Sherlock Holmes - Tangled Skeins - Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson

Sherlock Holmes - Tangled Skeins - Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson

by David Marcum


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Sherlock Holmes's investigations were not always the neat and self-contained stories that were presented for publication. As Watson writes in his "Foreword": Holmes's cases overlapped one another considerably, often with the next beginning while the current was still in motion. Some moved linearly from start to finish without interruption, while others stretched, a piece here and a piece there, across weeks, months, or even years and decades. There are cases from the past that resonated into the present, or times when Holmes's path was detoured from the middle of one case into a completely different matter without warning. A few never reached any conclusion at all. Sometimes . . . Holmes would find himself surrounded by the returning ripples of a matter that he had believed to be concluded years earlier, with the guilty miscreant supposedly far behind him. Watson chose the stories in this collection to represent this tangled skein. Join us as we ascend the seventeen steps to the sitting room at 221b Baker Street, discovering cases that range from Holmes's earliest days in practice to his activities during his supposed retirement on the South Downs of Sussex. The game is afoot!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780927527
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2015
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 336,482
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Foreword 13

I. The Mystery at Kerrett’s Rood 17

II. The Curious Incident of the Goat-Cart Man 64

III. The Matter of Boz’s Last Letter 88

IV. The Tangled Skein at Birling Gap 130

V. The Gower Street Murder 183

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Sherlock Holmes - Tangled Skeins - Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
druidgirl More than 1 year ago
I loved this book even though Dracula was in it. I love anything Holmes and Watson, I recommend this book to all that love Sherlock Holmes. ****I received this book in exchange for an honest review****
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
Marcum smacks another Home Run! Sherlock Holmes: Tangled Skeins by David Marcum “The Mystery at Kerrett’s Rood” Mrs. Grimshaw, sister of Mrs. Hudson, meets Holmes and Watson on the train. They are returning from Stoke Moran and the events of SPEC. She has the story of a haunting. Her and her husband cared for a man named Clifton Felton, a criminal who lived at Kerrett House. They lived in a small cottage on the estate, Kerrett’s Rood. When the father died in unusual circumstances, his son Ted Felton was a reported suicide. Now she has seen him in the main house, which she is paid to keep up. The case has connections to an old case Holmes had thought over years ago. The twists and turns are excellent! Five stars “The Curious Affair of the Goat-Cart Man” Brothers Walter and Henry Forsyth are passing Paddington Station when they hear that Holmes is there in a case. Henry Forsyth has been attacked, drugged, and hit in the head. His brother Walter seems to be doing all he can to keep him away from Holmes. But Henry is concerned about a neighbor, Sir Giles Gridly-Hall. The man once owned the land where the tenements that Henry lives in were built. He is eccentric, dashing up to passersby in a cart pulled by a goat with wild looks and brandishing a cane. He is harmless enough, but now he seems to be missing. This one has an amazing twist ending! Five stars “The Matter of Boz’s Last Letter” The letter in question is apparently from Charles Dickens, written the day that he died. In the letter, Dickens supposedly accuses the Crown of many social ills, either directly or indirectly by claiming the Crown did nothing while atrocities like Jack the Ripper happened. The Letter is presented as an ending for Dickens’ unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The letter was found in a desk belonging to Charles Dickens, now in the possession of Baron Maupertius, whom Holmes battled over the Netherlands Sumatra Company… This story has the twist of being officially sanctioned by Mycroft Holmes on behalf of the Crown… Five stars “The Tangled Skein at Birling Gap” This is actually two cases so intertwined that solving one without the other may be impossible. One is a case of the kidnapping of the Earl of H----‘s son. The other is the death by cyanide poisoning of Lieutenant Andrew Warren. The author refers to other cases throughout, some written by himself, some by others, and some not yet written. The story is well written, well-paced and masterful in scope! Five stars “The Gower Street Murder” Holmes and Watson are invited by Peter Wiggins to his mother’s wake. Peter and his brothers and sisters and cousins were all part of the Baker Street Irregulars at on time or other. Holmes and Lestrade begin to recount the tale of how Holmes saved Mrs. Wiggins from the gallows when she was falsely accused of murder. Much is explained about Holmes’ unique relationship with the Wiggins family. The story is superb! Five stars This collection has the true ring of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I think I will use the author’s own words in giving praise to this book. He weaves a tapestry of mystery with the guilty party “sewn into the pattern of the story one stitch at a time.” No one could say it better. David Marcum, I salute you sir! Marvelous! Five stars Plus Quoth the Raven…