The Crimes of Dr. Watson

The Crimes of Dr Watson After the rooms at B Baker Street are set ablaze and a mutilated corpse is discovered in the wreckage Dr John H Watson is arrested and imprisoned at Coldbath Fields penitentiary Writing from a cram

  • Title: The Crimes of Dr. Watson
  • Author: Duane Swierczynski
  • ISBN: 9781594741999
  • Page: 118
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After the rooms at 221B Baker Street are set ablaze and a mutilated corpse is discovered in the wreckage Dr John H Watson is arrested and imprisoned at Coldbath Fields penitentiary Writing from a cramped and dimly lit cell, Watson describes the mysterious events leading up to his arrest Someone has been mailing him a series of cryptic warnings His lifelong friend SherAfter the rooms at 221B Baker Street are set ablaze and a mutilated corpse is discovered in the wreckage Dr John H Watson is arrested and imprisoned at Coldbath Fields penitentiary Writing from a cramped and dimly lit cell, Watson describes the mysterious events leading up to his arrest Someone has been mailing him a series of cryptic warnings His lifelong friend Sherlock Holmes has vanished in the raging waters of Reichenbach Falls And Professor Moriarty s criminal empire is expanding across Europe and throughout America In a desperate attempt to clear his good name, Watson has compiled twelve clues that may prove his innocence, including The front page of a newspaper from Thousand Oaks, California A catalog of Victorian fashions and merchandise An empty matchbook containing cryptic handwritten notes The complete text of The Final Problem, Watson s famous account of the death of Sherlock Holmes Plus a theater ticket, an arrest report, a railroad timetable, and All twelve clues have been painstakingly reproduced for this volume, along with the complete text of Watson s manuscript and specially commissioned illustrations by Homes aficionado Clint Hansen.

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    1. This was another interactive mystery, but this one was told from the point of view of Dr. Watson. The novel is about those who find clues to a mystery which apparently was supposed to be secret, buried and hidden. However, when new documentation is brought to light, the reader can try and solve the mystery with some of the clues which are given. This is brilliant for those who are fans of Sherlock and enjoys these kind of mysteries!I really loved the interactive side of things once again. Perhap [...]

    2. I must have sucker written on my forhead. This is not the first time I have thought it, but after opening my box of books this afternoon, I was sure. Give me a chance to read a new Sherlock Holmes story, and I will jump almost every time.I jumped at this one. It sounded like it could be a good story. I was not a 'bad' story, just meh.It is hard to read in the fine print on the cover and in the upper left corner, it says "An Interactive" - then, in bigger print "Sherlock Holmes Mystery". I am not [...]

    3. This book mostly consists of a letter from Watson to a friend in Philadelphia, asking for help proving his innocence in a crime. He has received several mysterious mailings from America, which are enclosed, along with several other clues. You, the reader, are supposed to use the account and the clues to solve the mystery. The aesthetic advantage this book has over the last one is that the clues are fully created, not just pictured, and included in envelopes pasted into the book. It is very very [...]

    4. Designed to look somewhat like an old album (photos, keepsakes, etc.), it features a letter from Watson to an American collegue of Holmes (the preposterously-named anagrammatical Colonel Harold Kelsh Resmo, Holmes himself in hiding). Anyway, the fun thing about it is that, bound into the book, are several loose items in envelopes (letters, drawings, theatre tickets and more) and other items, all to give the reader the physical clues as well as the narrative in order to try to solve the mystery.T [...]

    5. This was a really fun book. It is a mystery about Dr. Watson and the clues are included in the book. For example one page has an entire newspaper page attached to it that you need to unfold and read, or a ticket to a play you need to examine. All of the clues help you to solve the mystery. The solution is sealed at the end of the book so you aren't tempted to look ahead. Great story, the author did a good job of writing in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle.Note: Not for children. One of the clues [...]

    6. From the "Interactive Mysteries Series" this is an incredibly fun read. You are faced with reading about a plea from Dr. Watson to an investigator in PA to help solve a crime for which he has been sentenced to jail but did not commit. Along the way you are given a set of removable clues that you will use to piece together the who the real murderer was that committed the crimes that Dr. Watson has been convicted. Being a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, this was great entertainment for me and I thorou [...]

    7. Is this book super fun? Yes. But also possibly infuriating. Within the covers of this book lie physical artifacts of a fictional world, clues to help you piece together an intriguing mystery and draw out its secrets. Thing is, you may find yourself finding a particular detail more important than it is, become myopic in your convictions, and unseal the envelope containing the solution only to find yourself dropping a Usual Suspects coffee mug as you realize it was Kevin Spacey all along. That is [...]

    8. It was a quick, interesting read. Duane is no Conan Doyle though and I love him but it was well structured. I admired the work it took to put this together and the accuracy with Conan Doyle's stories. I'll admit I couldn't solve the mystery although I figured a bit of it. It was weird but entertaining. I loved the interactive elements in the envelopes I wished someone would so annexes like this to Conan Doyle's stories.

