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Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit [Paperback]

Matthew J. Elliott
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15 April 2013
An impossible poisoning case... A master thief discovers something nasty in a chimney... A murder is committed on Baker Street in broad daylight, and the culprit is captured, but one man still has his doubts. Six new cases featuring Victorian England's greatest detective, these mysteries are sure to delight Holmes fans old and new.

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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780924100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780924106
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars First-rate stories 7 July 2013
Format:Paperback
Last year MX released "Sherlock Holmes on the Air", a selection of the best radio scripts by our Matthew J Elliott. Now comes "Sherlock Holmes in Pursuit", containing six first-rate stories, four originally published in the much-missed "Sherlock Magazine". The style is about as close to Conan Doyle as we'll get, the plots are ingenious, and frankly I'm in awe of the author's talent. My only cavil is that it's often hard to tell where one paragraph ends and another begins, as the first lines aren't indented, nor are the paragraphs separated. The quality of the stories more than makes up for that inconvenience, though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In pursuit of villainy 17 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A collection of short stories in the usual style and it stands up against any in a fair fight. My only real gripe is the greater than usual tension between Holmes and Watson which sometimes threatened to impinge upon the storyline. The two main protagonists are much less comfortable with each other than they ideally should be.

There is nothing particularly outstanding here but also nothing that would annoy the purists I don't think.

My own particular favourite is "The Adventure of the Forgetful Assassin" which would sit comfortably and hold its own in any collection. It captures the essence of the canon more than any other story here.

All in all, quite readable and enjoyable but nothing that will ultimately stay in the memory for very long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stories 25 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent stories, good plots, well written. One of the few Holmes pastiche writers who really seems able to capture the flavour of the original.
Small criticism of the publisher, not of the writer. Use a grammar checker as well as a spell checker or employ a proof reader. Two quick examples: "cold" for "could", "and" for "an". Not fatal but irritating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new stories 12 Mar 2014
By lambo
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This selection in my opinion is one of the better collections from modern authors, I felt the plots wrer mostly very good and the atmosphere of the stories felt right. I have some iffy modern collections in the past ,but to me this book was most enjoyable
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3.0 out of 5 stars Middling Holmesian pastiche 22 Dec 2013
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Regarding the tales themselves, they are not bad plot-wise but the presentation of the relationship between Holmes and Watson jars. This is a post-Reichenbach era, when Holmes is constantly alluding to possibility of retirement. The Watson we get here is ambivalent about his place as Holmes' colleague; he both feels undervalued and valueless. There's an intriguing hint in some of the stories that Watson has taken up with Holmes again more out of desperation and aimlessness after his wife's death, and that having moved on in the three years of Holmes' absence, neither he nor Holmes can slot back into life as it was before, but we don't get that developed enough.

I easily identified the Tolkien and Hornung references, yet they are curiously out of place: there's no reason, except as a private in-joke, to do things like calling an inn "The Prancing Pony". The Raffles references at least fit broadly into the context and timeframe. As for the sinister Chinese professor, I felt he was too much a cut-rate Dr. Fu-Manchu.

However, these are not the worst Holmes pastiches I've read, and if that sounds like damning with faint praise, I can say that if Mr Elliott cares to write a full-length novel exploring the changes when Holmes returns (both in him and Watson, and in the ending of the 19th century as the social and technological progress brings us ever closer to the First World War), the ambivalence and sense of displacement Watson feels when trying to recreate the 'glory days' by returning to Holmes and Baker Street, and the compromises and pragmatism, leading to cheating justice, that the British Government (as personified in Mycroft Holmes) carry out where political gain is concerned, then I would be very interested to read it.
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