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Holmes and Watson (A&B Crime) Paperback – 19 Nov 2000

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; New Ed edition (19 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749004770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749004774
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.1 x 18.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,843,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
While the subtitle of this is 'The beginnings of the most famous friendship ever recorded' it is in fact a complete biography cum chronology of their entire lives, to my mind it hovers on a line between being a biography and an extremely long essay, possibly the essay effect is caused by the copious footnotes detailing historical facts and working out how Holmes and Watson would fit into them and who in real life their more famous clients would have been.

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.
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This is the first of June Thomson's pastiches I've read, though it isn't the first in the series but I assume they, like this, are an attempt at creating complete stories to go with those intriguing mentions of other cases made in Conan Doyle's original stories.

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!
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I hadn't heard of June Thomson's pastiches of Sherlock Holmes so was surprised to find that this is the fifth volume, and wasn't sure what to expect. In summary this is an entertaining read which tries to stay faithful to Conan Doyle's creations and manages that fairly well. Thomson's Holmes is a softer character than the original, teasing Watson affectionately about his lack of erudition more in the manner of Poirot and Hastings than true Holmes. And while Thomson works hard at capturing the atmosphere of Victorian London, there's something oddly different about the tone of the stories here. For example the first one concerns two card-sharps who are cheating in an illegal gambling hall, which seems an odd choice for a SH story. Despite tiny quibbles, this is an entertaining collection of stories that pays tribute to a greater author, and for fans is well worth a read.
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This is the third collection of seven stories I have read by this author, another such collection supposedly found in a trunk by a descendant of Doctor Watson, consisting of Holmes stories unpublished during their partnership for one reason or another. Another authentic reading set of stories, though in a couple of them it was difficult to see why Holmes had become involved, and the reasons for several of the stories' non-disclosure at the time of their happening a bit unconvincing. Overall, a good read though if you're a fan of Conan Doyle's original stories. 4/5
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This collection of short stories about Sherlock Holmes is very, very good. I feel that the author is to be congratulated on achieving (almost)the syntax and idiom of a time long gone. As I have the Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes I was able to make comparisons and check references - All Good. I particularly enjoyed the way the author, June Thomson, interleaved her stories with the original Holmes stories and particularly the addenda at the end of each chapter. What a joy! However, there is one glaring error in the Case of the Aluminium Crutch which is set in the 1870s. The owner of the crutch was a small time thief called Whitey Johnson. I surmise that the crutch despite being aluminium would weigh in at no less than 3 Kg. Since the price of aluminium per Kg exceeded that for pure gold at that time Whitey must have been a very rich man. I doubt that his crooked accomplices would have allowed him to keep such a crutch for very long. Even in 1895 the price of aluminium was more than that for silver. Only when the Hope electrolytic cell started mass production did the price drop appreciably! (circa 1900s). However, I cavill. The book is excellent value and not only for Holmes devotees. I thoroughly enjoyed it
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