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In the Company of Sherlock Holmes

(Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  942 ratings  ·  206 reviews
The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were recently voted as the top mystery series of all time, and they have enthralled generations of readers and writers! Now, Laurie R. King, author of the New York Times-bestselling Mary Russell series (in which Holmes plays a co-starring role), and Leslie S. Klinger, editor of the New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, have as ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Pegasus Books
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Sixteen stories that were generally pretty good, all built around Sherlock Holmes. There were some ingenious takes on this which was surprising given how much has been done already. I bought this book simply for the first story which was disappointing, but found some real treasures buried in the rest.

The Crooked Man by Michael Connelly is the story I bought this book for & it was OK, but not great. It fits the anthology title very well, but not much happens. The biggest disappointment is that it
Charles Finch
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
My New York Times review:


Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon

Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

Pegasus Crime, $24.95.

These short stories were “inspired by” Arthur Conan Doyle’s own, rather than written in his style, and thank goodness for that. For one thing, very fine writers indeed, from Caleb Carr to Michael Chabon, have foundered on those shoals; for another, it’s high time to take a stand against all these ersatz Wodehouse and Christie and Sayers
Emmy Groendyke
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ugh I should have know I wouldn't be a huge fan of this book since I'm not crazy about Laurie R. King and her Mary Russell series. I've never been a fan of Sherlock being in a romantic relationship with anyone and it makes me really irritated at the thought. It's just way to out of character and not true to Arthur Conan Doyle's characterization of Holmes. So I never was able to get into Laurie King's novels at all although I do have respect for her love of Sherlock Holmes. This book is a new com ...more
Once again, thank you to Edelweiss (National Association of Independent Publishers Representatives) and Avon Books for allowing me to read this e-book. I am fortunate that I was able to read this book before it was published.

I have not read the first volume of stories that King and Klinger put together, but I will go looking for it now. I had a lot of fun reading these stories, especially the ones by Sara Pretsky, John Lescourt and Michael Dirda.

I know that for some people, Sherlock Holmes shoul
Joanne Moyer
An overall enjoyable collection of stories about or somehow relating to Sherlock Holmes. Some stories have characters with personalities or traits similar to Holmes, some involve him directly, covering many time periods. My favorites were The Crooked Man by Michael Connelly featuring Harry Bosch and The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman by Jeffery Deaver, which I think alone is worth reading the book for. The Memoirs of Silver Blaze which is narrated by kidnapped racehorse Silver Blaze himself ...more
Riju Ganguly
Sep 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really had high hopes about this anthology, since 'A Study in Sherlock'— the predecessor to this book, was full of quirky delights. Alas, this one was full of drab and grey tales, except a few memorable short pieces which could have been placed anywhere. Those few pieces to remember were:
1. 'The Crooked Man' by Michael Connelly
2. 'The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman' by Jeffery Deaver.
3.'Lost Boys' by Cornelia Funke
There were several irreverent works that ruined the classics rather than ad
As with any collection, especially one that consists of stories by several authors, some are better than others. This collection really vacillated in its quality of stories. Some seemed to be adhering to the tone set forth by Doyle, while others were clearly striving to be something else. Some seemed to ramble on, leaving the reader to wonder where the story was going. With others, it seemed that just when they got really interesting, the stories ended. Alas, that is the inherit problem with sho ...more
Maria Stanica
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
The Crooked Man: 3 stars
The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer: 5 stars
The Memoirs of Silver Blaze: 3 stars
Dr. Watson's Casebook: 3.5 stars
The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman: 5 stars
Art in the Blood: 3 stars
Dunkirk: 3.5 stars
The Problem of the Empty Slipper: 4.5 stars
Lost Boys: 5 stars
The Thinking Machine: 4 stars
By Any Other Name: 3 stars
He Who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes: 3 stars
The Adventure of my Ignoble Ancestress: 4 stars
The Closing: 3.5 stars
How I Came to Meet Sherlock Holm
Morgan Dhu
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Laurie King, is a rather entertaining anthology of short fiction inspired by the Conan Doyle stories. There us, of course, a wide range of approaches, some of which feature Holmes and Watson themselves, others which reveal the exploits of characters based on Holmes and his venerable associate, or other key characters from the stories.

Some are very closely inspired indeed - such as “The Memoirs of Silver Blaze,” by Michael Sims, a close retelling of “
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
As is always the case with short story collections, only a handful of stories in this book really stand out as being truly brilliant.

Sara Paretsky's story is an excellent nod to the original stories, told in much the same vein as Conan Doyle's. Andrew Grant's is a hilarious social network parody of Hound. Dunkirk by John Lescroart, while unlikely, is still an excellent yarn. Corenlia Funke's was a touching look at a Holmesian childhood.

