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An anonymous telegram brings strange news to Baker Street; there is an impostor Sherlock Holmes at work in New York City, solving cases and taking society by storm. The real Sherlock Holmes, fresh from an undercover mission for his enigmatic brother Mycroft, wastes no time in crossing the Atlantic to confront the charlatan. But he and Watson find more than they bargained f An anonymous telegram brings strange news to Baker Street; there is an impostor Sherlock Holmes at work in New York City, solving cases and taking society by storm. The real Sherlock Holmes, fresh from an undercover mission for his enigmatic brother Mycroft, wastes no time in crossing the Atlantic to confront the charlatan. But he and Watson find more than they bargained for: the counterfeit Sherlock is nowhere to be found and his clients are none too keen on revealing their secrets...


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An anonymous telegram brings strange news to Baker Street; there is an impostor Sherlock Holmes at work in New York City, solving cases and taking society by storm. The real Sherlock Holmes, fresh from an undercover mission for his enigmatic brother Mycroft, wastes no time in crossing the Atlantic to confront the charlatan. But he and Watson find more than they bargained f An anonymous telegram brings strange news to Baker Street; there is an impostor Sherlock Holmes at work in New York City, solving cases and taking society by storm. The real Sherlock Holmes, fresh from an undercover mission for his enigmatic brother Mycroft, wastes no time in crossing the Atlantic to confront the charlatan. But he and Watson find more than they bargained for: the counterfeit Sherlock is nowhere to be found and his clients are none too keen on revealing their secrets...

30 review for The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Counterfeit Detective

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I loved every second of The Counterfeit Detective (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) by Stuart Douglas. The whole scene where Holmes and Watson talk to Mrs. van Raalte, the landlady of his imposter, is comedy gold. When Holmes has no choice but to come up with an alias on the spot when she catches them trying to break in (because they assume no one is at home and Holmes has to think fast and tells her they were just admiring the quality of an antique doorknob), he manages John Murray fo I loved every second of The Counterfeit Detective (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) by Stuart Douglas. The whole scene where Holmes and Watson talk to Mrs. van Raalte, the landlady of his imposter, is comedy gold. When Holmes has no choice but to come up with an alias on the spot when she catches them trying to break in (because they assume no one is at home and Holmes has to think fast and tells her they were just admiring the quality of an antique doorknob), he manages John Murray for Watson and in a moment of panic Mr. Lestrade for himself. Watson, obviously, has a hard time keeping it together when he hears that and doesn't plan on letting Holmes forget it. Later, he asks Holmes "I have one question, however. Will that remain your name of choice for the entirety of our time in the Americas, or should I expect to find strangers addressing you as Athelney Jones or Tobias Gregson in the near future?" Both of them have a good chuckle after that.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ken B

    4 STARS

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    The opening of the book could not have been more interesting: there was someone out there pretending to be Sherlock Holmes (!), in New York (!!), so the real Sherlock Holmes had to travel to New York to solve the case woohoo! Too bad there were many problems with this book: - The writing was not bad, but it was redundant. The story was from Watson's perspective, but this Watson talked too much about how he understood Sherlock, how he felt about Sherlock, so it was really distracting. - The charac The opening of the book could not have been more interesting: there was someone out there pretending to be Sherlock Holmes (!), in New York (!!), so the real Sherlock Holmes had to travel to New York to solve the case woohoo! Too bad there were many problems with this book: - The writing was not bad, but it was redundant. The story was from Watson's perspective, but this Watson talked too much about how he understood Sherlock, how he felt about Sherlock, so it was really distracting. - The character of Gregson's friend in New York was quite good, but the other characters were boring with ineffective connections among them. I couldn't even remember what happened to them or what they said when I picked up the book again to continue reading. - Holmes's deduction really got my eyes rolling. That's it?! Good Lord. - I was at page 170, and the book was 250 pages. But I felt like the book was going nowhere, and I did not know much about this fake Holmes apart from the fact that... he had done something very bad. Chey. Goodbye. DNF. I wish I could have liked this book because I bought the physical copy and the copy felt very nice in my hands. I don't want to give this book 1 star because it was not unreadable, but I regretted reading this, so I can't give it 2 stars either.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Starts strong. Loses steam and plods along toward the end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Joseph

