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Review of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Dying Emperor (Sherlock Holmes and the Crowned Heads of Europe Book 1)

There are pastiches, and then there are superlative pastiches.

Tom Turley’s novella, ‘The Case of the Dying Emperor’ (available on Kindle) falls firmly into the latter category. A question over the last illness of Frederick III, German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days in 1888, sends Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to the Continent to investigate. A cast of real historical personages and places appear, each drawn with a level of detail and observation worthy of Holmes himself.

I had a sketchy knowledge of Frederick III, enough to know that his short reign is one of the great ‘What Ifs’ of history. Succeeded by his son, Wilhelm II, the infamous ‘Kaiser Bill’ as he was dubbed in Britain during the First World War, it is interesting to speculate on the course of history had Frederick lived. Given the international implications at the time, it is just the sort of case where you can imagine certain important figures turning to Holmes for his opinion. Watson also gets to shine, both with references to his background (based on the Baring-Gould model) and in his medical expertise. Add to this canon fidelity, and there’s plenty to keep the most ardent Sherlock Holmes fan, as well as the casual reader, engaged and delighted.

A problem I have found in the past with stories set in real historical settings is either too much or too little period detail. Mr Turley achieves an admirable balance. There are footnotes for those who want more information; if not, there is enough in the story to explain what is happening. Any necessary explanation flows naturally in conversations with appropriate language for the period between the principal characters without ever overwhelming the reader. Touches like these give the work an authentic feel, sweeping me up in the illusion that I really was reading a story written at the time.

It’s not often I get to say this, but ‘The Case of the Dying Emperor’ truly is a masterclass in the fine art of the Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Faithfulness to the characters, dedicated research and a clear, erudite style of writing makes this a story that I will be returning to again and again.

Reviewed by S.F. Bennett

Available on Kindle.

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Sherlock Holmes – L’enigma Reichenbach (Il Giallo Mondadori Sherlock)

Sherlock Holmes – L’enigma Reichenbach (Il Giallo Mondadori Sherlock)

Impareggiabile Holmes. Soltanto lui, ricevendo un criptico telegramma su un uomo trovato in camicia da notte nella brughiera, sarebbe capace di elaborare sull’accaduto non una ma sette teorie. Ed è proprio ciò che fa, mentre in compagnia dell’amico Watson raggiunge in treno Exeter, nel Devonshire. Difficile tuttavia, da elementi tanto esigui, desumere cosa sia successo a questo misterioso individuo, che urla come un pazzo e sembra terrorizzato dai serpenti. Quando però, seguendo a ritroso le sue tracce, il segugio londinese scopre due cadaveri in una fattoria isolata, con scuderie attrezzate a camera delle torture, una vicenda nata sotto una luce grottesca si trasforma in un caso dei più oscuri. Sarà dunque benvenuta la preziosa collaborazione di lady Beatrice nel dipanare i fili di una trama su cui incombe minacciosa l’ombra di Moriarty, scomparso anni prima nelle acque di una cascata in Svizzera dopo una violenta colluttazione con Holmes. La chiave è in un nome: Reichenbach, teatro di quell’epico scontro. Dove tutto pareva finito e invece, forse, era appena cominciato.

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Sherlock Holmes books for that shiny new Kindle

Father Christmas has brought you a shiny new Kindle, and now it’s time to fill it up – but what with? Here’s our tips for the best Sherlock Holmes books to download:

For the Traditionalists – writing in the style of Conan Doyle

The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and Volume Two

The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Journal of Dr.Watson

Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt

Mystery at St Andrews

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Edinburgh Haunting

For fans of cross-overs with famous characters

Rendezvous at The Populaire (Phantom of The Opera)

I Will Find The Answer (Jekyll and Hyde)

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage (a young Winston Churchill)

Anomalous (Jack Johnson and Al Capone)

The Affair In Transylvania, Plague of Dracula (Dracula)

Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire (Jack The Ripper)

Short eBooks and Novellas

Sherlock Holmes and the Persecution of John Vincent Harden

Sherlock Holmes inThe Mystery of the Magic Umbrella

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cricketers

 

For a bigger list why not visit our Pinterest Sherlock Holmes Kindle Board.

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Top 20 NLP Books on Kindle

Performance Strategies for Musicians by David Buswell at the top of the top twenty MX NLP books on Amazon Kindle USA….

#204,543  Performance Strategies for Musicians

#497,395  NLP for Teachers (Engaging NLP)

#517,686  Inside Out – Personal Excellence Through Self Discovey

#530,869  NLP for Children (Engaging NLP)

#550,630  NLP for Parents

#581,569  Going Mental: Reaching your Goals in Business and Sports

#618,417  Bridges to Success

#642,466  Recover your Energy

#666,207  Entrancing Tales for Change with Hypnosis and NLP

#676,383  Online Therapy – Reading Between the lines

#694,453  Bangers and Mash: How to Take on Throat Cancer

#713,150  NLP for Teens

#740,676  Inside Out: NLP and Hypnosis for Weight Loss

#765,706  Developmental Coaching

#773,936  Succeed in Sport

#827,169  Make New Year Resolutions

#833,371  And the Next Question is… 

#847,311  Negotiation Mastery

#858,045  LIFE

#862,903  PNL Pour les Enfants

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