BESTSELLING AUTHORS GO HOLMES—IN AN IRRESISTIBLE NEW COLLECTION edited by award-winning Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Neil Gaiman. Laura Lippman. Lee Child. These are just three of eighteen superstar authors who provide fascinating, thrilling, and utterly original perspectives on Sherlock Holmes in this one-of-a-kind book. These modern masters place the sleuth in suspenseful new situations, create characters who solve Holmesian mysteries, contemplate Holmes in his later years, fill gaps in the Sherlock Holmes Canon, and reveal their own personal obsessions with the Great Detective.
Thomas Perry, for example, has Dr. Watson tell his tale, in a virtuoso work of alternate history that finds President McKinley approaching the sleuth with a disturbing request; Lee Child sends an FBI agent to investigate a crime near today’s Baker Street—only to get a twenty-first-century shock; Jacqueline Winspear spins a story of a plucky boy inspired by the detective to make his own deductions; and graphic artist Colin Cotterill portrays his struggle to complete this assignment in his hilarious “The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story.”*
In perfect tribute comes this delicious collection of twisty, clever, and enthralling studies of a timeless icon.
Featuring these stories
“You’d Better Go In Disguise” by Alan Bradley
“As To ‘An Exact Knowledge of London’” by Tony Broadbent
“The Men With the Twisted Lips” by S. J. Rozan
“The Adventure of the Purloined Paget” by Phillip Margolin and Jerry Margolin
“The Bone-Headed League” by Lee Child
“The Startling Events in the Electrified City” by Thomas Perry
“The Case of Death and Honey” by Neil Gaiman
“A Triumph of Logic” by Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon
“The Last of Sheila-Locke Holmes” by Laura Lippman
“The Adventure of the Concert Pianist” by Margaret Maron
“The Shadow Not Cast” by Lionel Chetwynd
“The Eyak Interpreter” by Dana Stabenow
“The Case That Holmes Lost” by Charles Todd
“The Imitator” by Jan Burke
“A Spot of Detection” by Jacqueline Winspear
King (The Beekeeper's Apprentice and 10 other Mary Russell novels) and Klinger (The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes) have not stuck to the usual suspects for this stellar anthology of 16 new short stories that pay homage to the great detective. Perhaps the highlight is S.J. Rozan's "The Men with the Twisted Lips," a particularly clever alternate take on a canonical Holmes story. Phillip and Jerry Margolin provide a fair-play whodunit centering on the purported discovery of evidence of a Holmes story written exclusively for Queen Victoria in "The Adventure of the Purloined Paget." Colin Cotterill takes a humorous approach in his illustrated selection, "The Mysterious Case of the Unwritten Short Story," while Charles Todd's "The Case That Holmes Lost" convincingly recreates Doyle himself, grappling with a lawsuit aimed at his most famous creation. Other contributors include Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, Laura Lippman, Margaret Maron, and Jacqueline Winspear.
Very fun anthology
A much better book than I expected. Fun stories that reference ACD’s tales but are not direct pastiches. I very much enjoyed this book.
Elementary ... Just elementary.
I have not read a lot of "fan fiction" before, but I was not terribly pleased with this collection. It is no easy task to imitate the style of another, and some of the tales in this collection thankfully did not attempt to do so. Unfortunately, not all of the authors were so wise. Regardless, the editors gathered stories generally inspired by the Conan ones, and in my humble opinion these are not sufficiently 'inspired' to justify a reader spending the time forgiving the myriad foibles each author's interpretation suffers from throughout the telling
Loved the variety of characters.