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Sherlock Holmes - The Will of the Dead Paperback – 8 Nov 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (8 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781160015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781160015
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Newbury and Hobbes are engaging characters...Fast-paced and well-written" (School Library Journal)

Mann clearly knows his Holmes, knows what works and... the book is all the better for it." -- Crime Fiction Lover

"An amazing story. I had anticipated a certain level for The Will of the Dead, but George Mann went far, far above it... the ideas behind his stories are interesting and fresh and he knows how to come up with a brilliant plot twist that will set your mouth agape. Even in the established world of Sherlock Holmes, George Mann is a strong voice and sets himself apart!" --The Book Plank

"Mann writes Holmes in a eloquent way, capturing the period of the piece perfectly, throwing Jeremy Brett fuelled childhood memories at me with every page and I must say that, if all non-Doyle Holmes adventures are this good, I will certainly read more... Those of you that love your Sherlock in any form, this is a must read." --Cult Den

About the Author

George Mann is the author of the Newbury and Hobbes and The Ghost series of novels, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and audiobooks. He has written fiction and audio scripts for the BBC's Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. He is also a respected anthologist and has edited The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and The Solaris Book of New Fantasy. He lives near Grantham, UK.


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I like George Mann's books and when I saw that he had written a novel featuring Sherlock Holmes I was thrilled. I have to say that this is a highly enjoyable story that sees Holmes and Watson tackle a complex family case of a missing will - with the added delight of trying to stop a handful of automatons (Iron Men) who run amok in the city primarily to steal jewellery from wealthy people in their large houses. The descriptions of these heavy robots stomping through the streets hell bent on their business is really quite sinister. I thought Mann captured the spirit of Holmes (I was seeing Jeremy Brett in my mind) and his faithful companion Watson very well and true to Conan Doyle's creations and I'm looking forward to his next Holmes outing - "The Spirit Box" in the not too distant future.
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Looking at the reviews I was at first doubtfull about buying the book, being one of those Sherlockian purists. I thought it would be one of those nonsense stories ( Sherlock Holmes meets Dracula rubbish type plots ), but it isnt , its a well crafted plot and faithful to the Canon. well worth buying.
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Although the book is an enjoyable enough read, I didn't find the main story very convincing - the too-intricate 'will' plot collapsed rather untidily and the 'iron man' diversion bordered on the (technically) absurd. Moreover, although the overall style was reasonably faithful to Conan Doyle's framework (apart from the inclusion of 'statements' by characters other than Watson) the language was not. Although it is perhaps neither necessary nor desirable to write in a truly Victorian manner, the use of more modern words and expressions grates somewhat - especially those with an American flavour (e.g. 'morgue' and giving Watson's weight in pounds rather than stones) - and I find it hard to accept Holmes 'grinning'. Sorry, but the whole thing is just a tad too weak and casual to do true justice to such established characters as Holmes and Watson, and their creator.
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The main story was good and very in keeping with Conan Doyle. The back story was a little far fetched but still entertaining. Worth reading but not the best pastiche I have read.
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I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I found it well written at a good pace and something with a good flow. I liked what was to me the new character who will clearly be a long term associate. I hope for more like this.
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Strange grammar, anachronisms of all sorts, malapropisms aplenty........too much offputting carelessness for me, but possibly an OK read if you have never read any real S.Holmes.....or any genuine writing of the period.
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I struggled with this book. I didn't mind the insertion of some steam-punkish elements but felt the melodrama all seemed completely incredulous.

The beauty of Holmes is his untangling of complex and disturbing mysteries. Both crimes in the this book lacked any intrigue or subtly. Pretty poor pastiche in my opinion I'm afraid.
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Well, I must confess I love the Newbury and Hobbes books. This wasn't quite up to the same standard but wasn't too bad.

One thing though: I do wish Mr Mann would learn that the past tense of the verb "to weave" is "woven" not "weaved". Just as the past tense of "shine" is "shone" not "shined". It grates on my literacy.
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