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"Mr. Holmes is an amateur, Hopkins." Lestrade was smiling around the stem of his pipe as he spoke. Hopkins could hear it. "Not a man who works well in teams, he. He still trusts Dr. Watson not to lie to him...and Dr. Watson's pulled some whoppers to save his skinny neck in the past." Lestrade was still smiling. "Not that that's not the most interesting thing about those fellows. I could tell you some stories about them, Stanley...oh, I could tell you stories...'". Meet Sherlock Holmes through the eyes of his fellow lodger once again... and meet both through the eyes of the Yard - especially those who saw them the most: Inspectors Lestrade, Gregson, and Bradstreet. From Montague Street to a supposedly straightforward case of smuggling in Cornwall, Scotland Yard saw more than the disconcerting and dazzling private detective: it also saw an admirable and steadfast British soldier who shared their need for justice. Doctor John Watson may call himself unremarkable, but the Yard would disagree...
- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: MX Publishing (August 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780928092
- ISBN-13: 978-1780928098
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
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This is a marvelous read. After reading many Holmes/Watson pastiches, I found it easy to get into a mode where I consider the stories consisting of Holmes/Watson a and the usual assorted bunglers. Many stories recount Holmes's observations that the Scotland Yard personnel are inept at best and appalling at worst. This is unfair. Then as now, Scotland Yard constituted a top of the line crime-fighting organization and deserves better press than the contempt expressed by Holmes. Although Holmes inhabits the realm of fiction, his stories indicate indirectly that British prisons had large populations--the majority of which were put there because of Scotland Yard not Holmes and Watson.
You Buy Horror
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At first I thought this might be a clinical analysis of the effect of the Sherlock Holmes stories on the English police department known as Scotland Yard. But that book remains to be written. The author instead has written a fictional history of the early meetings of Holmes, Watson and the detective Inspector Lestrade. On a stake-out one cold night night with fellow inspector Stanley Hopkins, Lestrade tells the tale of Dr. John Watson. Watson had only just joined Sherlock Holmes as his roommate at 221 Baker Street.when he meets Lestrade. At first the Scotland Yard man hadn't been very impressed with the ill ex- military man. Still suffering the serious physical effects of his part in the
Marcia Wilson has found Scotland Yard's Tin Dispatch Box
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“You Buy Bones” is the first of an extended cycle of interconnected tales, showing a view of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from the perspective of the Scotland Yarders, and specifically Inspector Lestrade. I’ve read this story now on four separate occasions in different iterations, and I’m very happy that it’s now available to a much wider audience. I’ve long said that Marcia Wilson has found Scotland Yard’s Tin Dispatch Box, and this book is a perfect introduction to the stories of the Official Force that are such an important part of the Sherlockian world.
At last the Scotland Yarders get their due
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It is high time someone made real people of the Scotland Yard detectives, rather than mere foils to be outshone by Sherlock Holmes. Marcia Wilson accomplishes the task brilliantly in her novel You Buy Bones. Set at the beginning of the Canon, it creates backstories for Gregson, Bradstreet, and Lestrade that show them to be conscientious, caring men, faithfully performing an often thankless job despite their private troubles. Yet, the book’s lead character is not Lestrade or Holmes (who is around just long enough to set impossible deductive standards) but Dr. John H. Watson. Here is the Watson of A Study in Scarlet: physically shattered by his wounds at Maiwand, emotionally scarred by family woes that mirror those of Bradstreet and Lestrade, robbed of his profession as a soldier, but (for reasons central to the novel’s gruesome plot) unsure of his new calling as a doctor. It is Watson who provides the driving force as he and two of the Yarders pursue a mystery rooted in their pasts to a truly horrifying end. The novel’s payoff is a long time coming, but its thrilling conclusion rivals anything in Conan Doyle. Marcia Wilson offers atmospheric Edinburgh settings and commendable research, thoughtfully footnoting those niggling details I was too lazy to look up. She writes with empathy, a wicked sense of humor, and a style that—if perhaps too breezy to be authentically Victorian—moves the action at a lively pace. By its end, she has given us both a memorable tale and a deeper understanding of the characters we love. One can ask no more of a pastiche. Let’s hope that there are many more to come. –Thomas A. Turley
This story is one of the finest I have ever read, bar none!
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My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Books for my review copy of this book. Thanks so much for believing in me! God Bless!
With a knick-knack paddy-wack, give your dog a bone. . .
Bones are at the crux of Marcia's main novella in this story collection. The title comes from a 17th-century English proverb: “You buy land, you buy stones; you buy meat, you buy bones.” Throughout, the stories give us Scotland Yard’s view of Holmes as being brilliant, but a bit crazy, while Dr. Watson wins the Yard’s sympathy and growing respect. Watson, in fact, is the hero of the title novella:
Absolutely Brilliant! Watson, Lestrade and the Scotland Yarders come to life as real people!
I've been reading Sherlock Holmes pastiche stories by authors other than Conan Doyle for years and rarely have I found one that is so absorbing, skillful or original. There are lots of great new stories in short story and novel length versions. Donald Thomas' work stands out, especially "the execution of Sherlock Holmes." So do Mich Cullin's "A Slight Trick of the Mind" and the brilliant Jack the Ripper story by Lindsay Faye "Dust and Shadows."
A Study in Originality
Whether you're a Sherlockian, a Holmesian, or somebody who likes an entertaining read, "You Buy Bones" should satisfy your literary desires. Marcia Wilson's novel presents an odd take on the classic detective that leaves the reader thinking, "This is how it must have been." From the point of view of the Scotland Yarders, we see Holmes and especially Watson in a different light. It's like viewing familiar scenes through strange lenses set at different angles. Propelled by a dark and sinister main plot, the novel raises questions about the relationships of characters we thought we knew, and the credibility of her descriptions and vocabulary makes a convincing case that Marcia Wilson's versions of characters will remain with us when we revisit the originals or meet them for the first time.
One of the finest pastiches I have ever read
One of the finest pastiches I have ever read. The focus on Watson and Lestrade (and the other Yarders) is really fantastic, and the historical research done for this is impeccable-- it really creates an immersive experience. I really hope to see more from this author.