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The Baker Street Phantom (Singleton & Trelawney #1)

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In the spring of 1932, with Londoners terrorised by a series of murders, the detective agency of Simpson and Trelawney opens its doors in Bloomsbury. The first person to call on their services is a worried Lady Arthur Conan Doyle. She tells of mysterious events on Baker Street and of a premonition that the murders signal danger for all.
Paperback, 185 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by Gallic Books (first published January 17th 2008)
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Aoife
It almost has to be admired how the author takes an awesome idea and tells it in almost the most boring way imaginable. Because of magic characters from famous Victorian novels appear on the streets of London. There is Sherlock Holmes - which is very cool - and there are Dorian Gray, Mr. Hyde, Dracula, and Jack the Ripper (it makes sense in context even though he is not a character from a novel) -which is less cool because they just continue what they did in the novels: kill people.
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Melisende d'Outremer
The world of 19th century spiritualism collides with the modern world of the early 20th century. Here two men undertake a journey to investigate the appearance of a ghost at the abode of a famous fictional detective, and encounter more than they bargain for when murder, mysticism and make-believe take centre stage.
Mazel
Jun 16, 2011 Mazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Londres, 1932.

Depuis que la municipalité a attribué à la maison du major Hipwood le n 221 à Baker Street, le salon du premier étage semble hanté.

S'agit-il d'un esprit, comme le prétendent certains ?

Existe-t-il un lien entre ces manifestations et la série de crimes qui ensanglante Whitechapel et les beaux quartiers du West End ?

Motivée par un funeste pressentiment, lady Conan Doyle, la veuve de l'écrivain, sollicite l'aide de deux détectives amateurs, Andrew Singleton et James Trelawney.

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Zarina
Jan 16, 2011 Zarina rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
For a book pretending to mimic classic Sherlock Holmes stories it's a very poor imitation. While the writing style certainly suggests the same general storyline and manages to realistically depict London midway the 1930's The Baker Street Phantom ended up being utterly unrealistic. I normally don't mind paranormal situations or science fiction in a novel when one expects it, however this book is clearly trying to bank in on the still famous dectective stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and because of ...more
Romain
Oct 23, 2015 Romain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ce roman met en scène deux jeunes détectives aux profils bien opposés. Le premier, James Trelawney, est un athlète plutôt du genre coureur de jupons. Le second, Andrew Singleton, est un féru de littérature. Etrangement, lors de cette aventure, ce n'est pas la force qui sera le plus grand atout de ce duo mais bien l'érudition du jeune Andrew. Cette connaissance lui sera précieuse lorsqu'il tentera de dénouer le mystère entourant une série de meurtres reproduisant à l'identique ceux perpétrés par ...more
Pamela
Feb 19, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it
"Mr. Hyde, Dorian Gray, Dracula...we are drowning in fiction!" It is the spring of 1932 when Messrs. Singleton and Trelawney open their private detective agency in London, hoping to follow in the deductive footsteps of their hero, Sherlock Holmes. Imagine their surprise and delight when, after a slow start, their first client is none other than the widow of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She tells them of a series of disturbing events and hauntings at 221 Baker Street, a premonition that a recent rash ...more
Carole
Feb 28, 2016 Carole rated it really liked it


The year is 1932 and Andrew Singleton and James Trelawney decide to move from Boston, USA to London, England to set up their detective agency.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's widow is their first client and when she starts telling them of strange ghostly disturbances at 221 Baker Street and of how she fears a premonition of something terrible about to occur they are not in agreement as to what to do next. Singleton, the narrator, who doesn't believe in ghosts, says to his colleague (after the widow had
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Helen Albert
Jul 19, 2010 Helen Albert rated it did not like it
As a fan of traditional detective fiction from the likes of Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and Dorothy L. Sayers including of course Arthur Conan Doyle, I was expecting to enjoy this book. Unfortunately I found it rather disappointing. Admittedly I’m always a bit sceptical of fiction that includes characters from other books, as it’s a difficult trick to pull off well and one that did not succeed here.

