A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes by Joseph R. G. DeMarco Review
Mar 8th, 2012 by Aldouspi

A Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes by Joseph R. G. DeMarco Review

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Whenever I read a new collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, there are two aspects I hope to find. First that all the stories are well written and enjoyable. And that the stories provide new insights into Holmes and Watson or that a new twist will be provided ino their adventures.

In both categories, "A Study in Lavender" succeeds. Too often an editor places the best story at the beginning of a collection and the rest are go downhill from there. With this collection, all the stories provide a good read. As as for a twist, exploring the Victorian world of Sherlock Holmes where characters are homosexual - gay or lesbian, certainly provides new ways to understand Holmes and Watson as they either see these qualities within themselves are within their clients.

There is no overt sexual scenes in this anthology, instead the characters "gayness" provide new problems and crimes that must be dealt with. In some stories, it is Holmes or Watson or both that must deal with their hidden homosexuality.

For example, in "The Adventure of the Poesy Ring" by Elka Cloke, two men, two lovers, shared twin rings and now one is dead and his ring has vanished. While Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the disappearance of the lover's ring, Watson recognizes his own inner love For Holmes and wonders if Holmes shares those feelings. As if doing a scientific experiment, Watson kisses Holmes and then must face the possibility that their friendship is over...

In "The Case of the Wounded Heart" by Rajan Khanna, Inspector Lestrade's police career is threatened as he investigates a murder that seems to involve another policeman - his lover.

And sometimes it is the villain who must come to terms, or not, of his homosexuality. In the story, "Whom God Destroys" by Ruth Sims, Sir Author Conan Doyle, unwittingly harbors a serial killer...

Each story in this collection works at the level of mystery and in revealing the difficulties of being "gay" in a Victorian Society...

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 Study in Lavender: Queering Sherlock Holmes' are:

  • Publisher: Lethe Press (2011-06-05)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590210387
  • Product Dimensions: 9x5.9x0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

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"Sherlockian mysteries of alternative lifestyles"

It is not my practice to review Sherlockian fiction of such a specialized nature, however, I purchased this book because I collect Sherlockian pastiches and felt I needed to add the stories to my database. I made the mistake of reading the first and was...Read more

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I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I read the introduction, and the editor pointed out specific points in the Canon that seemed to say that Doyle thought Holmes and Watson might be lovers. I figured that if Doyle hinted at it, I might as well...Read more

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    There is a surprising lack of Holmes-Watson romance in this given the subtext in the books, which was a little disappointing. However, the stories that the authors chose to tell instead were interesting and the characters appealing so overall it didn't matter.

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    Scholars and fans have been arguing about the implications of queerness in the Holmes canon for a long time—it’s a popular topic. Two men in an intense emotional relationship, living together, sharing spaces and finances and their lives; well. It’s suggestive, and it’s intriguing. Both of the most recent big-name interpretations of the Holmes stories—the Robert Downey, Jr. movie and the BBC’s delightful Sherlock—have played with the intensity of the relationship between Holmes and Watson, explored it and made suggestions about it.

    This book seeks to do the same, but much more openly, as well as exploring the possibilities of other queer folks whose lives may have intersected that of the Great Detective.

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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz Review
Mar 4th, 2012 by Aldouspi

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz Review

    A Great Sherlock Holmes Pastiche

    If you’re a Holmes follower, this book will please you with Holmes’s bag of tricks and the close scrapes he gets into. If you don’t care that much about the great detective, this novel is worth your while for its atmospheric treatment of Victorian London, and the convolutions of its crime mystery plot.

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Overall Rating (based on customer reviews): 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The specs of 'The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel' are:

  • Publisher: Mulholland Books (2011-11-01)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316196991
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3x6.3x1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

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"He's Back! And the game's afoot!"

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"Over Hyped But Readable"

"The House of Silk is over hyped which probably caused me to rate it lower than I might have had it not been touted as the second coming of Conan Doyle.First, there have been many authorized additions to the Canon. This is hardly the first and...Read more

"Horowitz Nailed It"

"The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz is a new Sherlock Holmes novel, which is the first officially sanctioned take-off of Sherlock Holmes by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate. For the Sherlock Holmes lover, this is a must read. For everyone else, I'd...Read more

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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

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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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The part where Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is discussed in BBC4's 'A Study in Sherlock' documentary. With comments from Edward Hardwicke and Michael Cox. The programme also 'played the game' as 'Dr. Watson' narrates -_^


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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

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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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