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Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder Audiobook

Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder

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Publisher's Summary

"A Case in Three": Three seemingly separate crimes, three detectives. A mysterious stalker is on the loose in London known only as the Goblin Man and his sights are set on a wealthy businessman, David Daniels. A horrific explosion rips through Whitechapel Underground Station and the prime suspect is a Jewish anarchist. And a Mrs. Clara Edwards is searching for her missing lover, Philias Jackson. What connects these three? It's a dangerous and complex game that connects Sherlock Holmes, Investigator Martin Hewitt, and former Ripper investigator and head of H Division Edmund Reid.

"The Great American Adventure": In 1888 Mr. Sherlock Holmes was beat by Irene Adler AKA the Woman. After her marriage she left London. Two years later her husband, Godfrey Norton, is found dead in his New York office after apparently committing suicide. Irene Adler doesn't believe he would do that. She goes to the one person who will help: Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson head to America where they dive into the mysterious life of Godfrey Norton to learn how and why he died.

©2015 Luke Kuhns (P)2017 MX Publishing

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    Adam 17/08/2017
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    "Three fun and well-narrated Holmes stories."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and need a fix.


    What other book might you compare Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder to, and why?

    Not a comparison but if you are after post-Doyle Holmes stories do read the Mary Russell series buy Laurie King. The first is called The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and is set during Holmes' retirement in the Sussex Downs. Jolly good stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    1) The narration was superb. Good choice of reader.

    2) I read a couple of bad reviews about this book. Unless you are a Holmes purist you should ignore them; if you fancy listening to three fun and interconnected stories (one long, two short) set in a world you know and love give it a go. Yes he does go to the Wild West, and yes he does wear a stetson, but don't let that put you off. He didn't really wear a deer stalker either!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Derek S. UK 30/09/2017
    Derek S. UK 30/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the worst Holmes pastiche"

    Didn't finish it, odd style of writing and delivery (lots of gaps). Not a bad idea but difficult to follow.

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    Norma Miles 05/09/2017
    Norma Miles 05/09/2017
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    "A cold crimson thread of blood."
    Any additional comments?

    Written in a style similar to that of Conan Doyle, this book should delight Sherlock Holmes fans. Three stories, the first, and longest, itself being formed of three parts as Dr.Watson recounts a time when three major investigators of their time, together with their companion, start to investigate seperated occurrences which come together to bring all of the investigators into a working relationship. An original and curious story. Be prepared for murder, mayhem, orgies and explosions. The following tales are much shorter, the second even reprising an acquaintance with The Woman, of a previous Holmes case, the only woman Holmes held in such high respect t that he kept a photograph of her - Irene Adler.
    Jeff Manning narrates well, giving full and different voices to all of the protagonists, also reading with clarity and precision. A good performance and a p!easure to hear.

    Not quite up to the original Holmes stories in the opinion of this reader, they are all, nevertheless, enjoyable, convoluted and well worth the listen. Beware of the non politically correct references, abhorrent now but right for the time setting. My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me my copy of The Scarlet Thread of Murder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Very enjoyable, I commend it to all fans of Holmes stories and anyone who enjoys mysteries set in the late 1800s.

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  • Kelvin L. Reed
    Las Vegas
    07/10/17
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    "Eventually became Sherlock Holmes book"

    "Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder" (2015) by Luke Benjamen Kuhns contains three stories featuring the fictional detective. The title piece is the first and longest, with Holmes as one of several characters. Unfortunately, I had trouble keeping track of them. I enjoyed the other two stories more: Dr. Watson recounting a Holmes-Watson adventure. Kuhns captures the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle while successfully including strong female characters. I wish he would have included some characters of color. Still, I recommend this book. Audiobook provided free in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    27/09/17
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    "New Approach to Old Mysteries"

    Kuhns has brought us an entertaining mystery very much in the style of Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder brings us three detectives and three mysteries that all weave into weave together for a fine story.
    The narration was good but when you have three story lines and characters, it requires an involved listening to keep up with the players.
    The Novella and the short stories were a good read/listen and I recommend this for anyone looking for a good mystery without all the baggage that modern thrillers seem to have.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
    Note: When selecting books to read or listen to for reviews I try and select authors and stories that interest me. Sometimes I am fortunate and other times not so fortunate. Either way, I try to review the books with integrity

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Meserole
    Discworld
    11/09/17
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    "A (Modern) Classic Mystery"

    To start off I'd better admit, that although I have read work by Arthur Conan Doyle, I have not yet read his Sherlock Holmes mysteries, so I can't do any kind of caparison.

