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The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

(Nicholas Meyer Holmes Pastiches)

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With the international bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Dr. John H. Watson. Now Meyer returns with a shocking discovery—an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes' brother Mycroft to undertake
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Minotaur Books
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols is based on a previously unknown case found in a Dr. John H. Watson journal. Exciting, right?

Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, asks Holmes and Watson to help investigate the death of a British Secret Service agent. Found in the Thames, the agent has a manuscript that may have cost her life.

This is a great historical mystery. I loved that it was based on real events and with everyone’s favorite clever duo of detectives. The travels along the Orient Express are so
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Juli
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. I've read all of them over and over again. Even though I know the outcome of each story...I still love to read them again. The Hound of the Baskervilles has always been my favorite. And as a Sherlock fan, I've watched many movies and television shows based on the characters and devoured many re-tellings and new stories with relish. Some have been great -- others not so good. Certain classic characters are just difficult to revisit with th ...more
Karl
Oct 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
This is an advanced reading edition
Lauren Stoolfire
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

If you didn't already know, Sherlock Holmes is one of my all time favorite characters, so I was absolutely thrilled when I was approved for The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer. It's such a cool concept that this is from one of John Watson's recently found journals. Aside from spending more time with some favorite characters, I love that Meyer's voice sounds so much like Conan Doyle's original stories. Plus, the "edi
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
3.5 stars...

This was the first Sherlock Holmes pastiche I've read by Nicholas Meyer. I've been meaning to read them but just haven't gotten around to it yet so when I saw this one offered on NetGalley I couldn't pass it up. The story itself was entertaining and I enjoyed their travels on the Orient Express, however, I felt like Meyer's representation of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and Mycroft missed the mark a bit. There were instances in which I glimpsed the original characters but I didn't fe
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Debbie Carnes
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Holmes and Watson, been reading these stories most of my life . This book was wonderful, had everything a great mystery lover could ever want.

I highly recommend it
Nancy
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5
Nicholas Meyer presents us with another 'newly discovered' Sherlock Holmes case from Dr. Watson's diaries in The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols. Mycroft Holmes summons his brother Sherlock Holmes to investigate a murder and a document being circulated that warns that a secret group is bent on taking over the world. The document appears to be part of a conspiracy to foment and spur trouble.


My husband and I both read The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer when it came out in
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Dana
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-copies
I have always been fascinated by Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson so when Minotaur Books offered me a review copy I was all in! The Adventure Of The Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer is an interesting read. I enjoyed the historical aspect and the facts that went along with much of the storyline - the extra information at the bottom of the pages was thought provoking. I found the first part of the book quite slow, establishing the storyline, the build up. The second part however was very entertai ...more
Christina Marie Reads
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was pretty excited to read this but after 3 days I gave up. It was interesting and I loved the writing style but it progresses very, very slowly which made it rather boring for me.
Rebecca D
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to @minotaur_books for my gifted copy of The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols. This novel is based on a previously unreleased mystery found in a journal of Dr. John H Watson. This was a very interesting premise to me, but I found it a touch difficult to follow. I will say this is my first Sherlock Holmes novel, but I tend to enjoy the movies and shows.

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes' brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agen
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Annette
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
I grew up watching old Sherlock Holmes’ movies with Basil Rathbone so any Sherlock book I read I always compare the two. I was excited to see this book, I had read one by this author years ago. For me it felt true to other Sherlock Holmes books I’ve read. I’m not sure if I cared for the historical part of the story. I enjoyed the story and it kept my attention. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
Christopher Roden
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Disappointing!
Belinda Witzenhausen
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols
(Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.) by Nicholas Meyer from NetGalley and St. Martin's Press/MacMillan in order to read and give an honest review.

" ...an intelligent and intriguing read ..."

I have always been a fan of author Arthur Conan Doyle and have always loved stories that bring the brilliant duo back to life. In The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols, Nicholas Meyer d
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Norah Gibbons
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Adventure Of The Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer is a Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A recently unearthed Watson Journal brings to life a previously unknown case. The time is 1905 and the seeds of World War I are beginning to sprout. Holmes and Watson undertake an undercover investigation the behest of Holmes’s brother Mycroft who works for the British Secret Service. Conspiracies abound and they can trust ...more
Ana Garza
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this take on the classic Sherlock Holmes, but I felt that sometimes they weren't exactly true to character, but this was an overall enjoyable read.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Andrew
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Meyer hits another Holmes pastiche home run!fast paced , well written, historically accurate, exotic locations and a world wide conspiracy that Holmes unravels. Cameos by historical personages as well as Holmes’ brother. My Croft -its just fun. Highly recommended.
Brenda Freeman
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
After watching the BBC Sherlock Holmes I was interested to read a more modern writers version of Sherlock Homes. Holmes and Watson are sent by Mycroft to prove the Protocols are false. Once started the pace picked up and the story became more intriguing.
Marjory Christian
It wasn't whar I was expecting, but still good read. A keepeer
Sarah-Hope
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
I read a ton of "new" Holmes fiction, and this is the best piece I've read in ages. Why?
• The "mystery" at the center of the story really matters—both in its moment and for what it can help us examine in the present day
• The author's version of Watson's voice is believable and engaging.
• The trope of presenting the story as a "found" document and the addition of notes by the author/finder are delightful, giving the book an additional level of entertainment.
• The reader se
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Meredith Rankin
First of all, I'm not a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. As a young teen, The Hound of the Baskervilles freaked me out. (It still does.) But when I tried to read A Study in Scarlet, it underwhelmed me. The rest? The stories didn't resonate with me. In addition, most of the Holmesian spin-offs haven't resonated with me, either. It's not Sherlock, it's me. 