The general story of the two young detectives Singleton and Trelawney setting up as detectives
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Keith Toulson
Nov 02, 2010 Keith Toulson rated it liked it
Reading the back cover of this book filled me with anticipation. In this particular it is true to say that you cannot judge the book by it's cover.
The idea was intriguing enough, two young men travel to London in search of adventure, to open up their own detective agency in the footsteps of the most famous detective of all time. Then bringing in the added layer of the supernatural did seem to add a bit of a twist to the proceedings. However, I think the inclusion of so many fictional characters
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Susan
Jul 04, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing
The baker street phantom by fabrice bourland is a mystery and thriller read. And is available to purchase now. In the spring of 1932, with London erst terrorised by a series of brutal murders, the private detective agency of Messrs, singleton and trelawney quietly opens its doors in Bloomsbury. Fantastic read. I love sherlock Holmes. I knew this would be a great read. Simply unputdownable. Devoured in a few hours. Very cleverly written. Had me gripped from start to finish. There was nothing I ...more
Sela Still
Jun 30, 2010 Sela Still rated it liked it
Singleton and Trelawney are a pair of young investigators who move their practice to London in 1932. Their first serious client is the widow of Arthur Conan Doyle whose problem leads them into a series of fantastic adventures involving the ghosts of Jack the Ripper, Dorian Gray, Mr Hyde and, inevitably, Sherlock Holmes.
If you like your fiction light and witty a l Simon Brett/M.C. Beaton and phantastical a la Jasper Fforde and are not offended by liberties being taken with the grand-daddy of dete
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Sela Still
Singleton and Trelawney are a pair of young investigators who move their practise to London in 1932. Their first serious client is the widow of Arthur Conan Doyle whose problem leads them into a series of fantastic adventures involving the ghosts of Jack the Ripper, Dorian Gray, Mr Hyde and, inevitably, Sherlock Holmes.
If you like your detective fiction light and witty a la Simon Brett/M.C. Beaton and phantastical a la Jasper Fforde and are not offended by liberties being taken with the grand-da
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Anne-Laure
L'ambiance du livre est intéressante, mais les histoires de fantômes...
Rog Harrison
Oct 13, 2016 Rog Harrison rated it it was ok
I thought this was a detective book but it's actually a supernatural story set in London in the 1930s. I did not enjoy it much.
Linda Brue
Oct 02, 2016 Linda Brue rated it really liked it
Translated from French by Morag Young. Set in London in 1932, during a time when London is besieged with unexplained murders, horrific crimes that defy imagination. Andrew Singleton and James Trelawney have just opened their private detective business, one that is struggling to stay afloat until Lady Arthur Conan Doyle comes to see them. Lady Doyle is extremely worried about an all-consuming feeling she has of impending doom for mankind, as well as mysterious events occurring at 221 Baker ...more
Crittermom
Oct 27, 2015 Crittermom rated it it was amazing
Just last week, I reviewed Art in the Blood, a novel featuring the iconic characters of Holmes and Watson. Fabrice Bourland's novel, The Baker Street Phantom is a different kind of tribute, unique and enticing.

It is known that in later years, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was fascinated by spiritualism, and was an active part of the movement. This plays a central role in Bourland's novel, and was the inspiration behind the story. A central tenet of spiritualism is the continuation of the soul after dea
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Wayne McCoy
Dec 09, 2015 Wayne McCoy rated it liked it
'The Baker Street Phantom' by Fabrice Bourland and translated by Morag Young is the first in the Singleton and Trelawney mystery series. The mystery is an interesting one, but doesn't live up to the name it's using as a title.

