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Sherlock Holmes in America

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  1,981 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Sherlock Holmes makes his American debut in this fascinating and extraordinary collection of never-before-published crime and mystery stories by bestselling American writers. The world's greatest detective and his famous sidekick Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they fight crime all over nineteenth-century North America. From the bustling neighborhoods ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 26th 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing (first published November 1st 2001)
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Nov 29, 2011 Eric rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only the most hardcore Holmes fans
In one word: Underwhelming.

Many of these stories were too intricately interwoven with Holmes' canon (most notably A Study in Scarlet and The Valley of Fear) for the casual reader to enjoy, but at the same time, the mysteries in these short stories were so elementary -- if existent at all -- that the serious Holmes fan could not have any appreciation for them.

Many of the stories seemed more preoccupied with guest appearances by famous historical Americans, such as Doc Holliday, Davy Crockett, Te
Amy Sturgis
Sep 15, 2012 Amy Sturgis rated it really liked it
On the whole this is a far better than average collection of Sherlockian stories. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the different authors opted to bring Holmes to the States while respecting Conan Doyle's canon. The best tales here are excellent, most are good, and few are disappointments.

Lyndsay Faye's "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness" tackles one of the canonical unchronicled cases with great success, underscoring not only Holmes's impressive deductive abilities, but also Watson's inhere
Riju Ganguly
Feb 14, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it liked it
Enough to send you raving back to tha canon to savour the exquisite taste of sanity. Good for one (and singularly singular) read only. Therefore, my humble recommendation would be to get it from nearby library.
I’m beginning to notice a trend of short-story collections putting their strongest stories at the beginning of the collection, which get’s my hopes up, only to find that the stories become less and less enjoyable as it goes on. This collection was no exception.

I enjoyed reading the various interpretations of Holmes, Watson, and Mycroft by the various authors who contributed to this collection. Some chose to make Holmes love America, and some chose to make him despise it.

The Case of Colonel War
”Some readers may balk at finding the Great Detective uprooted from his familiar Baker Street digs, but we believe we are playing the game according to Doyle” p. vi

I am not a purist when it comes to Holmes. I read and enjoy all of Laurie R. King’s novels and she has Sherlock married to a much younger woman. I have read other stories that feature Holmes and as long as they are well told, I am happy.

So for most of my listening, I had a great time with this collection. The fourteen stories are well
Jun 28, 2009 Meaghan rated it did not like it
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
I admit to being rather disappointed with this book. I was looking for some creativity from the various authors, but found an astounding amount of dullness. A couple of the stories used the theme of "A Study in Scarlet" and had Holmes travelling to America to tie up loose ends in Utah from that case. Although I didn't mind the concept, I think that the stories themselves could have been more interesting. Another of the stories had Holmes in America as part of a travelling troupe of actors. Again ...more
Matt Kuhns
Jul 25, 2013 Matt Kuhns rated it liked it
For the newcomer or casual fan, this book is best passed up for something else; read a volume of the original stories or, if having done that, an annotated edition. For the student of moderate or greater interest, however, Sherlock Holmes in America is worth reading for a couple of reasons.

The first is that a handful of the tales are quite good. The volume starts out quite well, in fact, before devolving into a heap of largely unmemorable, indistinct "Holmes somewhere in America doing something"
Dec 11, 2011 R.L. rated it liked it
I thought I'd never finish reading this book. For some reason, it just seemed to drag for me. Maybe it's because the whole idea of finding a way to get Sherlock Holmes to the U.S. might have been fun for one or two stories, but after 8 or 10, the novelty wore off. The stories, taken individually, aren't bad. Almost all of the authors did a good job of evoking the Holmes/Watson ambiance. But:

