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In these five tales, Sherlock Holmes is shown at the height of his powers: he co-operates with a young Winston Churchill in the famed Siege of Sydney Street, helps defeat a plan for a German invasion outlined in the Zimmerman Telegram, establishes a link between two missing lighthouse keepers and the royal treasures of King John, contends with a supernatural curse places upon an eccentric aristocrat, and discovers a lost epic of Lord Byron. But it is all in a day's work for the great detective, who continues to defy the odds and lives to fiddle and ratiocinate another day.
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.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
Good performance overall. The story is the thing though- I just listened to all of the Conan Doyle Holmes stories and Mr Thomas rings true with these additional adventures. I definitely recommend.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
I loved this collection, particularly the stories that weave Holmes & Watson into espionage tails from World War I.
What did you like best about Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil:? What did you like least?
There were times that the story felt so legitimate that it seemed like Sir Arthur COnana Doyle had penned them himself. But there were times when Sherlock's flair was missing and it felt wrong. My favorite parts were tied to classic Holmes details - his ability to disguise himeself, for instance, or his willingness to bypass the law for justice. My least favorite story was the lengthy WWI tale that just wouldn't end.
Would you be willing to try another book from Donald Thomas? Why or why not?
Possibly. I would look at the specific stories to see if they are plots I would like.
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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