Sherlock Holmes Society of London
"Never judge a book by its title! I didn’t know what to expect when this splendid volume came into my possession. By the time I had read the two introductions telling me what the book wasn’t, I was starting to wonder what it was. I was in for a treat. Here are the twelve original stories of the Adventures, dissected, analysed, turned inside out and on their heads, and re-presented for the reader’s edification with explanations that attempt to resolve some of the inconsistencies in the canon. If this sounds rather dry, have no fear. Dunn-Meynell enlivens his conversations between Holmes and Watson with a wonderfully witty, tongue-in-cheek humour, which had me variously smiling, nodding sagaciously or laughing out loud. Do I believe the Brothers Holmes have developed a system of eating toast noiselessly to meet the Diogenes’ strict standards? Yes, absolutely. It seems the only natural thing to do under the circumstances.
The author’s depth of knowledge of the canon is first-rate, the language true to the original stories and the additional asides can only be labelled as touches of brilliance. A thoroughly enjoyable read, which had me hoping that Dunn-Meynell turns his attention to the Memoirs next to see what he can make of them."
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