not my cup of tea

May 29, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this collection. The various authors have Holmes travel to Texas, Utah, New York, the Northeast, and other parts of the USA. While some are follow ups to typical canon stories like Study in Scarlet and Valley of Fear, several others are more examples of forcing Holmes to meet famous Americans like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Amos Alonzo Stagg, and Harry Houdini. There are some decent stories placing Holmes in Chicago, but this was not nearly as good as I had hoped
Dave Hay
Nov 16, 2014 Dave Hay rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Would have given up on this, were it not audio. Do enjoy the Sherlock Holmes stories, but only find the ACD credible. These new stories are only for those who have read, re-read and re- read the originals. Modern writing has more of a sting in the tail, these fail
Monica Willyard
Jul 20, 2015 Monica Willyard rated it liked it
I had trouble getting into parts of this book. It just didn't feel right, though the writing is technically good.
Feb 12, 2017 Chris rated it liked it
A somewhat uneven collection of stories. Most follow the pattern of the original, narrated by Watson. Several fail to capture the voice rather disappointingly. One is narrated by Houdini's brother (it seems work) and another by Holmes himself (the voice is fairly good, the story a bit flat). I don't know why the last two entries are literary analysis/criticism; I could have lived without them. Overall I enjoyed it, it was time well spent. I can't comment on the book, however, without noting the ...more
Melissa Lyman
Feb 09, 2017 Melissa Lyman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were some stories within this collection that could not be distinguished from Doyle's.
May 13, 2010 Kayt rated it really liked it
The last time I read a story featuring Holmes in America, it was a horribly slow, dull affair with badly-written characters and so excruciating I avoided for years any other Holmes stories set in America for fear they might share the same qualities. (Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon, your legacy is a sad one.)

So I had very little hope when I found this hiding at the end of a library shelf, you understand. That might have helped, in a way: I probably enjoyed the stories more because I wasn't loo
Aug 23, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This was great fun-- I giggled madly at the Holmesian in-jokes and the sly canonical winks and nods in these stories. The great detective is dropped into gangland Chicago, into Wyatt Earp's Wild West, into polygamist Utah, Buffalo Bill's World's Fairground, Roosevelt's NYC, new age San Diego, pre-earthquake San Francisco, Baltimore, and Texas.

These authors imagine Holmes as an tough undercover Irish boxer, a spoilt vacationer, a slightly ridiculous cat-lover, an actor, an altruistic opera fan,
Feb 27, 2016 Jean rated it really liked it
Anthologies generally take longer for me to finish because the stories don't connect and there isn't that "I must find out what happens next" effect. This was an uneven anthology with generally good stories, but the ones that didn't ring true really threw me. There are fourteen stories, three essays, and an introduction. My least favorite was Daniel Stashower's "The Seven Walnuts" where Sherlock Holmes doesn't even appear. I like Houdini, but I felt cheated. On the other hand, Victoria Thompson' ...more
Rena Sherwood
A very uneven collection of short stories, essays and one novella about what might have happened had Holmes crossed the Pond. Some of these stories appear in other Sherlock Holmes pastiche short story collections. Nothing is very memorable. I'm scratching my head now trying to remember a single story.


It does contain two or three essays. (See? My brain can't even be bothered to remember how many. I had to look up an online review to remember it even HAD essays.) One by Doyle himself about his imp
Carol Waller
May 13, 2012 Carol Waller rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
If you know the ACD Sherlock stories inside and out, you may like these

If you are a casual fan who comes to Sherlock via Downey/Law movies or Cumberbatch/Freeman/Moffat TV series, you may not be as pleased.

These took the stories as their base, and stay fairly close to canon, in tone and style. Content wanders a bit, but this isn't ACD's London either. There is a lot of repeating as it is different authors, so they are probably best read a few at a time, rather than the book at once.

But the en
Holly Booms Walsh
A mixed bag of short "Sherlock Holmes visits America" themed stories by different authors. All are set in 19th century America. Some of these were better than others, as is the case with most short story collections. Lyndsay Faye's "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness" was an enjoyable tale more about Watson than Holmes. Steve Hockensmith's "Excerpts from an Unpublished Memoir Found in the Basement of the Home for Retired Actors" was hilarious, portraying a young Holmes as an actor in a trav ...more
Tim Hicks
Oct 26, 2011 Tim Hicks rated it it was ok

Nearly all the stories seem forced and implausible, although they all had their moments.
I'd recommend this only for people who have to read EVERYthing about Holmes.

