Sherlock Holmes – Tangled Skeins – Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson
September 27th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Sherlock Holmes's investigations were not always the neat and self-contained stories that were presented for publication. As Watson writes in his "Foreword": Holmes's cases overlapped one another considerably, often with the next beginning while the current was still in motion. Some moved linearly from start to finish without interruption, while others stretched, a piece here and a piece there, across weeks, months, or even years and decades. There are cases from the past that resonated into the present, or times when Holmes's path was detoured from the middle of one case into a completely different matter without warning. A few never reached any conclusion at all. Sometimes . . . Holmes would find himself surrounded by the returning ripples of a matter that he had believed to be concluded years earlier, with the guilty miscreant supposedly far behind him. Watson chose the stories in this collection to represent this tangled skein. Join us as we ascend the seventeen steps to the sitting room at 221b Baker Street, discovering cases that range from Holmes's earliest days in practice to his activities during his supposed retirement on the South Downs of Sussex. The game is afoot!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (April 12, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780927525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780927527
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces

Customer Reviews

Another sterling effort to accompany Marcum's earlier collections

6 people found this helpful.
 on August 9, 2015
By Thomas A. Turley
This is an excellent follow-up to Marcum’s earlier collections, The Papers of Sherlock Holmes, Volumes I and II. The title—Tangled Skeins—arises (as Watson explains) from his efforts to untangle events that occurred simultaneously, so to arrange them as individual, coherent stories. Hence, Marcum’s pastiches often intersect with cases and characters from the original Canon. Woven entertainingly into his narratives are Mrs. Hudson’s sister, a grown-up Wiggins from “The Baker Street Irregulars,” Baron Maupertuis, and Moriarty. Besides old friends and enemies, Marcum also references other Victorian writers (Dickens and Stevenson), real and imaginary statesmen (Lords Salisbury and Holdhurst), and actual historical events. As in his earlier volumes, the coming war of 1914 looms on the horizon. The stories themselves are well-crafted traditional pastiches, written in a style that is fully compatible with Conan Doyle’s, while making his characters a bit more approachable for modern readers. Again, Marcum offers new biographical details, fleshing out the lives of Holmes and Watson as imagined by their original creator. For casual fans or serious Sherlockians, Tangled Skeins is a volume not to be missed. –Thomas A. Turley, author of “Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Tainted Canister”

is quite moving and handled so deftly by Marcum that I think Arthur Conan Doyle himself would be pleased. I certainly was

One person found this helpful.
 on February 10, 2016
By Unindicted Co-conspirator
David Marcum’s "Tangled Skeins" contains Sherlock Holmes pastiches that not only offer engaging mysteries, but also supply background information that enriches our appreciation of the stories in the original Canon. Suggesting that Holmes’ various cases should not be viewed in isolation, Marcum dramatizes challenging puzzles without separating them from cases that occur before, after, and even during the adventures Holmes and Watson are primarily engaged in. For instance, the foundation for the case called “The Mystery at Kerrett’s Rood” is laid on Holmes and Watson’s train ride back to London following their resolution of the mystery at Stoke Moran involving the so-called Speckled Band. In “The Tangled Skein at Birling Gap,” Holmes’ investigation of a kidnapping is interrupted by the announcement of an unrelated murder. Such developments add reality to the traditional world of Sherlock Holmes since we know that detectives are in fact simultaneously bombarded by numerous cases crying out for attention. But Marcum goes even farther in bringing greater creditability to the original Holmes tales by providing backstories for characters we’re already familiar with. Simply put, the respect for Holmes shown by the family of Wiggins, a Baker Street Irregular, is quite moving and handled so deftly by Marcum that I think Arthur Conan Doyle himself would be pleased. I certainly was.

Good Outing

5 people found this helpful.
 on April 26, 2015
By Drstatz
This is a strong outing. It has the feel of the Conan Doyle stories although the attempt to mix and match various stories tends to make the narratives drag somewhat. All in all, it's money well spent and i certainly will purchase this author's later writings.

Great read

One person found this helpful.
 on July 20, 2015
By Young Bae Kim
Great collection of stories, consistent with the canon, and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes Holmes pastiches. Definitely recommend.

A LITTLE DIFFERENT APPROACH. BRAVO

One person found this helpful.
 on May 15, 2015
By Joan R Knutson
Excellent. Keep one's attention. A unique way to present an adventurous, mystery story.n

Interwoven Tales

7 people found this helpful.
 on May 17, 2015
By Elizabeth Varadan
This wonderful collection of tales is a pastiche. According to Wikipedia, “A pastiche is a work of visual art, literature, theatre, or music that imitates the style or character of the work of one or more other artists. Unlike parody, pastiche celebrates, rather than mocks, the work it imitates.”

This Book is like reading a DVD full of Easter Eggs.

3 people found this helpful.
 on September 4, 2015
By Marcia
"He loved to lie in the very centre of five millions of people, with his filaments stretching out and running through them, responsive to every little rumor or suspicion of unsolved crime."

Marcum smacks another home run!

One person found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2016
By Raven
Sherlock Holmes: Tangled Skeins by David Marcum

Captures he true essence of Doyle

 on December 4, 2016
By trinidadio
Sherlock Holmes fans are in for another armchair treat — it is what you have been waiting for. Sherlock Holmes - Tangled Skeins: Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson has captured the essence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous classic series, and brought the master of sleuths to us in five fresh new adventures.

There are good pastiche writers

One person found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2015
By HP Doyle
There are good pastiche writers, there are great ones, and then there is David Marcum who ranks among the very best. His short story collections, The Papers of Sherlock Holmes are some of the top selling Sherlock Holmes books, with good reason. His mysteries are complex, and his Holmes and Watson come straight out of the canon. Doyle would be proud to see his characters continuing on in Mr. Marcum's writing. Marcum continues his traditional Holmes writing in these tales which are interwove with other stories and events from the original canon. The idea is that Holmes was always working on multiple cases, and Watson would have to untangle a thread of one case out to write one of his adventures. One of the added bonuses of this collection is Mr. Marcum's delightful beginning to the story which explains everything from how he got his first deerstalker hat to hoe he came across the stories uin the collection to the above mentioned meaning of the book's title. I cannot recommend this book enough. stay tuned for more of Marcum's work in the near future!

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