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The Shadows of Sherlock Holmes (Wordsworth Collection)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Shadows of Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating collection of stories featuring detectives, criminal agents and debonair crooks from the golden age of crime fiction: a time when Sherlock Holmes was esconsced in his rooms at 221B Baker Street and London was permanently wreathed in a sinister fog. These gripping tales of mystery, suspense and clever puzzles are wonderfully e ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 5th 1998 by Wordsworth Editions (first published January 1st 1998)
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I used to buy books from this publisher at the late lamented indie book store Best Bargain Books in Patchougue, NY. Now hopefully I can still get their books as well as their Mystery book series from the Strand in NYC. With these publications, there's usually a 50/50 chance of getting a good one. You really can't tell until you start reading.
Full disclosure: I tend to prefer my mysteries and crime novels a bit more realistic-Sue Grafton, Ian Rankin, for example. (I think Spencer Quinn's Chet and
This collection contains no Sherlock Holmes stories. Anyone hoping to find any will be disappointed. None of the stories feature the original Great Detective and few other fictional characters cast quite such a long shadow, are quite as memorable or as engaging. It should not be a surprise then that few of the stories have central characters that are as vivid or attention grabbing. The collection is not without merit, however, and, given its price, is a decent value collection of vintage crime a ...more
I love this book. I wish it wasn't over! The writing is wonderfully classic in nature, the mysteries creative... One of my favorite parts is the genesis of every mystery which begins with a person or two showing up to Baker Street, and charging into a detailed, one to two page synopsis of the crimes or situations. It seems they've all been briefed beforehand on the intricate details they should include, or is it just coincidence that they all know the protocol?

FYI: The title and publication are
Once Conan Doyle had tasted success with the first Sherlock
Holmes story "A Study in Scarlet" published in "Beeton's
Christmas Annual" for 1887 it seemed inevitable that other
writers were inspired to created their own idiosyncratic
detectives. I agree with another reviewer, I could have read
this forever - a big plus is a very interesting introduction
as to why Sherlock Holmes was so charismatic and instantly
spawned so many imitators and a paragraph is provided on each
of the authors represented.
I lik
Excellent compilation. It includes wonderful examples of detective literature around the Holmes era: we have lady detectives (Loveday Brooke and Miss van Snoop)thieves that baffle the police in their face (Klimo, Raffles and Colonel Clay) Sexton Blake , a comic book detective avant la lettre (and so popular, he even gave name to a cocktail!!!)hunorous parodies by Wilkie Collins and Bret Harte (the latter a Sherlockian parody)and so much more.The choice is excellent, varied and exciting, and the ...more
I have enjoyed several FBY novels before - all of which have been set This is an excellent collection of stories, and although some of them may now appear unbelievable and dated to our modern eyes they are nontheless compelling and become quite unputdownable. My favourite stories - where "Nine points of the law" by E W Hornung, "The Biter Bit" by Wilkie Collins, and "Sexton Blake and the Time Killer" (Annon). Anyone who enjoys the great stories of Arthur Conan Doyle or those old fashioned suspen ...more
Christopher Riley
A fine and thoroughly enjoyable collection of nineteen short detective stories contemporaneous to the hugely popular adventures of the famous Baker Street sleuth.

Davies assembles a very good collection. Only a few of the stories dragged and lacked a degree of originality or zip. I suspect the Sexton Blake story was included for completion's sake. Most of the stories have aged well due to the energy with which they are written.

Grant Allen and Hesketh Pritchard were the two lesser known writers wh
Suad Ali
It's a book of 19 short stories written by different authors and plots that are have been inspired and established on Sherlock Holmes books. Yet each story has its own protagonist, antagonist and characters with tantalizing mystery, humor and some unexpected endings.
A good collection of mostly Victorian and Edwardian detective stories, rescued from old magazines and long out-of-print books. I can't praise efforts to save such things enough. There is some really good stuff here. One favourite was a story by Victorian writer Grant Allen about a gentleman thief who returns in disguise time and again to rob the same clueless millionaire which impressed me enough to go out an buy a whole collection of his tales.
as usual watson always descripts all cases with exciting and tremendous point of view....while Sherlock Holmes find all the akward with simple answer.

good to read especially for those who want to know Sherlock Holmes in a glance
Miloš Petrik
Excellent selection, some timeless efforts there.
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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.
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