Sherlock Holmes: The American Years
October 5th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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A compelling volume of original tales concerning Sherlock Holmes’ legendary time in America

With an introduction by Leslie S. Klinger, editor and compiler of all three volumes of the Annotated Sherlock Holmes, this collection of ten original stories brings light to one of the least examined periods in the life of the great detective—his time in the former colonies, the United States. This Holmes is a youthful one—a young man not yet set upon his course in life and in his famous lodgings at 221B Baker Street. In Richard Lupoff ’s “Inga Sigerson Weds,” he’s come to America to represent the family at his sister’s wedding. In “My Silk Umbrella,” Mark Twain narrates his fateful encounter with Holmes at a baseball game in Hartford, Connecticut; Steve Hockensmith narrates the meeting of the young William Gillette and the object of his later, most famous turn upon the stage; and Peter Tremayne reveals the intersection of Holmes and the Irish in the 19th century American midwestern landscape. With further stories by Marta Randall, Rhys Bowen, Peter Beagle, and others, the legend, the mythology and even the history of the world’s greatest detective is further enhanced by these charming, clever and mystifying tales.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312378467
  • ASIN: B005ZOBMY4
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Rare to find an anthology with all great stories.

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 22, 2010
By Dr. Fred
As often as I read anthologies, I very seldom find one in which I like all the stories. Especially if it involves Sherlock Holmes. I have to say that this book does just that. I enjoyed them all for plot, style and staying as true to Holmes as possible. There were a couple that strayed on the latter, especially "Inga Sigerson Weds" by Richard Lupoff, however it was still a good read. "My Silk Umbrella" by Darryl Brock was fun as we have Mark Twain and baseball involved. Also especially good is "The Stagecoach Detective" by Linda Robertson. "The English Senor" by Marta Randall was the least interesting as it strayed as far from the canon as did the first story by Lupoff. The best in my opinion was "The Old Senator" by Steve Hockensmith. Hockensmith showed not just a good understanding of the Sherlock Holmes canon, he also revealed an outstanding background on how the arts used Sherlock Holmes on stage. I don't want to be a spoiler, but if you can't make the connection while reading the story, then do some research on the net. I was only partially familiar with where the author was coming from and found an amazing amount of material by googling.


 on February 5, 2017
By L. Burton
I have loved Sherlock Holmes all my life. How wonderful to find a whole collection of “new” stories! Very entertaining!

You can learn a lot in America!

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2011
By Joy V. Smith
I recently read the anthology, Sherlock Holmes: The American Years (Minotaur Books, 2010), edited by Michael Kurland. It's a collection of stories that speculate about Holme's early years exploring America and learning to pay attention to details, and they incorporate historical characters such as Mark Twain, along with desperadoes and Indians out west. Even Mycroft appears. The stories vary in style and focus. My favorites are Cutting for Sign and The English Senor.


 on April 29, 2013
By Dolores
can't beat a great mystery. these are great stories of young sherlock! I would rececommend this to anyone who like a good mystery.

Kurland's third Sherlockian anthology

7 people found this helpful.
 on February 10, 2010
By Philip K. Jones
This is the third anthology of Sherlock Holmes tales edited by Mr. Kurland and it looks like his best collection yet. It consists of a Foreward by Leslie Klinger, an Introduction by the Editor and ten short novella-length tales by excellent authors, all written about reasonably plausible American adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Let me emphasize the `plausible' comment. In most of these tales, the explanation for Holmes's presence is made to be compelling and reasonable. The authors have tried to take care it should be so and the results are generally well done. In addition, not restricting the tales to short story length has given the authors `room' to develop their themes and situations more fully. I found these ten well-crafted tales more satisfying than would have been fifteen shorter and less well-structured tales.

Superior collection

One person found this helpful.
 on June 19, 2011
A vastly superior collection of Sherlock Holmes' pre-Watson days, during which he might have ventured beyond the Atlantic. Michael Kurland had provided us with superb stories in his two previous Sherlockian anthologies, and this one falls in the same rank. Most importantly, it is much better compared to 

super ten story collection

4 people found this helpful.
 on February 5, 2010
By Amazon Customer
This is a super ten story collection that cleverly chronicles young Holmes in America and Mexico where he meets famous luminaries and solves cases before he becomes the great Baker St. sleuth.

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