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Overview Brings the Holmes characters back to life in new adventures and real-life crimes.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Pegasus Books
ISBN 1933648228 ISBN13 9781933648224
Availability 0 units.
More About Donald Thomas
Donald Thomashas published forty books, including poetry, fiction, biography, and true crime. A stage-play based on his workThe Return of Sherlock Holmes, was recently produced in Wales. His biography of Robert Browning was short-listed for the Whitbread Award and he received The Gregory Award from T. S. Eliot personally for his poetry collectionPoints of Contact.The Execution of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil and Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly are all available from Pegasus Books. He lives in Bath.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Execution of Sherlock Holmes: New Adventures of the Great Detective?
A Spot-on Version of the Great Detective Jan 14, 2008
After reading the five mystery tales provided in The Execution of Sherlock Holmes, any fan of the Master Detective can only come to one conclusion: Mr. Donald Thomas' Holmes is Holmes!
So if you are a coinsurer of the very best in mystery fiction like The Crime Doctor, Sherlock Holmes : The Complete Novels and Stories (Bantam Classic) Volume I, or Raymond Chandler: Stories and Early Novels: Pulp Stories / The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window (Library of America), then I am certain that this thrilling novel will provided you with quite a few lively nights of suspenseful reading.
Sherlock Holmes Lives! Jan 8, 2008
This engaging novel by Donald Thomas, though not officially part of the Sherlock Holmes Cannon, does honor the world's greatest detective. A collection of 5 tales concerning my favorite beekeeper is one that receives my highest recommendations.
Incidentally, "The Case of the Greek Key" was my favorite of the stories (with Holmes matching wits with a German agent to protect his homeland). The story is reminiscent of another story called "The Golden Key" which was recently published in an excellent collection of EW Hornung stories contained in The Crime Doctor. For those new to EW Hornung, he was the creator of Raffles The Amateur Cracksman, and the brother-in-law to Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle held a deep friendship with Hornung, which lead to Hornung's creation of Dr. John Dollar - The Crime Doctor - who was both a doctor & detective that had his own Sherlockian-esque adventures throughout Europe.
Pick up both books, you will not be disappointed!
Good writing but plots need work Oct 31, 2007
The writing in this book is excellent; it feels authentic and there are abundant small incidents that add to the period atmosphere. The stories read as if they were from the original Canon.
But the plots of most stories need work. There are often issues left unresolved. The balance seems wrong; too many words on some events, not enough on others. I think the author is a very good writer, so what he writes automatically reads well, but he spent too little time putting these stories together.
A Sherlock Holmes fan should be happy with this book because of the atmosphere and authentic-sounding writing. A general reader might be disappointed with the plots.
Entertaining, but could've been better Sep 19, 2007
Overall, I enjoyed all the stories and felt the author captured the spirit of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson well. But he didn't capture Mycroft Holmes properly at all. In addition, sometimes he went into too much detail (describing a minor character in fairly great detail, for instance) and other times didn't go into enough detail (like not answering some important questions in "The Case of the Peasenhall Murder" story). He also sometimes brought up something in such a way that would make you think it was significant (like a set of field glasses being a different brand than Holmes had said they'd be, in "The Queen of the Night" story), and it'd never be mentioned again.
I will definitely consider buying more of Donald Thomas' Sherlock Holmes works--but probably not in hardback.
True to the original stories Sep 4, 2007
This book captures both Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson faithfully. Many authors get Holmes right, but turn Watson into merely a Boswell or (far worse) a buffoon. Watson was a doctor. He had to study hard to succeed in what was, even then, a demanding discipline. It is frequently ovelooked that he was a battlefield surgeon, too. That takes courage and brains. This book includes all that other authors often leave out, and still does Holmes justice, too! My only complaint is, the book isn't long enough. Donald Thomas, write more and longer stories. I won't say write better ones, because these are oustanding!