The Italian Secretary

The Italian Secretary

A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

Audiobook CD - 2005
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The bestselling author of the Alienist series returns with a chilling elaboration on the Sherlock Holmes canon, as the famed detective investigates a pair of gruesome murders, which cast an otherworldly shadow as far as Queen Victoria herself.It all begins familiarly enough: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland by an encrypted telegram from Holmes' brother, Mycroft, a royal advisor. Rushed northward on a royal train they soon learn of the brutal killings of two of the Queen's servants who had been working on the renovation of the famous and forbidding Royal Palace of Holyrood.Mycroft has enlisted his brother to help solve the murders that may be key elements of a much more elaborate and pernicious plot on the Queen's life. But the circumstances of the two victims' deaths also call to Holmes' mind the terrible murder of The Italian Secretary, David Rizzio. Only Rizzio was murdered three centuries ago.Told with his unique feel for historical detail and the architecture of human evil, Caleb Carr's brilliant new offering takes the Conan Doyle tradition to remarkable new heights.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Simon & Schuster Audio ; [Boulder, CO] : Distributed by Landmark Audiobooks, a subsidiary of Audio Adventures, [2005]
ISBN: 9780743550048
0743550048
Branch Call Number: PS3553.A7626 I83 2005 CD
Characteristics: 6 sound disc (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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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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