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The Mammoth Book of The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes (Mammoth Books)



By: Denis O. Smith(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: C & R Crime (16 Jan. 2014)

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The original title of the book: The Mammoth Book of The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes (Mammoth Books)

These are stories of the sort loved by true fans of the greatest of all detectives, in which a client tells Holmes a strange tale, drawing him into a baffling mystery. Whether in fogbound London or deep in the English countryside, these action-packed stories, set during the 1880s and early 1890s, before Holmes's disappearance at the Reichenbach Falls, faithfully recreate the atmosphere of Conan Doyle's early Holmes stories.

This wonderful anthology brings together the best work of Denis O. Smith, much admired for his new Sherlock Holmes stories, including 'A Hair's Breadth', 'The Adventure of the Smiling Face' and 'An Incident in Society'. Ten of these stories have never previously been published in book form.

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  • By JMaxfield on 25 January 2017

    This absolutely superb volume of short stories was a pure pleasure to read. I would also like to say that Denis O. Smith is at the top of his game in writing Sherlock Holmes short story pastiches. In my opinion - I don't think that if anyone read this volume of short stories intermixed with Conan Doyle stories that they would be able to differentiate the authors (except the Sherlockians). Recommended reading for all Sherlock fans who like their stories to be in the traditional way.The Adventure of the Crimson ArrowThe Adventure of Kendal TerraceA Hair's BreadthThe Adventure of the Smiling FaceThe Adventure of the Fourth GloveThe Adventure of the Richmond RecluseThe Adventure of the English ScholarThe Adventure of the Amethyst RingThe Adventure of the Willow Pool (story can also be found in The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes Volume 4)The Adventure of Queen HippolytaThe Adventure of Dedstone MillAn Incident in Society

  • By Detective Fan on 24 March 2017

    Denis O Smith is a really good writer and these are very good stories. Many of them are uncannily like Conan Doyle's stories while at the same time being highly original and new. Best of all, perhaps, is "The Willow Pool", but others are almost as good. There is some excellent deductive work in "Kendal Terrace", some very creepy moments in "The Smiling Face", and a thrilling climax in "The Richmond Recluse". Nor do the stories tail off towards the end of the book: "Dedstone Mill" is full of tension from start to finish, as Holmes and Watson place themselves in a legally dubious position, and the final story, "An Incident in Society", although relatively brief, is one of the best stories in the book, involving a cryptic message from a talking parrot!Highly recommended by a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast and detective-story fan!

  • By Bitter Emily on 8 March 2017

    Quite a good collection In a convincing Doyle style. I did find a couple of stories to be a bit uninvolving, and the author seems to repeat the formula (of starting with a very extended monologue by a client followed by an investigation) too much, but there are some very good stories in here - the best ones are fantastic, and I am looking forward to reading vol 2.

  • By Ye Olde Ed on 25 April 2014

    The Watson style is deceptively difficult to imitate. Good practitioners include June Thomson, Hugh Ashton and David Marcum, but the best is probably Denis O Smith. His excellent early stories, collected in four volumes as "The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes", appear to be out of print, but it’s a delight to welcome "The Mammoth Book of The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes", twelve adventures, most previously uncollected. Many pasticheurs think that Holmes must at least have a murder to investigate, but Mr Smith knows that ‘The Red-Headed League’ and ‘The Blue Carbuncle’ are among the best tales in the canon, and he follows suit. In his stories we hear the authentic voices of Holmes and Watson, and it all rings true. May we hope that the rest of Mr Smith's stories will soon be made available again?

  • By Smask on 3 March 2014

    There were no glaring Americanism, so Holmes and Watson had the right sound. Not all the stories were as strong as they might be, some being overly long. However o the whole a worthwhile and entertaining read.

