Holmes entangled / Gordon McAlpine.

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      Summary: "From the Edgar-nominated author of Hammett Unwritten and Woman with a Blue Pencil comes a startling meta-fiction tale told in the voice of Sherlock Holmes. Set in 1920s' London, Cambridge, and Paris, Holmes's final adventure leads him through labyrinths of crime and espionage in a mortally dangerous inquiry into the unseen nature of existence itself. Sherlock Holmes, now in his seventies, retired from investigations and peaceably disguised as a professor at Cambridge, is shaken when a modestly successful author in his late-sixties named Arthur Conan Doyle calls upon him at the university. This Conan Doyle, notable for historical adventure stories, science fiction, and a three-volume history of the Boer War (but no detective tales), somehow knows of the false professor's true identity and pleads for investigative assistance. Someone is trying to kill Conan Doyle. Who? Why? Good questions, but what intrigues Holmes most is how the "middling scribbler" ascertained Holmes's identity in the first place, despite the detective's perfect disguise. Holmes takes the case. There is danger every step of the way. Great powers want the investigation quashed. But with the assistance of Dr. Watson's widow, Holmes persists, exploring seances, the esoterica of Edgar Allan Poe, the revolutionary new science of quantum mechanics, and his own long-denied sense of loss and solitude. Ultimately, even Sherlock Holmes is unprepared for what the evidence suggests"-- Provided by publisher.
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      MCALPINE, G. Holmes entangled. [s. l.]: Seventh Street Books, 2018. ISBN 9781633882072. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.561274. Acesso em: 20 fev. 2020.
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      McAlpine G. Holmes Entangled. Seventh Street Books; 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.561274. Accessed February 20, 2020.
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      McAlpine, G. (2018). Holmes entangled. Seventh Street Books.
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      McAlpine, Gordon. 2018. Holmes Entangled. Seventh Street Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.561274.
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      McAlpine, G. (2018) Holmes entangled. Seventh Street Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.561274 (Accessed: 20 February 2020).
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      McAlpine, G 2018, Holmes entangled, Seventh Street Books, viewed 20 February 2020, .
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      McAlpine, Gordon. Holmes Entangled. Seventh Street Books, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.561274.
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      McAlpine, Gordon. Holmes Entangled. Seventh Street Books, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.561274.
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      McAlpine G. Holmes entangled [Internet]. Seventh Street Books; 2018 [cited 2020 Feb 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.561274


Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1

*Starred Review* Believe it! Sherlock Holmes actually said, "while the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty." Thus does he foreshadow quantum mechanics in this pastiche that has the old bloodhound—he's 73 now—moving through a literary detective novel. It's to author McAlpine's credit that he makes what might have been an arch exercise into a joy to read. The plot finds Jorge Luis Borges coming across a manuscript handwritten by long-deceased Holmes. Suddenly Borges is evading a killer and seeking out a PI for help. Then we dive into the manuscript itself, and Holmes tells us he's become a college professor with a phony German accent. He's consulted by a midlist author named Conan Doyle about a problematic seance, and what follows is an engrossing display of Holmesian scholarship, bent on convincing us that Holmes was not the Victorian gentleman the late Watson portrayed. It's a fascinating read, smart and entertaining for all that it's based on those quantum mechanics. That's right, it's Holmes confronting alternate universes, and it's wonderful. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 January #2

Readers curious about an elderly Sherlock Holmes who was never a Victorian gentleman may enjoy this offbeat pastiche from Edgar-finalist McAlpine (Woman with a Blue Pencil). In 1943, Jorge Luis Borges hires an unnamed PI in Buenos Aires to read what purports to be an unpublished memoir in Holmes's own hand entitled Uncertainty. In the manuscript, dated 1928, Holmes claims that Dr. Watson has misled the public about his retirement, saying he has spent five years "disguised as a variety of visiting lecturers at Oxford and Cambridge Universities." Holmes is dumbfounded when Arthur Conan Doyle appears at Cambridge and is able to identify him even though he's disguised as classical physicist Heinrich von Schimmel. The author was told where to find Holmes by the spirit of Stanley Baldwin at a séance, despite Baldwin's being alive and serving as prime minister. Even weirder twists follow in a novel that explores the idea of parallel universes. That McAlpine's Holmes is far removed from Doyle's original may disappoint some Sherlockians. Agent: Lukas Ortiz, Philip Spitzer Literary Agency. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.