    a good read

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Kresal

    The idea of Sherlock Holmes in New York City seems to be a popular one among those who write Holmes pastiches. As well as a number of novels and short stories (indeed, there's at least one volume dedicated to Holmes in America), there's also the 1970s TV movie starring none other than 007 actor Roger Moore as Holmes. Yet few, if any, have managed to come up with quite as original a take on the idea as Stuart Douglas in his recent pastiche The Counterfeit Detective, a recent entry in Titan Books' The idea of Sherlock Holmes in New York City seems to be a popular one among those who write Holmes pastiches. As well as a number of novels and short stories (indeed, there's at least one volume dedicated to Holmes in America), there's also the 1970s TV movie starring none other than 007 actor Roger Moore as Holmes. Yet few, if any, have managed to come up with quite as original a take on the idea as Stuart Douglas in his recent pastiche The Counterfeit Detective, a recent entry in Titan Books' range The Further Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes. Douglas' premise is simple enough. As the title might imply, Holmes faces none other than an imposter claiming to be him running lose in the city that never sleeps. With Watson at his side, Holmes travels to New York City in 1899 and sets out trying to find his doppelganger. What looks to be a straightforward case turns out to be anything but as what seems to be a simple case of unmasking someone instead takes in New York high society, the immigrant community, blackmail, and of course murder. Like any good mystery and thriller writer, Douglas takes in a series of apparently unconnected elements and weaves them together into a compelling narrative that never quite does what one expects it to do. A narrative that also feels like vintage Holmes. Set in 1899, the novel takes us from Holmes recovering in Baker Street from a series of assignment for his brother to the varying highs and lows of the Big Apple, all of which are described by Watson in fine detail. The standard by which I judge Holmes pastiches these days is if I can hear some of the great Holmes and Watson teams of screen and audio saying the words on the page and I have to say that this novel passed that test admirably. Watson gives the reader enough detail to makes Holmes' logic make sense and gives enough sketches of other characters to bring them to life. That's especially true of the many characters we encounter in New York City from Inspector Bullock to Mrs van Raalte, the Mrs Hudson to the imposter Holmes. All of which helps to make the novel (which runs about 250 pages) into even more of a page turner. Despite a plethora of tales featuring Sherlock Holmes in New York, The Counterfeit Detective manages to raise its head above the pack. From a compelling narrative taking in the width and breadth of turn of the century New York to an authentic reading Holmes and Watson, Stuart Douglas creates a first rate Holmes pastiche that takes character and reader alike outside their usual comfort zone. The result makes for fine reading to say the least and something that many Holmes fans will likely enjoy immensely.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carson

    While the dialogue and detail was well-written, certainly in the vein of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the story was suspenseful, the plot element I waited the entire story for... didn't happen. The prospect of a false Sherlock Holmes gallivanting around intrigued me very much. Compared to the potential I felt a plot like that would bring, I felt this story suffered. Not a bad story, just not the breakout I felt it could have been. 3 out of 5 stars. While the dialogue and detail was well-written, certainly in the vein of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the story was suspenseful, the plot element I waited the entire story for... didn't happen. The prospect of a false Sherlock Holmes gallivanting around intrigued me very much. Compared to the potential I felt a plot like that would bring, I felt this story suffered. Not a bad story, just not the breakout I felt it could have been. 3 out of 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paula Ackley

    The Counterfeit Detective evoked memories of reading the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That's a good thing. As I was reading I felt as if Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were saying their lines from the movies of the 1940's. Another good thing. This book by Stuart Douglas is full of great characters, murders, mysteries, plots and subplots, several suspects, New York City in the late 1800's and the banter between Holmes and Watson. Holmes is his usual logical, crude and ecce The Counterfeit Detective evoked memories of reading the Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That's a good thing. As I was reading I felt as if Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce were saying their lines from the movies of the 1940's. Another good thing. This book by Stuart Douglas is full of great characters, murders, mysteries, plots and subplots, several suspects, New York City in the late 1800's and the banter between Holmes and Watson. Holmes is his usual logical, crude and eccentric self to Watson's bumbling, confused and loyal friend. As in all the Sherlock Holmes books that I have read I did not figure out who was the culprit but I enjoyed reading this tale and finding out who was. One small point that I found odd and it stuck with me for some reason. Although weight was mentioned as "stones" distance and length was told in feet and inches. Sorry. I just found out that England didn't convert to the metric system until the 1960's. So "stones" and feet and inches are correct.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Hayes