  • By Holmes Fan on 9 July 2014

    In Issue 339 of "The District Messenger" (January 30, 2014), the newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, editor Roger Johnson wrote: "The Watson style is deceptively difficult to imitate. Good practitioners include June Thomson, Hugh Ashton and David Marcum, but the best is probably Denis O. Smith."While I would add a few other names to this list, such as the late Barrie Roberts, Gerard Kelly, and Tony Reynolds, I have to agree that the best truly is Denis O. Smith. From the first time that I first read Mr. Smith's initial efforts at editing Watson's notes, in the pamphlets that he originally self-published back in the early 1980's, I knew that these were a cut above the others. Now, with this latest collection of Smith's work, mixing seven new stories with five that have been previously published elsewhere, we have even more to enjoy.The seven new stories, never previously published - as far as my research can determine - are (with titles appropriately prefaced by "The Adventure of"): "Kendal Terrace", "The Smiling Face", "The Fourth Glove", "The English Scholar", "The Amethyst Ring", "Queen Hyppolyta", and "Dedstone Mill".As I mentioned, five of the stories in this collection have been previously published. One of them, "The Richmond Recluse" (originally published under the title "The Richmond Horror") first appeared in issues 32 and 33 of the now-defunct "Sherlock" magazine, and then in the book collection "Sherlock Holmes: The Game's Afoot", edited by David Stuart Davies.Three of the previously published stories in this book each made their first appearance in the new "Strand Magazine", and have remained uncollected until now: "A Hair's Breadth" (Issue No.1), "The Crimson Arrow" (Issue No.2), and "An Incident in Society" (Issue No.3).The final previously published story in this current collection, "The Willow Pool", initially appeared in Smith's "The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes, Volume IV" (2002 - Calabash Press).For new fans of Mr. Smith's works, all of the rest of his editorial efforts of Watson's notes are available in a few other volumes, although some effort and expense will be required to obtain them. "The Brown Box" was originally in issue 68 of "Sherlock" magazine, and was also in the collection "Sherlock Holmes: The Game's Afoot", edited by Davies. The rest of Smith's works, some reprinted from his early pamphlets and some newly written at the time, were previously collected in the four volumes of "The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes", published by Calabash Press in the 1990's and early 2000's. For those who were not fortunate enough or observant enough to snap up "The Chronicles" when they first appeared, acquiring them now can be quite expensive. However, they are well worth it.My only complaint about this particular book, and it's not enough to reduce the five-star rating that this book deserves, has nothing to do with the stories at all. It's the cover art, which shows two people who, upon examination, do not look like too much like Our Heroes at all, other than the correct-period clothing. (Holmes and Watson belong in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.) Especially disturbing is that odd and somewhat cadaver-esque-looking Holmes. Or maybe Watson's illustration looks worse. I vacillate back and forth. They're both bad. I wish that something like the original art that appeared on Smith's "The Chronicles" books, which showed Holmes and Watson as if they had been drawn by Sidney Paget, could have been used instead. However, one can't judge a book by its cover, and the contents inside this volume more than overcome the dissatisfaction that I have with the book's illustration.By my count, there are currently twenty-six of Watson's adventures that have been edited by Smith over the years. Twelve of them appear in this current book, leaving fourteen to be collected in a future second volume, which I want to go on record as demanding right now. And while I'm at it, I would like to encourage Mr. Smith keep editing more of Watson's notes. I wrote an enthusiastic fan letter to him at his British home years ago, and he was kind enough to write back. This is a more public fan letter, but my sentiments are still the same. He is the best of the lot at capturing Watson's voice, and he only has to "edit" another 34 more stories to equal the number of the original Canon. I can't wait.

  • By Mrs HZ Holdsworth on 21 February 2014

    This is a fantastic collection of stories with intrigue and excitement in abundance. Holmes’ deductions are brilliant and there are always plenty of surprises. The depiction of victorian London is really good. I particularly like The Adventure of the Willow Pool which is a bit longer than some. It’s filled with mystery and intrigue but also has a reflective quality which shows the versatility of this author and demonstrates his wonderful use of prose.I found myself completely drawn into these short stories as the atmosphere is so well described; The Adventure of the Smiling Face has some very creepy moments!This is a real page-turner, I highly recommend it!

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