters." He also treats us to a close-up view of Amos Alonzo Stagg, an icon of College Football. In "The Song at Twilight, Michael Walsh tells us the long-awaited story of the creation of Altamont, the beginning of "His Last Bow."

In general, the tales are well done. There are few outright contradictions of the Canon and most of the `Americanisms' are appropriate. Unfortunately, none seem to stand out either. The most powerfully written tale was also the least `Sherlockian,' while few offered any new insights into either Holmes or Watson. The historical characters were either unpleasent or, for the most part, uninteresting, although Estleman's Earp and Holliday seem to be an exception to this generalization. In fact, Thompson's `minister's daughter,' who never appears in person, seems to be the most interesting character in the lot.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Collection 28 Mar 2009
By Bookmeister - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of these stories are spot-on with Doyle's style, although as the title shows, none happen in Merry Old England. A couple pastiches have alternative narrators, but all in all, if you like the original flavor of Holmes stories, than you will greatly enjoy this. It is refreshing that a few of the authors actually put in some deductive methods, which many modern SH authors are remiss in doing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection - For What It Is 8 Dec 2011
By Kentucky King - Published on Amazon.com
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Collections such as this, of stories by various authors about a single subject, tend to be hit or miss prospects. Add in that they are basically fan-fiction of something so dear and well-known as Doyle's canon, and you have certain expectations most collections can't esteem to meet. This one does fairly well.

The collection, for the most part, does not read like Doyle. It wasn't written by Doyle, so it shouldn't. We can't expect the authors to try to duplicate Doyle, as doing so would feel forced and cramped (which a few stories in this collection do). Overall, the different writing styles add a lot to the effect (though at least one I very much disliked). On the whole, the plots are interesting, and it's fascinating to see how other authors would write Holmes, especially set in America.

If you thirst for new situations, and new settings for Sherlock Holmes, and you can understand this will not read like Doyle, you will enjoy it. If you insist that anything that couldn't pass for Doyle isn't Holmes, you may want to skip this one. As a rabid fan, I enjoyed the read very much. I probably won't re-read it, but it was thoroughly worth my time and money to read it once.

If I was strictly a Holmes fan, I would probably rate it a 3. As a lover of creative writing excercises, I would rate it a solid 5. On the whole, I'll call it a 4.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far more than elementary 1 Feb 2010
By Jason A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
"Sherlock Holmes in America", far from being a radical reimagining of the life of the quintessential English detective, is a very carefully thought-out and faithful effort to portray some of Sherlock Holmes' "missing" adventures in the United States. The 14 short stories written for the collection are arranged in roughly chronological order, ranging from the 1870s through 1913, and take place all over the map of the continental U.S. Holmes (mostly but not always with Watson) investigates crimes on behalf of both private citizens and celebrities, often while being treated like a celebrity himself.

The leadoff story in the collection, "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness", is Watson's retelling of a mystery he encountered in San Franscisco long before being introduced to the Great Detective; Holmes, hearing the story, is naturally able to solve it without even leaving his chair. The next two stories, "Ghosts and the Machine" and "Excerpts From An Unpublished Memoir", are first-person accounts (neither by Watson) of an adolescent Holmes, set respectively in New England and Colorado. "Ghosts" is authored by Lloyd Rose, one of the few authors in this collection I'd read before; her previous work (the novel The City of the Dead (Doctor Who) and an episode in Homicide Life on the Street - The Complete Season 7) is highly recommended.

Both "The Flowers of Utah" and "The Case of the Coughing Dentist" are follow-ups to A Study in Scarlet, the first being a sequel (and a chance to retell the ending of the earlier story), and the second quickly spinning off into a tale of the American West. "The Minister's Missing Daughter" is Holmes in New York City; interestingly, so are both "Recalled to Life" and "The Seven Walnuts", but as both of those latter two stories are set in between "The Final Problem" and Holmes' subsequent resurrection by Doyle, there's a twist to each one.

While Manhattan gets a trilogy of stories, so does Chicago: "The Adventure of the White City" is set during the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and features a wealth of historical guests. "The Song at Twilight", the final story in the book and set during Holmes' retirement, features a 60-something Sherlock reluctantly undercover for the British government, at the behest of his brother Mycroft. This story is meant to explain some references in the Doyle story "His Last Bow", and also contains some interesting parellels to Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service: James Bond Series #11. "The Adventure of the Missing Three Quarters" is a play on a similarly-named Doyle story; it's set during the early years of college football and as such contains some amusing potshots at the professional game of today.

As an interesting counterpoint to both "Three Quarters" and "Twilight", "The Case of the Rival Queens" features another real-life athlete (a retired 19th century baseball player), and a prefiguring of Holmes' later avocation as a beekeeper. Finally, "The Adventure of the Boston Dromio" is possibly the only story in the collection that left me disappointed; it starts off with Holmes attempting to clear Watson's old mentor of a murder charge but winds up being more a celebration of cats. The lengthy descriptions of frolicking felines is perhaps a bit too precious.

The collection ends with three brief non-fiction essays, the last one adapted from Conan Doyle himself. Overall there are a lot of neat historical surprises to be had -- I won't spoil the array of well-known figures who show up -- and in the end "Sherlock Holmes in America" is well researched, well structured, and clearly put together by people with great affection for the legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just for one reading! 19 Jun 2011
By RIJU GANGULY - Published on Amazon.com
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Enough to send you raving back to tha canon to savour the exquisite taste of sanity. Good for one (and singularly singular) read only. Therefore, my humble recommendation would be to get it from nearby library.
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