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The Black Dove (Holmes On the Range Mystery #3)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  697 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
In the summer of 1893, Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer and his brother Otto (a.k.a. “Big Red”) find themselves down and out in San Francisco. Though cowpokes by training, the brothers are devotees of the late, great Sherlock Holmes and his trademark method of “deducifying.” But when they set out to land jobs as professional detectives, they land themselves in hot water, inste ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Minotaur Books
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Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I think I would have enjoyed his more if I hadn't done the audio. The narrator was a little too theatrical for my tastes. It was a little over the top. The characters seemed stereotyped in the worst way. I think they would have come across as charming if I had turned the pages instead. But I will say, I liked the story. It rolled along. So 3 stars.
Janet S
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Killer find. I'm reading anything this guy writes. I started here, in the middle of a series, but the book stood alone just fine. Uniquely humorous.
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This the third in a series, but you can easily start with this book without having read the others first. The Black Dove is a detective novel set in early 1890’s San Francisco. Its main protagonists are a pair of constantly bickering brothers, the Almingmeyers. Otto, better known as “Big Red,” is the educated one. Gustav, “Old Red” (because he’s older than Otter rather than old in any real sense), is an illiterate cowboy. After a flood swept away the family farm--and the entire family save for O ...more
Downloaded and listened to this through Overdrive for my local library. This title looked interesting and I had no idea that I was listening to book 3 of the series! Whoops! I plan on going back and finding the first two, listening/reading to them and then moving forward.

This was HILARIOUS. There were definitely times that I caught myself chuckling out loud to something Otto would say or some other characters one-liner. I felt the humor was appropriate and never over the top. The story itself w
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this one. The brothers are in San Francisco's Chinatown and run into an old friend from their S&P Railroad adventure. Next day, this friend is dead. Thus the detection begins. Enjoy.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I listened to this audiobook. Gustav (Old Red) and Otto (Big Red) are brothers in the Wild West in the late 1800's. Old Red is illiterate, but is a major fan of Sherlock Holmes. He really wants to be a detective. He relies on his little brother, Big Red (his Watson), to read the Holmes adventures to him. This is third installment in this humorous series. I missed the second book, and I think I missed a lot. But, be that as it may, this is a fun book. Gustav and Otto apparently were fired in book ...more
Dr T
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another entry in the "Homes on the Range" series. Our two cowboy/sleuths end up in San Francisco after the disaster that was their last adventure, and begin a highly dangerous and confused investigation into the death of the Chinese doctor they encountered in the previous book. The investigation quickly gets convoluted as they attempt to navigate the different political factions that govern San Francisco's Chinatown in the late 1800's, including the rampant racist anti-Chinese campaigns of some ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Funny, clever book. Every book in the series has been so entertaining. Love the narrator as well. He brings this book to life and his distinct acting/narrating abilities make this book more entertaining than any movie I've seen this past year.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
funny - and yet tragic...
Amy Rosenkoetter
Another great story from Steve Hockensmith! The Black Dove was a top-notch mystery and I didn't figure out the end until it was told to me. I usually like to have a few more clues thrown my way so I can figure out the puzzle with the detectives, but in this case, it took them almost as much by surprise as it did me.

The Black Dove was a bit of a departure from the style of the first two books in the series. Instead of roaming the wide open spaces out west, this time there's big trouble in little
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Steve Hockensmith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and several other novels, including the Edgar Award finalist Holmes on the Range. He lives in Alameda, California.
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