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The new Sherlock Holmes novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin and Firefly: Big Damn Hero.

It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick’s calling card....

Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound of mind, but it seems that something - or someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realize that no one is beyond suspicion.

©2019 James Lovegrove (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Brilliant!

It is wonderful to hear more of Holmes and Watson. The style is on a par with the original. The narrator was perfect and did not rush through the reading. Every single word was read with the pedantic attention to detail that one would expect of Watson and I loved it. Warm and comforting listen, whilst also exciting and stimulating. Thanks to both James Lovegrove, and Dennis Kleinman.

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Fantastic story

Fantastic story, full of twists and turns. The thing that distracted me was the narration. I come from East Yorkshire and found the narator's attempts at the accent way off the mark. In fact he seemed to roam around the British Isles, even when voicing the same character.

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Ripping yarn indeed.

Excellent narration of an excellent plot. A tale of deception, murder and intrigue. Definitely one for the sherlock Holmes fans indeed.

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Sir Arthur would be impressed !

Having read all the Conan Doyle/ Sherlock Holmes stories, I was impressed with the originality of this tale. The reading was pure Holmes/Watson rhetoric. very well done sir.

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pretty good 👍

enjoyed this, the author is good at conan doyles style...it may be a little bit predictable if you know the Canon well. However it was good and the narration is spot on.

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Good tale but let down by the narration

Central to this story is a Yorkshire accent. The narrator though good at his craft was unable to produce those accents an in places mispronounced words.

Once you spot a thing like that you become a sensitive to it - maybe I have been too harsh but the experience would have been enhanced significantly had it been voiced well.

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Terrible accents and some poor pronunciation

This a a great story and the reader has a good voice and tone, but this book is set in Yorkshire and he can’t do a Yorkshire accent to save his life. The accent veers from Wales to Scotland, Ireland and Devon but never gets anywhere near Yorkshire! Surely when hiring an actor for a book like this you’d check out the accent!

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it was all going so well until...

It's always a risk writing about a past you don't know and haven’t experienced and unless you do meticulous research mistakes will happen. In this book the most glaring one is the fact that Goforth could not have had a "radiant" cut diamond necklace as that particular diamond cut wasn’t invented until 1976! The narration also left something to be desired with the performer adopting a rather peculiar take on a Yorkshire accent and then forgetting which characters should have that accent and which should not. I gave up at the "radiant" faux pas!

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Sherlock Holmes

Wasn't sure what to expect from this but was pleasantly surprised. Well written, perfectly narrated. Just what I expected from a Sherlock Holmes plot. I'm now going to download more.

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Most enjoyable story

Always love Sherlock Holmes.
Only slight was the awful accents that the narrator couldn't maintain or constantly changed.

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  • 11-07-21

Jolly Good Time

Great author with a brilliant narrator made this happen.
Thank you to both for keeping Sherlock & Watson alive.

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  • Paul Spickard
  • 29-10-21

Holmes is Back!

I have listened to three of James Lovegroves Sherlock Holmes books now and have yet to guess the ending. Witty and ingenious writing for a beloved character deserving only of the best authors attention.

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  • Bryan Flicek
  • 26-09-21

There couldn't be a more perfect narrator.

First the story is wonderful. I've listened to all of Lovegrove's Holmes pastiches and this is probably the most Conan Doyle like. So many authors try to make their own mark on Holmes and it ends up taking away from what made him so great. This story doesn't do that. Watson especially is a character various authors tend to be
indulgent with. In this story he is much like he was in the originals. A stolid bulldog of a man who would do anything for Holmes.

The narrator is even better. I could listen to Dennis Kleinman read anything but he is especially perfect for Holmes. He imbues Holmes with a kind of erratic energy that just seems to fit. Something about his tone carries a dry wit in what may otherwise be a seemingly normal conversation between characters.
Overall a wonderful book that does exactly what it sets out to do.

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  • Katy
  • 21-05-22

Really Enjoyed This Book

It felt pretty close to the original Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ll be buying another book in this series for sure.

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  • Cassandra C.
  • 19-04-22

Wonderful Story

This was a great audiobook! Dennis Kleinman does the perfect job of narrating the story so that it stays interesting and intriguing. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a wonderfully narrated story and compelling mystery.

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  • Brian McGrew
  • 04-04-22

Very True and Worthy Homage

Mr. Lovegrove obviously conducts a great deal of research and takes great pains to produce a vet honorable homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Great Work!

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  • Amis
  • 04-03-22

Enjoyable Christmas Tale without the Paranormal

I wish Mr Lovegrove would stick to stories like this I’m partway through the second of his Sherlock Holmes Cthulhu Chronicles and finding it very heavy going to the point I will probably give up. By contrast, I have listened to this book with pleasure. It was nice to have a “pure” mystery without any need to involve the paranormal (though after Cthulhu chronicles, there is a tendency to anticipate it) . I like the narratior but his Yorkshire accent is about as convincing as my West Country. Only the thought that Doctor Watson himself would probably have the same problem reconciled me to it.

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  • Nicole
  • 20-02-22

Charming!

Those who love Holmes and Watson will find these characters true to the Original and the story fits in historically well. This Holiday tale merges on a fusion of Doyle and Dickens, mysterious and ghostly it shall entice the reader to curl up by the fire with a blanket and perhaps some spiced wine.
Narrator was excellent although I did increase the speed a bit. Pure enjoyment!

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  • Jordan D. Ziegenbein
  • 03-01-22

Fantastic Holmes Story in perfect Fashion

James Lovegrove expertly captures the essence of Holmes with a fantastic mystery that had me guessing the whole time. A fantastic piece of literature!

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  • Katherine
  • 31-12-21

Well done!

Well done and I didn’t guess a thing!! A fun Christmas listen or read for sure!!