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The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes…

The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

by Marvin Kaye (Editor)

Other authors: Kathleen Brady (Contributor), Carole Bugge (Contributor), Peter Cannon (Contributor), Craig Shaw Gardner (Contributor), Edward D. Hoch (Contributor)10 more, PC Hodgell (Contributor), H. Paul Jeffers (Contributor), Shariann Lewitt (Contributor), Patrick LoBrutto (Contributor), Terry McGarry (Contributor), Pat Mullen (Contributor), Aline Myette-Volsky (Contributor), Roberta Rogow (Contributor), Jay Sheckley (Contributor), Henry Slesar (Contributor)

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This is Marvin Kaye’s third Holmes anthology. Like all anthologies, the quality of the stories vary widely. The overall product is very good and this one is much better than his last outing, “The Resurrected Holmes” in that these are straight pastiches, not authors pretending to write in the style of a great author writing in the Doyle vein. (I know this sounds convoluted but it makes sense i.e.:Marvin Kaye writing a Holmes story in the way he imagines Rex Stout would.) Fortunately the umbrella premise for this book is more straightforward, here the linking theme is stories that were suppressed by Watson to avoid scandal. There are some interesting stories here that come very close to the Doyle style while others are stylistically different yet effective all the same. An example of the former is “The Darlington Substitution Scandal” by Henry Slesar. This little tale bears certain similarities to The Man with the Twisted Lip but has far more sinister implications. A frightfully powerful example of the latter is provided by P.C. Hodgel in his remarkable memoir of Holmes childhood entitled “A Ballad of the White Plague”. While no collection is perfect this one (as well as “The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures” edited by Mike Ashley. Carroll & Graf 1997) ranks very highly. ( )
  CharlesPrepolec | Dec 22, 2018 |
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Kaye, MarvinEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brady, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bugge, CaroleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cannon, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardner, Craig ShawContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoch, Edward D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Jeffers, H. PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewitt, ShariannContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312180713, Hardcover)

This long-awaited volume finally brings to light several cases of the world's most famous consulting detective that were originally suppressed to avoid scandal and embarrassment to the Crown, public figures, or to Holmes himself. Now, the truth is finally revealed regarding Holmes's exploits involving the Titanic, his rematch with Irene Adler, the childhoods of both Holmes and Watson, and such figures as Ida Tarbell, P.G. Wodehouse, and James McNeil Whistler. The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is a cornucopia of Sherlockiana that will delight fans young and no-so-young.

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Fifteen stories featuring Sherlock Holmes's deductive powers, penned by known and unknown writers. The two dozen cases range from an incident involving the Titanic to anarchist bombings in Paris.

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