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The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Ectoplasmic Man (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Titan Books))

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,730 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
When Harry Houdini is framed and jailed for espionage, Sherlock Holmes vows to clear his name, with the two joining forces to take on blackmailers who have targeted the Prince of Wales.

It’s a case that requires all of their skills — both mental and physical. Can the daring duo solve what people are calling “The Crime of the Century”?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless crea
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by Titan Books (first published 1985)
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Aug 06, 2015 Kayt rated it it was ok
Harry Houdini is framed for spying and stealing sensitive papers from the Prince of Wales. Sherlock Holmes decides to help. Watson is thick.

Lestrade is wildly out of character and believes Houdini to be an "ectoplasmic man" who can walk through walls AND THAT'S HOW HE STOLE THE PAPERS. That, and some conspicuously-placed muddy footprints that don't actually lead anywhere. A decoy? Of course not! It's obvious that the American can turn into a ghost and that is enough to arrest him!

Yes, seriously
May 23, 2012 Ken rated it it was ok
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
Harry Houdini meets Sherlock Holmes. I had reasonable expectations going into this book and I was disappointed.

I found a couple of occurrences in the book a bit hard to fathom. And, I didn't generally care for Stashower's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.

Holmes generally is not a polite guy. He is more interested in the cerebral and quite often steps on toes, not out of any intentional meanness, but more as an oversight. Yes, Mr Holmes, people have feelings. Stashower's Holmes, though, is outright s
Fred Hughes
Aug 14, 2015 Fred Hughes rated it really liked it
Another great book in this series of updated adventures with Sherlock Holmes. In this episode we find Houdini and Holmes clashing.

Dr Watson takes his first ride in an infernal flying machine and Sherlock and Houdini end up if not friends at least acknowledging the others abilities.

Important papers have been stolen and it's up the Sherlock to recover them and clear Houdini's name
The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man by Daniel Stashower is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche that relates an adventure that brings together the world's greatest consulting detective and Harry Houdini, the world's greatest escape artist. Houdini is accused of stealing important letters that could cause trouble for the Prince of Wales. The letters were kept in room sealed tighter than the vaults of the Bank of England. Houdini was present ta the house where the letters were kept. Lestrade decides that s ...more
Don The Idea Guy
Oct 05, 2010 Don The Idea Guy rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010_dtig
A very good Sherlock Holmes book, but the pairing of the ficitional detective with the larger than real life Houdini should have made for a wilder ride. There should have been more opportunities for the two protagonists to work together. It would have even been more acceptable to see them pursue two independent courses of investigation before uniting in the end to defeat the villains. Houdini (ironically) spends much of his time locked in a jail cell and not in pursuit of the men who framed him ...more
Jan 10, 2010 Lenora rated it liked it
With the myriad Sherlock Holmes related stories floating about out there, both on the internet and in the published world, it may seem that the author must do something pretty spectacular to have their story noticed. And what better way to have an interesting Holmes story than have the great detective meet the famous magician Houdini, one of Conan Doyle's former friends. This could have been a fascinating story, but while the characterization is quite well written, Stashower seems to have focuse ...more
Luis Reséndiz
cosa difícil, escribir una ficción de sherlock holmes desde la voz de watson; cosa aún más difícil, imagino, nutrir de alguna forma notable el ya de por sí amplio catálogo de pastiches holmesianos. de todos, que son muchos, houdini y sherlock holmes (cuyo nombre en inglés es infinitamente mejor: the adventure of the ectoplasmic man) está en un lugar más que decoroso. su historia fluye con ritmo y prosa directa, estrictamente narrativa; la trama está bien armada, con evidente conocimiento de las ...more
Richard Townsend
Mar 21, 2016 Richard Townsend rated it really liked it
A good continuing adventure to the Holmes stories. Only a few of the obligatory "Holmes acting strange" explanations, or direct references to the original stories (which I find annoying anymore--I KNOW I'm reading a Sherlock Homes story already!). To those who have seen the various tv and movie versions of Holmes and Watson, I would place the characterization of these two in the book as more in the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce camp. This is ok, but after seeing Watson protrayed by David Burke/ ...more
Jul 01, 2016 Dena rated it it was amazing
I adore Sherlock Holmes. The original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are fantastic. This book felt so authentic, with all the characters I love and all the quirks that make each of them who they are. The author even footnoted some of the references to the original works by Doyle, which was an added bonus. This story imagined a time when Sherlock met Harry Houdini. I can't say enough about this book. If you love Sherlock and old mysteries, definitely pick this one up. You won't be disappointed ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Caidyn rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I thought it deserved the bump up. It hit the things that I look for most in something that deviates from the canon stories: Good pacing, characters rightfully done, interesting case, and written in Doyle's style.

