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The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge: Easyread Edition Paperback – Feb 3 2009

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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427036764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427036766
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 132 g

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Good story, but lousy Kindle formatting March 10 2011
By Jetpack - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a review of the free Kindle version.

The story is a typical Holmes story, with the notable exception of a policeman who is actually comparable to Holmes in ability. Very unusual in the mythos, as even Gregory doesn't have the necessary imagination. If you like Holmes, I recommend this free download.

The reason I drop it a star is the lousy Kindle formatting. The mutilation of the paragraphs is really inexcusable. This needs a good clean up badly. No reflection on Doyle, of course.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Don't Begin Your Holmes Reading With This One May 16 2011
By CC Thomas - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a longer short story of Sherlock Holmes. It was actually written in a two-part series but can be read in one long sitting. I very much liked this story primarily because of the introduction of Inspector Baynes. Baynes is one of the only characters from the police force that matches Sherlock Holmes on investigative skills. It is different from other Holmes stories because the famous detective doesn't actually solve anything; rather, he just watches the falling out of the crime and follows Baynes's working of the case. Baynes is the only bright spot, though, in the story. You won't read it for the deductive skills and Baynes never appears in any of Doyle's other stories, sadly. Probably one for Holmes's fans and not a great introduction to the famous detective.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Wild Story, Little Deduction Dec 11 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Well, generally, readers of Sherlock Holmes are looking for some great detective work; the piecing together of a few scant clues to piece together a puzzle of a crime. This story, while wildly imaginative and unexpected, does little to build a tapestry of deduction and instead settles on mild suspense.

***Spoiler Alert***

The "Adventure" at Wisteria Lodge is a bizarre set of circumstances including not only a Voodoo side-track, but a despot exile as well! These inclusions certainly makes this Holme's tale stand out from the rest, although little else in the story would distinguish it. Hearing Holmes and others talk about "foreigners," a mulatto and "swarthy" people reveals the period prejudices quite clearly, and this detracted from my enjoyment of the story. What points the finger at the villain more clearly than saying that he is ugly, savage of temperment and creepy looking?

In some cases, in this book, they turn natural prejudices against you, by revealing that the most savage looking person is not the killer, and this was good. This did little for the story, since it was pointed out by Holmes that this person wasn't likely to be the criminal, but it should be mentioned.

Overall, Sherlock was fairly charming, as usual, but a guest dectective from the country was the star of the show. This is great, to break up the monotony of reading a lot of Holmes, but as a single story, it was disappointing.

An interesting premise for a story, for sure, and if that is all you are looking for, you wont be disappointed. Compared to the other Sherlock Holmes stories, however, the Adventure at Wisteria Lodge ranks near the bottom of the list.

The greatest sleuth of all time has never felt more "average."

Entirely skippable.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Terrible scan March 4 2012
By atkayma - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Normally I give free Kindle books a fairly high rating on principle, but this scan is just awful.
The paragraphs are
up like this.
For the whole book. If that is too distracting for you, find another scan. Otherwise you get what you pay for with this.

The story itself is not as interesting or riveting as others, but if you love Sherlock (as I do) then it is worth a read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Tiger of San Pedro May 29 2013
By Scrapple8 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In a scene similar to `The Norwood Builder' in The Return of Sherlock Holmes, a man who visits Sherlock Holmes for help is followed by authorities seeking to question him for a murder. Scott Eccles is treated far better by Inspectors Gregson and Baynes in `Wisteria Lodge' than the unhappy John Hector McFarlane in "The Norwood Builder."

Watson fixes the time of "The Norwood Builder" by writing `this period includes the case of the papers of Ex-President Murillo.' Murillo is the Tiger of San Pedro who is prominent in the second part of this adventure. More than likely, Watson is referring to this case when he wrote this statement in "The Norwood Builder." This case involves people, not papers, and death.

There are similarities to the red-headed affair in "The Singular Experience of Mr. John Scott Eccles," the subtitle of the first part of this case. Jabez Wilson, like Scott Eccles, sought Holmes because of a grotesque experience, but both cases involved a crime that neither one knew about. "The Red Headed League" was one of the early cases of Sherlock Holmes published in `The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.'

"Wisteria Lodge" is one of few cases where Sherlock Holmes is complimentary of the police. He predicted that Inspector Baynes would fare well in his profession due to his instinct and intuition.

"Wisteria Lodge" is the first case in the eight cases published in His Last Bow, a collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories published in 1917.

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