Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: ted-riccardi
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
photo 2014-01-06 18:10
Happy Birthday, Sherlock!

Happy birthday, Sherlock Holmes! January 6 marks the birth of literature’s legendary detective (he’d be one hundred sixty today!). To celebrate the sleuthing genius’s contribution to the mystery genre, we’ve gathered ten mysteries influenced by the brain-work of the detective himself. These novels and story collections either feature Sherlock or are written in a distinctly Sherlockian style—smart detectives with a tad of the eccentric, who solve crimes through Holmes’s trademark method of detection: “an observance of trifles.”

Source: www.openroadmedia.com/blog/2014-01-06/Happy-Birthday-Sherlock.aspx
Like Reblog Comment
review 2013-09-14 00:00
The Lost Years of Sherlock Holmes
The Lost Years of Sherlock Holmes - Ted Riccardi I read this book quite some time back but refrained from reviewing it before today because recently I have also read and reviewed two Sherlock Holmes Novels by Donald Thomas. I felt it was only right to give this novel some time to settle down with me because living up to the expectations of ACD is difficult enough without this review being influenced by another author’s work.

As the name of the book suggests, the stories in this book are of the time when Sherlock Holmes was thought to be dead from his encounter with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Sherlock Holmes has returned and he finally tells Watson about some of his adventures of the period in between. The stories were mainly set in the backdrop of India, Nepal and Tibet. They not only told us of his various escapades, but also about how Sherlock mastered various art forms during this time.

While the plots of the stories were very typical to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, they lacked the finesse of the original version. However, if you completely ignore the original image of Sherlock Holmes and all that he entails, these stories would mostly be considered to be good. We get quite a glimpse into how Sherlock Holmes’s mind works and the escapades were mostly adventurous. I did particularly like the ‘Preface’ and ‘Afterword’ written by ‘Watson’ where he explains a lot of things for the readers – as a flashback to those who have read the original works of ACD and as a ‘catch up’ for those who haven’t.

Overall, it was an entertaining read and I would rate this book 4 Hearts as a book in the Mystery genre, but only 3 Heart as a Sherlock Holmes Mystery.
Like Reblog Comment
review 2012-08-02 00:00
Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto
Untangling My Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto - Victoria Abbott Riccardi

Ms. Riccardi's descriptions were vivid. That was what allowed me to get into this book. The food, the scenery, the people... it all jumped out of the page.


Truth be told, it doesn't exactly follow a steady line of narration and there is no real "story" to tell, no climax, no resolution. It's mostly her life in Kyoto in the 90's, her friends, and how she learned the art of tea kaiseki. There were times where I felt I was reading a school book on Kyoto. Her voice wasn't very present when she wanted to get the facts across. And there were a lot of facts.


Still, since I love Japan with so much fervor, it was all very informative trivia and information.

Like Reblog Comment
review 2012-01-21 00:00
The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes - Ted Riccardi chucked
Like Reblog Comment
review 2011-09-08 00:00
The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: Nine Adventures from the Lost Years (Pegasus Crime)
The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: Nine Adventures from the Lost Years - Ted Riccardi The tone of voice and style were off. Someone used a thesaurus too much and the stories were not particularly interesting. I really *wanted* to like this book, but just didn't.
More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?