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The Confiscated Chronicles of Dr. John H. Watson (The Newly Discovered Ventures of Sherlock Holmes Book 1)
The Confiscated Chronicles of Dr. John H. Watson (The Newly Discovered Ventures of Sherlock Holmes Book 1)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Holmes fans shoild not bother, 10 Sep 2013
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The author knows a few of the Canonical names, but has no idea of the original style. Was he/she writing in his native language, or is this a bad translation? I note that the Americanism "gotten" was used a few times. Specifically, he has Watson referring to the time as "forty past twelve" and "fifteen before seven" - who ever talks like that?. Phrases seem to take the place of complete sentences, such as "Exhausted from the night's adventure" and "With the two men immediately after them". And how about this, "His eyebrows shot up having asked him that same question on several occasions" - talking eyebrows now?
In one story, Watson says that five minutes bike ride past Baker Street took them into forested country - has the author ever been to London?
There are a number of typos and spelling errors, and I still wonder what "headcheese on toast" is.
The plots do not flow, and I gave up half way through the second story, tired of being brought up short by so many errors. I have read several Holmes pastiches better than this at half the price. Sorry, Mr/Ms Doyen, but that is my opinion, perhaps some other reader will have a more favourable one.
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Sherlock Holmes & The Master Engraver (The Revival of Sherlock Holmes)
Sherlock Holmes & The Master Engraver (The Revival of Sherlock Holmes)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 7 Sep 2013
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As a long-time Sherlock Holmes aficionado, and occasional author and editor, I found this to be one of the best pastiches I have read for a long time. The plot is most ingenious, with many a twist and turn, and the period flavour is just right. Although I appreciate that the original prose of Conan Doyle was suitably Victorian and Edwardian formal, I felt that Ross Husband occasionally veered rather into too stilted a version of Holmes's discourses. Perhaps the unfortunate Lestrade was made to look somewhat too incompetent, but the secondary characters were spot on. Almost worth five stars - could I give it four and a half?


The Hindenburg Murders (Disaster Series)
The Hindenburg Murders (Disaster Series)
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but too much extraneous info., 21 Aug 2013
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I had not read any Saint stories or pastiches, and found this to move along nicely. The plot was a good twist on the actual event, and I liked it that some of the real passengers' names were used. The explanation at the end, telling what was fact and what fiction, was useful and interesting.
What I did not like, and found annoying, was the plethora of irrelevant information padded into the story; I lost count of how many times Charteris flicked ash from his cigarette, and did not need to have details of every change of clothes worn by Charteris and his lady friend. But for that, I would have given it another star.


Five New Sherlock Holmes Stories
Five New Sherlock Holmes Stories
Price: £0.77

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Conan Doyle it's not, 27 July 2013
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This author has a smattering of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, but he fails to write in the Victorian style. There are several spelling errors, some anachronisms, and a number of American expressions. The plots are unconvincing, and far-fetched even by Holmes's standards, with a number of the detective's deductions unexplained. The final story, involving the kidnapping of Inspector Lestrade's daughter, is the best, although nowhere in the original are we told that the inspector was married. My advice, if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, is to spend 77p to find out how not to write a convincing pastiche.
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Collins Tracing Your Irish Family History
Collins Tracing Your Irish Family History
by Ryan Tubridy
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the subject I have read, 28 Aug 2009
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This book is full of interesting photos, helpful hints and useful websites. The author knows his subject, and it is the ideal book for the purpose.


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