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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: 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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Not bad. Not all that great, either. ( )
  dysmonia | Apr 15, 2014 |
It's hard to imagine a better collection of Holmes inspired stories, running the gamut from "lost" stories from Holmes' career, reimaginings of his cases in other times and places, or investigations by those inspired by the detective and even tales of Holmes fans and one featuring Conan Doyle himself. In fact Holmes appears in only five of the fifteen stories, and in one of those (a comic about the author's inability to complete a Holmes short story) he is barely a cameo - but this is the book's strength. Of the Holmes stories only one (The Startling Events in the Electrified City) imitates the Watsonian style of the originals, and while it is by no means a failure it feels out of place among the more inventive interpretations around it. That said, there's not really a dud in the list, and the less successful ones probably seem worse than they are amongst the gems.

Of the authors included only one was familiar to me, Neil Gaiman, and his tale - like his award-winning Holmes and Cthulhu mash up "A Study in Emerald" - shows a love and understanding of the character alongside a willingness to risk taking him in a new direction. It works splendidly. Other characters who take on the mantle of Holmes - however briefly or obliquely - are also largely successful. Sme of them are probably familiar to crime readers, but since Holmes is more or less the only crime I've read, they were all new to me.

I was a little surprised at the American focus of the novel; a large part of my (and I suspect many others') attraction to aholmes is the Victorian world he inhabits, but here most of the non-Holmes stories are set in America, and one or two set in the UK onvolve Americans too. This wasn't much of a barrier though because the stories are so good, though the cultural references sometimes had me wondering what happened to all the English Sherlockians who surely would have loved a stab at this format.

All in all, I loved it. It's inspired me to return to the canon for the first time in a while, too. ( )
  labcoatman | Feb 6, 2014 |
A big disappointment. Didn't finish. ( )
  aulsmith | Oct 23, 2013 |
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. ( )
  akswede | Oct 14, 2013 |
Full disclosure I didn't read all the stories, but that's the fun of short story collections right? Mostly picked this up because one of the stories, "The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman was nominated for an Edgar Award and I love me some Gaiman. It was my favorite of the stories although "You'd Better Go in Disguise" by Alan Bradley and "The Startling Events in the Electrified City" by Thomas Perry were close seconds. For diehard Sherlockians I think this would be a great read. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
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King, Laurie R.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klinger, Leslie S.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradley, 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
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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.… (more)

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