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Requiem for Sherlock Holmes


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Fantastic Read...
I read this book in one afternoon, I can't remember the last time I did that. I really could not put it down. The stories were great, I loved the insights into the relationship between Holmes and Watson and as I have read Doyle in the past I can honestly say the writer was very authentic in capturing the dynamic between the two beautifully. I really recommend this book, wonderfully told stories where mystery abounds. Five Stars, I will be keeping an eye out for any further publications from this author.

Christina George, 2014
Reproduced by kind permission

Christina is the author of The Rise of the Sidhe


Requiem For Sherlock Holmes...
.....is a recent Holmes collection written by Paul Stuart Hayes and published by Hidden Tiger. This is the author's first Sherlock Holmes book but you would not guess that from the quality of the stories. They are uniformly excellent, detailed, well-plotted and with a Watsonian voice straight from the canon.

The centre-piece is the novella which kick starts the collection, The Ancestral Horror. We meet Holmes' father who is languishing in jail accused of murder. We get Holmes' customary brilliance in solving the crime, but we also get a fascinating insight into the relationship between father and son. Now, the relationship is strained to the point of non-existence and the reasons lie deep in the past. Holmes is not portrayed as a saint and even Watson has to question whether he really knows Holmes. The author plays fair all along and we along with Watson have to determine for ourselves where to apportion blame. It is a wonderful bonus to go hand in hand with Holmesian writing of the highest order. The dialogue throughout is exemplary, the experience authentic. This is one of those collections which require further reading to capture all the nuances in its pages.

Now, as you may have surmised the novella is a towering achievement, but don't think for a moment that the other stories are mere filler. They are not. They are every bit as good. Here is an author who loves his characters, loves putting words in their mouths and we the readers are the ones who benefit. If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes collections you will be hard pushed to find a better one around at the moment. If I had written it I would be glowing with pride. Well done, Paul.

David Ruffle, 2013
Reproduced by kind permission

David is the author of the acclaimed Sherlock Holmes Lyme Regis trilogy comprising
Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror
Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy
Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Trials


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary creation Sherlock Holmes has recently undergone a modern reinvention through BBC Television's Sherlock, but in Paul Stuart Hayes' Requiem for Sherlock Holmes, we find Holmes and Watson back in the period which we as fans are most familiar with; hansom cabs and telegrams are the height of technology and there's not an iPhone or skyscraper in sight!

Through most of the book I was reminded of the actor Jeremy Brett, the greatest Holmes of all to my mind. This feeling is heightened as The Ancestral Horror kicks into gear, depicting Holmes at his most enigmatic and brilliant. At the story's heart is the catalyst of a dark, suppressed family secret, and as the plot twists and turns, it brings even the ever-dependable Watson to question whether his friend is being wholly honest with him. The story is a well paced and clever pastiche which harks back to Conan Doyle's style and evokes the period vividly.

The author clearly has a deep love and understanding of Doyle's creation and his portrayal of the characters of Holmes and Watson is pitch perfect. The other stories in Requiem for Sherlock Holmes are equally as engaging and varied, with nods and rewards along the way for Holmes afficionados and more casual readers alike. I particularly enjoyed The Penitent Man with its supernatural undertones and the gruesome subplot, which I will leave to the reader to discover for themselves.

All in all, a great effort which the both author and his publisher, Hidden Tiger, can be proud of. I look forward to reading more from this writer and maybe his further tales of the world's greatest detective.

Stephen Watts, 2012
Reproduced by kind permission

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