Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin Review
Mar 3rd, 2012 by Aldouspi

Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin Review

There have been many Sherlock Holmes novels displaying the skill of Holmes at the prime of his life. This Sherlock Holmes pastiche chronicles an adventure towards the end of his life...

Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars

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The specs of 'A Slight Trick of the Mind' are:

  • Publisher: Anchor (2006-05-09)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400078229
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7x4.6x0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

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"Beautiful, poignant and sad, but not Sherlock Holmes"

I bought this book because of my interest in Sherlock Holmes and the conceit of Sherlock Holmes at age 93. The book is beautifully written and is very poignant and sad. But it is not Sherlock Holmes. The novel would have been equally effective...Read More

"The word "Boring" comes to mind."

My local Detroit paper raved about this book so I picked it up. Was I disappointed. It is basically a story of an old man, with allof his typical old man problems, such as memory loss, aching bones, sleep apnea, etc. It just so happens that it is...Read More

"Intresting look at an aged Sherlock Holmes"

This book has good and bad qualities to it. I found it fascinating to read the rambling thoughts of the great detective. His mind is still keen sometimes. But, old age has taken it's toll on him.There are a couple of storylines that inter...Read More

While this is an unusual look at Holmes, I am glad to have it resting on a shelf in my Sherlock Holmes library.


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A Study In Sherlock Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Jan 22nd, 2012 by Aldouspi


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A Study In Sherlock

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"A Study In Sherlock" Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:   Bantam Books, Copyright 2011, First Edition, Trade Paperback.

"A Study In Sherlock" Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger is a collection of 16 stories where the stories are justified as being Sherlock Holmes pastiches be dint of the authors being somehow inspired by the Sherlock Holmes canon by Sir Author Conan Doyle. In this collection of short tales, Sherlock Holmes may or may not appear, but there is some type of reference or association to the consulting detective. Authors include Alan Bradley, Laura Lippman, Charles Todd and Neil Gaiman amongst others.

The publisher of this book has done a good job of marketing the volume. There have been many reviews and I even heard an interview with Laurie King on PBS which mentioned the book in passing. Despite the touting of praise this advertising campaign generated, I found the anthology to be disappointing. Please understand me that the stories here are well written and interesting by themselves. But as a collection of Sherlock Holmes related stories, the question arises where is Holmes in these stories?

The theme uniting this anthology is that the authors were inspired by Holmes at some point in their lives - perhaps they read the original stories when they were 13 or in college and remember the experience fondly. And thus they were invited to submit stories to the editors. But being inspired didn't mean they all actually wrote stories where Holmes or Watson or associated characters actually appear... With a few exceptions, Holmes and Watson are absent from the stories. And that is what I found disappointing.

When I buy a collection about Sherlock Holmes, I expect to find the detective placed in new situations where his talents and personality will be challenged and new insights (and thrills) will be given to the reader. Oh well...

The Stories:  The first story in the collection is "You'd Better Go In Disguise" by Alan Bradley. The protagonist is visiting a park. As he tells of what he sees and his reasons for being in the park, we realize that we are looking at the last few events before he is captured by Holmes and Watson.

"The Entwined" by J. R. Campbell finds Sherlock Holmes visiting a woman in a madhouse. She confesses to murders that she could not do and as Holmes interrogates her - he glimpses another reality beyond our own.

Another well written story that I liked was "The Adventure of the Purlioned Paget" by Phillip Margolin and Jerry Margolin. It is a modern period story where a gathering of Sherlock Holmes collectors is marred when an original illustration by Sidney Paget goes missing. No Holmes or Watson here, but the mystery and writing make for a pleasant read.


A story that was a real stretch for inclusion here was "The Last of Sheila Locke-Holmes" by Laura Lippman. A young girl decides to be a detective and uses the pseudonym of Locke-Holmes. She investigates her parents and find some flaws. This is a coming of age story that has nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes.

And finally, here is another story that illustrates my disappointment: "The Eyak Interpreter" by Dana Stabenow. Here the author uses one of her own established characters, Kate Shugak. Set in Alaska, Kate investigates the unusual kidnapping and then return of a young native Alaskan. The setting and the style of the story is fine and I had never heard of the Kate Shugak, but would found myself wanting to read other stories about her. Still no Holmes here. It was only upon reading the afterword that I was informed that this story was some how associated with the original canon: The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter." I missed the connection completely. My bad or the editors' bad?

In conclusion: There are some good Holmes stories here. In fact, Neil Gaiman's "The Case of Death and Honey" make picking up the book worthwhile on its own merit, but it should have been printed in a real Sherlock Holmes anthology. Unfortunately, for me, there are too many non-Holmes stories printed in the volume to make for a satisfactory reading.

The Rating: ... I give this book 2 "Pipes." It is not that there aren't a lot of good stories here, but I found too many that I would not call an actual Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Your definition of a Sherlock Holmes pastiche may be different, so you may want to give the book a try...

