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Vincent Starrett (1886–1974)

Author of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

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Works by Vincent Starrett

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1933) 333 copies, 10 reviews
221B: Studies in Sherlock Holmes (1956) — Editor; Contributor — 94 copies, 2 reviews
The great hotel murder (1934) 56 copies, 6 reviews
Murder on "B" Deck (1929) 52 copies, 1 review
The Unique Hamlet (1920) 49 copies
Fourteen Great Detective Stories (1928) — Editor — 37 copies
Bookman's Holiday (1942) 30 copies
Penny Wise & Book Foolish (1929) 24 copies, 1 review
The Quick and the Dead (1965) 20 copies
Dead Man Inside (1931) 15 copies
Murder in Peking (1946) 14 copies, 1 review
World's Great Spy Stories (1945) 13 copies
Books and bipeds (1947) 11 copies
The Blue Door (1930) 8 copies
Ambrose Bierce (1920) 7 copies
Flame and Dust (1924) 6 copies, 1 review
Coffins for Two (1924) 5 copies
Et Cetera (1924) 5 copies
Autolycus in limbo (1943) 4 copies
BOOK COLUMN. (1958) 4 copies
The End of Mr. Garment (1932) 3 copies
Ebony flame (1922) 3 copies
Midnight and Percy Jones (1936) 2 copies
All About Mother Goose (1930) 2 copies
A student of catalogues (1921) 2 copies
The Evil Eye 1 copy
War correspondent (1999) 1 copy
What's O'Clock? (1930) 1 copy
Snow for Christmas (1935) 1 copy
Collected Poems (1995) 1 copy
Goodby Chris 1 copy

Associated Works

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892) — Introduction, some editions — 15,937 copies, 249 reviews
The Moonstone (1868) — Introduction, some editions — 10,920 copies, 250 reviews
The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1985) — Contributor — 521 copies, 7 reviews
The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (1945) — Contributor — 288 copies, 3 reviews
The Game Is Afoot: Parodies, Pastiches, and Ponderings of Sherlock Holmes (1994) — Contributor — 199 copies, 2 reviews
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contributor — 149 copies, 3 reviews
The Spawn Of Cthulhu (1971) — Contributor — 126 copies, 2 reviews
The Terror (1917) — Introduction, some editions — 112 copies, 4 reviews
101 Years' Entertainment: The Great Detective Stories 1841-1941 (1941) — Contributor — 103 copies, 1 review
The Big Book of Female Detectives (2018) — Contributor — 84 copies, 1 review
The Shining Pyramid (1923) — Editor, some editions — 78 copies
The Big Book of Rogues and Villains (2017) — Contributor — 68 copies, 3 reviews
100 Twisted Little Tales of Torment (1998) — Contributor — 65 copies, 1 review
Baker Street Studies (1934) — Contributor — 55 copies, 1 review
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (1944) — Contributor — 40 copies
The Steampunk Megapack: 26 Modern and Classic Steampunk Stories (2013) — Contributor — 33 copies, 1 review
Murder Short & Sweet (2008) — Contributor — 29 copies, 2 reviews
The Man Who Called Himself Poe (1969) — Contributor, some editions — 29 copies, 1 review
The Best Science Fiction Stories: 1950 (1950) — Introduction — 29 copies
Men, Women and Boats (1921) — Editor, some editions — 28 copies
Golden Age Bibliomysteries (2023) — Contributor — 27 copies, 2 reviews
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (1947) — Contributor — 27 copies, 1 review
The World's Best One Hundred Detective Stories, Volume 6 (1929) — Contributor — 22 copies, 1 review
The Secret Ceremonies: Critical Essays on Arthur Machen (2019) — Contributor — 17 copies
Fire and Sleet and Candlelight: New Poems of the Macabre (1961) — Contributor — 16 copies
The Glorious Mystery (1924) — Editor, some editions — 14 copies
Adventure Tales #1 (2004) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Mystery Companion (1943) — Contributor — 12 copies
Tales of the Undead: Vampires and Visitants (1947) — Contributor, some editions — 9 copies, 1 review
Redselen i Deptford og andre studier i Sherlock Holmes (1980) — Contributor — 8 copies
Murder for the Millions (1946) — Contributor — 7 copies
Second Mystery Companion (1944) — Contributor — 5 copies
Adventure Tales #6 (2010) — Contributor — 4 copies
John McCutcheon's book — Introduction — 4 copies
The American Legion Reader (1953) — Contributor — 4 copies
Classic stories of crime and detection (1976) — Contributor — 4 copies
Adventure Tales #5 (2008) — Contributor — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 33 Number 4, April 1939 — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 20 Number 6, December 1932 — Contributor — 2 copies
The Bedside Bonanza (1944) — Contributor — 2 copies
Weird Tales Volume 31 Number 4, April 1938 — Contributor — 2 copies
Horror and Homicide (1949) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Edited by Vincent Starrett and first published in 1940, this is an early piece of the Sherlockian great game, with pastiches (Starrett's fine enough "Unique Hamlet"; the soggy, sorry "Sussex Interview" by one P. M. Stone); some research (a fine bit of investigation on whether Holmes had American ties, a good one on his eating habits, but then flaccid ones like the comparison of Holmes and Dr. Johnson). Etc. A very important book for students of Holmes and Sherlockiana, reissued here in Otto Penzler's 1990s "Sherlock Holmes Library" series of paperbacks. It makes me want the other books in the series.… (more)
 
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tuckerresearch | 1 other review | Jul 24, 2023 |
A bit cringe-y due to the dated and racist treatments of some characters, but an interesting mystery.
 
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fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
 
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fernandie | 5 other reviews | Sep 15, 2022 |
Inadvertently overstaying his pre-departure visit to the cruise liner "Latakia", crime novelist Dunstan Mollock gets to enjoy an unplanned trans-Atlantic crossing to Europe. His friend Walter Ghost, an amateur detective and an "appallingly ugly man" is also on the ship.

To make good use of his sudden spare time onboard the ship, Mollock decides to write a mystery story. Before long however he is involved in an murder mystery which mirrors his planned crime novel. Passenger Countess Fogantini is found dead in her cabin, a victim of strangling. Later the same night, Major Phillips, a fellow passenger goes overboard without a clue as to whether he jumped or was pushed.

The ship's captain asks Ghost to investigate the deaths and solve the mystery before the ship reaches Cherbourg in France. Ghost faces a complex puzzle and there's a cast of interesting characters to study. Mollock is both a help and a hindrance in the sleuthing. A lack of motive for the killing adds complications to Ghost's investigation.

It's an intricately plotted story, full of red herrings to draw out the suspense. It's more character-driven then plot-driven. The ending is anti-climatic and may not satisfy all readers. The mystery story itself is the largest draw, rather than figuring out the answer to whodunnit.

The story was written in 1929 and reflects the then-current beliefs and conventions of those times. There's some writing that will offend modern readers, but it's not really in-your-face. This one of a series, but can be read as a standalone.
An entertaining read for cozy fans.
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½
 
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BrianEWilliams | Aug 31, 2022 |

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