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  • By Philip K. Jones
    Feb 7, 2008
    "Sherlockian Tales" Note: This review was sent to a number of Sherlockian publications on February 7, 2008. It will appear in subsequent publications. Sherlockian Tales Author: David McGowan Publisher: Year: 2007 Editions: Trade Paperback (print to order) Review: These tales have been published before, in two separate volumes under the same title. The first five were printed in Volume 1 and the final four in Volume 2. “The Adventure of the Egyptian Affair” is a novella and is probably the most interesting of the lot. It is quite involved, with several twists and a fascinating villain. It tells the Untold Tale of Morgan, the poisoner and it also includes many of the Sherlockian mainstay characters; Wiggens, Mary Watson, Inspector Athelney Jones and the long-suffering Anstruther, Watson’s Locum. The Adventure of the Weymouth Moneylender demonstrates the place of coincidence in Sherlockian tales and takes Holmes and Watson on a semi-vacation to the South of... More > England, where Holmes helps the local police and disappoints a mother. “The Adventure of the Oxford Cameos” finds a corpse delivered to 221b Baker Street with a bag full of old building stone. This gives Holmes a chance to use his knowledge of cracksman’s techniques and to paraphrase Cicero. “The Adventure of the Myreside Case” provides an example of the more unpleasant side of human nature. Holmes and Watson investigate a death three years in the making. In “The Adventure of the Compulsive Eater,” Holmes gets to unravel some really bizarre behavior on the part of both a father and a son. “The Adventure of the Distressed Diva” provides Holmes with clues to a long-forgotten mystery and gives Watson an opportunity to meet the newest Music Hall sensation, up close and personal, as it were. In “The Adventure of Wychwood Manor,” Holmes is called to unravel a classic ‘locked room’ mystery and Watson sparks his insight. “The Adventure of the Five Pound Notes” has Mycroft requesting Sherlock’s services on behalf of the Bank of England. Watson cited this case in SUSS, when he spoke of “Victor Lynch, the forger (LYNC).” The final tale, “The Adventure of the Anxious Lord,” introduces Holmes to the woman of his heart, unfortunately already married to another. Taken as a group, these are a reasonably satisfying set of Sherlockian tales. Fault may be found with any of them, but the same is true of many of the tales in the Canon. Dates are scrambled, characters painted in varying shades with too dull and too vivid appearing in the same tale and some mysteries are complex, others absurdly simple. These were amusing with some interesting characters and fascinating problems. It is hard to beat that in any anthology. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones; February, 2008< Less
  • By odor9
    Dec 31, 1969
    "Sherlockian Tales" McGowan's Sherlockian Tales is absolutely delightful. I have been a fan of the master detective for 43 years and find the stories in this volume to be accurate in the settings, the language, plotting and feeling of Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes stories. The author jumps into 19th century London and takes us for a merry ride through the foggy London streets, the underworld, the English countryside, the lodgings at 221-B Baker Street and most of all into the mind of the world's first consulting detective as he deduces his way through murder and mayhem. Well Done!
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April 6, 2006
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.68 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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