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3.0 out of 5 stars Get the elementary bits right, guv!, 14 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes Handbook: Methods and Mysteries of the World's Greatest Detective (Hardcover)
I was very intrigued by this title being a long time fan of Sherlock Holmes and his deductive methods. However, I did feel a bit cheated as I had hoped for a little more depth. It is a nice book but although its preface suggests that this book is for both aficionados and newbies to the world of the great detective, I did not think there was as much substance for readers who are reasonably informed about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's creation like myself. Furthermore, I was sorely disappointed by the fact that this book's author was an American, which leads me to think this was a bit of a "cash-in" rather than a book written solely for the subject. I was also further dismayed when in the chapter discussing sporting activities in Victorian England, that the term "soccer" was used. This, by itself, is not what upsets me, indeed that term was very likely a term used by the ordinary Victorian gentleman of the day. However, because the writer fails to acknowledge that readers in the UK know soccer to be simply as "football", and for readers who like to scrutinize details (such as other readers of Sherlock Holmes, no doubt), this little bit would have easily been overcome if this was acknowledged. Anyway, a nice little gift book, but only for those with a passing interest in Mr Holmes.
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