The Italian Secretary

The Italian Secretary

A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

Large Print - 2005
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Caleb Carr's newest tale (commissioned by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) begins when Sherlock Holmes reveals to Dr. Watson an encrypted telegram he has received from his brother Mycroft; the famous detective has been summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland. Rushed northward on a royal train - and nearly murdered themselves en route - Holmes and Watson must solve two murders that may be key elements of a much more elaborate and pernicious plot on the Queen's life.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike/Windsor/Paragon, 2005.
ISBN: 9780786278985
0786278986
9781405612098
1405612096
9781405612104
140561210X
Branch Call Number: Large Print CAR
Characteristics: 365 pages (large print) ;,23 cm

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 10, 2017

Although I love the original Holmes stories that I read growing up, invariably I am disappointed when I try one of the Holmes stories written by others. This one has cured me of the desitre to read any more Holmes pastiches.

Being a fan of mysteries with supernatural overtones, I thought I would try this. But I gave up long before the ghost (or whatever) was introduced -- before they even arrived in Scotland, in fact. Talk, talk, talk, even when there was some action. This has convinced me to reread Doyle's books if I am in the mood for a Sherlock Holmes story, and not try any of the imitators.

KateHillier Sep 03, 2013

***Warning! Slight spoilers ahead!!***

Not a bad crack at Holmes from the author of one of my all time favourite books (The Alienist). Holmes and Watson are really a team here and I really like the way they play off each other off the cuff. I mean its something that you expect that they have between them but I love me a competent Watson and I love that Carr has a Watson who is capable of working on his own line with Holmes following suit as much as vice versa.

I love the use of Mycroft in any Holmes story but it seems here that he's absent far more than he ought to be. The story also sort of tilts from supernatural to not rather suddenly considering that we're meant to make Watson's mistake of assuming that Holmes actually believes, literally, in the power of ghosts. That's really my only point of contention. Otherwise it's good fun and a lovely ride with Holmes and Watson.

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InsJavert
Jan 13, 2013

Listen to the audio version. Interesting but only an average story.

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