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Sherlock Holmes and the Murder at the Savoy and Other Stories (Anglais) Broché – 30 juin 2013

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This second series of five novelettes told in the traditional manner by Doctor Watson focusses on Gilbert and Sullivan themes. A young heiress, about to appear in The Mikado, disappears from her private school. Mr D'Oyly Carte engages Sherlock Holmes to investigate mysterious incidents that take place at the Savoy Theatre. Holmes is arrested for murder, but arraigned on another charge, and he is challenged to a duel by an unlikely antagonist. Lastly, he and Watson investigate the strange case of the Queen, Prince Albert and John Brown at Windsor Castle.

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Mike Hogan is the author of many Sherlock Holmes books including the best-selling Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston trilogy.

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Vous ne souhaitez pas passer des heures sur une longue enquête: profitez de ce livre ou Sherlock Holmes vous fera démonstration sur démonstration grâce à son esprit d'observation et brio de déduction habituel.
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HASH(0x9785feb8) étoiles sur 5 All the perfumes of Arabia... 27 février 2014
Par Raven - Publié sur
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Book Review 2/27/2014 Sherlock Holmes: Murder at the Savoy and Other Stories by Mike Hogan

As the reader pursues again the game afoot, the first story in line is “One Little Maid from School.”

Eleanor Lavery is an orphan who lives with her Uncle August, and her stepfather Percival. Under the terms of her father’s will, she is to come into a large fortune on the day of her marriage. At the moment, Percival controls the interest on her fortune and have a vested investment in seeing that she never marries. Being only a step uncle, August is considering marrying the girl himself.
When she vanishes from her boarding school, Percival calls in Sherlock Holmes while August has called in Archibald Barker, Holmes’ rival.

The search for the girl trails through a possible suicide, a possible murder, and possible imprisonment, or none of the above…
The climax is a neat twist, even if it is a tad predictable. Four out of five stars for this tale!

Next the reader comes to the title story “Murder at the Savoy.” When two Baronets are killed in their seat during a performance at the Savoy, Holmes is asked to take the case.

It is not a easy task. First of all, how were they killed with no one near them? Second, who benefits from the deaths of these two gentlemen? And finally, could the killer be trying for a “hat trick” of murders, with a third victim already chosen? Can this be prevented?

Well written and exciting, this tale deserves it’s five out of five!

Moving on, the reader encounters “A Scandal in Tite Street.” Sherlock Holmes has been challenged to a duel by none other than Oscar Wilde! The reason given is the question of the paternity of actress Lillie Langley’s child.

Simultaneously, Holmes is approached by Prince Alexander of Bulgaria to recover letters held by Wilde’s second, Frank Miles.
The web is woven like a net that threatens to enmesh all the players. The end, again is a trifle predictable, but the handling of the story I feel is worth five for five!

The next story “Trial by Jury” is easily the brightest diamond in the volume!
Holmes is charged with “breach of promise” for his offer of marriage to Charles Augustus Milverton. He is also suspected of murder in the Milverton case.

I cannot say a lot about this story, as I do not wish to spoil the reader’s view before they get the chance to read the story for themselves.

Holmes does go to trial, acting as his own attorney. And the case heats up!

Definitely a five out of five, perhaps more!

The last tale, “The Moving Finger Writes” is the weakest story in the volume. It is sad to go from the best to the weakest in only a few dozen pages. If this story had been set earlier in the book so as to finish on the previous story, it would hqve made a lot of Difference.

A retired Holmes is after a German Spy known as Joesphus Ballater. An assault of theft on the Royal Family is planned. An unlikely hero will foil the plots of carefully planned espionage. Holmes seems not to be at the top of his game.

At best I can give this story a three out of five. It wouldn’t be so glaringly weak had it not followed the best tale in the book.
But tallying up The Raven finds in the matter of this volume a four out of five decision. I must get other volumes by Mike Hogan, as I enjoyed most of this one!

Quoth the Raven…
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HASH(0x97aa5120) étoiles sur 5 More Asolutely Good Stuff 2 octobre 2013
Par Drstatz - Publié sur
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I just wrote a review of 'Sherlock Holmes: The Skull of Kohada Koheiji & Other Stories' and will say his book is even better. The former book received (what I consider) well deserved rave reviews. Of course you can't simply say something like 'See what I said about the other book'. Because of the excellence of the two books by Mr Hogan I have read, he is now on the list of authors whose books go promptly into my shopping cart. They are marvelous.
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HASH(0x97aa50e4) étoiles sur 5 Mike Hogan's second collection of novellas 3 novembre 2013
Par Philip K. Jones - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This is the second collection of novellas by Mr. Hogan. The first collection had a basic Japanese theme and this collection carries a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta theme.

The first story, "One Little Maid from School," tells of a missing schoolgirl with overly protective male relatives who have financial hopes from her inheritance. The tale goes into the details of how budding debutantes were trained and constrained. It also gives details of the evasive measures used by those young ladies to exercise some control over their own lives.

The second tale, "Murder at the Savoy," introduces two murders during performances of "Ruddygore" (later "Ruddigore") in its initial run. Holmes is engaged by D'Oyly Carte to clear the operetta of the superstitious stigma of "unlucky" or "cursed." Even worse, the two murder victims are baronets and the operetta is about two evil baronets, so the producer is in a panic. Holmes uncovers the murderer and the methods, but justice is cheated.

The third story is "A Scandal in Tite Street" and it opens with Oscar Wilde issuing a dueling challenge to Holmes. Several princes, including the Prince of Wales and his grandson become involved and the cause of the duel seems to be a packet of letters of which Holmes is unaware. The duel takes place and honor is defended but nothing is as it seems to Dr. Watson.

The fourth tale is "Trial by Jury" and it opens with Holmes being arrested for the murder of Charles Augustus Millverton. It ends with Holmes on trial for "Breech of Promise' to one Miss Agatha Butterworth(?) , the maid of Mr. Millverton. Holmes chooses to act in his own defense and refuses to engage a barrister. His defense is odd, to say the least.

The final tale is "The Moving Finger Writes" and it involves high jinks at Windsor Castle. The Queen is getting messages from the deceased Prince Consort and from her deceased gillie, John Brown. In addition, one of Moriarty's minions is planning a "heist" that may involve the Palace. The Palace servants are split into factions who are just short of openly at war and Palace management are on their way to mental and physical breakdowns.

This book is well-edited and the mysteries are all complex and puzzling. There are a few anachronisms, but those are hard to avoid for 21st Century writers. The presentation of various Gilbert and Sullivan operetta throughout the entire book adds a definite charm to the volume. The stories are not so dark as those in his earlier collection, but not all outcomes are happy or emotionally satisfying. On the other hand, neither is reality.

Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, November, 2013
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HASH(0x97aa56c0) étoiles sur 5 Absorbing Holmes Stories 30 août 2013
Par hambone - Publié sur
Format: Broché
A collection of intriguing stories on theatrical themes with excellent characterizations of Holmes and Watson, told with humor and charm.
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HASH(0x97aa58dc) étoiles sur 5 Watson and Holmes 22 octobre 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Good stories. Authentic feel. Maybe just a touch too much Watson and not enough Holmes. But overall, quite good.
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