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The Case of the Grave Accusation: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
 
 

The Case of the Grave Accusation: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Dicky Neely , Paul R. Spiring
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A century after the publication of The Hound of the Baskervilles, the relevance of both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson is jeopardised.  Their creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is accused of stealing the narrative for 'the supreme adventure' from a friend called Bertram Fletcher Robinson.  Worse still, it is also alleged that Sir Arthur committed adultery, blackmail and murder in order to conceal his act of plagiarism.  The stage is now set for the return of Holmes and Watson to Dartmoor in Devon!

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  • Print Length: 100 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fiction, or not Fiction? 4 July 2011
By Bretfan
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As it ought to be in a good pastiche, Holmes and Watson are as they use to be in Doyle's stories, and the reader is pleased to meet them again with their typical words and attitudes. It's a very entertaining fiction: Holmes and Watson leave the pages of the stories and appear in contemporary world. They are not only time travelling, but changing their status of made- of- paper creatures to become real human beings. Both of them react according to their nature in front of modern contraptions such as television, desktops and laptops. Their reactions and remarks are quite amusing. The villain is more ridiculous than really fearsome. The whole story is humorous, easy and pleasant to read.
But it is not only fiction. The name of the villain is more or less the translation in French of the genuine name of the man (called by Sir Andrew Mac Farlane an "unreliable historian") who has really accused Sir Arthur Conan Doyle of having stolen "the Hound of Baskervilles" from Bertram Fletcher Robinson (in 2002, I think): "ail" means "garlic", and "la pelure" means "the peel"...The accusations made by Roger la Pelure d'Ail are the same as the real ones: plagiarism, adultery and poisoning.Holmes prove them wrong, one by one, by using observation, deduction but also modern techniques such as forensic tests. Dicky Neely ridicules the author who accused Doyle, but doesn't enter into a fierce controversy. There is no unkindness in his book. After the story itself, we found very interesting documents, which prove that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fully aknowledged Fletcher Robinson contribution to "the Hound of Baskerville", and that the relations between the two men remained excellent as long as they lived.
I enjoyed this book, which is "fiction AND not fiction", and is both entertaining and instructive. Dicky Neely and Paul Spiring are so kind as to support two good causes: "The Undershaw Preservation Trust" and "A Posthumous Bafta for Jeremy Brett" (last pages of the book)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great combination of fiction and fact. 18 Nov 2011
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Great combination of fiction and fact. Has encouraged me to dig back into the original press around the case from back in 2000.
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Mr. Neely published the main portion of this book in "The Coastal Bend Sun," a defunct Texas newspaper, in 2002. For this book, he made adjustments to the story and added illustrations. Mr. Spiring added a section of comments that summarize the contacts between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bertram Fletcher Robinson between the publication of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and Robinson's death.

The basis for this pastiche was a series of allegations by Rodger Garrick-Steele issued in 2000. These were essentially that Doyle plagiarized the Baskervilles story from Robinson and then, when Robinson threatened to `expose' him, Doyle seduced Mrs. Robinson and conspired with her to poison her husband. Of course, these charges caused a minor furor but, eventually, died from a lack of any proof and all the evidence of a continuing friendship between Doyle and Robinson. Mr. Neely wrote the novella in 2002 as a response to these allegations. Mr. Spiring, credited as Editor, compiled and listed a series of citations that indicate the continued long-term good relations between Doyle and Robinson up to the time of Robinson's death in 1907.

The fictional element of this book has Holmes and Watson recalled from honorable retirement as fictional icons to investigate a matter that is vitally important to their existence. This is the charge of plagiarism against Doyle, which cast the entire literature of Sherlock Holmes into doubt. The investigation is carried on in the 21st Century, so Holmes and Watson need to orient themselves and to adapt to the information sources and other technologies available to them in this time and place.

Surprisingly, the investigation is carried out in a typical Sherlockian fashion, with Dr.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anti-plagiarism in Hound book 5 July 2011
By Philip K. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Neely published the main portion of this book in The Coastal Bend Sun, a defunct Texas newspaper, in 2002. For this book, he made adjustments to the story and added illustrations. Mr. Spirling added a section of comments that summarize the contacts between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bertram Fletcher Robinson between the publication of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and Robinson's death.

The basis for this pastiche was a series of allegations by Rodger Garrick-Steele issued in 2000. These were essentially that Doyle plagiarized the Baskervilles story from Robinson and then, when Robinson threatened to `expose' him, Doyle seduced Mrs. Robinson and conspired with her to poison her husband. Of course, these charges caused a minor furor but, eventually, died from a lack of any proof and all the evidence of a continuing friendship between Doyle and Robinson. Mr. Neely wrote the novella in 2002 as a response to these allegations. Mr. Spiring, credited as Editor, compiled and listed a series of citations that indicate the continued long-term good relations between Doyle and Robinson up to the time of Robinson's death in 1907.

The fictional element of this book has Holmes and Watson recalled from honorable retirement as fictional icons to investigate a matter that is vitally important to their existence. This is the charge of plagiarism against Doyle, which cast the entire literature of Sherlock Holmes into doubt. The investigation is carried on in the 21st Century, so Holmes and Watson need to orient themselves and to adapt to the information sources and other technologies available to them in this time and place.

Surprisingly, the investigation is carried out in a typical Sherlockian fashion, with Dr. Watson manfully but confusedly helping Holmes and a Scotland Yard Inspector providing the necessary back up. The adjustment problems Holmes and Watson face are taken in stride and the `Standard Doyle cast' make guest appearances. The villain of the piece is a fictional character who is nursing several problems along with a need for recognition. He is induced to recant and to channel his energies into more acceptable efforts.

Mr. Spirling's efforts have produced a careful list of public appearances, comments and citations that illustrate the friendly and extended relations that existed between Doyle and Robinson. There are also personal communications, shared events and joint appearances of various sorts that occur all through the period between the publication of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the death of Mr. Robinson. So the thesis that Robinson had become upset with Doyle is contradicted time and again, right up to his last writings before his death.

The book is short, but well done. It will effectively nail the lid onto the coffin of any plagiarism charges against Doyle for using Robinson's local tale as an inspiration for his story. Robinson was fully and completely credited as the source of the `Baskervilles Legend' and used that credit, from time to time, to promote his own career, rather than holding it against Doyle.

Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, July 2011
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Premature Burial? 6 July 2011
By George Stevenson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Case of the Grave Accusation: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
The brilliant pun in the title of this work seems to say it all, considering the accuser wished to have Robinson's body exhumed. Given Mr Spiring's extensive researches into the life of that gentleman, one might wish to have a straight journalistic account of the episode without any interference from Holmes and Watson. But, like the original charge, this probably wouldn't have much substance, and result in an even shorter book. There is evidence, as the writers say, that Doyle and Fletcher Robinson remained friends, or at least in some sort of contact, until the latter's death; and presumably Doyle didn't object when the editor of, for example, 'The Windsor Magazine' referred to 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' every time a tale written by Robinson appeared. And one really must admire the idea of bringing The Great Detective and his 'Boswell' into the twenty-first century, with all its bewildering technology.
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