But the one that stands out the most is by Jeffery Deaver. T
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding authors who delight in Sherlock Holmes as much as I do and have the talent to add to his history is a delight. My parents got me this lovely compilation for Christmas and I read it as soon as I finished my current book (I received my Christmas presents in June this year, due to that awful pancreatitis bout last December). I will keep this on my shelf for re-reading, as these stories, like the originals, often reveal more details as one gains life experience.
Mac Daly
Laurie King and Leslie Klinger have collected an intriguing array of short stories inspired by Sherlock Holmes and written by some of the masters of mystery. Authors such as Jeffery Deaver, Harlan Ellison and Sara Paretsky entertain us with stories involving Sherlock wannabes, Moriarty fans and the great man himself. One is even told from the perspective of a horse. This anthology has something for everyone, even if your not a Sherlock enthusiast.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's simple: if you love Sherlock Holmes stories, you'll love these. ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of writers inspired by Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. ...more
Jef Sneider
Fun, creative stories - and all have a connection, however loose, to Sherlock Holmes. I plan to look up some of those writers and read more of their works.
Heydi Smith
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult, mystery
The stories are fairly well-written but I found more than half of them tedious to get through. I think that the bad out ways the good in this collection unfortunately.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan then skip this book. Only one good story and I cant remember the name of it. The one with the boy who struggles socially that helps crack the slasher case... The other ones seem to have been written on a very tight timeline and are either rushed or not creative.
Aaron Weinstein
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a solid collection of short stories. Though on buying it, I mistook "inspired" in the title to mean that these were pastiches. Not so. The vast majority of the stories are related in some sense to Holmes -- whether names are borrowed or storylines mirrored -- rather than attempts to more closely recapture Conan Doyle's Holmes.

That said, there are quite a few good stories here. I betray my own bias by saying that, by far, the best were those which were more closely related to the Canon. T
Deb F
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Crooked Man by Michael Connelly - Harry arrives at a crime scene, where a studio exec. is dead, and his wife and her lawyer (who is called Klingner, possibly a shout-out to the editor?) are in another room. Luckily, the medical examiner on the case is known as "Sherlock" for good reason. (view spoiler) ...more
Fred Hughes
Jan 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a good anthology of Sherlockian tales. While not bringing anything new to the genre and canon that is Sherlock Holmes, the perspectives are fresh and current.

In fact, some of the main characters in the story have Sherlockian characteristics in non Sherlockian vocations; I guess they all can't be consultants.

This adds to the fresh perspective on a brilliant character with an unorthodox world view and low people skills, as it relates to the mundane day to day interaction.

There is even a sh
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
I like this volume a little less than Leslie Klinger and Laurie R. King's previous collection "A Study in Sherlock" but this was a nice way to spend an evening. Most of the stories are in the spirit of Holmes rather than starring him so if that's fine with you you'll enjoy this book. There are some nice twists on different stories, reimaginings, and some very sweet tips of the hat. Certainly worth a look. ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2014
“A unique, engaging collection of short stories written in honor of Sherlock Holmes. It’s wonderful reading all of the different styles with twists on the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tales, such as a Facebook-type narrative and a story written from the point of view of a horse. Sherlock aficionados will appreciate the whispers of the great detective on every page.”

Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
S. M.
May 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's pretty impressive when there's not one story in a Holmes pastiche collection that I like, but I guess this book proves it can happen. An example of what's inside: 'Silver Blaze' as retold from the horse's point of view. That alone has to be one of the stupidest concepts I've ever heard, yet here it was, published as an actual story. Granted, not every inclusion in the book is quite that bad, but they aren't good either. I wouldn't recommend anyone waste their time with this one. ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
In this volume a group of contemporary authors from a variety of genres create new stories inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. Michael Connelly's lead tale, "The Crooked Man" featuring Connelly's Harry Bosch sets the tone and the collection reaches its high point with Jeffrey Deaver’s entry, “The Adventure of the Laughing Fisherman.”
Jan 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
I need Sherlock Holmes vitamin in my life. Unfortunately, this book sucks (and is stupid). BBC Special Sherlock Episode The Abominable Bride is simply made to please loyal fans. And even Elementary Season 4 is kind of going downhill.
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
There were 3 or 4 stories in this group of stories I thoroughly enjoyed, the rest I didn't. ...more
Mary Clark
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
An uneven collection. Michael Connelly alone is responsible for knocking this down a star. I did like Sara Paretsky and Jeffrey Deaver's stories. Great premise, just didn't deliver consistently. ...more
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I liked this sequel to A Study in Sherlock more than the first anthology. I do hope King and Klinger continue this project, I've found new authors whose writing styles I enjoyed immensely. ...more
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I liked a few of the stories more than others - average 2-3 stars.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a failing on my part, but: I don't like short story anthologies.

I keep trying and trying and trying, but I just...don't like them.

Unfortunately, despite some excellent narration (not all of the stories, but some of them), I didn't really like this collection.

The best story in this was easily Sara Paretsky's The Curious Affair of the Italian Art Dealer. However, it seems that they decided that her story could only be 'so long', so instead of showing us Mrs Butterworth's investigative prow
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Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon (5 books)
  • A Study in Sherlock (Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, #1)
  • Echoes of Sherlock Holmes (Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon, #3)
  • For the Sake of the Game (Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon, #4)
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