The last story, by music critic Michael Walsh, is followed by a semi-scholarly analysis about ACD's anti-Hibernian sentiment. That analysis seems to try too hard to make all available data fit his theories. But it also helped me understand my sense of unease while reading the story. It also tried too hard, because I think he wr
Jun 23, 2015 Bill rated it liked it
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book, but it is up and down, and unfortunately it seemed to go down hill at the end. The last couple of stories were the weakest and the story or monograph about anti-Irish elements of Doyles work did not seem to belong in this collection. I did not see what it had to do with Holmes in America. And the final story, which is a prequel to the Doyle story, His Last Bow, had hardly any of the deductive elements that make Sherlock Sherlock and even has him fooled ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it
I liked this collection a lot. At first, I can misgivings about people contributing to the Sherlock Holmes canon, but I thought the authors did an exceptional job. Most could mimic Doyle's style almost perfectly, and many understand what Doyle was trying to do with his stories and could contribute to it well. A few, such as the last story in which Sherlock falls in love with Miss McParland, seemed the least like Sherlock as he was very emotional and out of control. I also found it silly at times ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Stacie rated it really liked it
Lyndsay Faye's "The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness" 5 stars
Lloyd Rose "Ghosts and the Machine" 3 stars
Steve Hockensmith "Excerpts from an Unpublished Memoir Found in the Basement of the Home for Retired Actors" 4 stars
Robert Pohle "The Flowers of Utah"
Loren Estleman "The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist" 3 stars
Victoria Thompson "The Minister's Missing Daughter" 2 stars
"The Case of the Colonel Crockett's Violin" 4 stars
Bill Crider "The Adventure of the White City" 5 stars
Paula Cohen "Recal
Mar 22, 2014 Annie rated it liked it
This anthology consists of short stories written by different authors in which Sherlock Holmes venture to America, sometimes accompanied by Dr. Watson. About half of the stories has the feel of Doyle's style. The other half, while not bad stories, didn't characterize Holmes and Watson as expected. Some of the stories make reference to Holmes' other adventures (written by Doyle). It's helpful to be familiar with those before reading this book, such as "A Study in Scarlet," "A Scandal in Bohemia," ...more
Fred Hughes
Feb 09, 2012 Fred Hughes rated it it was ok
This anthology of Sherlock Holmes in the uSA was disappointing. Full review to follow

All this stories relate to events in the USA where either Sherlock is in attendance or offers assistance from the comfort of 221B.

While the language has been done very well the stories didn’t really engage me. I was not familiar with any of the authors who submitted stories for this anthology although some have credentials in the world of Sherlock.

There are better anthologies for Sherlock lovers and in particula
May 24, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
A few of the stories in this anthology were quite good, not up to the original's standard, but still quite good. A few were so obvious, my five-year-old son could have solved the mystery. A few were so convoluted, I wasn't sure what the mystery was. And a couple made me think and want to go back and read the original Sherlock Holmes tales.

Overall, it was a fair collection of stories.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars, but I round up.
Pinko Palest
May 19, 2016 Pinko Palest rated it it was ok
just like most post-Doyle Sherlock Holmes collections, this is very uneven. A few are very good, and could almost pass for the originals. Some are okay-ish. But far too many are dire, with even Sherlock Holmes being entirely out of character. Also, the stories often show a lack of imagination in choosing their characters: Teddy Roosevelt and Wyatt Earp make more than one appearance. The two stories which deal with the theosophists are among the best though
Bob Olson
May 17, 2015 Bob Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What would happen if England's greatest detective met up with American legends Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday or travelled in the same circles as President Teddy Roosevelt? The answers are inside this collection of short stories crafted by a variety of writers who share a love for the works of Conan Doyle. Perhaps of greatest interest to members of the Baker Street Irregulars, it succeeds as a literary "what if.."and as an entertaining read.
3.5 stars.

I thought it was a solid anthology. None of the stories really stood out as ones that will stick with me but none of them stood out for poor quality either.

I was a little surprised that the stories took place in the same few locations but I suppose those would have been the happening places at the time.
Claire Gilligan
Dec 02, 2014 Claire Gilligan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
A fun collection of short stories, even if some of them rather overlapped each other (being written by different authors). They all did an admirable job of capturing the character of Holmes (and, if applicable, of Watson) and the writing style of Doyle, and made for a diverting way to pass the time.

Only complaint: The three unannounced short nonfiction essays at the end. What the heck?
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.
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