Sherlock Holmes and the Cryptic Clues
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THE FINAL WORD in Sherlockian scholarship, this book takes you on a tour of the resting places of over 300 creations that were brought to life by that master storyteller, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Each Canonical cemetery represents a different adventure of the master detective, Sherlock Holmes. The illustrated tombstones found in the graveyards offer epitaphs that reveal the honoree's ultimate demise or particular plot in life. Whether funny, punny, poignant, or just plain awkward, the engravings represent the plights of hundreds of Canonical characters taken from all sixty stories. Every member of the elite Baker Street Irregulars and the nonpareil Adventuresses Of Sherlock Holmes is listed after the tale from which their Investiture was taken. Hundreds of detailed illustrations and humorous cartoons reveal that A.C. Doyle’s creations must have died laughing! Beware ... deathly prose doth lie within !
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Jul 21, 2017This is a MUST have for any die-hard Sherlockian (and even those who desire to delve deeper). There is so much to be enjoyed, beyond the pages upon pages of punny epitaphs (which are pretty great themselves). The artwork (mostly in the form of comics) is entertaining in and of itself! It is also informational as it enlightens the reader to a tiny piece of Conan Doyle's canon to assist in understanding the puns made at the deceased's expense. Lastly, it pays tribute to all the members of the B.S.I and A.S.H. through the citing of their investitures and which story they are tied to - I found this to be so unique, as it shows great respect for so many people who have truly embraced all things Holmes and worked to further The Game. From start to finish, a book that I am happy to have on my shelf, both as a resource and as a source of entertainment.
Jul 1, 2017This book is truly a clever, creative, and humorous Sherlockian masterpiece! If you are familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories, you will surely be entertained!
Apr 10, 2017What a gem! This clever composition (or decomposition, if you will) of components from the Canon should be on every Sherlockian's shelf! The book mixes wit and humor with real elements from the stories in a way that leaves rewarding 'Easter Eggs' and inside jokes for those die-hard Sherlock fans yet still offers immense enjoyment for those who aren't as intimately involved with the cases. Truly a great read for anyone who likes Sherlock Holmes or who enjoys a good laugh. The stunning artwork and creative book design help to make this masterpiece visually pleasing as well! I particularly enjoyed the occasional comic on the “back gates”. Also, each front gate is unique, featuring defining elements from the case contained inside its respective ‘cemetery’. Overall I would say this book is a knockout and would highly recommend it! Exceptionally idealized, realized, and executed! (No pun intended)
Apr 4, 2017This book is a wonderful example of the vast Sherlockian universe, crafted with an astonishing creativity, to finalize the original sixty stories after our beloved detective left the scene. While not a true pastiche, since many of the details of the characters' passings are true, Cryptic Clues shows how much love and research was put in to it to make it as true to Doyle's creation as possible , while adding its own personal touch with some hilarious epitaphs. Beyond the humor and details, however , there is one feature that blew me away.. this book is a scavenger hunt to locate those who are some of Sherlockiana's finest! Those in the international groups "Baker Street Irregulars" and "Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes", along with many others have their illustrations associated with characters from each of Conan Doyle's tales, and all of their names are listed on the back "gate". We are invited to try to find them and enjoy the deduction like we were, in... More > fact, detectives as well. I think the subtitle of "A Grave Undertaking" sums this book up perfectly and simply. It's clearly evident the amount of time and effort that was put into this creation, while providing a wonderful romp through the innumerable puns and jokes inside. This should be on the shelf of every Sherlock Holmes fan!< Less
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- Michael W. McClure (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Baskerville Productions
- October 18, 2016
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.09 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
- Product ID
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