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5.0 out of 5 stars At last - The Truth!, 25 April 2005
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This review is from: Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (Paperback)
This is a wonderfully witty and clever book that manages to show Mrs. Hudson as the real force behind the development of Sherlock Holmes while still keeping a feel for the atmosphere of the original stories. Some of the jokes refer to happenings in other more "official" accounts of the famous detective's exploits but while they can be best enjoyed by fans of the original stories, the book is completely free standing and great fun. Perhaps it would not suit those who take the detective hero too seriously but I hope it will be the start of a series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very lightweight who-done-it, 15 Nov 2006
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I have to admit this book stretched the limits of believability at times but it was an entertaining lightweight read. Like his better known "The Conjuror's Bird", this is an historical detective novel, not demanding but certainly enjoyable.

Based on the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his side-kick Dr Watson, this version introduces the house keeper as the brains behind the two men and Holmes in fact makes many errors of judgment.

Holmes is called upon to solve the mystery of a curse brought down on five colleagues who have invested their life savings into an endeavour in Sumatra in the Far East. When things start to go wrong one of the members of the group enlists the help of Sherlock Holmes, but things are not as they may seem!

Originally written by Mr Davies as a gift to his septogenarian father, this book was presumably not originally intended for publication. Because of this I was quite happy to forgive its flaws and just take it at face value. I shall now be on the look-out for the sequell - 'Mrs Hudson and the Malabar Rose".
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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to Sir Arthur, 24 Sep 2013
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Well written in a style entirely in keeping with that of its famous progenitor. I enjoyed it quite as much as I have the original Holmes stories; plenty of atmosphere and an abundance of well drawn characters in a well turned plot.
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Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse by Martin Davies (Paperback - 30 Nov 2004)
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