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Book Reviews - Imogene and the Case of The Missing Pearls

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Book Reviews - Imogene and the Case of The Missing Pearls

Barbara Mariconda  “Sherlock Holmes finds a plucky protégé in Imogene! The story is a true Victorian whodunit, our young heroine surrounded by a list of colorful suspects – her conniving cousin, a temperamental governess, the elderly butler, to name a few. Readers will love tracking down clues, collecting evidence alongside Imogene, and will cheer when the handcuffs are placed on the unlikely culprit. An engaging mystery for young readers!”Barbara Mariconda (The Voyage of Lucy P. Simmons)Edgar winner and National Book Award finalist David Marcum “There are a lot of Sherlock Holmes books written for kids. This really excellent volume does...

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Book Review - The Immortals: An Unauthorised Guide to Sherlock and Elementary

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Book Review - The Immortals: An Unauthorised Guide to Sherlock and Elementary

"I first encountered Matthew Elliott as a fellow-contributor to Sherlock magazine, whose last issue appeared in 2006, the year in which Mark Gatiss told the Society of the mad idea he and Steven Moffat had for an updated Sherlock Holmes. Matthew has since established himself as a scriptwriter and occasional actor, and as the deviser and presenter of our annual Film Evening. There’s no one better qualified to provide a survey of Sherlock – which he does in The Immortals: An Unauthorised Guide to Sherlock and Elementary. Cumberbatch or Miller? They’re both fine actors, equally superb in Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein, and Matthew Elliott’s guide is throughout...

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Review of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Jim French Imagination Theatre Scripts

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Review of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Jim French Imagination Theatre Scripts

  “Twenty years ago Jim French — writer, actor and producer — decided to redress the decline of good popular drama on American radio: he set up Imagination Theatre to create quality series and single plays. Sherlock Holmes was only a part of it, but a very important part, and it began with The Further Adventures, a series gratifyingly reminiscent of the days when listeners tuned in every week to hear Rathbone and Bruce as Holmes and Watson. The main difference is that IT’s Watson, played by Lawrence Albert, is not only brave and loyal, but intelligent. Jim French assembled...

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Book Reviews - Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Beer Barons

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Book Reviews - Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Beer Barons

Strand Magazine "Reading this book will make most readers crave a drink, because the narrative includes so many descriptions of quality beer and other alcoholic beverages.  When a beer barrel delivered to 221B has an unexpected surprise inside, Holmes and Watson start investigating the case, along with the unwanted help of Miss Gertie Cresswell, a detective herself who admires Holmes.  There are some brief glimpses at Cresswell’s backstory, but a lot more needs to be provided to explain her character and decisions.  As it is, it’s unclear why she made some of the life choices she has.  The central mystery,...

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Review of Mrs. Hudson Takes the Stage

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“ … a delightful entertainment with more than a dash of comedy … deftly juggles historical fact with fictional whodunnit … Mrs. Hudson Takes the Stage holds up in the … world of Sherlock Holmes … and deserves a wider audience.”-Wilmington StarNews The game is afoot, but with a twist By Ben Steelman For The StarNews “Since retiring to Carolina Beach after a career as a psychologist and counselor, Barry S. Brown has devoted his life to setting things straight about Sherlock Holmes. Brown’s thesis, as you might recall, is that Mrs. Hudson, the indefatigable housekeeper at 221-B Baker St., London, was...

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