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My Sherlock Holmes: Untold Stories of the Great Detective

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For over a century, readers have thrilled to the exploits of Sherlock Holmes as told from the point of view of Dr. Watson. But do Watson's tales really tell the true story of the Great Detective? In this collection of thirteen original tales, each narrated by a side character from the original canon, another side of the legend is revealed. From what Inspector Lestrade real ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 22nd 2004 by Minotaur Books (first published 2003)
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January is the great detective Sherlock Holmes' birthday month and he has been my childhood hero for a decade so I decided to celebrate him this year by reading and reviewing four Holmesian anthologies and this is the third for that rundown. A collection edited by Michael Kurland (who also happened to contribute his own story for this one), My Sherlock Holmes has quite an interesting unifying theme to its thirteen pieces. Where other anthologies still often make use of Dr. John Watson as its fir ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Just finished this collection of stories about Holmes--all told from the viewpoint of one of the other characters in his stories. It was very interesting to see Holmes through the eyes of someone other than Watson. Although, of course, any time one reads Holmes stories from outside the canon they must be taken with a grain of salt. My favorites were "The Dollmaker of Marigold Walk" (the 1st Mrs. Watson); "Call Me Wiggins" (the "chief" of the Baker Street Irregulars); "The Witch of Greenwich" (Bi ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The anthology of 13 stories contributed by various authors about one of my favorite literary characters seemed promising, especially since the stories are narrated from the perspective of some of the secondary characters, not Dr.Watson's; and, edited by Michael Kurland whose other Holmes books had a diametrically opposite perspective that it made me sit up and explore the possibility.

A handful turned out to be quite interesting and impressive, some were rather insipid, and a few were quite uncha
Sep 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Don't bother.
The premise is interesting: having secondary players of the ACD Holmes universe telling Holmes stories from their point of view (not Watson's).
Unfortunately, there isn't a single story that stands above the slightly professional fan fiction fare that seems to plague anthologies nowadays.
I rated one star because, after all, we are talking about Sherlock Holmes. Nothing else.
Riju Ganguly
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This collection is based on a fairly interesting premise: what stories could have been told by "the others" mentioned in the canon (sometimes who played very important roles as well), but who had never got the centre-stage, so to say. The contents are:

(*) Introduction by Michael Kurland, the editor of this anthology.

1) 'The Incident of the Impecunious Chevalier' by Richard Lupoff: a wholly improbable early adventure of Holmes & Dupin, that discredits Holmes considerably, and has little redee
A wildly mixed bag of stories, some of which were marvelous (hi, Barbara Hambly!), some of which were awful (hi, author whose name I've blocked because it was SO BAD), many of which skated around somewhere in the middle. I do love me some outsider POV, though, and this was a wonderful collection of that.

My one regret, though, is what I find so very, very common in much of Holmesiana: either an author is all about elevating Holmes at the expense of Watson or elevating Watson at the expense of Ho
Paulette Illmann
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A group of stories about the famous investigator, as seen through the eyes of his many acquaintances, this was an enjoyable read. The only downfall is the many spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors throughout the book - which I could have easily overlooked, had not someone else already marked them and made corrections in the margins! I suppose this is the downfall of borrowing books from the library. You never know who borrowed it before you, or what they did to it, until you are experiencin ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I thought it was such a charming idea for a book to have a collection of stories about Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of other people in his life besides Watson but, for the most part, the stories fell flat for me. Really flat. If you like Sherlock Holmes at all, don't bother with this book.

Some of them were preposterous and bordering on Did-the-authors-actually-read-any-Sherlock-Holmes-stories-before-writing-these-because-I-don't-know-where-they-get-these-characterizations-from? (The Incident
Rena Sherwood
My Sherlock Holmes has cured me of any desire to ever read a Sherlock Holmes pastiche short story collection every again. How does this shit get published?


There were only two decent stories in the lot. Most of the stories are excruciatingly poor, such as the craptacular novella supposedly written by Billy the Page and Holmes' meeting with Fu Manchu. The story "A Study in Orange" is the sole reason why I gave this two stars instead of one. Kurland's own entry is amusing, too. Other than that --
Jan 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
All the stories included in this compilation surprisingly cast unnecessary insults on SH s deductive skills in an effort to bolster the importance of the role played by the supporting characters in Arthur Conan Doyle's novels. A very 'wannabe' effort at the most! Not something I would recommend for the bookshelves or even for one-time-read.
May 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Sherlock Holmes and the Victorian Era setting
Recommended to Mark by: Gift from a friend
If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes stories and you're looking for some interesting crossovers (Sherlock Holmes vs. Dr. Fu Manchu) then this is a fun book.

Personally it was fun but I was not blown away by this.

If you're looking for an interesting take on Sherlock Holmes I recommend Nail Gaiman's A Study in Emerald.
Cyn Mcdonald
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Stories were okay but not great.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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a good collection of stories written in modern time by authors using Doyles characters and writing style. an intriguing set of mysteries
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Michael Kurland has written many non-fiction books on a vast array of topics, including How to Solve a Murder, as well as many novels. Twice a finalist for the Edgar Award (once for The Infernal Device) given by the Mystery Writers of America, Kurland is perhaps best known for his novels about Professor Moriarty. He lives in Petaluma, California.
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