    This book is broken into one novella and two short stories. The novella is written from three different perspectives (case notes): DI Edmund Reid (DI from the real Ripper case), detective Martin Hewitt's sidekick/journalist Brett (characters from Arthur Morrison's mystery stories), and of course Sherlock Holmes' Watson. I have to admit to being a bit flabbergast, as normally I'm not a fan of changing first person perspectives and I also dislike intensely plot devices such as The Goblin Man - but this was so good!! Kuhns has a great writing style. It's rich with detail, yet the story flies by at a rapid pace. Irregardless of my distaste for the 'Goblin Man', I was riveted to the story, and ended the story wanting not just more Sherlock Holmes, but more of the other detectives as well. The stories were handled so brilliantly, that I went back and read the novella, The Scarlet Thread of Murder and the last short story, The Allegro Mystery, a second time. My favourite of the three stories was actually the second story, A Scandal in America, but I found the other two stories so intriguing, so I had to run through them again.

    Narration: At the beginning, I was a little concerned as the pace was a bit slow due to pauses at the end of each sentence. However, to anyone else that feels this way as well, hold on a couple of minutes as this was just the style for the intro. The pace picked up and the narration was excellent. Joff's reading style suited the time period very well and his character voices were great. I would definitely listen to more books with his narration. I hope this author and narrator pair up for more books in the future!

    For those who like to know... there was no sex, some mild cursing, and the violence was on par with any classic murder mystery.

    I received Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlett Thread of Murder free in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Karowski
    10/09/17
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    "Holmes and Watson are back"

    Sherlock Holmes is a character that is known to all. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made him a household name. Any attempts to continue the story of homes and Watson have great shoes to fill. The author does an admirable job capturing the mind of homes a bumbling ineptitude of Watson and that wonderful mysteries that make the Sherlock Holmes series what it is. This is a wonderful continuation I highly recommend it for all. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lenore Pemberton
    30/08/17
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    "Great bunch of stories!"

    I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was excellent with the different voices. It took me a while to understand the first story with the many different detectives, but once I understood the characters I enjoyed it very much. I would have one suggestion for the editor – that the two last stories be reversed. I say that because in the next to last story Dr. Watson is married, but in the last story he is single. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bibliopa
    United States
    28/08/17
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    "A New Addition to the Sherlock Canon"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It mostly felt like an actual Sherlock Holmes Mystery, sometimes that was a little uncomfortable as in the first story which I felt was a little politically incorrect, on the other hand I've occasionally felt that way when reading original Holmes stories, so it actually fits. They author did a good job including the other sleuths, I actually really enjoyed that aspect of the first book. I also really liked the follow up book about Irene. The third story was the weakest, but still enjoyable. I agree with another reviewer who said Sherlock didn't have the eidetic memory of the originals, he also seemed considerably more human and emotional than the original books.


    What about Joff Manning’s performance did you like?

    He's wonderful with the British accents, all spot on as far as I could tell. He was a bit weaker in the American accents. They all sounded like cowpokes, whether they were from New York, Illinois or Nevada. It was like he just chose to use a stock western movie bad guy accent for everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book free in exchange for an unbiased review. It was quite good, I'd like to read more from this author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    22/08/17
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    "Good audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend.It was a nice listening.The story is a classic mystert with well known main characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was originally written.The plot was interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Patterson
    22/08/17
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    "Sherlock at his best!"
    Where does Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder?

    When Sherlock receives the picture of Miss Adler after he thought she was dead. Look forward to future sequels with her.


    Which character – as performed by Joff Manning – was your favorite?

    Dr. Watson holds the narrative together to tell the story of our beloved Sherlock.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, the suspense holds your attention and it helps you keep track of the characters and story line.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review”.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julia M. Rothstein
    Burbank, CA
    21/08/17
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    "Interesting plots, rushed ending, skilled narrator"
    Would you listen to Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Thread of Murder again? Why?

    These are three relatively short stories giving a beloved character some new adventures. I particularly liked the style of the first story which weaves the tales of Sherlock Holmes, another detective I'd never heard of, and DI Edmund Reid (a real person and main character in the series, Ripper Street). Though the style was well done, the ending seemed a bit rushed and I would have liked more explanation and not just sped through the main action scenes at the end.

    The other concern I had was that Sherlock Holmes did not have the idetic memory for which he is famous in Conan Doyle's works. This Holmes, while he made outstanding deductions, had to re-read things and look things up that he'd read in the past. The Holmes of the original works would not have had to do so.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The speed with which the the endings of the first two stories was handled felt like the author was on the edge of his seat and couldn't wait to tell us what happened, and so it felt rushed and not handled with the same care that the rest of the stories had been.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader did an excellent job of making all the 6 main characters in the first story distinct (which could not have been an easy task). I would listen to other audiobooks he records. I was impressed with his handling of the character of the characters. Their personalities truly came through in his performance.

    I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suzan
    SF Bay Area
    20/08/17
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    "Sherlock wonderful"

    I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. Luke Kuhns has done a wonderful job of writing a story that reads like the original. I think Arthur Conan Doyle would give this book 5 stars too. Joff Manning does a wonderful job of narrating this story. I would recommend this to any fans of Sherlock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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