The Italian Secretary

The Italian Secretary

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland when a renowned architect and his foreman are brutally murdered while preparing to renovate a wing of the famous Royal Palace of Holyrood.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2005.
ISBN: 9780743550048
0743550048
Characteristics: 6 compact discs (ca. 7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Prebble, Simon

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Daj_O
Feb 28, 2018

Caleb Carr has passed the "write like Conan Doyle" exercise. Holmes and Dr Watson -- as well as the descriptive passages -- sound like Conan Doyle had written them. I'd agree with the earlier comment that the plot isn't as strong as the original author's machinations, but it's still a ripping yarn. I did feel like there is a bit of a plot hole at the end. The reader is excellent and all the characters are very distinct.

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Bopuppy
Feb 15, 2013

I've been a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories for many years but am unimpressed by the recent spate of 'copycat' Holmes stories. This one is a cut above the usual, however. It's misty and atmospheric, set about 1895, and the reader does an excellent job of bringing it all to life.

The story line is a bit thin and of course 'The Italian Secretary' isn't in the same league as 'A Study in Scarlet', but overall it's pretty good--the best 'copycat' Holmes I've yet come across.

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