The Adventure of the Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes.
The Adventure of the Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes
Authorized and licensed by the Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Loren D. Estleman, editor
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9781440574504, $26.99 Hardcover, 272 pp, www.amazon.com
This volume is the latest collection of Sherlockian pastiches by a dozen authors ranging from J.M. Barrie, a close friend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and a short piece by Conan Doyle himself, with a long "short story" anchoring the book by Loren D. Estleman, the editor, which pairs Nick Carter with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on a very timely topic, human trafficking. Most are classic reprints, but four are original stories featuring the famed detective.
Each tale stands on its own, but Holmes characteristically remains a constant, as does his faithful sidekick, Dr. Watson. The situations vary, but Holmes' intellect always rises to the occasion. In an introduction, the editor provides an interesting discussion of the development of the detective novel, from Poe forward. For this feature alone the volume is to be recommended.