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review 2019-05-18 00:23
Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong
Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong - A.J. Low,Adan Jimenez,Felicia Low-Jimenez

Sherlock Sam is an entertaining transitional fiction mystery enhanced by its unique setting and quirky characters. The dynamic both bring to the book is entertaining. I enjoyed learning more about Singapore and Peranakan culture. The glossary was particularly helpful.

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review 2019-05-13 11:17
mixed bag
Further Encounters of Sherlock Holmes - George Mann,Philip Purser-Hallard,Andrew Lane,Mark A. Latham,Nick Campbell,James Goss,William Patrick Maynard,Alexandra Martukovich,Roy Gill,Scott Handcock,Guy Adams,Lou Anders,Justin Richards,Philip Marsh

It's like any short story collection, a mixed bag of good and meh.  There are a lot of slightly different takes (an interesting mash of Edgar Rice Burroughs and Conan Doyle in The Snowthorn Terror).

 

For me none of the stories really stood out exceptionally as very good but neither did they stand out as exceptionally bad (except perhaps "An adventure in three courses", which wasn't as much bad as fairly out of what I would see as Holmesian character).  Several have supernatural or SF elements and I found it an entertaining read.

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review 2019-03-14 11:34
The Sherlock Holmes Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle

I love Sherlock, and it was great to finally read the collection all the way through. : )

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review 2019-03-13 08:36
Watson meets Sherlock
Sherlock Holmes: Eine Studie in Scharlachrot: Illustrierte Ausgabe - Arthur Conan Doyle,Hannelore Eisenhofer-Halim

Dr. Watson kehrt aus den Kolonien nach London zurück. Er trifft unversehens durch einen alten Bekannten einen Sonderling: Sherlock Holmes. Ab sofort teilen sie sich eine Unterkunft und Dr. Watson wird durch seinen detektivischen Mitbewohner laufend auf's Neue verblüfft.

"Eine Studie in Scharlachrot" ist der Reihenauftakt um den berühmten Sherlock Holmes, und gleichzeitig Holmes und Watsons erster gemeinsamer Fall.

Bei Sherlock Holmes geht man mit bestimmten Erwartungen an die Story heran. Sein Bild ist durch Fernsehen und ähnlich anmutende Literatur geprägt. Daher war es interessant, endlich einmal das Original um die scharlachrote Studie zu lesen. Es ist ein Werk, das mich durchaus begeistert hat. 

Dr. Watson ist in London und benötigt eine Unterkunft. Er trifft einen alten Bekannten, der ihn an Sherlock Holmes vermittelt, mit dem er fortan leben, wohnen und ermitteln wird.

Das Zusammentreffen von Sherlock Holmes und Dr. Watson war charmant. Man merkt, dass die beiden Herren nicht von kleinauf als Team aufgetreten sind. Watson ist von seiner Zeit in den Kolonien stark angeschlagen, und lässt sich gern auf den verblüffenden Sonderling ein.

Sherlock Holmes beeindruckt mit seiner unnachahmlichen Kombinationsgabe. Während andere dabei sind, das Ergebnis zu begutachten, ist er schon längst hundert Schritte weiter, und versucht seine Theorie zur Ursache zu beweisen.

"Sie haben die Ermittlung so nahe an eine exakte Wissenschaft herangeführt, dass sie kaum noch in dieser Welt zu übertreffen ist". (S. 59)

Damit wird Sherlock Holmes als Urmodell des modernen CSI geoutet, der den Hergang anhand diverser Spuren zur Ursache rückverfolgt. 

In diesem ersten Fall - den Holmes selbst als ‚Eine Studie in Scharlachrot‘ bezeichnet - wird ein Mann vergiftet aufgefunden, und über der Leiche prangt das Wort 'Rache' mit Blut geschrieben. 

Während sich Scotland Yard abmüht, den Tathergang zu rekonstruieren, hat Holmes den Mörder schon längst im Visier. 

Der Roman, der Krimi, wird von Dr. Watson erzählt. Dazu dienen ihm Tagebuchaufzeichnungen, Briefe, Zeitungsausschnitte und Berichte, die im Endeffekt das Gesamtbild um den Fall ergeben. 

Der Fall selbst ist interessant, wenn er auch meinem Empfinden nach viel zu schnell aufgelöst wird. Sherlock Holmes benötigt keine großartigen Hilfestellungen, um Motiven auf die Schliche zukommen. Er denkt kurz darüber nach, und lässt den Mörder in seinem Wohnzimmer erscheinen. 

Arthur Conan Doyle begnügt sich zum Glück nicht damit, sondern nimmt den Leser auf eine Reise ins entfernte Utah in die USA mit. Erst dadurch versteht man, wie es dazu kommen konnte, dass eine vergiftete Leiche unter blutgeschmierten Lettern in London liegt. 

