Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes (A Sherlock Holmes Mystery)

3.27 avg rating
( 161 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781847512369: Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes (A Sherlock Holmes Mystery)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The original super-sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, is back on the case - When James Wilson retires from journalism, he decides to settle down in Herefordshire with a room-mate, a Mr Cedric Coombes, and at first thinks little of his new friend’s eccentric behaviour. But he can’t shake the feeling that he knows him from somewhere else. As Coombes displays his magnificent deductive prowess, and becomes embroiled in the police investigation of the apparent murder of a man in bathtub, Wilson, or should we say Watson, begins to wonder just who this Coombes really is . . .

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

After an embedded tour in Afghanistan, journalist James Wilson returns to England, intending to settle into a quiet life in a small town. Looking to share the rental on a cottage, he is introduced to Cedric Coombes, a tall, thin man in his 60s. Coombes, who instantly reminds Wilson of someone, turns out to be a curious fellow: a cocaine user and amateur violin player possessed of the most astonishing deductive powers. No, this isn't a spoof of the Holmes stories; it's played straight. Coombes really is who you think he is, and there's a perfectly logical (although inherently fantastical) explanation as to how he comes to be living here in the twenty-first century. Grant devises an engaging mystery for our returning hero to solve, a thoroughly modern case involving murder, an American veteran of the Iraq War, torture, and (a more traditional Holmesian element) eerie spectral sightings. Grant adopts a variant of Conan Doyle's style that seems neither artificial nor forced. Readers will settle in and feel right at home in this first of a projected series. A genuine treat. --Booklist, 1st May 2010

From Publishers Weekly:

The pseudonymous Grant takes a fantastic premise—that a frozen Sherlock Holmes is miraculously revived in the 21st century—and puts it to effective use in this first in a projected series of pastiches. In a career parallel to the original Dr. Watson's, middle-aged British journalist James Wilson returns, wounded, from the current war in Afghanistan, and finds himself in need of a roommate. A chance meeting with an acquaintance leads him to share a cottage in the Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye with one Cedric Coombes, who has a particular interest in history from 1914 on. The action-heavy backstory, involving a mission to avert WWI, is the weakest point, but the present-day murder mystery, with connections to American abuses of prisoners in Iraq, is solid and makes the prospect of further books welcome. Grant gets some details wrong (Doyle's Holmes often quoted from Shakespeare, for example), but Sherlockians will be pleasantly surprised. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780727868879: The Strange Return of Sherlock Holmes

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  072786887X ISBN 13:  9780727868879
Publisher: Severn House Publishers, 2010
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Barry Grant
Published by Severn House Trade Paperback (2011)
ISBN 10: 1847512364 ISBN 13: 9781847512369
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Severn House Trade Paperback, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1847512364

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 33.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Barry Grant
Published by Severn House Publishers (2011)
ISBN 10: 1847512364 ISBN 13: 9781847512369
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1847512364

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 29.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Grant, Barry
Published by Severn House Trade Paperback (2011)
ISBN 10: 1847512364 ISBN 13: 9781847512369
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Severn House Trade Paperback, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111847512364

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 45.63
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds