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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689320
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.8 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LAURIE R. KING is the bestselling author of the award-winning Mary Russell series. She lives in California. Neil Gaiman is the most critically acclaimed comics writer of the 1990s and is the author of numerous books and graphic novels. He is the New York Times No. 1 best-selling author of American Gods and Anansi Boys.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on 13 Nov. 2011
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This collection is the first by this pair of editors and it looks to be a winner. The stories are not necessarily about Holmes, but rather are all inspired by the sixty tales of the Canon. This has resulted in a complex mixture of tales. Properly speaking, none of these tales are pastiches, although some are about Holmes or Watson or other Canonical characters. They are not imitations of the Canonical tales written in the style of Doyle but instead are stories inspired by the sixty tales written by Doyle about Holmes.

"You'd Better Go in Disguise" is an intriguing short story by Alan Bradley that presents several odd twists and confused identities. "As to `an exact knowledge of London'" is a novella by Tony Broadbent. It is set in modern times and it tells of a wounded Army Doctor returning from service in Afghanistan who takes a long cab ride around London with a very knowledgeable cabbie. "The Men with the Twisted Lips" is a short story by S. J. Rozan. It presents an alternative and very interesting but not contradictory view of events in "The Man with the Twisted Lip." "The Adventure of the Purloined Paget" is a novella by Phillip and Jerry Margolin that relates the offer for auction of a Paget drawing created for a lost, 61st Holmes story written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The owner's murder sparks serious Sherlockian analysis and deduction.

"The Bone-headed League" is a short story by Lee Child set in modern day London with an ardent student of The Canon being caught up in an investigation that echoes with the tone of "The Red-Headed League." "The Startling Events in the Electrified City" is a novella that relates Holmes' and Watson's involvement in the assassination of President McKinley at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
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For "A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon" Laurie R King and Leslie S Klinger have collected seventeen new, original, and very different tales from authors as diverse as Lee Child, Jacqueline Winspear and Neil Gaiman. All the contributors are highly successful writers, mostly of crime fiction - apart from Jerry Margolin BSI, who collaborates with his brother Phillip in a story about rabid collectors of Sherlockian artwork, which is Jerry's own specialism. Actually, that gives an indication of what makes this collection different - and successful. These are not, for the most part, stories about Sherlock Holmes: as the subtitle says, they're stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Lee Child and S J Rozan each reinvent a classic case. Colin Cotterill provides a very funny comic strip explaining why he's not qualified to contribute. Tony Broadbent rather brilliantly brings Holmes and Watson to present-day London, in a quite different way from Sherlock. Equally dazzling is Neil Gaiman's tale of Holmes and bees in China. There isn't a dud here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JC on 28 Nov. 2011
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The quality varies from very good to very poor, some stories are not even about Holmes. Some are clearly writers devoted to the Holmes genre, others are not. I was disappointed with this book, it is one of the poorest collections on offer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Belton on 28 Dec. 2011
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Quickly put, whether you embrace or deride the more-modern takes on the Holmes canon that present themselves in a small way in this collection, even the more traditional tales here strike a average note. Sometimes a good average, but more often lacklustre efforts abound. "A Study in Sherlock" presents a series of new Sherlock tales which range from the serviceable, but on this occassion, sadly unremarkable Alan Bradley's effort, to a passable Lee Child short, an authentic but dull effort by Thomas Perry and the sheerly brown-nosing affair by Tony Broadbent. The most ingenious story here, so far, is the 'Men with the Twisted Lips', which is a re-telling from the other protagonists point of view, of the classic Conan Doyle story. I've still half the book to read and only can hope it generally improves overall, but at the end of page 168, an atrociously drawn cartoon by Colin Cotterill, I'm not sanguine at all.
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