Sherlock Holmes undertakes one of the strangest adventures of his career when he agrees to investigate the mysterious disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore, who stepped back into his house to get his umbrella and was never seen again. The great detective’s inquiries take him down a sometimes-false trail from a home in Surrey to a music hall in London and back again before he finds the astonishing answer to this puzzling problem. In “The Problem of Thor Bridge,” Dr. Watson lists this case as one of Holmes’s complete failures. Read “The Adventure of the Magic Umbrella” to find why Watson agreed to his readers with that false report, and what the umbrella had to do with it. This is another thoroughly authentic Holmes story from the author of the widely acclaimed “The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden,” also available as an e-story, as well as numerous mystery novels.
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Twists and turns abound in this intelligent and well-written short story. As we have come to expect from Mr Andriacco, the prose and characterisations are true to the original Conan-Doyle stories, the dialogue is authentic in tone, and the late-Victorian background is convincing. We follow Holmes along an intriguing and entertaining path as he applies his formidable analytical gifts to the puzzle - mentioned by Watson in the Canon - of the disappearance of Mr James Phillimore, who, stepping back into his house to retrieve a forgotten umbrella, was never seen again. I thoroughly recommend this fine short story to Sherlockians, Holmesians, and readers who enjoy mystery and suspense.
A first-rate pastiche, in fact it could scarcely be bettered. Short pastiches can be tricky things for writers to get right and indeed very few succeed wholly but here is one writer who does. Everything in this tale is spot-on. James Phillimore and his umbrella has been providing pastiche writers with rich pickings for years and exercising their collective imagination, but case closed, here is the definitive version.
I adore Dan Andriacco's novels (No Police Like Holmes, etc.); and of course his short-story pastiche, "The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden," was literally an award-winner. But I felt this pastiche fell far short of the mark. In the Introduction, the author said it was his intention to have "the plot, the settings, the atmosphere and the new characters I've created to seem lifted straight out of the Holmes canon...." I realize I'm in the minority among the reviewers here, but I don't think he succeeded in every one of those goals with this pastiche. On the other hand, to be fair, plenty of authors have tried their hand at this one, but I've never read a version of the story that I felt was all that satisfactory.
Although the title of this pastiche is "The Magic Umbrella," the story that Andriacco is depicting is an untold tale of Watson's...
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