Trelawney and Singleton move to London to start their detective business. The book takes place in the 1930s and one of their first clients is the widow of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Weird things are happening at 221b Baker Street. When a seance reveals a visitor who really sho
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Susan Johnston
Jan 03, 2016 Susan Johnston rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book will be based on a truly fascinating premise. This is one such book that get the reader thinking and ensnared..
What if thinking something made it real so that fictional characters actually lived in a netherworld. What if one of these characters was strong enough to break through embryo between the real and fantastical worlds. What if by doing so it allowed other creatures less benign and more malicious to escape into our world to perpetrate heinous crimes.
Such a thought would ne
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Davide
Oct 17, 2015 Davide rated it really liked it
A fun, fast read and a good start for a series about paranormal detectives Singleton & Trelawney.
In the early '30s, in a suitably rainy, foggy London, the two detectives are called to solve a mysterious haunting in what's NOT Sherlock Holmes apartment. Because of course Holmes is a fictional character... or is he?
The plot mixes nicely historical fact (Conan Doyle's late years obsession with spiritualist practices) and characters, literary references (all the classic Victorian bad guys of lit
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Thomas Tanggaard
Nov 20, 2015 Thomas Tanggaard rated it liked it
James Trelawney, selvudråbt mesterdetektiv og ven af den canadiskfødte forfatteraspirant, Andrew Singleton, keder sig i Boston, hvor der er langt mellem de spændende opgaver. Men da makkerparret rejser til London og slår sig ned kun få gader fra Sherlock Holmes' velkendte Baker Street-bopæl, hvirvles de ind i et sindrigt spind af løgne, spøgelser og seancer. Franske Bourlands kærlighed til Sir Arthur Conan Doyles udødelige mesterdetektiv skinner tydeligt igennem uden at fremstå som et decideret ...more
Linda Carranza
Jul 14, 2016 Linda Carranza rated it liked it
A who done it with books characters come to life.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle widow's reaches out to Singleton and Trelanwney who moved to London to become private investigators. She informs them of a ghost at 221 Baker Street which she feels might be connected to the recent murders. They decide to take the case. Singleton who doesn't believe in ghost will quickly changes his view in the story as he witnesses certain out of this world events.

The book is not what I expected. I liked the story but, I d
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Jonathan
Jul 08, 2012 Jonathan rated it liked it
I would not say this book was really a novel. It was more like a short story, with a list of ideas that had some potential, unfortunately they were never really fully explored. There are also a plethora of plot holes throughout. I would have rated The Baker Street Phantom at 2 stars, but it gets 3, because of the writers potential. I hold out some hope for the future works of Fabrice Bourland and the Singleton and Trelawny series. Perhaps the authors stories would benefit from a little more ...more
J.P. Paradise
Sep 17, 2015 J.P. Paradise rated it it was ok
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Eileen Hall
Nov 04, 2015 Eileen Hall rated it it was amazing
Set in 1932 the private investigators Singleton and Trelawney are visited by the wife of Sir Arthour Conan Doyle.
Lady Doyle tells them of mysterious goings on and a premonition that something terrible is going to happen.
This is a most enjoyable tale with Sherlock Holmes, spiritualism, tableknockers etc.
They must solve this mystery before the perpetrators who have previously committed heinous crimes strike again.
I was given a cigital copy of this novel by the publisher via Netgalley in return for
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Louise
Oct 24, 2015 Louise rated it liked it
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Hayley
Jan 28, 2016 Hayley rated it did not like it
This is just incompetent. I really wanted to like this, but Bourland sort of sabotages his own book in the eyes of the fanbase that he is attempting to attract. The whole allure of Holmes is that everything is so logical and rational in its solution: for The Baker Street Phantom to essentially flip the bird at that is very annoying. While there's nothing truly offensive about it, it is pretty much devoid of anything good.
Stéphanie
Une enquête amusante où l'on croise pléthore de héros victoriens sur fond de spiritisme. C'est donc avec plaisir que l'on retrouve, en vrac, Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Jack l'Eventreur et bien d'autres encore. Un roman léger et divertissant, à éviter toutefois si l'on est très allergique au fantastique.
Paige
May 24, 2014 Paige rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
The tone might feel off for a emulated Sherlock Holmes, but it does wonders to picking up the pace of the novel. The mish-mash of literary monsters and heroes seems like it's going for a tone somewhere near Thursday Next novels, but it doesn't quite have the same charm. All the same, it's a quick read that was mildly enjoyable until a disappointing anti-climax of a conclusion.
Christopher
May 20, 2012 Christopher rated it it was ok
This French authored Sherlock Holmes homage novel has such interesting promise. I did read it in translation but it can not hide the fact that this was not a well constructed novel from the start. Sorry Fabrice, but I did finish it finally out of loyalty from reader to author. I hope you learned a lot from the effort and perhaps seek out a more honest editor for your next publication.
Ida
Jan 06, 2013 Ida rated it it was ok
The concept of this book is ok; two young men wanting to start their own detective agency get a break when Arthur Conan Doyle's widow asks them to investigate the ghost haunting Baker Street 221B. However, the authhor never manages to unlock the potential of the book - it fails to grab you as a reader, and the dabbling in spiritualism feels contrived and uninteresting.
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