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Summary

From the author of The Cotswolds Werewolf comes a new collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches in the vein of Conan Doyle, revealing for the first time the secrets behind the theft of the hobnailed boots, the mysterious madness of the Right Honourable Wilfred Crabb, the case of the haunted public house, the curious and seemingly supernatural events surrounding a remote hotel on the east coast, and the truth behind the strange disappearance of Cyrus Thicknesse, the man in the sensible necktie. "I must say, Holmes, I am a bit surprised to see you taking an interest in something based on sympathy." "You do not think me sympathetic?" "Of course I do. But you have said yourself that it is the rational challenge and not the human aspect that draws you to your cases. Humans are mere factors in a problem, I think were your words." "Did I really say that? Hm, well, I am an odd sort, am I not?"

©2015 Peter Andersson (P)2016 MX Publishing

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Splendid new cases

I enjoyed this book even more than the author's earlier Cotswold Werewolf. A very convincing recreation of Conan Doyle's style. These are generally "locked room" style crimes which are solved logically but with some good little twists.
Nigel Peever reads with a remarkable range of voices and gets the slightly
melodramatic Edwardian feel just right.

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This is a very good audio book 5 out of 5 all the set is very goof

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Fantastic

Great stories and really good narration. Stories were very much the original Sherlock tales and the narrator really brought them to life. Cannot wait to hear the other Sherlock tales.
I received this audiobook free in return for leaving an honest unbiased review.
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Unable to become interested

Much as I like listening to Sherlock based books and dramas, I could not become interested in this one. I tried twice from the beginning but found it to be over descriptive. I never found the plot before losing interest and giving up.

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  • Sandy
  • 24-10-19

Sherlock Holmes shorts

I love Sherlock Holmes. I liked listening to this narrator. He was able to create voices unique to each character.

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  • Olivia Wylie
  • 02-10-19

Light the fire, cozy up for a classic tale

In the spirit of the classical BBC works featuring John Gilgood and Clive Merrison, these stories are perfectly written in the style of Doyle's period, and the riddles are, as ever, engaging and fascinating. I adore these works.

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  • Deedra
  • 08-05-22

The Sensible Necktie etc

A new smattering of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The stories are good but it is the narration by Nigel Peever that makes this collection stand out.He was excellent! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Elizabeth Schobert
  • 14-04-22

Strangest Holmes I've ever heard

Normally I don't like to critique an actor's portrayal of a character- they're interpretation is a personal and artistic choice - but in this case, the over the top portrayal of Sherlock Holmes took away from both the story and the rest of the narration. Nigel Peever's Holmes sounded like a cross between Sean Connery and Dracula, overly melodramatic and unnecessarily sinister. It was doubly annoying in that the rest of the characterizations were really quite well done, each distinct and individual, but every time Holmes talked, I cringed.

It didnt help either that the production was occasionally spotty, too quiet with some characters so that I had to turn it up only to be blasted when Holmes recited some drawn-out tritism.

Perhaps I would have enjoyed the stories more if the narration had been more to my liking, but I found them to be below par (and I have read/listened to probably hundreds of Holmes stories.) They felt a bit forced as far as plot, and strained as far as the Holmes/Watson relationship

If you are a fan of grand melodramatic performance, then perhaps this is for you, but I will not be getting the second installment in this series.

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  • Nancy & Greg
  • 04-02-22

Good collection of Holmes pastiches

Overall I enjoyed this collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. One or two were a bit simplistic and unsatisfying. As a whole the collection was entertaining and strove to be in the style of Doyle. I usually do not criticize narrators because I understand from my own experience how difficult the job can be, especially when we one reader must create and maintain several distinctly different characters. Nigel Peever, who has narrated a few other Holmes pastiches, brings a Dracula-like sound to the part, which is "unsettling." Otherwise, it is a pretty good book.

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  • Clau
  • 26-12-21

A great collection!

This is a collection of nine short stories, and I can say I really enjoyed all of them. Of course there will be some that resonate better than others, depending of what are you looking for in these tales; but all of them are nice examples of a classical well-written mystery.

They fit perfectly with the canon and, respecting Doyle's style, they give us a wonderful reading.

I liked the narration except for Homes' voice, Other than this, a great job!

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  • Rayc
  • 21-04-20

Arthur Conan Doyle would approve

The Sensible Necktie and other stories.
A good collection well written in the Holmes style. Quite possible to forget that they were written recently.
They portray the very essence of Sherlock Holmes.
As a fan of Conan Doyle s writing. It is most satisfying to listen to these new stories that emulate his style almost perfectly.
The narration is excellent,
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this honest review. .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-20

bad narration

narraition was terrible. sherlock holmes sounded horrible which made it hard to listen to and concentrate on story

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 15-12-19

Great Story & Narration

I love Sherlock stories and the narration by Nigel Peevers is great. This was nine short stories, but all were enjoyable. Short enough to listen to them over and over when you have a short time to listen to an audio.
Given ARC audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • Dennis
  • 05-11-19

if you are Sherlock Holmes this would be a got to

Great group of stories the narrator or narrators did an awesome job telling the stories and bring the characters alive.
Highly recommend this book of many tales of Sherlock Holmes