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  • Learn About Victorian Times Via Holmes!

    As an enamoured Sherlock Holmes fan, these snippets were such fun to read! Each chapter is a brief description of different aspects of the time, linking them to Sherlock Holmes mysteries, sort of appetizers to whet the reader's appetite...with great success in my case. I've read loads and loads of fiction and nonfiction books written in/about the Victorian era so was thrilled to devour even more! It's obvious that the author took pains and a lot of research in writing this book. When making notes on this delightful book, I started marking my favourites. Well, after a short time the realization dawned nearly all are my favourites! But some which stand out are the dangers of gas lamp lighting, the invention of scrapbooking and cardboard, information about venomous jellyfish and snakes (both of which I love!), yellow fever and telling time. My plan is to read the other volumes of this set (this is #3). The author definitely left me wanting more! This book would be ideal for Sherlock Holmes readers as well as those interested in the Victorian era. When reading each chapter I envisioned the corresponding stories and Jeremy Brett episodes on TV.

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  • Brief Glimpses into the World of Holmes

    A series of short essays (usually very short) on various items or groups of note to be found throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories. They range from snakes to clothes, paper to women, and often give interesting tidbits of information that would have been known to Holmes' readers at the time, but have lost significance or today are unknown to the general public. Well researched, these brief essays are excellent for reading in between other things, lunch breaks, etc when you only have a little time to dip into a book. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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  • I loved this collection of essays!

    I loved this collection of essays! I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes and all of the pop culture surrounding Doyle's tales, but like many others, I have not had the pleasure of reading many of these stories... Well I am going to start now, this minute, to devour the legend of the world's greatest detective starting with the rest of Liese Sherwood-Fabre's books. I came into this series of essay collections at Volume 3 but will shortly be working my way through the two previous volumes. So I am all the way backwards with this, I know, but as I see it... I can now use these volumes as reference as I move through the Sherlock journey! These essays give incredible insight to very specific themes found through Sherlock's cases and links them with great references, history, and depth given to each topic. A gem for fans and non-fans alike, each essay is draped with rich Victorian-era history that will engage any reader. Unlike many collections where I only find a few keepers in the bunch, this was on the opposite side of the spectrum where I had a hard time remembering any I disliked. Great collection and I am excited to complete the series

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