The only one I feel I can protest on, is characterization. Lestrade was off throughout the story. I felt he was more like DI Greg Lestrade off the show "Sherlock". But, other than that, Holmes and Watson were done well. I don't really know much about Houdini or anyone else, but
Jose Luis Meza Garcia
Mar 03, 2015 Jose Luis Meza Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Saw it in a bookstore: Sherlock Holmes and Houdini! That thought intrigued me so I give it a try. From start to finish I couldn't stop reading it. This is (for me) the best adventure of Sherlock Holmes that hasn't been written by the legendary Conan Doyle. To tell you the truth I haven't read anything about Houdini, just know him from movies and cultural references. But if this was how Houdini really was then I think I should read more about him. The times when he is with Holmes are great. Sherl ...more
Christi Howard
Mar 24, 2014 Christi Howard rated it liked it
I read this book back in 1987-ish, and I loved it. It was sold as a young adult novel and it combined my two big interests at the time, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini. It may not have been the most faithful representation of Holmes but as a kid who loved mysteries, it fit the bill.
David Soto
Jun 29, 2015 David Soto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4.5/5] En cuanto vi este libro en las estanterías, supe que tenía que comprarlo: Sherlock Holmes y Harry Houdini juntos! Me gustó bastante la novela, rápida, ligera. El autor hizo un buen trabajo al buscar emular al gran Arthur Conan Doyle. Recomendada!
Jul 20, 2015 Christian rated it really liked it
As a casual Holmes fan, I thought it was a good read. Didn't notice any glaring character departures like some others have noted but, as I said, I'm hardly a purist. I'll be reading others in the "further adventures" series, though.
Jan 05, 2010 Grantimatter rated it liked it
This is an amusing trifle of a book - it's possible, I guess, to excuse the worst of the fan-fic excesses (referring to past adventures and various Holmes in-jokes) as being consistent with the voice of an elderly Dr. Watson, now a widower, shuffling into the second decade of a new century.

