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In 1893, Dr. Watson and Conan Doyle published what they believed was the last Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Final Problem'. The world was stunned, and The Strand Magazine rushed to fill the vacuum. Readers were soon introduced to a new detective, Martin Hewitt, as presented by Arthur Morrison. Although initially different than Holmes, Hewitt also showed a number of interesting similarities as well . . . . For many years, Martin Hewitt has been mostly forgotten, except in some Sherlockian circles, where it has long been theorized that he was a young Mycroft Holmes. However, recent evidence has come to light that Hewitt's adventures were in fact cases undertaken by a young Sherlock Holmes when he lived in Montague Street, several years before he would take up his legendary rooms in Baker Street with Watson. These volumes are the Complete Martin Hewitt Stories, taking Arthur Morrison's original publications and presenting them as Sherlock Holmes adventures. If you are a fan of Holmes, enjoy! And by all means, seek out the original Hewitt stories and enjoy them as well. The Game is afoot!
- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: MX Publishing (June 16, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780926472
- ISBN-13: 978-1780926476
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
An Excellent Introduction to the Mysteries of Arthur Morrison
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Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street is an exceptional collection of stories by Arthur Morrison, originally published as Martin Hewitt stories. While the book is controversial in that David Marcum has "Holmes-ed" the original material and replaced the character Martin Hewitt with Sherlock Holmes, the fact of the matter is these stories work and work well as Holmes stories. In fact, it has been theorized that Morrison chose the initials M.H. for his character to imply he is really a young Mycroft Holmes. Also, no one really remembers Morrison, and this is an excellent way to get introduced to his writing.
Hewitt's detective style is easily traceable to Holmes
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This volume consists of a series of 9 stories written by Arthur Morrison using his detective Martin Hewitt. When Doyle killed off Holmes in "The Final Problem" he left "The Strand Magazine" without a monthly mystery story. Morrison provided the replacement with his Martin Hewitt mysteries. Morrison would go on to publish more stories in two other magazines over the next several years. Hewitt's detective style is easily traceable to Holmes, and while the two have dissimilar physical characteristics their use of both inductive and deductive reasoning are close to identical. Add to this, the fact that the Hewitt mysteries allegedly occur a decade or so before the Holmes stories and one can see why Marcum would want to contend that the Hewitt presented by Morrison is just a thinly veiled "Young Sherlock." One can argue whether it would have been best to leave the tales untouched and just used the introduction to say "Where you see Hewitt, think Holmes", or do as Marcum did and make the actual substitution. In any event, the substitution does not detract from the stories. Just be aware that the editor makes no claim that this is new material. It is Marcum's version of what "should have been".
Affectionate and respectful to both Morrison and Conan Doyle
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After ‘The Final Problem’ in December 1893, The Strand Magazine filled the gap with stories of another detective, Martin Hewitt, written by Arthur Morrison. It’s been suggested that Hewitt was the young Mycroft Holmes, but David Marcum has a more plausible and attractive theory – that he was Sherlock, early in his career as an investigator. So, with very little tweaking, Mr Marcum gives us volume one of Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street: Sherlock Holmes’s Early Investigations, originally published as Martin Hewitt adventures by Arthur Morrison, edited, Holmes-ed, and with original material by David Marcum. Purists can, of course, still find Morrison’s original versions, but these are remarkably convincing in their new guise.
A great insight into young Sherlock Holmes or a fun gateway into the lesser known detective Martin Hewitt.
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All of Arthur Morrison's fantastic detective tales are brought to life yet again in Marcum's new release, In Montague Street. Arthur Morrison's detective, Martin Hewitt, has never been as widely known as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. It cannot be denied that both writers created interesting and unique detectives that shared the same Victorian streets of London.
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next on my list to read.