Boy Sherlock Holmes: Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
Dec 1st, 2010 by Aldouspi


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "The Boy Sherlock Holmes: Eye of the Crow" by Shane Peacock.

Eye of the Crow

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"The Boy Sherlock Holmes: Eye of the Crow" by Shane Peacock.

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:  Tundra Books, Copyright 2007.

"The Boy Sherlock Holmes | His 1st Case: Eye of the Crow" is the story of a young Sherlock Holmes, aged 13.

There have been other Sherlock Holmes pastiches that have dealt with the development of Sherlock Holmes in his childhood and those that look at his family. Each seems to want to explain why Sherlock became the man that Conan Doyle wrote about. This novel is no exception.

If you have ever pondered on why Holmes is emotionally detached - this story provides an answer. It also explains why he is so logical, which is due to his father's teachings...

Of course, you may disagree with Shane Peacock's explanations, but that is why the world of Sherlock Holmes is so fascinating - there are so many ways to interpret the character.

The Story:  Sherlock Holmes is a 13-year-old, living in a poorer section of London with his ex-professor father and his disinherited mother. As he has been doing lately, Sherlock is playing hooky from school, preferring to wander the streets of London instead.

After reading about a murder of woman, the boy Holmes manages to be present when the accused murderer is being brought to gaol. In an unexpected encounter, the prisoner has a brief conversation with Holmes in which he declares his innocence. And thus Sherlock Holmes is drawn into his first case.

Holmes goes to the murder site, an alley in Whitechapel. Observing the behavior of nearby crows, he discovers a clue to the real murderer overlooked by the police - a glass eye.

As the young Holmes pursues the case - he is assisted reluctantly by a local gang leader of boys or Irregulars by the name of "Malefactor." Another unexpected aid to this cause is the young daughter of a "do-gooder" by the name of Irene Doyle. And eventually Holmes's mother, who teaches music lessons, is also enlisted to solve the case.

Holmes, himself, is arrested as a potential accessory to the crime by a Scotland Yard Detective named Lestrade. But Holmes manages to escape his prison cell and continue with the case.

Unfortunately, for Holmes and those around him, the murderer realizes that he is being pursued and strikes back...


The Writing:  I must admit of a little reluctance to taking up this book, although I have had a copy for some time. Despite my hesitation, I found the writing by Shane Peacock to be quite good. Expecting a work for a more juvenile audience, this may actually be geared towards the adult reader.

Shane Peacock's version of Sherlock Holmes's youth is different than the one that I imagined, but he treats the subject fairly and the characters are well drawn. There are some plot devices that are obvious and I do which the path of the plot had gone differently, but that is due to my own inner vision of Holmes and not the fault of the author.

The Rating:  ... This novel has a rating of 3 "Pipes." This is a book to add to your collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. It provides a different look at Sherlock Holmes than most pastiches.

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Sherlock Holmes in America Edited by Martin H. Greenberg
Nov 11th, 2010 by Aldouspi


Here is the latest featured review of a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche: "Sherlock Holmes in America" edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower.

Sherlock Holmes in America

Sherlock Holmes Pastiches and Reviews: 

"Sherlock Holmes in America" edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower.

Reviewed By Scott Harker

Publisher:  Skyhorse Publishing, Copyright 2009, First Edition.

"Sherlock Holmes in America" is a collection of short stories - pastiches featuring Sherlock Holmes adventures in the United States. Also included in this book are three short essays about this subject.

The time line of the stories include times before Sherlock Holmes became a consulting detective to just before the World War One.

The Stories:  The editors of this collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches are professionals who have worked together and separately on many excellent anthologies of fiction. This is another shining example of their work.

The stories include Ghosts and the Machine by Lloyd Rose where a young Mycroft Holmes and Sherlock Holmes have accompanied their father on a trip to New England. They meet up with Mr. Henry Olcott, a reporter who served on the panel that investigated the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Eventually this lead to an investigation of a seance by the two brothers.

Another story, The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist by Loren D. Estleman, involves Dr. Watson along with Holmes and Wyatt Earp as they must prove Doc Holliday innocent of a murder.

A delightful story is The Case of Colonel Crockett's Violin by Gillian Linscott where Holmes and Watson are in San Antonio, Texas. They are asked to verify the authenticity of the the violin played by Davy Crocket at the Alamo.

Several stories refer to events that take place in Doyle's A Study in Scarlet using the Utah connection to keep to the theme of Sherlock Holmes in America. There are several other stories including one where Holmes and Watson are involved in a case that features American Football!


The Writing:  The editors have drawn on some of the best short story writers of the day and the stories reflect that quality. One fun aspect of an anthology is the various looks at Holmes bringing out aspects that the reader may not have seen before. This books delivers on that aspect as well a providing good mysteries, some humor and insight to the life of Sherlock Holmes.

I do wish that the line-up of the content had been a little different. The darkest, most morbid story about Holmes was the last story in the book. This was then followed by three essays about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I would have preferred if the essays had been sprinkled among the stories and that the last story would have been a happier one. But I was not asked to edit this collection...

The Rating:  ... This novel has a rating of 4 "Pipes." I recommend that you add this book to your collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. It was enjoyable.

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