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The Last Sherlock Holmes Story

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  3,903 ratings  ·  135 reviews
For fifty years after Dr Watson's death, a packet of papers, written by the doctor himself, lay hidden in a locked box. The papers contained an extraordinary report of the case of Jack the Ripper and the horrible murders in the East End of London in 1888. The detective, of course, was the great Sherlock Holmes - but why was the report kept hidden for so long? This is the s ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published 1995 by Oxford Uinversity Press (first published January 1st 1978)
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Oh my god. Literally. Just don't read this book. That's all I can say. Promise me? PROMISE? Don't do it. It'll ruin you for at least a whole day with rage and an intense feeling that you just wasted two hours of your life that you can't get back. But you know, if you want someone to take Holmes and mostly destroy him as a character then yeah, go for it. This is JUST the book for you. Otherwise, STAY AWAY.
Amy Sturgis
I understand why this Sherlock Holmes-meets-Jack the Ripper novel is controversial among (even hated by) some Holmes fans who are wed to one interpretation of the detective, but I found it to be fascinating and very well rooted in the canonical Holmesian texts. Its sophisticated (and darkly Gothic) psychological look not only at Holmes (whom I found to be poignantly redeemed at the end, contrary to what I'd expected from other reviews) but also at the wonderful Dr. Watson kept me very interested ...more
Dibdin is a decent writer, and I found the writing itself rather enjoyable. That's the upside. But I absolutely detested this particular book because of the story and the premise. When I finished it, I wanted to throw it across the room, stomp on it, and then tear it into little pieces. I settled for fobbing it off to a used bookstore, where hopefully it languishes unread, instead of infecting the psyche of some other poor sod...
I do not consider myself a Sherlock Holmes purest, but I confess that a certain revelation in the story, when I came to it, did give me a few minutes of angst. I spent more than a few minutes thinking about whether I could accept the story line and keep reading. I admit, my first reaction was “No, this is not my Sherlock Holmes!” It has happened to me before.

I was enjoying the writing style. I thought Mr. Dibdin had caught the flavor Holmes and Watson very well. Everything Author Conan Doyle wa
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I hated, hated, hated this book.

To be perfectly fair, I was fourteen or fifteen when I found this on the shelf at the public library. I was a recently-minted Sherlock Holmes fan, and had been devouring The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes, so I was eager to read anything that had "Sherlock Holmes" anywhere on the cover. So this depth-plumbing horror was my very first Holmes pastiche, and probably a bit "mature" for me at that particular stage in my reading life. I consider it possible that s
Ewan Li
"The Last Sherlock Holmes Story"is written by MIchael Dibdin. When I finished read this book, I can't believe the story of this book is a real story. It was very amazing and fantastic.
Then, I didn't like this story of this book, when I first read this book, I thought this book like a Detective Conan,
but it wasn't there not many mystery quiz.
I like the part that Holmes and Mr. Waston show their friendship.
If you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, I don't think this is a book for you. This is supposed to be a Holmes story written by Dr. Watson and held back for 50 years as provided in his will. Perhaps it is a good reading novel, though you pretty much know what is going to happen part way through, but I didn't care for its portrayal of Holmes. The Holmes in this story is not "my" Holmes.
I found this book truly disturbing.
Natalie Dale
When I first began reading this I thought it was a good read which stayed true to the previous works of ACD but also gave some inventive explanations and changes to give a different perspective on the infamous Sherlock Holmes. However, the twist is revealed half way through the book and, although abandoned by Watson as ridiculous at points, still does not lead to a surprise ending and appears to be very much an anti-climax after a trundling narrative in parts. Although it is still worth a read, ...more
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Looking through the other reviews, I can see that either you love this book or you hate it. I'm in the first group. First, Dibdin shows you that he can capture the flavor of the old Arthur Conan Doyle stories perfectly; then, not content with merely imitating, he adds some disturbing new elements to the legend. In the afterword, he asks you to forgive him. It's heresy, he freely admits, but the heresy of the true believer. An eloquent and accurate summary!

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An abomination of a Sherlock Holmes novel for the purists. On its own merits a weak story. Unsealed Watson papers cover Holmes' seeking to solve the Ripper murders. If this sounds lazy it's because it is.
Riju Ganguly
An extremely clever take on the whole Holmes v/s Ripper concept, with a twist-ending that will take your breath away! I know, it reads like those blurbs that we get to read on paperbacks ('The cover will show you somebody shot/the back will tell you what is the plot'!), but that is the most succint description of this book that I can produce without producing spoilers en masse! Read it, curse Michael Dibdin to the core (the guy is dead, so really can't effect any harm), and then keep thinking: w ...more
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Alan Brindley
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39. The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, Michael Dibdin
1978, 192 pgs, 25 of Reader's Choice, reread (first in a decade)

And said preconceptions (about Sherlock's general inability to convincingly play a romantic lead) are likely in part drawn from this book. I read it ages ago, but so long ago that I'd honestly forgotten the denouement. Wow.Michael Dibdin doesn't disappoint, but this is one of my favorites. So freaking dark, a twist on the canon, but so aware of the canon that it's entirely believabl
James Bojaciuk
You know the twist.