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Gaslight Grimoire, Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes Ed. by Campbell and Prepolec
May 5th, 2011 by Aldouspi


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Gaslight Grimoire

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"Gaslight Grimoire, Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes" Edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:   Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, Copyright 2008, First Edition.

"Gaslight Grimoire, Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes" Edited by J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec is a collection of 11 stories where supernatural and fantastical events are allowed to take. In this collection of pastiches, Ghosts and other weird things can apply... Authors include Barbara Hambly, Martin Powell, J. R. Campbell and Bob Madison amongst others.

The Story:  The first story in the book, "The Lost Boy" by Barbara Hambly. Sherlock Holmes visits Neverland and with the aid of Peter Pan defeats a nightmare and saves some children. What makes this whimsical story so interesting is the effect that Neverland has on Holmes and the fact that he meets Mrs. Watson wandering there as well...

"The Entwined" by J. R. Campbell finds Sherlock Holmes visiting a woman in a madhouse. She confesses to murders that she could not do and as Holmes interrogates her - he glimpses another reality beyond our own.

Another interesting story was "The Grantchester Grimoire" by Chico Kidd and Rick Kennett. This pastiche features another literary detective, Carnacki the Ghost Finder otherwise known as the Occult Detective. Sherlock Holmes is invited to investigate a mystery that has also attracted the attention of a young Carnacki. With evil books and ghosts and some decent deductive reasoning by Holmes, even if you do not know who Carnacki is, you can still enjoy the story.


The Writing:  The editors, Campbell and Prepolec have the right idea of exploring otherly world adventures, but do not provide us with the best executed stories. The Hambly story, which is the first story presented, was the strongest of the lot, for me. Of course, your taste may vary and you will find some of the other stories better... Unfortunately, you will find some of the stories much worst.

Don't get me wrong, it is always fun when the supernatural and the world of Sherlock Holmes intertwine. It gives one a chance to see Holmes and Watson in a different light. And almost all the stories, here, have their "points of interest." I must admit though, I did not bother to read completely the last story in collection: "The Red Planet League" by Kim Newman. Actually the author's writing was fine, but the story only featured Professor Moriarty - Holmes was not in it at all. I am sure the intent of the story was supposed to be one of comical revenge using the H.G. Wells' War of the World framework, but I found it to mean spirited to enjoy and skpped to the ending...

The Rating: ... I give this book 3 "Pipes." This is not the best anthology of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, but the majority of the stories are worth reading...

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Oct 21st, 2010 by Aldouspi

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"The Children of Sherlock Holmes by Dr. Ben F. Eller"

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:  Pendium, Copyright 2008, First Edition.

When I first saw the title The Children of Sherlock Holmes by Dr. Ben F. Eller, I immediately assumed this novel was about the actual children of Sherlock Holmes - there are many pastiches where children and grandchildren of the Great Detective have continued in the family tradition of solving mysteries. But this is not the case for this book.

Instead the children referred to in the title are the homeless children of Victorian London. Thousands of whom were forced into working in shops and factories, where they often were chained to desks and work areas. Finally to be released after 12 hours of work, to be paid with a meager meal and bed. Victorian England had no child labor laws and children were thought of and treated as property...

Dr. Eller is an expert in the field of child labor and points out, in the preface, that there are still 250 million children, world wide, aged 5-14, who, as child laborers, work under horrific conditions, not to mention the child-sex trade that continues...

But this novel is not a political or social tirade. It is a well written story where Holmes and Watson explore one of the dark secrets of the 1890's London.

The Story:  The book begins with the tale of two young brothers who are sold by their poor and alcoholic parents into an "apprenticeship" to a butcher's shop. The butcher is a cruel man who forces the two children to work long hours cutting up carcasses. If they do not do a certain amount of work, they do not eat... They are routinely beaten and abused.

The two brothers "survive" their ordeal and eventually set-up their own butcher and tanning factory employing hundreds of orphaned children.

Holmes is asked to investigate the unusual number of deaths at the factory. And it is through this request, that Holmes and Watson enter a world where children are exploited, enslaved and murdered.


During his investigation, Holmes confronts the owners of the factory and Members of Parliament. Brings to light the flesh trade of children to the Middle East and solves the mystery of the dead children who still lived...

The Writing:  The fact that Sherlock Holmes does not appear in the first third of the book and is not missed, should tell you that this is a well written story that pulls you in, immediately.

Dr. Ben F. Eller brings you a world of corruption, where horrors abound for the unfortunate victims of poverty - homeless, orphaned and sold children. There are graphic descriptions of vile settings and behavior, which are not for the faint of stomach. The plot takes us to the edge of these nightmares and then brings us back. Some of the events that take place in this book are disturbing, even more so because they are based upon reality.

The characters are interesting and real, whether they be children or adults. You become invested in their fates.

And finally, the presentation of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is well done, slightly different from other authors, but filled with the abilities and nobilities that keep me coming back to them.

The Rating:  ...

I am giving this novel, a rating of 4 "Pipes." This is a book you should get. It explores a part of Victorian England that I do not believe anyone else has. And it well uses Holmes and Watson. I might suggest, though, that this book is for a more mature reader.

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