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I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and enjoyed the uniqueness of the 6 mysteries included in this collection. While most of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories keep me wondering right to the end, these seemed to be a bit easier to figure out before the final "reveal", though.
I would recommend the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories first, also available through Audible. Don't be misled as I was, though. There has been an error and the author is listed as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but it is not. These are not any of the original 56 short stories. They are based on the characters by ACD, but the stories are actually written by someone else.
Enjoy, but be aware...
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Some contemporary writers have given us acceptable and enjoyable new stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. This particular collection is very disappointing as the solutions are so glaringly obvious from early on that all mystery is lost. The performance is good but does not make up for the boredom of waiting for the ending you have foreseen. Although the likeable Dr Watson is well portrayed, he has been made to seem unbelievably gullible.
The author is John Taylor, NOT Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as another reviewer has made clear, and this should be corrected on Audible as it is misleading.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
On first coming across this title I had my doubts as to the attention to detail that would be paid to the original Holmes stories. However I found myself pleasently surprised as the stories, although short, are punchy ,well paced and full of the Holmes intrigue. Great performances from Henson and Callow and well written by John Taylor. more please!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Many writers have attempted to produce new tales of one of the world's most famous and instantly recognisable fictional characters, though, in fairness, his "hagiographer" Watson, is equally well-known, and probably more loved.
John Taylor has managed to capture Doyle's tone and style (even better with this series than with the Railway mysteries, IMO).
He seems to have researched the period adequately, considered the geography, and avoided stretching credibility any further than did ACD himself (which does leave fair leeway, but not as much as "Sherlock Holmes vs the Martians/Dracula/Burke & Hare/Sawnie Bean" or, this is in a book not of my invention, involved in orgies in the Vatican. (The Vatican cameos" rapidly returned to Audible) There have been times long ago, that this last would have been possible, but in Holmes' time the Popes weren't orgy-minded; as ridiculous to bad-mouth them on those grounds, as to construct a book on the basis that Trump suddenly found the Damascus road, resigned from White House, donated his filthy lucre to environmental charities and went off to do social work in poor communities in Mexico.
Simon Callow & Nicky Henson do a convincing job of Holmes and Watson, though I'm not sure SC could carry it off visually, since we're conditioned to recognise Holmes from illustrations, countless film/TV productions, and Simon Callow is also so utterly wellknown, not a lanky, aquiline nosed, impassive ascetic loner...
1 of 1 people found this review helpful