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Mammoth Book Of Sherlock Holmes Abroad (Mammoth Books)


Mammoth Book Of Sherlock Holmes Abroad (Mammoth Books)

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    Carole Johnstone(Author)

In this wonderful anthology of new stories, Sherlock Holmes travels to the far ends of the Earth in search of truth and justice. A host of singularly talented writers, while remaining respectful towards Conan Doyle's work, present a new and thrilling dimension to Holmes's career.

Full list of contributors:
Simon Clark; Andrew Darlington; Paul Finch; Nev Fountain; Carole Johnstone; Paul Kane; Alison Littlewood; Johnny Mains; William Meikle ;David Moody; Mark Morris; Cavan Scott; Denis O. Smith; Sam Stone and Stephen Volk.

The spirit of Sherlock Holmes lives on in this treasure trove of 'hitherto lost' overseas mysteries investigated by the great detective himself

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  • PDF | 496 pages
  • Carole Johnstone(Author)
  • Robinson (2 April 2015)
  • English
  • 3
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By London Fog on 22 May 2015

    It often proves complicated to accurately rate an anthology such as this, due to the array of different authors and the contrasting quality of writing which will inevitably vary from one story to another. In this instance, I honestly felt the preponderance of entries were good to above average, and was only left sorely unimpressed by two out of a compilation containing fifteen entries - a drop in the bucket in such a large volume. Many were quite memorable, and one in particular has stuck with me over a month after my initial reading.Based on characterization above all else, sense of place, Watsonian voice, and uniqueness of the plot, here, for what it may be worth, is my brief assessment of each individual entry.THE MONSTER OF HELL'S GATE by Paul Finch - 3.5 starsThe first of several tales set in Africa, Holmes was a bit on the cardboard side, the mystery itself was easily guessed at, but this was heady with atmosphere and the criminal's motives were clever in the extreme.THE CASE OF THE MALTESE CATACOMBS by William Meikle - 5 starsPossibly the best short Holmes story I have read from this author to date. An exciting, almost Lovecraftian adventure story, very original, and characterizations spot on.THE ADVENTURE OF THE COLONEL'S DAUGHTER by Dennis O. Smith - 4 starsOne of the few "straight" mysteries that strayed from supernatural elements, this was a tad formulaic, but played up Holmes's deductive skills and proved an interesting case, all the same.THE MYSTERY OF THE RED CITY by Alison Littlewood - 5+ starsAbsolutely superb tale in the vein of HOUN, where one wonders if the solution is otherworldly or lies "flat footed on the ground". Set in Morocco, this author should be commended not only for her ability to transport the reader, but her faithfulness in portraying every aspect of canon from voice to narration style to the recreation of Holmes and Watson's friendship. Unquestionably my favorite of the lot.THE DOLL WHO TALKED TO THE DEAD by Nev Fountain - 4.5 starsA well handled straying from traditional pastiche, with a delightful bit of rivalry between Holmes and the fellow who many believe to be Dr Watson's literary agent, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.A CONCURRENCE OF COINCIDENCES by David Moody - 4 starsAnother purely case oriented entry that showcased an interesting setting and a firm grasp of the characters, though the case itself was a bit mundane.THE STRANGE DEATH OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Andrew Darlington - 1 starI might ordinarily urge readers to skip such nonsensical, post-modernistic gibberish, yet I think a good lesson can be learnt from its reading - that is, it confirms the old adage: "this is your brain on drugs".THE CLIMBING MAN by Simon Clark - 5 starsAn excellent tale of action, adventure, and very Holmesian deductions set in Mesopotamia. Another one with a transportation atmosphere combined with an exciting story.THE CURSE OF GUANGXU by Sam Stone - 2 starsMight not have been a bad story in itself, I felt the author was just not suited to write in this genre, as she showed little familiarity with the character. Holmes himself was dull, canonical errors abounded, and I ended up skimming this one.THE CASE OF THE REVENANT by Johnny Mains - 4 starsNarrated by Holmes, with the doctor in absentia, I still felt this case set in Austria held up well. Creepy, well plotted and held my interest throughout.THE ADVENTURE OF THE MUMMY'S CURSE by Cavan Scott - 3 starsI was so looking forward to the sole Egyptian themed story, but confess it left me disappointed in terms of a mediocre case and characterizations that were shaky at best, and were an amalgamation of several different film and television versions.THE CASE OF THE LOST SOUL by Paul Kane - 3.5 starsWhile this tale of "zombies" was quite thrilling in places, in other instances, particularly in reference to major plot points, it fell a bit flat, and the side characters were a trifle unbelievable.THE LUNACY OF CELESTINE BLOT by Stephen Volk - 3.5 starsPairing a young Sherlock Holmes with Edgar Allan Poe in the guise of his fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, are summoned to a mental institution in France to investigate a "hysterical" woman. Exceptionally well written, with interesting elements, but was cynical, at times tedious and deviated wildly from the Holmes and Dupin canons.THE CRIMSON DEVIL by Mark Morris - 2.5 starsThis reuniting of Holmes with Sir Henry Baskerville, now living in Africa, made little attempts at characterization or compelling plot. As the detective himself would have said, it was a commonplace story, lacking features of interest.THE DRAUGR OF TROMSO by Carole Johnstone - 3 starsThis supernatural themed tale of Holmes in Norway - and whose client happens to be Henrick Ibsen - started out clunkily but smoothed out as it progressed. Still managed to be an eerie entry regarding lesser known Norse mythology and worth the read.So... all things considered, there were some bland inclusions, yet by no means were those three star efforts poorly done or unreadable; in my opinion, this stands out as one of the better Holmes related anthologies I have read in the past few years. I found it mostly an enjoyable read worth the price of admission.Comment Comment ; Permalink

  • By CarolM on 23 June 2015

    Great stories, I love it.

  • By JMaxfield on 13 January 2017

    This book of Sherlock Holmes Pastiches can be at best be described as mediocre but in my true opinion I would advise readers of Sherlock Holmes to avoid this book and rather choose The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures and/or The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes (my personal favourite). The Sherlock Holmes Abroad book just doesn't suite the typical Holmes stories so if you prefer the traditionally type of stories I would stay clear of this book - even the great Denis O. Smith's story The Adventure of Colonel's Daughter is mediocre for him - the rest of the stories tend in my opinion to stray to far away from the traditional storyline and some are absolutely just rubbish - some of which I just skipped after a couple pf pages because they were just too bad (which I didn't expect from this book as the other two anthologies in the series are excellent).

  • By mezzaninedoor on 13 December 2015

    Hit & Miss sometimes but really entertaining and value collection

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