Three Compelling Sherlock Holmes Mysteries In One Book. Narrated by the celebrity actor Simon Prebble who is also known as an award winner for the best voice in fiction.
STORY ONE: Dirty Laundry in Paradise.
For a moment, my estimation of the good Mr. Brae had increased somewhat, as I gathered he didn’t want one of his servants taking the blame for a deed the poor soul hadn’t perpetrated. I glanced at Holmes to determine his take on the situation, but I wasn’t surprised that he had taken little notice of Mr. Brae. “Would you pass the milk, Watson?” Ignoring the man completely as one could ignore a bumbling buffoon, as Holmes had dubbed him after our previous encounter. Dutifully, I passed him the cream which he slowly poured into his tea.
STORY TWO: Death in the Tropics of an English Explorer.
“And I suppose you expect me to solve the whole case on that information alone? Surely there is something more you can give me.” Replied Holmes; quickly losing interest in the subject. Mycroft continued, “Suppose I said that it is possible, while studying the lives of an indigenous tribe known as the Koburu, that the great explorer, Sir Hughes Blakefield, was murdered in cold blood, poisoned with his evening scotch.
STORY THREE: NOT SO MERRY IN GOOD OL" SCOTLAND.
I awoke groggily, the surroundings looking dim. My vision was blurry, and I wondered where I was. I tried to move my arms and legs, but they felt as heavy as lead. "Holmes?" My voice rang out through the dark room, until a light was shone in my face. I could scarcely see beyond it. I still could not move my arms, nor my legs, and a growing sense of fear took over my thoughts.
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Expecting Holmes and not finding him
Listening to this book is not a waste of time, but turn it on without high expectations.
I thought for the most part that Cartawick really captured the personalities of Holmes and Watson, but in each of the three stories there was a lack of substance and challenge. They had a faint guise of mystery but really they were just stories in which you find out something at the end you didn't know.
If the author were to take more time over the story and the nuisances such as Holmes observing the impossible only to explain it all logically the stories would be richer and more believably connected to the originals.
Simon Prebble is a great reader. His Holmes was excellent, but Holmes didn't have enough dialogue.
Sir A. C. Doyle was a genius; Cartawick isn't claiming to be. I enjoyed her dialogue and the shadow of my favorite characters I found there.
- Sarah Dwelle