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Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror - Expanded 2nd Edition Paperback – 8 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing; 2nd expanded ed edition (8 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781780920566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780920566
  • ASIN: 1780920563
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Watson telling the tale is one of the most engaging I have met. He has the loyalty, the manners and the honesty all Sherlockians have come to revere along with a knowing twinkle in his eye. Holmes is Holmes, a bit older than we are accustomed to, but with the keen eye and lack of pretense, inhibition or tact we all associate with him. The other characterizations in the story are well-done, producing sharp images and clear impressions. The result of reading this book is a desire to visit Lyme Regis and a hope to see more of this comforting Watson, who is just what one always felt Watson should be. --Philip K Jones,creator and maintainer of Sherlock: a database of Sherlockian pastiches

David Ruffle has taken on the challenge of writing a short novel in the style of Dr Watson, and all in all he does pretty well. It's very easy (I speak from experience) to become stilted or florid or verbose. Mr Ruffle largely avoids the stylistic traps. Mr Ruffle paints a vivid picture of Lyme and its harbour. The characters are distinct individuals: the charming landlady, the insufferable police inspector, Watson's friend the local doctor, and all the others. And the plot is undeniably exciting! --Roger Johnson, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

This new take on a traditional property combines two old favourites from Victorian literature - Sherlock Holmes and a certain fanged gentleman. A cracking good read told in lovingly resurrected Victorian prose style, from the point of view of Watson, it gives a great insight into both characters. It also lovingly conjures up the seaside town of Lyme Regis, to the point where you feel you are walking down the streets with the characters. A delightful fusion of styles and concepts --Lucy Daniel Raby, author of Nikolai of the North

David Ruffle has taken on the challenge of writing a short novel in the style of Dr Watson, and all in all he does pretty well. It's very easy (I speak from experience) to become stilted or florid or verbose. Mr Ruffle largely avoids the stylistic traps. Mr Ruffle paints a vivid picture of Lyme and its harbour. The characters are distinct individuals: the charming landlady, the insufferable police inspector, Watson's friend the local doctor, and all the others. And the plot is undeniably exciting! --Roger Johnson, The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Sherlock Holmes and Lyme Regis ? Inspired. What I enjoyed most about this pastiche was the strong friendship between Holmes and Watson, couple that with loads of local colour and an authentic line in Watsonian dialogue and you have a recipe for a delightful read. There are several shorter tales and one of them concerns an older Holmes and Watson at Xmas time, it is a very poignant tale but the real treasure is the novella itself. --Hugh Fountain, Western Daily Press

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I Have read a couple of other Sherlock Holmes/ Dracula stories and i have to say that both were better than The Lyme regis Horror,i thought the way it was written through Watson was ok but there was not enough to the story,it had the making of a good book but but it failed to come off, the story should have been longer, the demise of the vampire to quick and easy.
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This is a poor effort. There is no brilliant deduction - Holmes just reads a book at a library and then steams into a fight with the baddy. There are no twists and turns in the main story, none of the Holmes genius; this could have been any average detective, but it isn't Sherlock Holmes. The add-on stories are mawkish and sentimental - exactly what Holmes is not.
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The first edition of the Lyme Regis Horror had me wanting to read more works by David Ruffle and so we now have the expanded second edition. Bravo! The novella remains as 'biting' as ever, filled with eerie suspense, a little romance, and, the essence of Lyme Regis. The short stories vary to everyone's taste. The 'Runes Affair' follows the 'Horror' in venturing into the supernatural, but, 'The Trumper Affair' takes us to Victorian Brighton for a rousing cricket match based on real persona and cricket history.'A Christmas Tale' is written in the true spirit of the Holiday, just as sweet and warm as Christmas pudding. The style remains throughout true to Doyle and the period. In other words, I thoroughly enjoyed this work.
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Sherlock Holmes and The Lyme Regis Horror by David Ruffle is a brilliantly written and captivating tale that takes the reader on a new, exciting but dark and dangerous journey that has suspense, mystery, love and an overwhelming sense of evil. Told through the eyes of a charming and captivating Dr Watson, David has captured perfectly the eccentric genius that is Holmes and given an enlightening insight into the friendship and relationship of the two protagonists as they are drawn into an intriguing but evil chain of events.
David's fabulous descriptive detail of the lanes and byways, buildings, sights, sound and atmosphere obviously come from his knowledge of, and affection for, the area and coupled with the interesting historical facts are certainly an added bonus.
Several shorter, all just as engaging, tales complete this thrilling read. I am very much looking forward to reading more.
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A beautiful book, in style quite close to the Victorian style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

In addition, in the story a link to another literary figure of the same era is created. Too much should not be said here, but the author of the other figure was a friend of Conan Doyle and his name was Bram Stoker.

For hardcore Holmes-Fans Holmes and Watson seem to be a little too emotional, but that does not affect the story.

In summary, a recommended book and you might be interrested for more stories from the author to come.
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By SlayerKat VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2011
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This review is from the original edition Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horrorbut remains the same for the 2nd edition.

I was fortunate enough to meet the author by accident and get a signed copy of this book. I'm a massive Sherlock Holmes fan and enjoy holidaying in Lyme Regis so it seemed natural to pick up a copy of this book and support a "local" author. This is a wonderful story, written with care and love for Holmes and Watson. Being familiar with Lyme, I could picture the places being described and could actually put myself there but that doesn't mean you won't love the imagery if you are unfamiliar with the locations. I was gripped from page 1 and intrigued by the author's notes at the beginning regarding the background of Watson's hidden treasure. I don't wish to give away any spoilers but I did work out what was happening a few chapters before Holmes did his big "reveal" so it was a little frustrating waiting for him! However that aside, it's an interesting plot with a satisfying conclusion. It's only a short novella and I polished it off in two evenings but if left me wanted more. Hopefully there will be more stories to come. Holmes and Watson live on...
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As a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes i'm intrigued by the many Pastiche Holmes Books out there on the Market. This book is More a miss than a hit, its Basically a collection of short stories a few Anecdotes and a poem or two, Most of the contents are Poor but the reason I gave this Book a 2 star Rating was for the story 'The Trumper Affair' which I felt was a decent offering..Otherwise the Main problem for me was the Authors interpretation of Sherlock Holmes which is Bland & Sentimental there aren't any of the Great Deductions and intelligence which we love about the Great Consulting Detective. If I were a teacher marking this i'd state this work REQUIRES IMPROVEMENT..
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