Sherlock Holmes and the king's evil : and other new adventures of the great detective

by Thomas, Donald, 1926-

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Northland Public Library Mystery FIC THOMAS MYS
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Penn Hills Library Mystery THO MYS
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Summary
In these five tales, Sherlock Holmes is shown at the height of his powers: he co-operates with a young Winston Churchill in the famed Siege of Sydney Street; helps defeat a plan for a German invasion outlined in the Zimmerman Telegram; establishes a link between two missing light-house keepers and the royal treasures of King John; contends with a supernatural curse placed upon an eccentric aristocrat and discovers a lost epic of Lord Byron. But it is all in a days work for the great detective, who continues to defy the odds and lives to ratiocinate another day.
Contents
The case of the tell-tale hands
The case of the King's evil
The case of the Portuguese sonnets
The case Peter the painter
The case of the Zimmermann telegram.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Writing in the style of the Sherlock Holmes canon is somewhat akin to painting in the style of Rembrandt, or composing in the style of Beethoven. There's a hint of grave robbing in the exercise of redoing something that can't be surpassed. For those who hunger after Holmes, however, this new collection may fit the bill. Thomas has put together five novellas starring Holmes and Watson. An earl consults Holmes about a dissipated relative who burgles family members' homes. Holmes discovers a lost poem by Byron. He solves the mystery of two lighthouse keepers who disappear. Thomas effectively incorporates the history of the time, the plots twist nicely, and respect is paid to telling minutiae. Unfortunately, Holmes' own statements sound ponderous, lacking the original's biting wit. Still, served as an appetizer during Conan Doyle's 100th birthday celebration, these stories will prompt readers to return to the originals.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "While not up to the high standard of Sherlock Holmes and the Voice from the Crypt (2002), Thomas's fourth pastiche collection conveys the tone and spirit of Conan Doyle's original tales with nary a false note.ÅIn the clever "The Case of the Tell-Tale Hands," an aristocrat hires Holmes to look into his cousin's eccentric behavior, which includes wearing gloves at odd times. A school teacher who fears her brothers, both lighthouse keepers, have met with foul play retains Dr. Watson as the investigator in the richly atmospheric title story. Less successful are two tales rooted in history: "The Case of Peter the Painter," in which Holmes battles anarchists in London alongside Winston Churchill in 1911, and "The Case of the Zimmermann Telegram," in which the sleuth serves as director of Admiralty Signals Intelligence during WWI. This volume reinforces Thomas's place in the front rank of Doyle imitators. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Holmes, Sherlock -- Fiction.
Watson, John H. -- (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- England -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery stories, English.
Mystery fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :Pegasus Books :2009
Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co.,
Edition 1st Pegasus Books ed.
Language English
Description 325 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781605980430
1605980439
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