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The Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes [Hardcover]

June Thomson
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1 April 2004
A new collection of cases, based on Dr. John Watson's secret notebooks of the master detective's investigations, features the inimitable Sherlock Holmes in the Case of the Cardinal's Corpse, Case of the Aluminum Crutch, Case of the Upwood Scandal, and Case of the Vanishing Barque, among othe

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; First edition. Hardback. edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749006986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749006983
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,253,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The many who hunger for more tales of the Great Detective will delight in veteran British crime writer June Thomson's fifth Sherlock Holmes story collection, The Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes. Thomson is able both to summon Watson's unique narrative voice and convincingly recreate the characters of Holmes and his Boswell. These six new adventures respectfully emulate Conan Doyle's originals with nary a false note -- or historical guest celebrity." -- Publishers Weekly

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It was a bitterly cold November morning, not long after my old friend Sherlock Holmes and I had returned to London from Devonshire following the tragic conclusion of the long and complex Baskerville case, when a visitor, a Mr Godfrey Sinclair, called at our Baker Street lodgings. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5* pastiche of Conan Doyle 29 May 2008
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
I hadn't heard of June Thomson's pastiches of Sherlock Holmes so was surprised to find that this is the fifth volume, and wasn't sure what to expect. In summary this is an entertaining read which tries to stay faithful to Conan Doyle's creations and manages that fairly well. Thomson's Holmes is a softer character than the original, teasing Watson affectionately about his lack of erudition more in the manner of Poirot and Hastings than true Holmes. And while Thomson works hard at capturing the atmosphere of Victorian London, there's something oddly different about the tone of the stories here. For example the first one concerns two card-sharps who are cheating in an illegal gambling hall, which seems an odd choice for a SH story. Despite tiny quibbles, this is an entertaining collection of stories that pays tribute to a greater author, and for fans is well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is the first of June Thomson's pastiches I've read, though it isn't the first in the series but I assume they, like this, are an attempt at creating complete stories to go with those intriguing mentions of other cases made in Conan Doyle's original stories.

These stories are supposedly published from Watson's recovered, unpublished notes. The setting and language are very true to the original, the cases themselves are based on odd lines e.g. 'the singular affair of the aluminium crutch' is a line from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. While I didn't have any difficulty believing these cases were things Holmes /might/ have investigated they overall seemed a little *prosaic*, smash and grab thieves, insurance fraud etc., I could quite imagine these as the cases Watson recorded and then decided weren't quite /exciting/ enough to publish rather than too racy as suggested in the original. Perhaps the earlier books in the series are better and the author had run low on idea by this one? It's not a bad book at all, I have made the stories sound boring, which they aren't, they just aren't as bizarre and twisted as Conan Doyle's works.

What I don't like about them is the reams of footnotes, supposedly added by the inheritor of Watson's dispatch box of notes, that seem to be there merely to prove that the author has seriously read and researched the original, and which assume the reader either hasn't read them or has forgotten almost every important fact in them. The notes are on virtually every page and add nothing to the reading experience, and in a few cases are really irrelevant [a bit about the pubs in on a dark street Holmes and Watson are passing through 'shining like beacons' links to a note about Sherlock once saying boarding schools being 'Beacons of the future!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes 19 April 2013
By lambo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Generally a good read with the atmosphere of the Genre well captured.A couple of tales seemed to drift away a bit,but no real complaints. Good value as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Like The Real Thing 20 Jan 2013
Excellent collection of short-stories in the style of Watson/Conan Doyle. Highly enjoyable. The extensive footnotes are both helpful and proof that the author not only knows the fictional world of Holmes like the back of her hand, but that she has also thoroughly researched the real world in which the stories are set. (If the footnotes are a problem, then ignore them and read on without them. Big deal.)

I will be reading more in the series.
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