The whole art of detection : lost mysteries of Sherlock Holmes / Lyndsay Faye.

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    • Publication Information:
      First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Internationally bestselling author Lyndsay Faye was introduced to the Sherlock Holmes mysteries when she was ten years old and her dad suggested she read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." She immediately became enamored with tales of Holmes and his esteemed biographer Dr. John Watson, and later, began spinning these quintessential characters into her own works of fiction--from her acclaimed debut novel, Dust and Shadow, which pitted the famous detective against Jack the Ripper, to a series of short stories for the Strand Magazine, whose predecessor published the very first Sherlock Holmes short story in 1891. Faye's best Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in The Whole Art of Detection, a stunning collection that spans Holmes's career, from self-taught young upstart to publicly lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894. In "The Lowther Park Mystery," the unsociable Holmes is forced to attend a garden party at the request of his politician brother and improvises a bit of theater to foil a conspiracy against the government. "The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel" brings Holmes's attention to the baffling murder of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage. With Holmes and Watson encountering all manner of ungrateful relatives, phony psychologists, wronged wives, plaid-garbed villains, and even a peculiar species of deadly red leech, The Whole Art of Detection is a must-read for Sherlockians and any fan of historical crime fiction with a modern sensibility.
    • Content Notes:
      Before Baker Street. The case of Colonel Warburton's madness -- The adventure of the magical menagerie -- The adventure of the vintner's codex -- The early years. The adventure of the honest wife -- The adventure of the beggar's feast -- Memoranda upon the Gaskell blackmailing dilemma -- The Lowther Park mystery -- The return. An empty house -- The adventure of the memento Mori -- Notes regarding the disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore -- The adventure of the willow basket -- The later years. The adventure of the lightless maiden -- The adventure of the Thames Tunnel -- The adventure of the mad baritone -- Notes upon the Diadem Club affair.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographic references (page [351]-352).
    • Other Titles:
      Short stories. Selections
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Booklist Reviews 2016 December #1

*Starred Review* Most attempts to imitate the Sherlock Holmes stories go wide, often by making the Great Detective a sarcastic snip and good Dr. Watson a total boob. But Faye's wonderful collection of pastiches is rooted in a little-understood fact about the Holmes canon: the stories are not about Holmes; they're about Watson observing Holmes. In the originals, we sense Holmes trying to direct his Boswell's narrative and suspect there is more to the story. So does Faye's Watson, speculating that Holmes' emotional detachment—especially from women—is the result of "some tragedy having befallen my friend." And isn't Holmes really much funnier than image-conscious Watson lets him be? We have our answer in sequences penned by Holmes, as when he parodies Watson's fondness for lighting women from behind and describing "‘the sweet ellipse of her mouth parted in dismay.' Or some such drivel." There are mysteries here and razzle-dazzle deductions—Holmes privately calls some of them "parlor tricks"—but the real attraction is the power of these 15 stories to make the originals glow even brighter. For Holmesians to read, then treasure. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2016 October #2

Author of the Edgar Award-winning The Gods of Gotham, Faye offers 15 Sherlock Holmes-inspired stories. Ten were originally published in the Strand and have been expanded, three have appeared in multi-author anthologies, and two have never before been published.. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

LJ Reviews 2016 November #1

Faye (Jane Steele), who first wrote about legendary sleuthing duo John Watson and Sherlock Holmes in her debut novel, Dust and Shadow, here collects 15 of her best Holmes-inspired stories. Spanning the breadth of the detective's celebrated career, these pieces find him rubbing shoulders with bogus beggars, avaricious offspring, jewel thieves, and all manner of scoundrels. Devoted fans might recognize many stories from previous publication in the Strand magazine, but "The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel" and "The Adventure of the Mad Baritone" are exciting new works. VERDICT Sherlockians will be delighted, as will Faye's many fans. A nice companion to The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories, edited by Otto Penzler. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/16; library marketing.]—Liv Hanson, Chicago. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2017 January #1

Edgar-finalist Faye, whose debut, Dust and Shadow (2009), was one of the better novel-length pastiches pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper, presents pitch-perfect Watsonian narration in 13 of the 15 tales in this outstanding collection; the other two are told from Holmes's perspective. The stories are divided into four chronological sections: the first predates the Holmes-Watson partnership; the second covers the period before Reichenbach; the third dates to after Holmes' resurrection; and the fourth treats the pair's later years sleuthing together. Most take Conan Doyle's tantalizing references to untold tales as their starting point, as in "Notes Regarding the Disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore," which deals with a man who vanished after returning home to retrieve his umbrella. All impressively add psychological depth to the friendship, plausibly exploring personal dynamics in the wake of traumas such as the loss of Watson's wife and Holmes's apparent return from the dead, in a way that will resonate especially with fans of the BBC's Sherlock. Agent: Erin Malone, William Morris Endeavor. (Mar.)

Copyright 2016 Publisher Weekly.