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A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon

by Laurie R. King (Editor), Leslie S. Klinger (Editor)

Other authors: C. Alan Bradley (Contributor), Tony Broadbent (Contributor), Jan Burke (Contributor), Lionel Chetwynd (Contributor), Lee Child (Contributor)12 more, Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Laura Lippman (Contributor), Gayle Lynds (Contributor), Jerry Margolin (Contributor), Phillip Margolin (Contributor), Margaret Maron (Contributor), Thomas Perry (Contributor), S.J. Rozan (Contributor), John Sheldon (Contributor), Dana Stabenow (Contributor), Charles Todd (Contributor), Jacqueline Winspear (Contributor)

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This stellar anthology of 16 new short stories that pay homage to the great detective includes whodunits by S.J. Rozan, Phillip and Jerry Margolin, Colin Cotterill, and Charles Todd. Other contributors include Lee Child, Neil Gaiman, Laura Lippman, Margaret Maron, and Jacqueline Winspear.

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I went with high expectations for this book, and except for one or two stories, it was mostly disappointing. Maybe it was just not the book for me; I noticed a good number of people here in GoodReads gave it positive reviews. However, for me, it is a book "inspired by the canon," and apparently that was not saying much. The great detective is mostly peripheral in this collection of stories about Sherlockiana geeks, collectors, and other folks with an interest in Sherlock Holmes but otherwise not related to the detective. This was basically like getting a book that claims to be inspired by Star Trek canon, only to find it is just so-so stories about the Trekkies you meet at conventions who happen to know every single detail of the episodes in the original series, and use that knowledge to solve mysteries. Just because one or two can deduce, as another reviewer mentioned, it is not the deductive art of Sherlock Holmes. That was the main thing that was missing. As I mentioned, there was one or two good entertaining stories here, but overall, the anthology is hit and miss. I will give it credit for being something different, but personally, not something terribly impressive in terms of substance.

I will mention that I have read various anthologies of Sherlock Holmes stories, in addition to having read the whole original canon. If you want something along the lines of Conan Doyle's work, something that truly captures the essence and pays good tribute to the great detective, pick up one of those other anthologies, or just go back the original. In fact, after reading this book, I felt the urge to go back and read Conan Doyle's work, just to remind myself how good that is. For now, if asked for what is a good anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories, I would recommend Shadows Over Baker Street, a nice set of stories where the great detective is tossed in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. That is worth reading. This, in my estimation, not so much. As I said, there are one or two stories in it, including one by Neil Gaiman, but the rest are pretty forgettable.

However, if you enjoy light mysteries with amateur sleuths, anything from Murder, She Wrote to the Mary Russell series (one of this books editors is the author of that series), you just might like this book. Just because I did not enjoy it does not mean you might not either. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
A good set of stories; Stabenow, the Todds, Child, Winspear, Maron and Bradley were very good. ( )
  jamespurcell | Sep 17, 2018 |
These aren't straight pastiches, but I love that about it. But it has the same problem that plagues short story collections; some stories you like, some stories you don't. I like Neil Gaiman's (and that story actually was a pretty straightforward pastiche, if a little... Neil Gaiman-y), and the collection did introduce me to some mystery writers I have heard about but haven't read yet (like Alan Bradley, Dana Stabenow, and Jacqueline Winspear) who did pretty decent stories. The one story that I hated was the comic by Colin Cotterill, but only because it wasn't my sense of humor at all. What is my sense of humor? I have been told that I'm "the funny one" and also that I don't have a sense of humor at all. HAHAHA!!! ( )
  Joanna.Oyzon | Apr 17, 2018 |
Very much a mixed bag of stories. I had already read the one by Neil Gaiman, and it remains my favorite of this collection. I wound up abandoning several stories partly finished, especially toward the end of the book. ( )
  duchessjlh | Feb 2, 2018 |
I'm not a huge fan of short stories, but if there's one area where I'm going to like them, it's detective stories. This collection seems like a real mixed bag to me - some are quite good, others just never get anywhere. ( )
  Lindoula | Sep 25, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
King, Laurie R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klinger, Leslie S.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradley, C. AlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Broadbent, TonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burke, JanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chetwynd, LionelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Child, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lippman, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynds, GayleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Margolin, JerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Margolin, PhillipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maron, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Perry, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rozan, S.J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sheldon, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stabenow, DanaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Todd, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Winspear, JacquelineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cotterill, ColinContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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