So far, Holmes is done just about right, though, and the plot seems to be flowing the way one wants a Holmes mystery to go. A little too arch, maybe, and a little too self-referential, but still delightfully
Jan 29, 2016 Katfish rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Has a cadence similar to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was a pleasure to read the interactions between two independent characters such as Houdini and sherlock.
Patrick Doucette
Aug 16, 2015 Patrick Doucette rated it really liked it
It was actually pretty good! The author stayed pretty true to the characters and style of writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'd recommend it for entertainment purposes!
Riju Ganguly
Oct 17, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it liked it
After the trio of terrific novels involving Harry Houdini, his brother 'Dash' and his wife 'Bess', I was naturally inclined to read this novel. Unfortunately, it was rather a letdown. I sorely missed the voice & actions of 'Dash', and having Bess merely as a woman presence seemed to be rather a waste. The Germans were stereotypical, and even Watson was reduced to being a minor player (inevitable, if you keep in mind that this is an adventure where Sherlock Holmes is fighting to clear Houdini ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Fernando rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Es un buen fan fic que toma muchos elementos característicos de otras obras , como cuando holmes alienta a watson a hacer deducciones y minimiza sus logros jajajaja; estuvo bien.
Jun 10, 2014 Chad rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Not a bad read. A team up that really had to happend, Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes!
Manuel Ruiz
Inofensiva historia. Esta bien para pasar el rato sin pedir demasiado.
Feb 20, 2010 Jc rated it it was amazing
This pastiche introduces the detective to the magician, Houdini. Doyle himself shows up as a character -- one that has trouble believing that the case Holmes and Houdini are exploring does NOT involve the mystical/spiritual world. Of S.H. pastiches I have read in the last 10 years, this is one of the ones that best captures the characters, atmosphere, and flow of the original Doyle universe. Very nicely done - I can't believe I missed it when it was first published back in 1985 (I time when I so ...more
One of those “Sherlock Holmes meets [Famous Historical Figure:]!” books—in this case, “Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Houdini!” This was quite fun, although, as is the case with a lot of mysteries for me, more fun in the setup than in the conclusion. Also, Stashower’s Watson was a bit too much of a bumbler for my tastes. Not Laurie R. King bad or anything, but I think after Jude Law’s impeccable Watson from the new movie, I am feeling a tad spoiled.
Timothy Tobolski
Feb 05, 2012 Timothy Tobolski rated it liked it
I've decided to prep myself for the upcoming re-issue of Stashower's 'Houdini Mysteries' series this year by finally diving straight into this re-issue from Titan. I devoured his 'Beautiful Cigar Girl', Stashower's recounting of the mysterious facts behind Poe's 'Murder of Marie Roget'; the author has a marvelous flair for weaving historical truths into an almost fiction-like thriller, and I consider him right on par with Erik Larson.
Nicole Hill
Dec 05, 2013 Nicole Hill rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
The Further Adventures series can be silly, yes, but in a highly pleasant way. The books are well-done and enjoyable for a few reasons, not least of which is that Watson gets to be sassier and feistier than in some of the canon fodder. (Though the tone is pretty stout in its faithfulness to blessed fusty old ACD.)

Here, the adventure is with Houdini in tow. The game is afoot and a feat.
Feb 17, 2013 Jack rated it liked it
An interesting premise... putting a well known fictional figure together with a well known historical figure. Holmes and Houdini and of course told from Dr. Watsons perspective. I enjoyed it and the ending did not disappoint. This is the author's first mystery and it is well crafted. A Holmes fan will love it. My final "Florida" read!!
Jun 03, 2008 R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1974-2002
Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Houdini. Lost is a sixth-grade book report I wrote up on this mystery novel. The hardback had a pic of Houdini in a straight jacket rising triumphant ouf of the bowl of Holmes' trademark pipe, a smoky ectoplasmic man.

Sherlock rawk:

Aug 07, 2012 John rated it liked it
Shelves: sherlock-holmes
I liked this book alot. The mystery was good and kept me guessing. I think the reason I give it 3 instead of 4 stars is that Houdini came off as kind of annoying throughout the book. However, he may have been accurately portrayed. The "crime of the century" also did not create as much suspense as you would think.
Sep 25, 2013 Margaret rated it it was ok
I found this book rather irritating. Plot was okay, but the author kept showing off what a great Sherlockian he is by inserting unnecessary references to ACD canon stories. Too much of a distraction.

Also not happy with the portrayal of Lestrade. The character was made to look like a gullible buffoon.
May 28, 2012 Rozonda rated it it was ok
Nice to read but forgettable. Houdini and Holmes meeting was an excelent idea and it should have been more exciting. As it is, the author just shows a silly clash of egos and Watson and Lestrade are portrayed as even sillier than in the canon, which doesn't help a bit.
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Daniel Stashower is the author of The Boy Genius and The Mogul as well as the Edgar Award-winning Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle. He is also the author of five mystery novels, the most recent of which is The Houdini Specter. Stashower is a recipient of The Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing, and spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Wadham ...more
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