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The Italian Secretary por Caleb Carr
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The Italian Secretary (original 2005; edição 2006)

por Caleb Carr

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Legendary detective Sherlock Holmes finds himself on the trail of a murderer whose connections may run all the way up the social ladder to the royal family.
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Título:The Italian Secretary
Autores:Caleb Carr
Informação:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes por Caleb Carr (2005)

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I read The Alienist some time ago, or at least I think I did! My memory is that I liked it, but again I may be thinking of some other book. If I did read it it was before 2006, when I joined Bookcrossing. I thought I liked it so I decided to read this one.

Carr has chosen to create another Sherlock Holmes adventure. He's done some homework, but I think his goal here is to adjust Watson's style to reveal a bit more. Instead of a loyal oaf, Watson comes across as intelligent and thoughtful here, while Holmes's bad habits and at-times snarky ways are discussed openly.

The story: Holmes and Watson are called to Scotland, to the Queen's occasional castle there in Edinburgh, to investigate some unusual happenings in the castle. This is the castle where Mary, Queen of Scots, spent time in the tower. It is that tower that is in question. Holmes' brother Mycroft requests Holmes' help, and asks that it be kept secret. Thus the intrepid pair set out on a train that takes many hours and finally end up housed in a part of the castle itself.

The mystery involves the death of two men under suspicious circumstances.

In unravelling the case, Holmes and Watson meet a servant girl who turns out to be a key to the case. With much running around, the dastardly criminals are run to ground, or as near to it as is possible. Interestingly, Holmes does not do a sudden explication of the case at the end. More interesting, there are echos of the supernatural here, and Holmes is okay with that.

Now, Conan Doyle himself did get involved in spiritualism, but this was later, and he never let it intrude on Sherlock's stories. Holmes insisted on logic and always found a scientific answer to the puzzles. So this is a departure as well.

It's also a full-length book. The Holmes adventures are all short stories. To me, Carr indulged a bit too much in wordy explanations as well as overly wordy phrasing. Conan Doyle was more direct and straightforward.

I liked the story enough to finish it but I did not love it, and did not find it memorable.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Not sure what to say about this book. Caleb Carr's take on Sherlock Holmes. Felt he had the style down fairly good but the story was mediocre and a bit tedious as it evolved. Did not dislike it but felt it was work reading my way through it. Part of the problem with this book is that I am a big fan of Caleb Carr's work and, unfortunately, have never been able to really get into Sherlock Holmes. With these conflicting emotions probably I'm experiencing disappointment as do not feel this is one of Caleb Carr's better works. Might be great for Holmes' fans but not for me.

Would only recommend this book to a dedicated bibliophile or a fan of everything to do with Sherlock Holmes. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
Marvelous! Doyle would be pleased. I hope another is in the works. ( )
  Klatooo | Feb 8, 2020 |
By 3 1/2 chapters and we have not even left London yet????? If I wanted a history lesson of Mary Queen Of Scots I would have gotten a history book ( )
  LGandT | Jul 4, 2018 |
The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche. It kept me entertained while a cold kept me miserable. I did find being reminded of some of the tragic history of Mary, Queen of Scots interesting. (David Rizzo, murdered by her husband and others, is the secretary of the title.) There are touches of the supernatural. My thanks go to the games at https://schoolhistory.co.uk/ , which enabled me to correctly guess the villains' chief weapon.

Simon Prebble's narration was fine. The verbal sibling sniping between Sherlock and Mycroft was fun. I do wonder how Mycroft managed to get to one of the scenes without collapsing, though. ( )
  JalenV | May 22, 2018 |
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