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The Vanishing Man

(Sherlock Holmes)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  7 reviews
It is 1896, and Sherlock Holmes is presented with his strangest case yet. While attempting to prove the existence of telekinesis to a scientific society, a self-proclaimed psychic named Kellway disappeared from a locked room, in front of several witnesses.

With a £10,000 reward at stake, Holmes is convinced Kellway is a charlatan - or he would be, if he had retu
Published by Titan Books (first published June 11th 2019)
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Alex Sarll
There are tons of Holmes books by people other than Conan Doyle, which as a rule I wouldn't touch with someone else's. Hell, even when it comes to the originals, the one novel I read was iffy, so I tend to stick to the shorts. But this is by Philip Purser Hallard, whose cosmic-scale work on Who spin-offs wowed me enough that I overlooked the terrible covers on his subsequent Devices trilogy, finding therein the most underrated urban fantasy of recent years, and who as such is now firmly on the l ...more
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sir Newnham - inventor and chairman of the Scientific Society seeks Sherlock Holmes advice on a strange occurrence.
The society has a £10,000 reward for anyone who can prove that they have real psychic powers, and a man who calls himself Kellway has claimed he is a higher being who has the power of telekinesis and who seems to disappear from a locked room before the society's eyes during an experiment. Is it real or some grand hoax? As Holmes and Watson start to investigate, the case become
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sherlock Holmes has been an inspiration for more than one hundred years. The great detective and his unique investigating skills are inspiration for many modern authors. Philip Purser-Hallard is one of them. In these modern times when modern thrillers and mysteries contain too much blood and creepiness, reading a book in an Arthur Conan Doyle style is a real refreshement.

The year is 1896, there is a psychic who is trying to prove the existence of telekinesis. Kellway locks himself in
Leonie Byrne
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: A brand new Sherlock Holmes novel finds Holmes and Watson chasing around London after a man who has seemingly vanished. But of course the case isn't as simple as that, the circumstances of The Vanishing are a failed experiment in telekinesis in which the man in question claims to have been transported to Venus. Then one of the society's members is murdered and the vanished man Kellway reappear
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
The Holmes and Watson pastiche feels spot on so it’s great to see these characters revisited with respect.

The story, the miscreants, and the little asides that fill in some gaps and motivations that Holmes and Watson could never know are also really well done.

What let’s it down is that, at its core, there is a magic trick that is explainable in a myriad of ways but that the “mystery” of this trick is what 90% of the books content is about. As with all magic tricks the exp
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher.

Step back in time for a twisted mystery that has London peers baffled - a scientific society offering £10,000 for proof of psychic ability and a man who claims to be what they are looking for who disappears before their eyes in a locked room. There is only one man who can unlock this puzzle, Sherlock Holmes (and his trusted best friend, Watson of course).
But as is always the case in these matters, looks can often be deceiving and
Apparently on a Sherlockian (or similar) mystery kick, as this is the third mystery in a row I've read in the last week.
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