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The Remains of Sherlock Holmes (original 2011; edition 2010)

by Paul W. Nash

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Title:The Remains of Sherlock Holmes
Authors:Paul W. Nash
Info:The Strawberry Press (2010), Hardcover, 248 pages
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As an imitation of Doyle's Holmes stories, this is very convincing in style. The mysteries lack the surprise and intensity of the originals, but this is not a criticism. A pleasant read, and certainly a match for the BBC "Further" stories by Bert Coules. ( )
  aarch235 | May 15, 2011 |
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I was sent this book ( a lovely hardback edition) by the Librarything Early Reviewers programme. It seemed perfect for me as I love Sherlock Holmes. I know several writers have resurrected the great detective and written new stories about him, and although I have only read some of them, I love the idea that a character is so beloved and has become so mythologised that he never really goes away.

In this book there are seven new stories, stories apparently "discovered" recently which Watson considered too shocking for publication at the time. The events recorded in these stories range in date from 1882 to 1929. In them we meet: giants and dwarves, a silent valet, servants, masters, addicts and murderers. We discover the truth behind the death of Dorian Gray, and through the eyes of his great friend Dr John Watson how Sherlock Holmes met his own end in 1929. I thought these stories, and the characters stayed pretty well true to the original, and I hope Conan Doyle would approve. ( )
2 vote Heaven-Ali | Mar 6, 2011 |
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The Remains of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of seven stories, which are either good or excellent. An enjoyable group of stories, which captures the spirit of Conan Doyle and this, is a book, which I will revisit. Some of the stories are ingenious such as The Mystery of Dorian Gray and the excellent story of the title, The Remains of Sherlock Holmes.

The book is delightfully designed with an excellent cover depicting Sherlock Holmes in old age, sculpted by the multi-talented Dr. Nash who is a doctor, but not in the useful sense like Dr. Watson!

My only quibble in this otherwise excellent collection is that I would have liked more of Holmes in action rather than Watson writing about him. But I would nevertheless highly recommend this collection, which will not disappoint.

It is to be hoped that Dr. Nash will mine Dr. Watson’s deedbox for more of these tantalising tales. ( )
2 vote TheTortoise | Feb 19, 2011 |
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I received this book through Early Reviewers. I have read quite a few volumes of Holmes pastiche by various authors and would rate most of these stories fairly high on the scale. I'd agree with some others here that the first story, The Surrey Giant' is not strong but thereafter all the stories are both interesting and have a good 'twist'. They also qualify to have that sherlockian description, outre. I particularly enjoyed the Dorian Gray story (never having read the Wilde novel) and the final story, which is an account of Holmes' supposed end. Also the book is very well presented, printed and proof-read. Overall I'd congratulate the author on this achievement. ( )
  ponsonby | Feb 13, 2011 |
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Well enough written Sherlock rides again set of short stories. Perhaps the language isn't quite Victorian enough but the main problem is the the Estate of Conon Doyle has commisioned Horowitz to write the official Holmes.
The cover doesnt quite work either but that is just a quibble.
Decent enough but I fear doomed for oblivion. ( )
  wendyrey | Feb 9, 2011 |
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(partial)....... dedicated to the memory of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) and Dennis Alfred Felstead (1917 - 2009)
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In the spring of the year 1882 I had been lodging with Sherlock Holmes for little more than a year, and had already assisted in a number of his cases.
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In the vault of the National Westminster Bank in Marylebone High Street, London, an iron deed box lay undisturbed for eighty years. When, under the terms of its deposit, the box was opened in the spring of 2010 it was found to contain the manuscript records of fifty-six previously unknown cases of Sherlock Holmes, written by Dr John H. Watson between around 1890 and 1930.

This is the fancy behind The Remains of Sherlock Holmes. The author, Paul W. Nash, has held true to the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, placing a seemingly-insoluble mystery in the theatre of an imagined London which we are all just too young to have known. He has also extended the genre with tales which, in some cases, Watson considered too shocking for the reader of his own age, or which trespass gently on other paths of fact and fiction. The reader will learn the truth of the death of Dorian Gray, and how the advanced Darwinian theories of Professor Beaumont affected his fate and that of his wife.

In these seven stories Holmes and Watson encounter actors and actresses, giants and dwarves, beasts and scholars, servants and masters, murderers and addicts, secret societies, an hotelier with a nursery rhyme on his lips, a hunchback, a huge sapphire and the most curious gentleman’s club in London. At the last the reader is held close by Watson and drawn towards the moment of Holmes’s death.

Nash says of the book ‘No one can hope to match the original stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But I have done my best to capture the spirit of Doyle’s writing, the atmosphere of London in the recent past, and the essence of Holmes’s character and his relationship with Watson (which can be seen in so many later detectives and aloof thinkers, from Hercule Poirot to Fox Mulder and Mr Spock).’

This is a book for anyone who wishes Doyle had written more adventures for his great detective, or wonders what strange cases Watson might have recorded and kept secret, against the day when the world was ready.
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