    A highly enjoyable and easy to read book. The premise is simple: Holmes learns that there is a detective in New York City who states he is Sherlock Holmes and is helping people. Incensed that his name is being used by a charlatan, Holmes with Watson journey to the Big Apple and find themselves involved with a series of crimes more horrendous than name appropriation. I loved everything about this story, which begins with a two chapter mystery on the voyage to the states. The settings are wonderfu A highly enjoyable and easy to read book. The premise is simple: Holmes learns that there is a detective in New York City who states he is Sherlock Holmes and is helping people. Incensed that his name is being used by a charlatan, Holmes with Watson journey to the Big Apple and find themselves involved with a series of crimes more horrendous than name appropriation. I loved everything about this story, which begins with a two chapter mystery on the voyage to the states. The settings are wonderful, the characters delightful and deadly, and the mystery twisting in every chapter. The solution is wonderful and completely plausible in the world of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle would be proud of this puzzle.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ramón Peña

    Competently written, it does the work that it sets out to do. However I found it lacked any distinguishing feature, an interesting new idea or addition to the Sherlock Holmes mythos.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Agnesxnitt

    Holmes is in a blue funk - his elder brother, the elusive Mycroft, has him running about the lower reaches of London fact finding among the usual criminals and lowlifes. Watson is officially concerned about his friend, not least the lurking presence of the 7% solution and the hypodermic needle in the desk drawer. Thankfully, fate, or its instrument, arrive in the form of a letter from America. The anonymous writer, who claims to be a friend, tells Holmes that an interloper is not only taking the n Holmes is in a blue funk - his elder brother, the elusive Mycroft, has him running about the lower reaches of London fact finding among the usual criminals and lowlifes. Watson is officially concerned about his friend, not least the lurking presence of the 7% solution and the hypodermic needle in the desk drawer. Thankfully, fate, or its instrument, arrive in the form of a letter from America. The anonymous writer, who claims to be a friend, tells Holmes that an interloper is not only taking the name of the great detective in vain, but is claiming to be the real thing in New York and causing mayhem as a result. Holmes butterfly mind when an interesting case presents itself, rapidly packs up, and with Watson in tow, crosses the Atlantic to meet the so called doppleganger. En route, he solves a mystery and saves a man from the noose - just to keep his hand in - and the duo arrive safe and sound in NYC. With a letter of introduction (note to the Modern World - can we bring these back please?!), they arrive at a NYC Police Station to meet with a friend of Lestrade's who emigrated. This police officer is happy to help - but is hampered because this fake Holmes hasn't committed any crimes. Holmes understands, but isn't going to let that stop him. He tracks down the fake Holmes' lodgings and landlady, two recent clients and appears to have met a dead end when the landlady turns up dead in a 5 Points drinking den. From then on, the plot thickens, with leads pertaining to a man on the run, blackmail, Holmes under arrest and Watson in a dangerous denouement. An enjoyable, quite quick read. Quite faithful to the writing and with a homage to the original stories. A library book, so being returned this weekend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    Two Sherlock Holmeses? The year is 1899. Holmes has more or less been working for Mycroft since his return from “The Great Hiatus.” Then a mysterious letter arrives at 221B. The writer mentions that Holmes had taken a case for his uncle and then proceeds to shock Holmes and Watson with his next words. It seems that there is at present in New York City a man calling himself Sherlock Holmes! The man is calling himself a consulting detective and has been involved in a series of more or less high prof Two Sherlock Holmeses? The year is 1899. Holmes has more or less been working for Mycroft since his return from “The Great Hiatus.” Then a mysterious letter arrives at 221B. The writer mentions that Holmes had taken a case for his uncle and then proceeds to shock Holmes and Watson with his next words. It seems that there is at present in New York City a man calling himself Sherlock Holmes! The man is calling himself a consulting detective and has been involved in a series of more or less high profile cases! However, some of the results have been a bit questionable. Holmes is angry enough that someone has the gall to pretend to be him! To sully Holmes’ name with less than stellar work is something Holmes simply cannot bear! Holmes and Watson, therefore, embark on a voyage to New York. Holmes plans to hunt down his doppelganger and put an end to this once and for all. Along with faithful Watson, Holmes will have the aid of Inspector Simeon Bullock of New York’s finest. The trail leads into very dangerous areas of the city. More than once Holmes and Watson are in fear for their lives. A collection of murders, threats, and other crimes seem to follow the faker like seagulls behind a barge. Who is this intrepid imposter? I give the book four stars… Quoth the Raven…