You wouldn't be here if you didn't.

But for the handful of readers who stumble here, innocent to the gory ways of the world, we'll ignore the twist in the room no matter how much Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling may stare at it jealously. Dibdin is the first to make a certain twist work. This will, perhaps, be his lasting memorial. But I say nothing more.

This is, of course, one of innumerable stories pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper. More pour forth from pens eve
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Jib Jetrsinpaisan
I wasnt quite sure what is my feeling about this book. YES! I DO LOVE HOLMES. After i finished this book, my first thought was like what the hell! Dibdin just completely destroyed my holmes.

But at the same time, i think he is kinda great writer. Considering the writing itself, i found it's quite enjoyable. Holmes met Jact the Ripper and then what? Holmes met Moriaty an then what? I just couldnt put my hands off the book ( i finished it like 2-3 hours).

It almost a good book until i read the las
Mitsuki Mizutani
1. Publisher/Level: Oxford/3
2. 06/17=200minutes
3. Seven-word summary: 1)real story 2)Jack the Ripper 3)women 4) 5)ripped up 6)clever 7)Moriarty

4.(a): "The letters E,S,C and N are Eddowes, Stride, Chapman and Nicholl, the last four women he has murdered,' Holmes said. 'The diagram shows the place where each died. 'And X, I suppose, is some unknown woman, the one that he plans to kill tonight,' I said. 'But how do you know where to put the X on your diagram?' 'Look again, Watson,' Holmes said with
Patrick Hilyer
OK, so this was a second-time read, but despite knowing the ending I enjoyed the clever way Dibdin dovetails Holmes and Watson into the grisly events in Whitechapel in 1888 – an over-used fictional conceit these days, but pretty original when the story was published in ‘78. A compelling and authentic voice that stops short of lampooning Conan Doyle’s bumbling Doctor or his enigmatic ‘consulting detective’.
I am a true and loyal fan of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, however, I can accept Holmes as portrayed by other writers. Some other writers, that is, but not this one. I wanted to like this book but I couldn't. Michael Dibdin was a fine writer and I was fully expecting to enjoy this book. After all, it has great subject matter...Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper. It turns out I didn't enjoy anything about this book.
There is no mystery in this novel because the mystery is given away half
If you can’t conceive our favorite hero portrayed as a hopeless drug addict turned into a madman with a split personality disorder, stay away from this book. But if you can stomach a different –but very logical- take of Sherlock Holmes, you will be treated to a very intelligent, well written story with a devastatingly gritty end.
Jez Cartner
From the negative reviews I've read about this novel I was expecting a travesty of a read that insulted the name Sherlock Holmes but I have to say after reading it I think the main problem is that people have been approaching it with the wrong attitude. It's best to think of this an alternate version of the infamous Holmes story The final problem, indeed this is even explicitly stated at one point. The story takes the point of view that Sherlock Holmes was a real Detective whose stories were tol ...more
Every once in a while, a contemporary author feels the need to confront Sherlock Holmes. Especially if the author works in genre literature. Dibdin, a justly acclaimed mystery writer in his own right does the tradition a classic tribute in this very clever take on the Holmes legend.
I think there must be a hardcore Holmes scholar who's donating stuff to the library bit by bit because I keep finding lovely editions of the Holmes stories to take home, and today I found this.

The writing style was very simple for something supposedly written in the Victorian age, although this was explained by Watson admitting ACD wrote the stories himself, aside from this one. But the central idea was interesting to say the least. I had guessed it before starting, something some other reviewer
An amazing idea to combine the most notorious unsolved crimes of Jack the Ripper with the most notorious crime solver, Sherlock Holmes. Made me want to research both more after finishing this book.
Dibdin was a master writer! I've liked all of the books I'd read by him, but this, his first, is the best. I think (personal opinion, folks) that the BBC Sherlock Holmes series starring Jeremy Brett was influenced by this portrayal, particularly of the character of John Watson. And the contemporary BBC Sherlock I think may owe on some level as well, especially in how the love/hate/respect/eroto relationship between Moriarity and Holmes was depicted in the fantasy scenarios by Holmes "followers" ...more
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Michael Dibdin was born in 1947. He went to school in Northern Ireland, and later to Sussex University and the University of Alberta in Canada. He lived in Seattle. After completing his first novel, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, in 1978, he spent four years in Italy teaching English at the University of Perugia. His second novel, A Rich Full Death, was published in 1986. It was followed by Ratki ...more
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