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Publisher's Summary

The new Sherlock Holmes novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin and Firefly: Big Damn Hero.

It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick’s calling card....

Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound of mind, but it seems that something - or someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realize that no one is beyond suspicion.

©2019 James Lovegrove (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Classic Sherlock!

Great storyline. Narrated professionally. I enjoyed the distinct character voices that made the tale all the more interesting. Well done!

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Very good

Very much in the vein of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, good take on Sherlock

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Excellent narration but for some unfortunate and jarring mispronunciations. Worth the listen. Typical Conan Doyle.

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Lot of fun

This was a lot of fun and held true to the characters of Holmes and Watson. I have not read any other books in the series but I look forward to starting at the beginning. The narration was excellent.

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absolutely brilliant

the narrator was perfect, could listen to him all day. Will be getting more if his books

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  • kevin connolly
  • 11-07-2021

Jolly Good Time

Great author with a brilliant narrator made this happen.
Thank you to both for keeping Sherlock & Watson alive.

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  • Bryan Flicek
  • 26-09-2021

There couldn't be a more perfect narrator.

First the story is wonderful. I've listened to all of Lovegrove's Holmes pastiches and this is probably the most Conan Doyle like. So many authors try to make their own mark on Holmes and it ends up taking away from what made him so great. This story doesn't do that. Watson especially is a character various authors tend to be
indulgent with. In this story he is much like he was in the originals. A stolid bulldog of a man who would do anything for Holmes.

The narrator is even better. I could listen to Dennis Kleinman read anything but he is especially perfect for Holmes. He imbues Holmes with a kind of erratic energy that just seems to fit. Something about his tone carries a dry wit in what may otherwise be a seemingly normal conversation between characters.
Overall a wonderful book that does exactly what it sets out to do.

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  • Jordan D. Ziegenbein
  • 03-01-2022

Fantastic Holmes Story in perfect Fashion

James Lovegrove expertly captures the essence of Holmes with a fantastic mystery that had me guessing the whole time. A fantastic piece of literature!

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  • Katherine
  • 31-12-2021

Well done!

Well done and I didn’t guess a thing!! A fun Christmas listen or read for sure!!

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  • Rebecca Monge
  • 26-12-2021

a new Holmes

have to get used to a different sound for Sherlock Holmes, very nice 👌

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  • Kitty
  • 20-12-2021

A Rare Christmas Treat for Fans of Sherlock Holmes

I've read quite a few works of Sherlockian fiction, but many of them fall short of the original stories. This is not one of those. Lovegrove does an excellent job capturing the spirit, characters, and tone of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved detective mysteries. If you love tales of Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid chronicler Watson, but have read all of Conan Doyle's works multiple times, I recommend this intriguing Christmas mystery.

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  • Mean&Rotten Family
  • 13-12-2021

Classic Holmes

The story was a fun, classic Holmes tale, a little different from the other Lovegrove stories. Dennis Kleinman does an excellent job as always. There seemed to be some editing mishaps, however, as there were obvious points where Kleinman started a sentence, cut off, and then started again after a pause. Not enough to take me out of the story, but enough to be noticed.

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  • Paul Spickard
  • 29-10-2021

Holmes is Back!

I have listened to three of James Lovegroves Sherlock Holmes books now and have yet to guess the ending. Witty and ingenious writing for a beloved character deserving only of the best authors attention.

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  • Nancy & Greg
  • 15-09-2021

Excellent pastiche, captures ACD style well

It is a courageous writer who takes on the task of writing a pastiche featuring such famed literary characters as Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson, especially a long form one as this is. It is a rare writer who can do it and pull it off successfully.

Lovegrove succeeds on all accounts. By choosing to set his novel primarily in a remote castle with spectral sightings, spooky family legends and old family money at stake, the ghost of the "Hound of the Baskervilles" is evoked quite well.

My only criticism is that for 90% of the book the special friendship between Holmes and Watson was made almost into a master/ student one with little of the warmth and friendliness the reader has come to expect. Without spoiling it I can say that this point is cleared eventually, but far too late for my liking.

Overall, however, I highly recommend this excellent work.

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  • Pat Goaley
  • 29-08-2021

A fun read

Good story to listen to,will not irk fans of the original stories. Narrator can read a story without irritation.

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  • pablo rooney
  • 09-12-2021

Ripping yarn indeed.

Excellent narration of an excellent plot. A tale of deception, murder and intrigue. Definitely one for the sherlock Holmes fans indeed.

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  • me,myself,andI
  • 30-08-2021

Brilliant!

It is wonderful to hear more of Holmes and Watson. The style is on a par with the original. The narrator was perfect and did not rush through the reading. Every single word was read with the pedantic attention to detail that one would expect of Watson and I loved it. Warm and comforting listen, whilst also exciting and stimulating. Thanks to both James Lovegrove, and Dennis Kleinman.

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