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    Unexpected depth Not the most exciting plot or villains, but great narration from Watson. Rather than the simple observer of the original books or the dunce of many movies, here, Watson’s motivations and concerns for Holmes are explained in a compelling way and what was in the original books naïveté comes across as Watson gently manipulating (although that may be too strong a word) the great detective. Watson is no mastermind (while the movies are often critiqued for making him comic relief, the Unexpected depth Not the most exciting plot or villains, but great narration from Watson. Rather than the simple observer of the original books or the dunce of many movies, here, Watson’s motivations and concerns for Holmes are explained in a compelling way and what was in the original books naïveté comes across as Watson gently manipulating (although that may be too strong a word) the great detective. Watson is no mastermind (while the movies are often critiqued for making him comic relief, the seed of not the flower of this is in the originals) and Holmes still often surprises and befuddles him, but this the best, most real feeling narration from Watson of any of the books (original or pastiche).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Another solid Sherlock story from Mr Douglas. Stronger story than his first. Captures Conan Doyle’s voice well. Though maybe a bit slow in places. Douglas’s Watson has a slight tendency to waffle, taking some much needed pacing out of the narrative. And perhaps his Sherlock is more belittling of his good friend than usual. There were times I wanted Watson just to deck him. But overall a good read and admirable pastiche.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Well written and enjoyable tale of S Holmes and Dr Watson's trip across the Atlantic to find a man acting as Sherlick Holmes. Upon arrival they get involved with several murders/mysteries in the NYC area and in locating a blackmailer. In the enad only the real SH could put together the signs and clues, to locate the murderer and stop a dastardly plot against the government. Well written and enjoyable tale of S Holmes and Dr Watson's trip across the Atlantic to find a man acting as Sherlick Holmes. Upon arrival they get involved with several murders/mysteries in the NYC area and in locating a blackmailer. In the enad only the real SH could put together the signs and clues, to locate the murderer and stop a dastardly plot against the government.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Morris

    Another enjoyable entry in Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series. Holmes & Watson go to America to investigate counterfeit Holmes. Fun read!(Own)

  17. 4 out of 5

    🌹📚Beth🐅🍕

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    A good story with an unusual twist. As ever, an excellent Sherlock novel. Nice inclusion of RMS Oceanic in the storyline.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam Totten

    A really clever take on Sherlock Holmes with an engaging story!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stuart

    Audience: Readers who will enjoy a good old fashioned continuation of Sherlock Holmes' classic series. Those looking for a devious tale set outside of Sherlock Holmes' comfort zone. Summed up in a few words: Safe. Solid. Enjoyable. First Impressions: I had a great time reading my first book in the Further Adventures series. An intriguing plot idea, good old fashioned Sherlock Holmes and a new setting for one of his mysteries. This book does not break the mould, it doesn't reinvent Sherlock. The Co Audience: Readers who will enjoy a good old fashioned continuation of Sherlock Holmes' classic series. Those looking for a devious tale set outside of Sherlock Holmes' comfort zone. Summed up in a few words: Safe. Solid. Enjoyable. First Impressions: I had a great time reading my first book in the Further Adventures series. An intriguing plot idea, good old fashioned Sherlock Holmes and a new setting for one of his mysteries. This book does not break the mould, it doesn't reinvent Sherlock. The Counterfeit Detective is a continuation of his escapades that respects the lore and freshens the series up with a new setting. Book Synopsis: A False Sherlock. An anonymous letter brings strange news to Baker Street; there is an impostor Sherlock Holmes at work in New York City, solving cases and taking society by storm. The real Sherlock Holmes wastes no time in crossing the Atlantic to confront the charlatan. But he and Watson find more than they bargained for: the counterfeit Sherlock Holmes is missing, his land lady has been horribly murdered, and his clients are refusing to reveal their secrets... BOOK REVIEW I got pretty excited about the idea of an impostor Sherlock Holmes reeking havoc in New York City and for the most part that is what I got in The Counterfeit Detective. Sherlock Holmes is being worked to the bone by his older brother Mycroft and he is in need of a holiday. Sherlock receives a letter from an acquaintance from a past case informing him that a man is impersonating Sherlock Holmes in NYC and solving cases/helping those who need it. So Sherlock and Watson drop everything and head on a voyage to America to see this man in person. When Sherlock and Watson arrive, the impostor is nowhere to be seen, no one is willing to discuss him and only a handful of people have ever seen him. Picking apart every element of this man's existence starts to cause problems and eventually deaths, so Sherlock Holmes and Watson are on the clock to figure out this elaborate scheme and find out who the man is and what his plan entails. I was impressed with this piece and I definitely recommend it to all Sherlock fans. The storyline in The Counterfeit Detective is inspired and Stuart Douglas does a great job with the character. I especially enjoyed the little warm up case with a murder aboard the Oceanic, with the duo testing their skills in a tightly contained environment. Told from the perspective of Watson, following all the leads and conclusions that Sherlock has is both exciting and dizzying. The pacing is just right with the book being just long enough. If Stuart Douglas had tried to go into more depth I don't think it would of worked, but the book doesn't take itself too seriously as this is sort of a holiday for Sherlock and it certainly feels that way. Compared to other fiction that concerns the great detective coming out this year, this book is rather tame, that is not a bad thing, I would rather this book be a solid, enjoyable and brief read then SD trying to break any new ground. Sherlock fans will enjoy this read, it is a perfect warm up for the new series starting on television soon. There are a mix-match of themes here from secrecy and murder to gentlemanly competition. The tone is mainly centred around intrigued and competition though it does flicker to darker shades of tone in the book at times, there are a fair few murders in this book. The key characters in the book have not changed much in terms of Sherlock and Watson. There are some new characters in the book that we may see in the future like Inspector Bullock, an overworked NYC officer who becomes increasingly involved with the impostor case as things start to take a turn for the worst. Late 18th century New York City has both its similarities and differences to London which are outlined in the book at several times, I do feel that the setting had an effect on Sherlock, throwing him off his game slightly. The element I most enjoyed about this book is the solidarity. Everything was well written, enjoyable and when I put the book down I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable. The element I was most disappointed with I cannot really discuss here as it is a monumental spoiler :( but lets just say I didn't get everything I wanted from this book. Overall this is a entertaining, true to Sherlock reading experience that will please fans and hopefully keep enticing new fans to join in on one of the longest running popular book series ever created. A few disappointments surpassed by a truck load of positive and enjoyable moments, I will be recommending this book to plenty of people.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fraser Merricks