    9. An awesome idea that was sadly not on level with Sherlock Holmes mysteries and not worth the price. I solved the mystery by the third clue. Deeply disappointing. The three stars are simply for the cool idea.

    10. Fun, interactive mystery story featuring Dr. Watson of the Sherlock stories. The writing or plot isn't particularly well done, but the overall idea is clever, and at least worth a search at the library for Sherlock Holmes fans.

    11. It is a quick read. I did not figure the mystery out and don't think I would have if I had spent more time on it. The explanation ties all the clues together in a clever way.

    12. This was a fun book. The mystery was not too complicated. It had an interactive component to it. The clues were included in envelopes and you could actually handle them.

    13. I found this kinda fun, because I'm clearly a big child. But because I'm not a small child, the solution wasn't too much to strive for.

    14. I way overthought the solution to this book. The answer was my first guess. But it was fun to get wrapped up in and beautifully done.

    15. The story was interesting and the props fun. I can't say the mystery made any sense, but I couldn't figure out the clues, despite, for once, making the effort. Though I deduced the criminal by rights of narrative casualty. And the book is beautiful. Lots of illustrations, and the props really are well done. However, the newspaper had a story printed on the cover and inside, and that was apparently not a clue. The alternate interpretation of "The Adventure of the Empty House" is a version of a ot [...]

    16. This book is so much fun. Sherlock Holmes is on his Great Hiatus. Dr. Watson is in prison, accused of arson, torture, and murder. Can the reader solve the mystery and clear his name? Throughout the book are clues, removable reproductions of things like newspapers, matchbooks, a torn page from a novel, a catalog of Victorian marital aids (my personal fave). I love the solution to the mystery, too, which is sealed in the back of the book. My only minor complaint is that a couple of the characters [...]

    17. Now this one was fun. It's got all sorts of "primary evidence" in the form of matchbooks and included newspapers and telegrams, which just makes me happy. I love this sort of thing!I'm not too sure that the mystery is that mysterious - I pieced some of it together based on the clues, but it's a fun read all-round, because of the "interactive" nature of the book itself. I think I bridges the gap post-Reichenbach quite nicely.

    18. this was weird. i love interactive books, but i couldn't figure out the intended age for this (i thought it was middlegrade/early YA, but there is a pamphlet for victorian sex toys in there, so) and then the end was the worst. (view spoiler)[of COURSE mary was the bad guy! because she gets in the way of watson and holmes' totally heterosexual love! so naturally she hires someone to burn down 221b instead of just telling her husband to stop mooning over his poor dead ex. ugh. (hide spoiler)]

    19. I absolutely adored this book. I got a little thrill with each page I turned, each envelope I opened. I loved the little details, and trying to figure out the mystery of it. I'm not sure if you can get the whole thing completely as is, but I do have to credit myself that I did get at least some of it right (there was one bit of it which was really obvious but won't go into detail, because I don't want to be spoilery!).

    20. After reading all of the Griffin and Sabine books years ago, I felt like this book was too heavily relying on the old gimmick of opening envelopes, etc. I did not particularly enjoy the mystery which the reader is supposed to solve by examining the "clues" in the book. One additional warning to anyone who might read it: The examination of clues and other items presented in this already bulky hardbound book makes for rather cumbersome bed-time reading

    21. This is a ton of fun for anyone, young or old who loves Sherlock Holmes and his adventures. I have always been fond of Dr. Watson and always impressed with his ability to get down on paper the many details of his and Holmes' cases while still holding our interest. This will, again, keep your interest until the very end

    22. I reread this with my 6th grader during an illness. We both enjoyed the clue pockets or envelopes where we could take the clues out and study them. Also, the plot was interesting enough. I'm not sure that Conan Doyle would appreciate the ending of the story, though, and what is done to some of the characters. Very entertaining. A good way to distract oneself from being sick.

    23. My sister bought this for me a few Christmas' ago. I enjoyed it very much (love the books with the envelopes to open and various clues). Unfortunately for me as much as I love a good mystery I have yet to solve one so I had to read the solution at the back. It was very enjoyable though.

    24. Very, very fun read. More of a game than a book. The hook is the many interactive clues (newspaper clippings, matchbooks, etc.)the book comes with daring you to solve the crime and get to the bottom of the whole mess. It's tough to start it and not finish it in the same sitting.

    25. I'm not sure how you could actually solve this mystery. We had many of the parts figured out, but tying them together seemed to involve some serious leaps of logic.Still, it was fun reading and putting the clues together. I'd read another one.

    26. This book looked so interesting but was quite disappointing. I think it is simply that I hate John Watson and his style, so the writer's imitation of it was annoying to me, though understandable. It just did not gel with me, I think due to my apathy towards Sherlock Holmes' stories

    27. A fun little distraction for a fall night when you favorite baseball team is sucking ass in the playoffs!

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