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It you want a story with a Holmes that doesn't follow Holmes' methods, this is for you. Guesswork, laying out all the details of his solution before the end, total disregard for Canon, I could go on. (Moriarty on a horse, in a Hindu costume, in a parade!) I've read many Sherlockian fictions before, but this is the first that if you change the name of the main character, I would have been unable to deduce that it was Holmes.
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Would you listen to Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil: again? Why?
Not as good as the original by A.C. Doyle, especially the last story, it didn't have the right tone and storyline.
What did you like best about this story?
Several of the stories were really close to Doyles style.
Which character – as performed by John Telfer – was your favorite?
The preformance was good, the right tone for Sherlock Holmes stories.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
As it's a collection of short stories, it's perfect for listning on the way to and fromwork
Any additional comments?
I havent listen to any of the authers other Sherlock holmes stories.
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Sometimes when reading a book set in the past I get the impression the author has done an awful lot of research and is determined to get his money's worth out of it. That is the case with this one. There were long passages of descriptions and scene setting which seemed only there because it was good stuff and shouldn't got to waste. Not to say that stuff isn't interesting because it is - but if you edited it out you'd still have a good book, albeit about a fifth shorter.
This author has written several of these Sherlock Holmes books and they actually are in keeping with the Conan Doyle stories - the set up is that Watson wrote all these stories after Holmes died but they were too inflammatory to be published for the next 100 years or so until all those involved had died. This works very well and is how all the research comes in as the stories often reflect historically accurate events from the period. If you have enjoyed his other books I would definitely recommend this one. If you are trying him out for the first time I would start with an earlier one.
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