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Holmes on the Range by Steve Hockensmith

Holmes on the Range (edition 2006)

by Steve Hockensmith

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Title:Holmes on the Range
Authors:Steve Hockensmith
Info:Minotaur Books (2006), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
Collections:Borrowed from library
Tags:mystery, western, united states, read in 2013

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Sherlock Holmes, Montana by Steve Hockensmith


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  CasaBooks | Apr 28, 2013 |
Old Red Amlingmeyer and his younger brother, Big Red, have just been hired at the Bar VR Ranch. It's not a very pleasant place, but a job's a job. One day, though, the boys come across the aftermath of a cattle stampede---complete with the aftermath of a man. How did this fellow meet his demise? Old Red is itching to employ his detective skills, as adopted from the tales of Sherlock Holmes. With Big Red as his Watson, "Holmes" is on the range!

Overall the book met my expectations. The narrator, Big Red, is an amusing enough type, and he definitely fits the Watson mould, while Old Red is the archetypal Holmes: laconic, pensive, but capable of quick action when necessary. The mystery and setting kept my interest, and it was very charming to see cowboys faithfully following the precepts of Watson and Holmes. However, the book is just over 300 pages and the pacing felt a bit slow. It may have worked better if it were slightly shorter (maybe 250 pages).

This is the first in a series and I think I'd probably pick up another one if I saw it at the library. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jan 27, 2013 |
An OK book. Great concept, good writing, just didn't keep my attention when so many other books were calling my name. And since life is too short to force yourself to read something that just doesn't captivate you, I ended up putting this aside. I would consider trying out the series at a later time when I am more in the mood for a mystery or western. ( )
  lexxa83 | Sep 5, 2011 |
“Big Red” was supposed to have the brains in the family, so he got all the education. But now that he and his brother “Old Red” are the last surviving family members, he has joined his older brother as a cattle drover. When they can get them, Big Red reads out loud Sherlock Holmes stories (in this novel, Holmes is considered a real person). When a mysterious job offer comes up, followed by a mysterious death, Old Red starts to fancy himself a cowboy detective. It’s a fun read that is about what you would expect from the description—nothing too heavy, but some nice turns of phrase. The cowboy thing is not quite overdone. I would read others in the series if they were handy, but would probably not go looking for them. ( )
  jholcomb | Aug 30, 2011 |
The first deductifying story. ( )
  picardyrose | Aug 11, 2011 |
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"Dazzling. Sherlock Holmes in a Stetson turns out to be a dandy idea."
--Boston Globe
1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When brothers Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at a secretive ranch, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a few free moments to enjoy their favorite pastime: reading stories about Sherlock Holmes.
When another hand turns up dead, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired "deducifyin'" skills and sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.

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"1893 is a touch year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When brothers Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as hands at a secretive ranch, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a few free moments to enjoy their favorite pastime: reading stories about Sherlock Holmes. When another hand turns up dead, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ hi Holmes-inspired 'deducifyin'' skills, and sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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