Known and loved by generation after generation, this shrewd amateur detective, with faithful Watson by his side, has earned his place in our national life and social history. This cassette features a collection of tales featuring the famous detective.
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An aural essay of Baker Street is presented by the old bogeyman of British B movies. Listening to these tapes reminds this reviewer that every time he returns to the Holmes canon--and he has read many of the cases three and four times--they appear as fresh as if he had never read them before. Christopher Lee lightens his sepulchral voice to give us a fine rendition on par with the best in the overcrowded shelves of Sherlockiana on tape. Y.R. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom School Library Journal:
Gr 9 Up-These four mysteries are from Doyle's last collection of Sherlock Holmes short stories, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927). The selections included are representative of a preoccupation with the grotesque that infuses the collective atmosphere of the Case-Book stories. In "Shoscombe Old Place," a country squire conceals the death of his wealthy invalid sister after burning her body, hiding it in the family crypt, and hiring a manservant to impersonate her. "The Veiled Lodger" is a hideously disfigured woman whose confession of a premeditated murder plot gone awry elicits a rare and uncomfortable display of sympathy from Holmes. The nefarious Baron Gruman is the infamous murderer and sexual exploiter of "The Illustrious Client," whose face is also severely disfigured in an act of retribution at the hands of a past victim. The title story, "The Sussex Vampire," raises the specter of vampirism when a woman is caught in the act of sucking blood from her child's neck. Christopher Lee is a superb reader and not only brings his beautifully sonorous voice to these tales, but also a gravity of presence that solidly intrigues and grounds listeners. Appropriate for all collections.-Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR008422155