Insgesamt hat mir der erste Fall um Sherlock Holmes und Dr. Watson großen Spaß gemacht. Ich mag den einzigartigen Sonderling Holmes, der schneller denkt als Strom fließen kann, den loyalen Watson, der sich von Holmes Intellekt gefordert fühlt, und den Blick auf das damalige London - das auf mich greifbar wirkt.

Meiner Meinung nach ist „Eine Studie in Scharlachrot“ zurecht ein Krimiklassiker, der hoffentlich noch viele weitere Leser den Auftakt der Krimi-Reihe um Sherlock Holmes miterleben lassen wird. Klassiker-Empfehlung!

 
 

Chronologische Reihenfolge der Romane und Erzählungen um Sherlock Holmes:

1887 Eine Studie in Scharlachrot
1890 Das Zeichen der Vier
1892 Die Abenteuer des Sherlock Holmes (Erzählungen)
1893 Die Memoiren des Sherlock Holmes (Erzählungen)
1902 Der Hund der Baskervilles [Rezension lesen]
1904 Die Rückkehr des Sherlock Holmes (Erzählungen)
1915 Das Tal der Angst
1917 Seine Abschiedsvorstellung
1927 Sherlock Holmes’ Buch der Fälle
Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.com
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review 2019-02-03 18:43
A fascinating true police-procedural account from the early XXc
The Murder that Defeated Whitechapel's Sherlock Holmes: At Mrs Ridgley’s Corner - Paul Stickler

Thanks to Alex, Rosie and the whole team at Pen & Sword for providing me a paperback copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

I was fascinated by this book and by the way it is told. The case itself cannot compare to some of the sophisticated cases we read about in mysteries and thrillers, complex and full of twist and turns. A shopkeeper, widowed, that lived with her dog, and sold a bit of everything, appeared murdered on a Monday morning, next to the body of her dog. There was blood everywhere, she’d evidently been hit on the head, possibly with a weight that was found close to the body, and there was money missing. People had been at her shop on Saturday evening and one of her neighbours had heard some strange noises in the early hours of Sunday, but that was it. This was 1919, and, of course, forensics were not as advanced as they are now, but there was an investigation of sorts, although, surprisingly, in the first instance the local police decided it had been an accident. When the new police chief revised the case, he was not so convinced, and called on Scotland Yard for assistance. They sent Detective Chief P. S. Wensley, who had been involved (although only marginally) in the investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders and would become pretty well-known for the Houndsditch murders and the siege of Sidney Street. Unfortunately, two weeks had passed since the original crime he was sent to investigate, the body had been buried, and the evidence had not been well-looked after, but still… He and his team investigated and put together a case against an Irish immigrant who’d fought the war. And, well, the rest is history (and you’ll have to read it yourselves).

Despite, or perhaps because, of the somewhat ‘simple’ murder, the book is a fascinating read. The author explains his reasons for choosing to tell this story, to recover the case of a fairly anonymous woman, and to do it in this particular way, pointing out that he did not intend to set off on a ‘cold-case’ type of investigation.  In his own words:

That is the beautiful thing about history; trying to show exactly what happened using original material and putting it in a contemporary social setting so that the reader can better understand and make sense of it all. I hope that the narrative has not only thrown light on policing in the early part of the century but portrayed it as a piece of history and not as retrospective critique. (Stickler,  2018, p. 145)

In my opinion, he succeeds. Stickler’s method, which consists in looking over the shoulder of the people who were investigating the murder and those who participated in the court case, showing us what they would have seen, and guessing at what they might have thought, while at the same time providing us historical background, so we are able to understand how the police force worked, and what the atmosphere was like in the country shortly after WWI, works very well. As we read the book we can’t help but think about what we would have done, worry about their mistakes, and wonder about the missing details and the conflicting witness statements and evidence. We learn about the social make-up of the town, the relationships between the different communities, the way the police force worked at the time, and we gain a good understanding of the legal issues as well, without having to read long and dry historical treatises. The writer has done a great deal of research and his skill as a writer is evidenced in the way he seamlessly creates an involving narrative that never calls undue attention to it. For the sake of completion, the author includes a commentary at the end, where he provides a postscript, as it were, with information about what happened to the protagonists, and also with his own speculations (that he had kept to himself until then) as to why things happened as they did.

I recommend this book to people who are interested in true crime, especially in Britain, Criminology and Criminal Justice System students, readers who enjoy historical police procedural novels, and also writers of the genre interested in researching the topic (the bibliography and the author notes will be of great help, and there are also pictures from the time provide a fuller understanding of the story). And, as I said, I also recommend checking the author’s blog to anybody interested in the topic.

A great book and a fabulous resource.

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