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


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "A Study In Sherlock:  Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon" Edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger...

A Study In Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes Pastiches and Reviews: 

"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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Sherlock Holmes and the Hentzau Affair by David Stuart Davies
Jan 27th, 2011 by Aldouspi


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "Sherlock Holmes and the Hentzau Affair" by David Stuart Davies.

Hentzau Affair

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"Sherlock Holmes and the Hentzau Affair" by David Stuart Davies

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:  Wordsworth Editions, Copyright 2007.

"Sherlock Holmes and the Hentzau Affair" is also a pastiche of "The Prisoner of Zenda" by Anthony Hope.

"The Prisoner of Zenda" tells the story of an Englishman, Rudolf Rassendyll who must sacrifice his own happiness and save a kingdom. A drugged and kidnapped monarch-to-be must be impersonated by look-alike (Rudolf Rassendyll) at the coronation, lest his kingdom fall into ruin at the hands of an evil half-brother.

The current story takes place a few years after the King of Ruritania has been crowned...

The Story:  Colonel Sapt of the Ruritanian Court has come to England to enlist once again the aid of Rudolf Rassendyll. He hopes that Rudolf will reenact his impersonation of the King, giving the monarch a chance to recover from a serious illness.

Unfortunately, Rassendyll cannot be found and Sapt goes to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to help find him. In the interveiw with Colonel Sapt, Holmes quickly realizes that serious and evil events have already taken place - a kidnapping has occurred which first must be resolved before Holmes can tackle the missing Rudolf.

Events take their course and soon Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes are on their way to Ruritania where they believe Rassendyll is being held captive in the castle of Zenda or nearby. While seeking clues to the missing man's whereabouts, Holmes and Watson are attacked by agents of the King's evil brother, Rupert of Hentzau, who still wants the crown for himself.

Holmes and Watson face mystery, treachery and physical danger as they seek to save Ryssendyll, Queen Flavia of Ruritania and the kingdom itself...


The Writing:  It is always nice when you open a book and by the end of the first page you are already carried away into the world of Sherlock Holmes and are eagerly waiting to see what happens.

David Stuart Davies writes well. His Holmes and Watson are excellent creations that match up nicely with how the characters are portrayed by Doyle. Holmes is insightful, inventive and adventurous in just the right combination.

David Stuart Davies works hard to stay within the world and parameters that Conan Doyle's novels and stories created. He has written other Sherlock Holmes pastiches as well a biography of Jeremy Brett. His knowledge and his feel for the world of Sherlock Holmes is well represented here.

The Rating:  ... This novel has a rating of 3 "Pipes." If you do not have a copy of this book already, you should get one.

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