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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh for an encore!
My friends, having the dulcet narrative of Sir Derek Jacobi for this last installment fills me with equal parts pleasure and grief.

Jacobi manages to keep the ranges consistent for Holmes and Watson and more importantly, believably so. Nowhere is this more important in the two cases that depart from the standard Watson record: The Blanched Soldier, where...
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Jack Chakotay

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3.0 out of 5 stars Conan-Doyle treading water
It's no secret that by this point Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle was bored with Sherlock Holmes and wished to let him go forever but the public kept hounding him and he only wrote them out of obligation. The lack of inspiration shows and the stories seem generic.

A few of them are not even told from Watson's perspective, with one being a rather odd third-person story...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Conan-Doyle treading water, 2 Dec 2010
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It's no secret that by this point Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle was bored with Sherlock Holmes and wished to let him go forever but the public kept hounding him and he only wrote them out of obligation. The lack of inspiration shows and the stories seem generic.

A few of them are not even told from Watson's perspective, with one being a rather odd third-person story and two being told by Holmes himself. Perhaps the constant narration by Watson is what led to so many movies casting Conan-Doyle lookalikes to play him as a bumbling fool who does no more than follow Holmes around. Or maybe Conan-Doyle was just trying to experiment by not sticking to formula. But Watson is missed in the story 'The Lion's Mane', in which there isn't even any damn crime committed. And there's not even any mystery in the 'Veiled Lodger' story. It was 19 pages of pointlessness!

Don't get me wrong, there are couple of good stories, such as 'The Blanched Soldier' and the one with the wife who commits suicide (the name of that story escapes me). But 'The Case of the Sussex Vampire' and 'The Creeping Gentlemen' have intriguing set-ups but lame endings. And in the case of the latter, just down-right far-fetched and ill-fitting in the Holmes universe.

I think the main problem with most of these is that the never really go anywhere. Literally. Holmes seems to solve them without even leaving his office. Come on! Let's go out and have an adventure rather than staying in and doing work!

By this point Holmes was past his prime and any discriminating fan will realize this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh for an encore!, 21 Feb 2012
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Jack Chakotay "Ender Brazil" (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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My friends, having the dulcet narrative of Sir Derek Jacobi for this last installment fills me with equal parts pleasure and grief.

Jacobi manages to keep the ranges consistent for Holmes and Watson and more importantly, believably so. Nowhere is this more important in the two cases that depart from the standard Watson record: The Blanched Soldier, where Holmes attempts to write up the case himself and The Mazarin Stone, written from third perspective. These cases, while by no means outstanding in their content, are unique for the style.

The characterisation is brought to life in the sense that a master storyteller, comfortable in the role, is bearing his full powers of oratory upon the subject. There is no need for vocal embellishment, aside from excited rogues and females.

You may ask why my grief? From preface onwards, there are reminders that Sherlock has entered a new century. Thus he has aged and as all mortals, will meet an end. The fact that Sir Jacobi hardly needs to raise his pitch at all for Holmes, something that I cheekily complained about in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (BBC Audio) , actually accentuates the passing of the years for the great detective.

May I also add that having followed this audiobook series to their conclusion I understand better the strengths and the weaknesses of Laurie R King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Mary Russell Mystery 01) and the series. Perhaps it is the sense of loss that made me grasp this continuation, which is worthy in its own right.

