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Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon [Hardcover]

Alan Bradley , Tony Broadbent , Jan Burke
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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25 Oct 2011
Neil Gaiman. Laura Lippman. Lee Child. These are just three of 18 superstar authors who provide fascinating, thrilling and utterly original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes in this one-of-a-kind book. These modern masters place the sleuth in suspenseful new situations, create characters that solve Holmesian mysteries, contemplate Holmes in his later years, fill gaps in the Sherlock Holmes canon and reveal their own personal obsessions with the infamous detective. It is the perfect tribute and a collection of twisting, clever studies of a timeless icon.
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (25 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590585496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590585498
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,820,992 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars An uneven collection 28 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars King and Klinger present Canonical offspring 13 Nov 2011
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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2.0 out of 5 stars The game is barely even 6-inches. 28 Dec 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars spice of life 10 Jan 2012
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They say that variety is the spice of life and this collection provides that.

I'm only half way through the book and have enjoyed every offering so far (up to and including the graphic novella) even though I was sold on the opportunity to read another Neil Gaiman story.
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