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All style, less substance,
This review is from: Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly: and Other New Adventures of the Great Detective (Hardcover)
Not a bad effort from Mr Thomas. He does stick to the faithful core of the Holmes canon, and these are tales told very much in the style Conan Doyle created - no modern versions here! However whislt he captures the feel and period of the original stories well, he also seems to have rather de-fanged the often mercurial temprament of Holmes, to rather mellowed his character - it leaves him rather one sided, and far less fun. Also the first two stories certainly offer no cunning plots nor twists and turns, or that sometimes sense of the fantastic, that would cause Holmes in his endless quest from a respite from tedium to be interested in them in the first place: They are the obvious and thin problems that Holmes would possibly see in the Times, hurl a scathing remark at and solve from his armchair. The third story about Holmes' acting days, and a subsequent mystery offers more of a challenge and is a much more satisfying read. Lastly, all the stories herein are far too long, especially in the case of the first two given the simplicity of the plot and solutions. These all would have benefitted from a strong editor which may have made the whole package at least mildly sizzle.
Overall, a faithful Holmesian stylem, but very little substance, and plots that barely rise to light a one-pipe problem.