But I thank Sir Jacobi for reminding and allowing me to return to the master in his pomp, and also with the advantage of not needing to dust off pages had been left after being read so long ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, 28 July 2002
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Although the latter Holmes stories have received much criticism, I personally feel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was brilliant to the very end. For the most part, the plots in these stories are as ingenious as any of the ones in the earlier stories. The only thing about these stories that is somewhat disappointing is that they do not add very much to Holmes' character. The emphasis is more on the mystery instead of on the intrigue of Holmes' character as most of the earlier stories were. While some may find it annoying that Doyle left so much mystery about Holmes, I feel strongly that this is the very reason that Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular characters in fiction. The only other way that Doyle could have done it would have been to give Holmes the typical dark or tragic past with some personal tragedy to explain his character and justify all his faults. In which case, Holmes would be a very typical character. The dark, tragic past might not have been typical in the late 19th century but it most certainly is so today. And brilliant writing is not about just creating something that's new and original at the moment. It's about creating something that can remain new and original. Some may disagree, but I most definitely feel that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a brilliant writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classically entertaining book, 6 Jun 1999
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This collection, the final in the Sherlock Holmes series, is often thought of as being inferior to the others in the series. This is not so. It's true that the mysteries themselves are not quite as diabolically clever as the best of Holmes, but by any other standard they are outstanding. In addition, the stories are marked by a more realistic and darker psychological portrayal of the villains. Doyle's writing is as good in these stories as anywhere else. These stories contain some of the wittiest repartee by Holmes and Watson, with Holmes at his most sarcastic. As an added bonus, the collection contains the only two stories narrated by Holmes himself (and he turns out to be a very good writer!) This book is a must for mystery fans and general readers alike. Don't make the mistake of thinking that because these stories are "classics," they are going to be stodgy reading, or that you have to be a Holmes fan to enjoy them. "The Case Book" is still one of the most entertaining books ever written. Perfect for airplane or beach!
WARNING!!: DO NOT READ THE EARLIEST REVIEW OF THIS BOOK POSTED BELOW (DATED 1/22/98) UNTIL YOU READ THE BOOK. THE CONTRIBUTOR THOUGHTLESSLY GIVES AWAY THE ENDINGS OF MANY STORIES AND WILL SPOIL YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THEM.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence as standard with Holmes as good as ever, 10 Feb 2008
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There is a general feeling - refelcted in reviews here, and in the "sherlockian" world that these are somehow inferior stories to those in the earlier collections. I can't agree, take the "Illustrious Client", "Creeping Man" and "Thor Bridge" are all as gripping and exciting as anything Conan-Doyle ever wrote. These stories originally published in 1927 all reflect the victorian era of the other stories and run at fast pace.
I've chosen to review this particular edition as it is not only the edition that started me off on Holmes but is a delightful take on the Penguin standard format of paperbacks.
The books are of normal Penguin quality, that is "throwaway" paper bound strongly. It's unclear as to why Penguin didn't use Green as their traditional crime paperback colour - but one of the happy accidents is that this looks great on the shelf next to the collected Richard Hannay as well as the recently published Penguin celebrations.

If i've gone on about the format I'm sorry, but you can't review a Holmes story without revealing the endings!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely edition, 9 Nov 2006
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Ye Olde Ed (Chelmsford, England) - See all my reviews
This lovely hardback edition of 'The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes' works out cheaper than a standard paperback! It's much nicer to look at and to handle. There's an informative afterword by author and editor David Stuart Davies. The print is clear and attractive, and the production values excellent - full-cloth binding, all gilt edges, head and tail bands, ribbon marker, and section-sewn. With the others in the set, this edition has an honoured place on my shelves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle - A final singular set of adventures, 18 April 2013
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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes contains 12 stories originally published between 1921 and 1927, then collected and published as a book in 1927. The twelve stories are:

"The Adventure of the Illustrious Client"
"The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier"
"The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
"The Adventure of the Three Gables"
"The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"
"The Adventure of the Three Garridebs"
"The Problem of Thor Bridge"
"The Adventure of the Creeping Man"
"The Adventure of the Lion's Mane"
"The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger"
"The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place"
"The Adventure of the Retired Colourman"

These stories contain some of the weakest in the canon, especially the adventure of the creeping man, which at times veers off into rather fantastical science fiction, but nonetheless there is still much to enjoy here as Holmes turns his deductive powers to locating lost crown jewels, dealing with a suspected case of vampirism, clearing a young woman unjust accused of the Thor Bridge murder, mixing with the turf fraternity and circus people and finally looking into the disappearance of the wife of the retired colourman. There is plenty here to keep the avid Holmsian interested as the Conan Doyle displays both his creation's deductive powers and his own ability to write a thrilling adventure story. This series also contains my own personal favourite Holmes short story, the Three Garridebs, in which Holmes' regard for Watson is laid bare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle, unabridged reading by Derek Jacobi - A final singular set of adventures, 18 April 2013
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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes contains 12 stories originally published between 1921 and 1927, then collected and published as a book in 1927. The twelve stories are:

