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Book Reviews: Sherlock Holmes in America + Paladin of Souls

Sherlock Holmes in America edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg and Daniel Stashomer

Holmes and Watson have passed from literature into legend and this collection of stories has taken them to America for more mystery solving. This is a very good collection.

The Case of Colonel Warburton’s Madness
Watson tells Holmes of an incident that happened to him when he was in San Francisco. Holmes solves the case. This was excellent.

Ghosts and the Machine
This is the diary of a young Mycroft Holmes which tells of how he and his annoying brother visited America. This was good.

Excerpts From An Unpublished Memoir Found In The Basement Of The Home For Retired Actors
A pompous actor’s biography tells of an unwitting encounter with a young Holmes as he learned the art of disguise. This is hilarious.

The Flowers of Utah
An okay follow up to ‘Study in Scarlet’.

The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist
Holmes, Watson and Wyatt Earp solve a murder. This is okay.

The Minister’s Missing Daughter
Holmes and Watson solve the case of a woman’s disappearance. This is okay.

Recalled to Life
During his great hiatus, Holmes helped a man victimised by a villain. Good.

The Seven Walnuts
Holmes and Watson do not appear in this story. Instead the Houdini family use them as the inspiration to solve a case. This is very funny.

The Case of the Rival Queens
Holmes and Watson investigate odd goings on at a seemingly idyllic commune. This was good.

The Song At Twilight
In 1914 an elderly Holmes has an odd undercover job in America. This is somewhat bizarre. Still it was nice to see Holmes mourn his late friend.

Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold

From the author of ‘The Hallowed Hunt’ comes this tale of Ista, a royal dowager with a destiny.

Ista was cursed with madness and though she is now free of the curse, her keepers and attendants have her virtually imprisoned in a remote castle. Ista longs for freedom and talks her way into taking a pilgrimage.

But Ista is being guided by a god. On her path lie demons, magic, war and a struggle to save the realm. This is a richly detailed and enjoyable tale of magic, love and destiny.
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