The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade Paperback – 8 May 2013
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- Paperback : 202 pages
- ISBN-10 : 190960948X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1909609488
- Product Dimensions : 15.24 x 1.17 x 22.86 cm
- Publisher : Thistle Publishing (8 May 2013)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
"Trow is at his wicked best when poking fun at the Holmes legacy – you won’t believe how Holmes really died! A must read for all Sherlock Holmes fans."
Writer’s Block Magazine (Canada)
"Smarting from humiliating deductive defeats by Sherlock Holmes, Lestrade of the Yard belies the Great Detective's opinion of him by taking on Jack the Ripper and unravelling a succession of doggerel-accompanied murders. Splendidly shaken cocktail of Victorian fact and fiction as Holmes and Watson join Tennyson, Swinburne, Alma-Tadema and the Prince of Wales in helping Lestrade's trawl. Witty, literate and great fun."
Marcel Berlins, The Times
"The joke's a good one, and it lasts all the way through the book because Mr Trow is just too good a writer to overdo it."
"The policeman so frequently patronised by the Great Detective solves ten bizarre killings, is twice seduced and finally saved from death as a circus ring's human cannonball. This is murder as vaudeville with Tennyson, Swinburne and Wilde joining the crosstalk. It's a gas."
Matthew Coady, The Guardian
"Dry neo-Wodehosian wit runs through this bold revisionist mystery…The true sleuthing brain of the times belongs to Scotland Yard’s Inspector Sholto Lestrade…The buffoonish Holmes and his idiotic disguises are a hoot."
"There are many pastiches and spin offs featuring the world's greatest detective, though nothing quite like this, with Sherlock being a minor player of pompous nature, while the much beleaguered Inspector Lestrade takes the center stage… It's a delight."
Mia D (Reviewer)
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Firstly, the negatives. This book has been published for five years and reviewers have been complaining about the obvious typos ever since. Why haven’t the publishers fixed them? It shouldn’t take a professional proof-reader very long to find and remove them. Ignoring all those readers for all that time does hint at arrogance, I’m afraid.
I cannot blame Meirion Trow for the typos. However, I can blame him for (a) sending one character to Rainow Station and (b) using the word “restroom” in a novel set in 1891.
A station in Rainow? He can’t have studied the local geography. Not only has there never been a station between Macclesfield and Bollington, where would a fictitious spur line go to? And how on earth would the engines pull coaches up that gradient? No – it’s ludicrous.
“Restroom”? an obvious translation from English into American. But by whom? The author? Or an over-anxious publisher who is confident that a novel set in Victorian England will sell in the US, but only if rendered in modern American? And yes, I know, the first recorded use of “restroom” as a synonym for toilet was in 1897, but still post-dates 1891 and is still American.
I also think it highly unlikely that a Victorian Head of the CID would call a subordinate by his first name, even when wheedling. I don’t know – I wasn’t around in those times – but I think it unlikely and it jars (but nowhere near as much as “restroom”).
Now, the positives. The book appealed to my sense of humour. But be warned, it’s probably fair to say that if you like Monty Python, the Goons and Police Squad, you might enjoy this book. If you dislike the surrealistic comedy espoused by those three, you will hate the book.
“Dew call me a cab in the Minories.”
And Dew’s voice echoed back as he disappeared into the darkness. ‘You’re a cab in the Minories.’
When a bag is caught in revolving doors:
‘Do you know your bag is going round in the doors?’
‘He’s a big bag now. […] He must go his own way.’
Well, they made me snigger!
Would I buy another book in the series? Maybe… the typos were numerous enough and blatant enough to actually disturb my reading. I’m used to a couple in a Kindle edition and it doesn’t bother me. However, the volume of typos in this book is significantly higher than the norm. I think I would if it was cheap. If the quality of type-setting, editing (or whatever word is appropriate for an e-book) is acceptable for that one, I might continue with the series. I'm sorry, but the typos, Rainow Station and restroom reduce my rating to three stars.