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The Mammoth Book of The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes (Mammoth Books) by [Smith, Denis O.]
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"Smith is adept at generating suspense, even in stories not dependent on violence. His traditional approach will appeal to readers who want period mysteries featuring characters Conan Doyle would have no trouble recognizing."
"-Publishers Weekly" starred review

"Smith masterfully uses some of Doyle's favorite starting plots: the theft of a famous jewel with a bloody history, a family inheritance fight, and the hunt for secret papers. He adds the atmosphere of London and environs just before the turn of the last century, and Doyle s characters behave as expected. The ten short stories and two somewhat longer ones kept my interest, and for a while I could almost imagine I'd come across a new trove of genuine Doyle material."
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From the best living exponent of new Sherlock Holmes stories, 12 explosive new mysteries

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1325 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GHK72TE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,128 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Watson style is deceptively difficult to imitate. Good practitioners include June Thomson, Hugh Ashton and David Marcum, but the best is probably Denis O Smith. His excellent early stories, collected in four volumes as "The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes", appear to be out of print, but it’s a delight to welcome "The Mammoth Book of The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes", twelve adventures, most previously uncollected. Many pasticheurs think that Holmes must at least have a murder to investigate, but Mr Smith knows that ‘The Red-Headed League’ and ‘The Blue Carbuncle’ are among the best tales in the canon, and he follows suit. In his stories we hear the authentic voices of Holmes and Watson, and it all rings true. May we hope that the rest of Mr Smith's stories will soon be made available again?
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I was very impressed with this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories written by Denis O. Smith. The stories take place before Holmes's fateful meeting with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls and each story captures the atmosphere of Victorian London and other destinations perfectly. As with the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, each adventure is seen through the eyes of Doctor Watson and perfectly related to a standard that Conan Doyle would have been impressed by. As part of the Mammoth Book series, this volume is well worth every penny to Sherlock Holmes and detective stories fans alike.
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This is a fantastic collection of stories with intrigue and excitement in abundance. Holmes’ deductions are brilliant and there are always plenty of surprises. The depiction of victorian London is really good. I particularly like The Adventure of the Willow Pool which is a bit longer than some. It’s filled with mystery and intrigue but also has a reflective quality which shows the versatility of this author and demonstrates his wonderful use of prose.
I found myself completely drawn into these short stories as the atmosphere is so well described; The Adventure of the Smiling Face has some very creepy moments!
This is a real page-turner, I highly recommend it!
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In Issue 339 of "The District Messenger" (January 30, 2014), the newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, editor Roger Johnson wrote: "The Watson style is deceptively difficult to imitate. Good practitioners include June Thomson, Hugh Ashton and David Marcum, but the best is probably Denis O. Smith."

While I would add a few other names to this list, such as the late Barrie Roberts, Gerard Kelly, and Tony Reynolds, I have to agree that the best truly is Denis O. Smith. From the first time that I first read Mr. Smith's initial efforts at editing Watson's notes, in the pamphlets that he originally self-published back in the early 1980's, I knew that these were a cut above the others. Now, with this latest collection of Smith's work, mixing seven new stories with five that have been previously published elsewhere, we have even more to enjoy.

The seven new stories, never previously published - as far as my research can determine - are (with titles appropriately prefaced by "The Adventure of"): "Kendal Terrace", "The Smiling Face", "The Fourth Glove", "The English Scholar", "The Amethyst Ring", "Queen Hyppolyta", and "Dedstone Mill".

As I mentioned, five of the stories in this collection have been previously published. One of them, "The Richmond Recluse" (originally published under the title "The Richmond Horror") first appeared in issues 32 and 33 of the now-defunct "Sherlock" magazine, and then in the book collection "Sherlock Holmes: The Game's Afoot", edited by David Stuart Davies.
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There were no glaring Americanism, so Holmes and Watson had the right sound. Not all the stories were as strong as they might be, some being overly long. However o the whole a worthwhile and entertaining read.
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I got this book as a present and can't stop reading it! Author Denis O smith's special ability to set the victorian scene vividly and to create complicated plots is commendable. 'The Adventure of the Richmond Recluse'is absolutely thrilling. More from this author please!
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enjoyed the book immensely. Some excellent stories and in keeping with the canon. A couple of the tales went on a bit too long I felt,but that's just my opinion. Would most certainly by other Sherlock stories by this author. Highly recommended
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Not much to say other than excellent. The plots are clever and Watson's voice comes out of the page. More please!
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