Holmes and Watson (A&B Crime) Paperback – 19 Nov 2000
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About the Author
JUNE THOMSON a former teacher, has published over twenty crime novels including other pastiches of Holmes short stories available from Allison & Busby. Her books have been translated into many languages. She lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I really was hoping when I bought this book it would be a detailed fictional account of the first few months of life at 221B, a skipped over and intriguing period of time, what would Watson have thought of the assorted and bizarre characters that were shown into the flat, Watson retiring upstairs to give privacy but not knowing what Holmes did? What decided him he could put up with midnight violins and indoor target practice? While all of Holmes and Watson's character traits are touched on there isn't the depth I was hoping for. The author does, after all, also write Holmes pastiche stories like Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes, The but this is more a recounting of the dates of life events and cases with speculation about their motivations for certain actions and how they would have felt about events. Perhaps it's just that a biography of a fictional character seems pointless but I wasn't really gripped by any of it.Read more ›
These stories are supposedly published from Watson's recovered, unpublished notes. The setting and language are very true to the original, the cases themselves are based on odd lines e.g. 'the singular affair of the aluminium crutch' is a line from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. While I didn't have any difficulty believing these cases were things Holmes /might/ have investigated they overall seemed a little *prosaic*, smash and grab thieves, insurance fraud etc., I could quite imagine these as the cases Watson recorded and then decided weren't quite /exciting/ enough to publish rather than too racy as suggested in the original. Perhaps the earlier books in the series are better and the author had run low on idea by this one? It's not a bad book at all, I have made the stories sound boring, which they aren't, they just aren't as bizarre and twisted as Conan Doyle's works.
What I don't like about them is the reams of footnotes, supposedly added by the inheritor of Watson's dispatch box of notes, that seem to be there merely to prove that the author has seriously read and researched the original, and which assume the reader either hasn't read them or has forgotten almost every important fact in them. The notes are on virtually every page and add nothing to the reading experience, and in a few cases are really irrelevant [a bit about the pubs in on a dark street Holmes and Watson are passing through 'shining like beacons' links to a note about Sherlock once saying boarding schools being 'Beacons of the future!Read more ›
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Another great set of the cases of Sherlock Holmes. The author is a master of the Conan Doyle style thus making it a great read.Published 10 months ago by Colin Price
She, June Thompson, has done it again! She has taken two well known and fictional characters from the Arthur Conan Doyle stories, put flesh on them - and written their... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Peter Denis Barnes
As all admirers of the great detective of Baker Street know, in his records of the cases of Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson refers to a large number of cases that were not written up or... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Douglas Kemp