    Something different with the whole America approach. Enjoyed the background story, the attention to detail the author used when Holmes was studying areas of interest. Ending caught me out as it differs to the normal outcome associated with traditional Holmes adventures.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Calvin Daniels

    Very close to a full four. Nice change of venue for SH. Good job of bringing unseen elements together in the end.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan Krich

    There is a series of books called The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. They are written by different authors. As a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle, I was a little skeptical about the return of Sherlock Holmes. I was given this book through Goodreads. I knew I would enjoy it as soon as I started reading. I forgot all about comparing the authors and was pleased that the descriptions and language brought the Conan Doyle detective back to me. There is a small mystery before the main one and it sets th There is a series of books called The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. They are written by different authors. As a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle, I was a little skeptical about the return of Sherlock Holmes. I was given this book through Goodreads. I knew I would enjoy it as soon as I started reading. I forgot all about comparing the authors and was pleased that the descriptions and language brought the Conan Doyle detective back to me. There is a small mystery before the main one and it sets the tone. There is a twist in the solution to the mystery. I look forward to reading more books in this series especially The Albino's Treasure also by Stuart Douglas.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott Liddell

    I was a big fan of Douglas' previous Holmes book so started this with a fair degree of expectation. I wasn't disappointed. Although this is a tighter, less adventure-filled tale that his previous Holmes story, it had all the things I look for and love, interesting descriptions that spiral round an intriguing plot. The choice of moving Holmes to New York was genius, swapping the streets of Limehouse for the evocative New York of Jacob Riis/Gangs of New York. This provides a fresh but, at the same I was a big fan of Douglas' previous Holmes book so started this with a fair degree of expectation. I wasn't disappointed. Although this is a tighter, less adventure-filled tale that his previous Holmes story, it had all the things I look for and love, interesting descriptions that spiral round an intriguing plot. The choice of moving Holmes to New York was genius, swapping the streets of Limehouse for the evocative New York of Jacob Riis/Gangs of New York. This provides a fresh but, at the same time, somehow familiar setting. As with any review, you flirt with spoilers so I'll go no further than that. Thoroughly pleasing all round.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rick Bavera

    This book was a pleasure to read. I have read the original Sherlock Holmes stories many times over the years. Usually with enough time between readings that I don't always remember the solutions to the cases. But this book was an entirely new story. Holmes and Watson go to New York to track down a Holmes impostor, solving some crimes along the way. The style is very similar (as it was intended, surely) to Doyle's. I enjoyed trying to figure out where the story was taking me. Sometimes I figured i This book was a pleasure to read. I have read the original Sherlock Holmes stories many times over the years. Usually with enough time between readings that I don't always remember the solutions to the cases. But this book was an entirely new story. Holmes and Watson go to New York to track down a Holmes impostor, solving some crimes along the way. The style is very similar (as it was intended, surely) to Doyle's. I enjoyed trying to figure out where the story was taking me. Sometimes I figured it out, sometimes I was surprised. Worth the read, without a doubt. Well done.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Teagan1985

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick T

  28. 4 out of 5

    terence tapping

  29. 5 out of 5

    Elliott Ownby

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dunn

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