"The Adventure of the Illustrious Client"
"The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier"
"The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
"The Adventure of the Three Gables"
"The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"
"The Adventure of the Three Garridebs"
"The Problem of Thor Bridge"
"The Adventure of the Creeping Man"
"The Adventure of the Lion's Mane"
"The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger"
"The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place"
"The Adventure of the Retired Colourman"

These stories contain some of the weakest in the canon, especially the adventure of the creeping man, which at times veers off into rather fantastical science fiction, but nonetheless there is still much to enjoy here as Holmes turns his deductive powers to locating lost crown jewels, dealing with a suspected case of vampirism, clearing a young woman unjust accused of the Thor Bridge murder, mixing with the turf fraternity and circus people and finally looking into the disappearance of the wife of the retired colourman. There is plenty here to keep the avid Holmsian interested as the Conan Doyle displays both his creation's deductive powers and his own ability to write a thrilling adventure story. This series also contains my own personal favourite Holmes short story, the Three Garridebs, in which Holmes' regard for Watson is laid bare.

Derek Jacobi's full text reading, on 8 discs, is a real pleasure. It is the next best thing to reading the actual book. Jacobi provides a great narrating voice, slipping into the role of Watson relating events perfectly. You almost feel as though you are sat next to Watson in his club as he reminisces on his adventures with his friend Holmes. It's masterful. I enjoyed listening to this immensely, as I have with all the other releases in the series. 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Curious Casebook of Sherlock Holmes ..., 4 Aug 2012
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I love Sherlock Holmes mysteries and always enjoy reading them, watching them or in this case listening to them. Sir Derek Jacobi does a wonderful job at recreating these stories for the listener. He provides a wonderful listening experience as he relates 12 tales - all very entertaining and some of which, if you have only ever experienced them from the Jeremy Brett TV series, will differ slightly from those adaptations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant mysteries, wonderfully read..., 2 May 2012
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This is the third in the BBC's series of unabridged readings of Sherlock Holmes (following The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes). This set of stories, as with the other two, is read quite wonderfully by Derek Jacobi. If you already have some Sherlock Holmes readings not in this series, this latest set includes:

- The Illustrious Client
- The Blanched Soldier
- The Mazarin Stone
- The Three Gables
- The Sussex Vampire
- The Three Garridebs
- The Problem of Thor Bridge
- The Creeping Man
- The Lion's Mane
- The Veiled Lodger
- Shoscombe Old Place
- The Retired Colourman

Given that Jacobi is reading directly from Conan Doyle's text, the stories are just as good as one would expect. While he doesn't quite have the range that is available from a full-cast dramatization, Jacobi is an excellent reader. He switches between a cultured, icy Holmes and the befuddled Watson with ease, and lends a unique sound to all of the various secondary characters, male and female.

Unfortunately, as with the other entries in this series, the stories are spread contiguously across eight CD's. Which is to say, that some CD's finish halfway through a story, which can be particularly irritating if you're listening while trying to go to sleep, or are in the car, and don't want to dig through a giant stack of CD's to find out what happens next.

The above issue is exacerbated slightly in that all eight CD's are on one enormous spindle in a double size CD case, making it rather difficult to reach the one you want if it's somewhere in the middle of the stack. Fortunately, the inside cover of the case contains a track listing, so you can quickly look up which stories are on which discs, and the CD's also have this information on their art. It's worth noting that the CD case is in the same rather psychedelic art as the other entries in the series, in a case of the same size - so they look rather nice lined up on a shelf together. However, they're almost impossible to get into a standard CD rack, unless you have one with adjustable shelves.

As above, the stories themselves are as clever and gripping as ever - Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the Grand Old Men of the mystery genre, and it's easy to see why here; the original texts are page turners, and nothing is lost in the reading.

Overall, this is another high quality edition of Holmes, delivered in audio, as advertised, complete and unabridged. Derek Jacobi does a superb job as the reader, and I highly recommend both this set, and the two preceding volumes.
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