The Secret Documents of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Documents of Sherlock Holmes

Large Print - 1999
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Publisher: Bath, [Eng.] : Chivers Large Print, 1999, c1997
ISBN: 9780754035596
075403559X
9780754035602
0754035603
Characteristics: 307 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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forbesrachel Jul 25, 2015

Once again the hidden writings of John Watson have been uncovered; these cases were previously left unpublished for several reasons, some political, one was close to Watson's own memories, and others were not included at the bequest of Sherlock himself. June Thomson does a good job of staying true to the canon, but many Sherlockians will find this collection too simple for their tastes, not to mention the author's penchant for footnotes is superfluous. However, for those that aren't so entrenched in the lore, this is an excellent choice. The stories are short, just like the original ones, and feature a variety of problems. Unlike many other modern writers who have "discovered" John Watson's long lost papers, Thomson doesn't try to come up with a case that is more outstanding or significant than the last, instead she goes back to the roots; those singular little instances among the common people and noble alike that best tested Sherlock's powers of deduction. At the very least, readers will find this collection an amusing diversion and will want to look up the others by this author.

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