Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes

Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes

by Martin H. Greenberg

Hoch, Peter Tremayne, Stuart Kaminsky, Jon L.

Breen, Bill Crider, Howard Engel, Carolyn Wheat, and L.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Mystery
  • Rating: 4.35
  • Pages: 288
  • Publish Date: September 17th 2002 by Running Press Adult
  • Isbn10: 0786710748
  • Isbn13: 9780786710744

What People Think about "Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes"

This collection is composed of eleven compact tales of hard-boiled cases that are conventionally delivered in the typical Doyle-esque Victorian classic narrative which works to a certain extent in the seven stories that I favored the most. While Twenty-Two Hundred was a volume that focuses more on alternate-universe scenarios and speculative fiction, the stories in Murder in Baker Street are all set in the established canon timelines with a few tweaks where Holmes and Watson were able to meet certain real-life figures (such as Bram Stoker) or become privy to witness the effects of inventions that they were never able to be acquainted with in Doyle's original stories. In the editors' introduction, they specifically stated that they wanted their collection to stay true to the essence of Arthur Conan Doyle's characterization and formulaic writing and if you're like me who will always prefer the canon over anything else (including visual adaptations; however, Elementary to me is the closest one that captured the partnership of Holmes and Watson and the sheer attention to detail and procedural investigation that Doyle have employed whenever Holmes unravels a case) then this volume will please you if it's strictly based in a purist's perspective. This anthology will be better appreciated if you've enjoyed the Doyle canon itself since the style and linguistics of the stories here are more conventional and in line with how the original author has written Holmes and Watson as well as the cases they solve.

A decent collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, written by various authors. What kept me reading (and Holmes consulting), was the curiosity of why these two clients should seek out Holmes' help. 2 out of 5 stars The Case of the Bloodless Sock by Anne Perry: This story features Holmes, Watson, and an old nemesis from the canon. 2 out of 5 The Adventure of the Anonymous Author by Edward D Hoch: This story is very short - only 10 pages - which left very little time for building up of the mystery, and development of the client and other minor characters. 1 out of 5 The Case of the Vampires Mark by Bill Crider: This story portrays a much more cold-hearted version of Holmes, who seems to lack much sympathy for the clients and their belief of such things as vampires. After delivering Holmes and Watson to their destination, Holmes asks the driver to help out with the case, and although he has his own matters to attend to, he reluctantly says yes. 1 out of 5 The Adventure of the Cheshire Cheese by Jon L Breen: A clever puzzle involving a sonnet written by a dying man, whose last wish is that his friend read it out loud to the members of a very prestigious club he was a member of. 1 out of 5 stars The Remarkable Worm by Carolyn Wheat: I enjoyed the banter between Holmes and Watson in this story.

Watson and Holmes barely felt like their true counterparts, the story was choppy, and in the end Holmes wasn't needed. I got the impression that Greenwood wrote a short story (that wasn't good anyway) and then threw Watson and Holmes in there, making it even worse. To add insult to injury, at the end of the book some writing with excerpts from actual Holmes stories, studying the character.

This book has many stories in it about cases that Sherlock Holmes and his colleague, Dr. Watson, solved. It is hard to solve the case, though, because Holmes doesn't need much time to find what he is looking for.

This is a collection of passable Sherlock Holmes stories.

I should preface this review by stating that I never read any of the original Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories, and that I've mainly come to this book out of interest for the BBC Sherlock tv show, which I love and enjoy. The first essay is by Arthur Conan Doyle himself, called "Sidelights on Sherlock Holmes". Conan Doyle spends time talking about his "most notorious character" mostly in terms of stage plays, what he wrote to be adapted for the stage, and what his relationship was with some of the actors who portrayed Sherlock on stage. The second essay, "100 Years of Sherlock Holmes" by Lloyd Rose, I at first thought was another short story, but is instead a lengthy rumination on all of the actors who played Sherlock in the different movie versions (of the 40s). Though, the author states, Rathbone's films were set during WWII and feature Holmes "fighting Nazis" and have little to do with the stories Conan Doyle wrote. As a character, Holmes is very precisely defined; an actor approaching the role plays it successfully only if he plays by Conan Doyles' rules." So, overall, I was impressed by the aforementioned works, and I highly encourage fans of the original Sherlock Holmesor any more modern counterpartto check out this collection.