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The Oxford Despoiler: and Other Mysteries from the Casebook of Henry St Liver
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I didn't really know what to expect when I purchased this book, but am I glad that I did. Gary Dexter here gives us a fantastic parody of those good old Sherlock Holmes short stories. Our hero Dr Henry St Liver is a sexologist, and his sidekick Miss Olive Salter an author, she records his cases giving us something special here.

This book which contains 8 stories could have been cheap, cheesy, full of toilet humour and badly written, but in the hands of Dexter they are erudite, hilarious, well written and highly enjoyable. With St Liver on the case you just know that any crime committed has at its roots a sexual perversion of some sort. These tales have been well thought out and you can see Conan Doyle's original exploits as inspiration for some of them. Especially hilarious is Oscar Wilde, who pops up in one case; the poor chap has to spend untold time trying to work up a witty quip on anything, his usual sayings being 'yes', 'no', and 'I'll have the trout'.

The stories are well written and you feel like it is the late 19th Century with some of the details portrayed. Not only is this a great parody of Sherlock Holmes, but also a fantastic satire on sexual perversions. If you love comedy and don't mind something a little more adult than perhaps you would normally read then you must read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 16 October 2009
This had me riveted throughout - and chortling in a most undignified manner. It's a delightful send-up of Conan-Doyle, with a brilliant comic creation as its hero. The most enjoyable book I've read for some time. Long live Henry St Liver!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2013
This thoroughly enjoyable collection of Neo-Victorian detective fictional cases is beautifully written in an authentic late-Nineteenth-Century style tinged with subtle humour. Henry St. Liver and his assistant are a highly unusual and original pair, and each case is nicely crafted so as to fit around a particular sexual fetish.
Very much in the style of Dr. Watson's accounts of the Sherlock Holmes cases, and a joy to read.
I hope to hear more from Dr. St. Liver.
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