All that to say, I can't speak to any similarities or differences in Meyer's style versus Doyle's, how true this version of Holmes is to t
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The Professor
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"This is not about Jews; it is about truth". Absolutely brilliant. This is the best piece of popular fiction I’ve read this year, easily the best Holmes novel for, oh, decades and one of the best examples of using a popular franchise IP to tackle Big Ideas I’ve come across in a long, long time. A new Sherlock Holmes novel from Nicholas Meyer is pretty much a no-brainer for anyone with a passing interest in Sherlockiana or up for some Victorian London nonsense but what Meyer pulls off here is sui ...more
Kim
Oct 01, 2019 added it
A good pastiche is one that captures the spirit of the material it is based upon and then adds to it, as writers like Jo Baker did with her novel, Longbourn (based on Pride and Prejudice), or Tom Stoppard did with his play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (based upon Hamlet). Screenwriter, novelist, and noted Holmes-enthusiast Nicholas Meyer likes to take this one step further with his Sherlock Holmes novels by introducing a framing story, wherein he is given access to a ‘long lost journal ...more
BOOKLOVER10
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nicholas Meyer skillfully blends fact and fiction in "The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols," a riveting tale that takes place in 1905. Dr. John Watson has a thriving medical practice and, for the past two years, has been happily married to his second wife, Juliet. Fifty-year-old Sherlock Holmes, Watson's friend and occasional partner, is a bit bored, since he has no compelling investigations pending. Suddenly, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s brother, asks Holmes to embark on a clandestine mission ...more
Buddy Gott
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I'd been a fan of Nicholas Meyer's work as a screenwriter and director for a very long time, I'd never read any of his novels before. I've heard many good things over the years about his first Sherlock Holmes novel, THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION and was always curious to read it, but never got around to it for one reason or another.

When I saw that Meyer was releasing this new Holmes novel, THE ADVENTURE OF THE PECULIAR PROTOCOLS, I was instantly intrigued. Not only because of Meyer, but
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Linda Baker
I'm a died-in-the-wool Sherlock fan, but not a purist, so I am always on the lookout for a good Sherlock pastiche. Especially from the talented Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven-Percent Solution. One of the many agents of Sherlock's brother Mycroft was murdered while delivering a copy of the anti-Semitic tract known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Mycroft is desperate to find the original and its author. Oddly, the murdered agent still had the document on her person, written in Russian ...more
Theresa Everton Pulyer
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer

Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson are back in this recently discovered diary entry from the early 1900s. The detective that made Arthur Conan Doyle famous is now in new hands but just as logical and insightful as always. The story has all the elements we have come to know and love, political intrigue, exotic locales, and a cast of fascinating characters.

What I Liked

Tone, pace, and content closely resemble my
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Theresa Everton Pulyer
Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson are back in this recently discovered diary entry from the early 1900s. The detective that made Arthur Conan Doyle famous is now in new hands but just as logical and insightful as always. The story has all the elements we have come to know and love, political intrigue, exotic locales, and a cast of fascinating characters.

What I Liked

Tone, pace, and content closely resemble my memory of the original stories. Fans will enjoy that the novel s
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Marshall
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Nicholas Meyer is the author of the best Sherlock Holmes sequel to date, the 7 Per Cent Solution. This new adventure does not reach the heights of that book, often comes close, but ultimately falls short. Holmes and Watson are assigned to identify the author of the pamphlet "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", an anti-Semitic document describing a Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world, both politically and economically. Their path takes the two, along with a beautiful Russian Jewess, across Euro ...more
Carin
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a young teen, I read all the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. My mom got me into the Mystery! Theater adaptations starring Jeremy Brett (who will forever and always be Holmes to me) so it was a delight to read a "newly found" Holmes story.

Ostensibly, this was found among the manuscripts and papers of Dr. Watson in the form of a diary, and he never published it for good reason. Because it was "never published," it includes some details Watson would normally leave out of his accounts, suc
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Kathy Martin
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still another long-lost journal written by Dr. John Watson has found its way to Nicholas Meyer's hands. This one details a case that they worked in 1905. After getting together to celebrate Holmes's 50th birthday where they were joined by Mycroft, Mycroft brings a problem for Sherlock to solve.

One of Mycroft's agents was found murdered in a way that it made it look like she had been murdered by someone Jewish who wanted the papers she was carrying. Since the papers weren't taken and the murder
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Nicholas Meyer graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in theater and film-making, & is a film writer, producer, director and novelist best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. He is also well known as the director for the landmark 1983 TV-Movie "The Day After", for which he was nominated for a Best Director Emmy Award. In 1977, Meyer was nominated for an Adapted Scree ...more

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