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Holmes for the Holidays (Holmes for the Holidays #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  227 ratings  ·  28 reviews
With stories by Anne Perry, Carolyn Wheat, Carole Nelson Douglas, Reginald Hill and many more, this delightful mystery collection captures the spirit of the brilliant detective of Baker Street. It's perfect for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes -- or any mystery fan who's looking for the very best in short fiction.

Contents include:
The Watch Night Bell by Anne Perry
The Sleut
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Berkley Hardcover
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Paul M.
I'm not quite through with this book but I thought I'd take a moment to chronicle my thoughts. For the most part, I enjoyed these Holmes and Watson short stories. Most felt as if they might have been Christmastime cases the two might have embarked upon. However, despite the fact that these stories obviously are not of the canon, and while it is likely impossible to have non-canon stories never contradict each other, it does seem to me that contradictory stories should at the very least not be pr ...more
Allow me to use an analogy here. Imagine that in 20 years or so people start publishing collections of Buffy the Vampire Slayer pastiches. (In this version of the future Joss Whedon is either incredibly generous or has very bad lawyers.) In each story, Buffy does some research with the Scoobies (all of whom are currently getting along great!), patrols a cemetery, and stakes a vampire...and that’s it. No character development, not even any character insight! In every. Single. Story.

That’s this c
Short story compilation of more recent Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson mysteries, written by several mystery writers. I've read parts of this book before, but this December I read the whole compilation. A very enjoyable read. My favorite was the story by John Stoessel, "The Yuletide Affair," in which Dr. Watson told Holmes of an adventure he had on his own once when Holmes was busy elsewhere, in which Watson was called in to St. Bartholomew's Hospital to help save the life of Inspector Lestrade, ...more
Sandra Strange
What Sherlock fan could resist a book with such a delightful title? I've appropriately been reading this collection of short stories during the Christmas season. The stories are inconsistent (all have different authors). I was a bit disappointed with the first two, which were not as captivating as later stories. All are true to the original characters and milieu. In general, a fun read
This uneven mix of Sherlock Holmes short story mysteries, all set during the Christmas season, gets a 2 1/2 stars. Of course the usual suspects appear (Irene Adler, Professor Moriarty) along with tales which fall flat at the end ("The Adventure of the Angel's Trumpet", for instance) and at least one with somewhat disturbing (at least to me) content. There were several standouts among the group however, one of them being "The Yuletide Affair", a solo Watson adventure in which the good doctor save ...more
Rena Sherwood
Someday someone will put together the ultimate non-canonical Holmes short story anthology. This isn't it, but it will do for now. The big problem -- not one but TWO short stories involving Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A little short on imagination here?
James Rozoff
A pretty solid collection. None of the stories rank with the best of Sir Arthur's, but none of them are stinkers either. I'd give it 4 stars but I see I have some of the real McCoys at 4 stars.
Mixed bag of holiday themed Sherlock Holmes story. As with most short story collections, some are stronger than others. All around mostly enjoyable.
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Very enjoyable - my favorite story in this group was The Adventure of the Christmas Tree by William L. DeAndrea because I felt the characters of Holmes & Dr. Watson were most true to form and the actual mystery was believable. I also liked The Thief of Twelfth Night by Carole Nelson Douglas because of the Irene Adler connection and The Christmas Client by Edward D. Hoch because of the Moriarity connection. I thought they all had their good points and it was interesting to see how each author ...more
Robert Schneider
This was an okay collection with some really bad editing. Some of the authors were better at capturing the feel of Holmes and Watson than others. Even so this collection began to feel a bit same-y after a bit, having 2 stories about Dickens' A Christmas Carol didn't help either. I found a couple of the stories to stand out because they were handled a bit differently than the rest, Watsons' solo tale "The Yuletide Affair by John Stoessel and "The Thief of Twelfth Night" by Carole Nelson Douglas.
I think more Sherlock is always wonderful, so I was delighted to find this book. And the stories are written by outstanding mystery writers, a plus.

The stories vary in quality, of course. None are terrible, but some are very much better than others. A few sound so authentic that I could believe they came from Watson's famous dispatch box.

My one complaint is that there are several working off Dickens' A Christmas Carol. I got tired of that. Oh well.

A lot of fun.
I've read this collection several times, as part of my traditional holiday reading binge. I've always been a sucker for Christmas stories, and I picked this up on a bargain table many years ago. I love the tone of the stories and the way they capture the essence of Victorian England at Christmas. Of course none of them measure up to Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, but some come quite close. An excellent choice for a snowy December evening or two.
More than a dozen authors write pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes stories, with the proviso that all are set during the Christmas holidays. Two, at least, involve the works of Charles Dickens; one presents the unexpected figure of Lewis Carroll. Tastes vary, of course, but if you like Holmes, you'll enjoy at least some of these delightful tales.
Mary Barleycorn
I read this a long time ago more than once now. I kept the book so I liked it very much!
A delightful bit of Christmas reading! As is usually the case, the story featuring a cameo by the stunning Irene Adler was my favorite of the lot. Can't wait to start the next volume of the anthology.

"Do you follow my conclusions?" "Only with peril, Watson."
I so enjoyed these stories. Only a few could have been better written, but still they were all very entertaining. It was a wonderful fantasy trip for me as an longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes. I highly recommend it.
An anthology of Sherlock stories set around Christmas. They were all good and seemed in keeping with the genre--some more than others. I especially enjoyed the ones that were based off of a "Christmas Carol."
Alphons Bakker
Nice stories, some really missed the "Artur Conan Doyle"spirit, but were pleasant to read.
Heather R
I can never get enough Sherlock Holmes, and it makes me so happy that there are so many pastiche books out there. This one gets me in the Christmas spirit.
Collection of short stories written by noted mystery writers with Sherlock Holmes as the main character. Fun read for the holidays.
Douglas Dougan
Good niche themed stories - some writers better than others at capturing the original genius of Conan Doyle
Fun quick stories...all with that unexpected twist that makes them uniquely Sherlock Holmes stories.
This was fun!! Some of my favorite writers writing about my favorite character. Awesome!
Great adaptations by modern authors each telling a story of Sherlock Holmes at Christmas.
Some stellar short stories but also some clunkers.
Enjoyed all the stories. A good holiday read.
ivillage mystery -- holiday read
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