Dear Mr. Holmes

  • by Steve Hockensmith
  • Narrated by Barry Campbell
  • 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sherlock Holmes-worshiping cowboys Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer have starred in five Holmes on the Range novels, rustling up award nominations and fans aplenty as they cracked mysteries using the methods of their English hero. How did these Old West drifters first discover Holmes, though? What were they doing before their novel adventures began? And how did their early, awkward stabs at "deducifying" turn out? These seven short stories provide the answers.
In Dear Mr. Holmes, Old Red first gets the itch to turn detective - and just in time, too, because a killer's stalking him and his brother along a Kansas cattle trail. In Gustav Amlingmeyer, Holmes of the Range, Old Red's attempt to settle down and open his own "cafay" goes haywire when one of the customers gets a side order of arsenic with his steak and potatoes. In Wolves in Winter, Big Red and Old Red go up against deadly predators of both the two- and four-legged variety. And the adventure continues in four more stories (most of them originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine).
Critics have called Steve Hockensmith's Holmes on the Range tales "hilarious" (Entertainment Weekly), "quirky and original" (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), "clever" (The New York Times), "wonderfully entertaining" (Booklist) and "a hoot" (The Washington Post). There's only one way to find out if you agree. Start listening to Dear Mr. Holmes today!


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Most of these stories pre-date the novel Holmes on the Range. The last several occur after "On the Wrong Track", and one after "The Black Dove". These last stories should be read after those novels because there are spoilers in the stories.

The the spirit of the AC Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, the focus is on the deduction. The stories get to the deducifying quickly, so that's delightful.

The narrator is not the same one as the one that reads the novels, but he uses a similar style, and is very enjoyable to listen to.

The audiobook also leads off with an introduction from Steve Hockensmith. He explains why he started writing Big and Old Red. That's interesting too.

This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
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- Linda

Thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories

Steve H- has once again delivered some fine tales about our favorite red-headed cowpuncher detectives, and cleverly interwoven the stories between the action found in the previously published novels.

The narrator did a reasonably good job, but he just wasn't William Dufris.
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- ch

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-05-2013
  • Publisher: Stephen B. Hockensmith