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Sherlock Holmes and the Morphine Gambit [Paperback]

Jason Cooke
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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Street Studios Limited (31 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190109135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901091359
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 14 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,263,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine pastiche 22 July 2009
Format:Paperback
I picked this up not quite knowing what to expect. Cooke does a really good job of capturing the essence of the characters and the period in a way that was straightforward and easy to understand for a modern reader unfamiliar with Britain at the start of the twentieth century.

The plots great - starts off slow and accelerates at a cracking pace that draws you in but without sacrificing any of the Conan Doyle "feel".

My only quibble was that it ended at the point at which I was totally hooked - there's got to be a sequel in there somewhere without the need to compromise any of the excellent plot lines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A clever gambit 21 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
There are echoes of `His Last Bow' in "Sherlock Holmes & the Morphine Gambit" by Jason Cooke. In February 1912 Mycroft Holmes calls on his brother to investigate a burglary at a house on the Norfolk coast, belonging to a German-born businessman and philanthropist, Sir Edward Muster. Relations between Britain and Germany are strained after the previous month's International Opium Convention, at which the Germans urged a ban on the opium trade (which would damage the British economy) and the British demanded a ban on the cocaine trade (which would damage the German economy). The novel is inspired by the story of the Rt Hon Sir Edgar Speyer, who fell victim to anti-German hysteria when war broke out. "The Morphine Gambit" is an exciting story, adequately well-written, though there are a few disconcertingly anachronistic phrases, such as `safe house' and `real ale', and Mr Cooke apparently thinks that the First Lord of the Admiralty is the same as the First Sea Lord. Not so. In February 1912 Winston Churchill, MP held the former post, and Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman the latter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holmes returns 12 July 2011
Format:Paperback
A very able attempt to recreate Doyle's sleuth, a well devised plot in a flowing writing style. Well worth a read for Holmes fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely agree with 'Bookworm S" Review 11 April 2010
Format:Paperback
A thoroughly enjoyable read. I was engrossed from start to finish. I look forward to reading further works from Jason Cooke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Basil and Nigel" are back 21 Sep 2012
By Geroi
Format:Paperback
As a kid I first came across Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and then other movies before reading the books. I have fond memories of the B&W films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as the lead roles. Now, many years later, I found Mr Cooke's writing style conjuring up images of these two actors rather than any later (sorry Jeremy Brett!) actors which in turn led to a more 'authentic' reading experience. I was able to clearly picture Nigel Bruce (Dr Watson, for the uninitiated) as his lines were delivered. Holmes is as brilliantly dour as Basil Rathbone ever was.

I note Roger Johnson's comments with regards anachronisms and belatedly have noticed them, though this is a compliment to the author as I was too engrossed in the plot to even note them. Upon further investigation I found that Cooke's whole background premise to the novel was in fact based (however loosely and occasional slightly inaccurate) on actual events. With one hundred years' hindsight and fore-knowledge of these events, the fact that we have a story of such intrigue and suspense is a testimony to the author.

I hope Mr Cooke will write for us again...
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