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The Redacted Sherlock Holmes (Volume VII)


Loved it! 😍

Factually accurate and fun to read! These five stories are an excellent addition to the Sherlock Holmes canon.

With these five short stories the author masterfully captures the distinctive voices of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original characters. Each story anchors the reader in a historical event and gives a creative spin on how the World's Greatest Consulting Detective could have played a part in it.

As a major history nerd, I loved that the facts described in the stories are meticulously researched and accurate. I enjoyed learning obscure tidbits of English history within the context of a Sherlock Holmes mystery. However, the more detailed facts sometimes felt a little shoehorned into the action of the story instead of being woven in more seamlessly. Although very informative some portions of the narrative felt more like an encyclopedia than a mystery novel.

My favorite stories have to be The Poet and his Muse and M Harris Smith because they not only describe a fascinating event in history but they also add color to Holmes' character and life. In the first story, we get a rare glimpse into Sherlock's life as a boy as well as why he decided to become a consulting detective. This story is a macabre delight to read and also gives a hint as to why Holmes never married or found love.

In M Harris Smith, we learn a little about how Sherlock earned "his bread and cheese" because as the author points out it is implausible that Scotland Yard Inspectors like Lestrade and Gregson were in a position to pay him compensation for his help on their cases. I have to admit that as an avid fan of Holmes, the source of his income has always been a puzzle for me. The author here gives a very plausible and satisfying explanation for Holmes' source of steady income.

Although not perfect, this author accomplishes the most difficult task before anyone attempting to add to the stories of beloved characters like Holmes and Watson- recreating the voice and style of the original story. Dr. Watson's amused and sometimes self deprecating style is captured in these stories and Holmes acerbic but witty tone is brought back to life.

If you love history and lament that there are no more Sherlock Holmes stories... this is the perfect book for you.

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About the author

MX Publishing has over 500 Sherlock Holmes books, from short stories to award winning novels and biographies. Over 200 of books have made it into audio and there are more coming. We also have regular campaigns on Kickstarter to promote new projects. view profile

Published on April 30, 2022

Published by MX Publishing

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Historical Fiction

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