Sherlock Holmes and the ghosts of Bly : and other new adventures of the great detective

by Thomas, Donald, 1926-

Format: Print Book 2010
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"Have you ever seen a ghost, Mr. Holmes?" asks Victoria Temple, and Sherlock Holmes, at the height of his powers in 1898, must face a new challenge, one that plunges the great detective into the realm of the supernatural. Miss Temple has been found guilty but also insane at her trial for murdering a child under her care. She is locked away in the Broadmoor lunatic asylum, and worse still, she believes fully in her own guilt.

But were the hauntings at the Elizabethan manor house of Bly a vision of the walking dead, perhaps, rather than delusions of her tormented mind? Or could it be that a criminal conspiracy is to blame for the psychic phenomena, as well as a second murder cunningly concealed in the past? In the company of Dr. Watson, the indefatigable Holmes will track down the perpetrators through the occult underworld of Victorian London.

Next, on the eve of World War I, Holmes is confronted with fraud and forgery at the Royal Navy Academy in "The Case of a Boy's Honor," while back in London, behind the scenes of the Herculaneum Theatre in the Strand, "The Case of the Matinee Idol" embroils Holmes and Watson directly in an apparent on-stage murder. How did poison get into two Shakesperean goblets when only the victim, now dead, had access to them and the most likely suspect was a mile away with an unbreakable alibi?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The plethora of Holmes pastiches published since the master detective retired have led him into some unlikely stuff chasing Nazis, visiting Freud, battling Dracula. The imitators never get quite get the personality right. He's too sarcastic or too smug, never Doyle's gleeful hawkshaw who dazzles with deductions, then showers mercy on killers because their victims had it coming. Thomas, in his fifth Holmes volume, comes close, but his Holmes is still too thin-lipped. One of the three longish stories collected here puts Holmes into Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, with Quint and Miss Jessel. Brave try, but Thomas is undone by his love for research, bringing the plot to screeching stops in order to show off what he's learned at the library. Things almost come right in The Case of the Matinee Idol, in which we see a Holmes who would rather play tricks with the law of England than with his own conscience. Certainly not the worst of the Doyle re-creations, this one will provide middling entertainment for those who simply must know what Sherlock's been doing lately.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Henry James's The Turn of the Screw provides the inspiration for the lengthy title tale of Thomas's superb fifth collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches (after 2009's Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil). In 1898, Holmes and Watson intervene on behalf of Victoria Temple, a governess confined to an insane asylum after a verdict of guilty but insane for the murder of 10-year-old Miles Mordaunt, who was suffocated only days after his eight-year-old sister, Flora, died of diphtheria. The accused murderess is convinced that the ghosts of a valet and her predecessor as governess were trying to seduce both children into evil. The three other selections are nearly up to the same high standard. "The Case of a Boy's Honour," about a scandal at a boarding school, compels even without a murder to solve. Sherlockians will hope Thomas continues to turn out these faithful and imaginative recreations for years to come. (Dec.) (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 -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :Pegasus Books,2010
Edition 1st Pegasus Books ed.
Language English
Description 364 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781605981345
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