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Feb 14, 2009 Ray rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans
A very successful blending of Sherlock Holmes with Anthony Hope's adventure stories "The Prisoner of Zenda" and "Rupert of Hentzau." In "Sherlock Holmes and the Hentzau Affair," Holmes is called upon to prevent an evil scheme involving look-alikes from bringing down the tenuous monarchy of Ruritania. Holmes and Watson must find and rescue Hope's hero Rudolf Rassendyll from being used as a pawn in Rupert of Hentzau's bid to seize the throne for himself. The book is well-written, the deductions re...more
бесконечная эпопея с приключениями шерлока холмса хороша тем, что в ней всегда можно найти соответствующие лазейки, которые бы позволяли продолжать рассказ об удачливом сыщике чуть ли не бесконечно – это напоминает некий отрезок, который можно делить до бесконечности, чуть ли не до атомного и субатомного уровня, изобретая протяженность и времени, в которой он действует, и событий, в которые оказывается замешанным. модальность литературного продолжения – сиквела, приквела, интерквела – в саге о ш...more
The kingdom of Ruritania is in trouble and Rupert of Hentzau is again trying to take over the throne. A perfect time to ask for the help of Sherlock Holmes. He and Watson travel to the country and are soon involved in intrigue, disguises and a long-standing love affair. Very hard not to believe this short story was not written by Conan Doyle, his characters and those of Anthony Hope blend seamlessly.
An entertaining, quick read and a excellent adventure story. However, I found the writing was a bit weak in some places, and the author tries to squeeze in too many references and lines from the original stories. Still, the writing style felt very authentic and the story was exciting. As far as pastiches go, this one is good.
David Stuart Davies was born in 1946. He was a teacher of English before becoming a full-time editor, writer, and playwright. Davies has written extensively about Sherlock Holmes, both fiction and non-fiction. He is the editor of Red Herrings, the monthly in-house publication of the Crime Writers' Association.More about David Stuart Davies...