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Zirkusluft: Eine Impossible Crime Mystery

Jochen Füseler
Flexibler Einband: 291 Seiten
Erschienen bei 00, 24.08.2017
ISBN 9783000576607
Genre: Sonstiges

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australien, serie, krimi, napoleon "bony" bonaparte, ethno

Bony und die weiße Wilde

Arthur W. Upfield
Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei Goldmann, 01.11.1999
ISBN 9783442011353
Genre: Krimi und Thriller

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Der Pfad des Teufels

Arthur W. Upfield
Sonstige Formate
Erschienen bei GOLDMANN WILHELM, 01.09.1999
ISBN 9783442051953
Genre: Sonstiges

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Gefahr für Bony.

Arthur W. Upfield
Flexibler Einband: 185 Seiten
Erschienen bei Goldmann, 01.01.1995
ISBN 9783442022892
Genre: Sonstiges

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aborigines, serie, leichenfund, australien, vater-sohn-beziehung

Bony und die schwarze Jungfrau

Arthur W. Upfield
Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei Goldmann
ISBN 9783442010745
Genre: Krimi und Thriller

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sherlock holmes pastiche, belletristik, theodore roosevelt, 19. jahrhundert, verschwörung

The Stalwart Companions (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

H. Paul Jeffers
E-Buch Text: 210 Seiten
Erschienen bei Titan Books, 26.02.2010
ISBN 9781848569164
Genre: Sonstiges

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scotland yard, london, wette, fischteich, serie

Im Nebel verschwunden / Der Tod hat eine Chance / Tod im Moor

Victor Gunn
Sonstige Formate
Erschienen bei GOLDMANN WILHELM, 01.02.1998
ISBN 9783442050987
Genre: Sonstiges

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Curse of the Nibelung

Marcel D'Agneau
Fester Einband: 360 Seiten
Erschienen bei Arlington Books Publishers Ltd, 14.09.1981
ISBN 9780851405612
Genre: Sonstiges

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Les Dossiers de Scotland Yard, Tome 2 : Meurtre au British museum

J Livingstone
Flexibler Einband: 247 Seiten
Erschienen bei Gérard de Villiers, 11.04.2001
ISBN 9782738600134
Genre: Sonstiges

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20. jahrhundert, der hund von baskerville, blinder detektiv, britische literatur, detection club

The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books

Martin Edwards
Flexibler Einband: 357 Seiten
Erschienen bei Poisoned Pen Press, 01.08.2017
ISBN 9781464207235
Genre: Sonstiges

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The Case of Emily V.. Der Fall Emily V., engl. Ausgabe

Keith Oatley
Flexibler Einband: 406 Seiten
Erschienen bei Minerva, London
ISBN 9780749396428
Genre: Romane

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professor moriaty, drogensucht, london, belletristik, sherlock holmes pastiche

Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Women

Kelvin I Jones
Flexibler Einband: 218 Seiten
Erschienen bei CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 21.07.2017
ISBN 9781973792765
Genre: Sonstiges

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Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders: From the American Chronicles of John H. Watson

Larry Millett
Fester Einband: 320 Seiten
Erschienen bei Viking, 01.11.1998
ISBN 9780670879441
Genre: Sonstiges

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Käpt'n Blighs Albtraum

John Toohey
Fester Einband: 207 Seiten
Erschienen bei Die Hanse
ISBN 9783434525820
Genre: Romane

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erzählungen, london, kinder, belletristik, lord

Mystery & Mayhem (Crime Club)

Katherine Woodfine , Julia Golding , Robin Stevens , Frances Hardinge
Flexibler Einband: 320 Seiten
Erschienen bei Egmont, 05.05.2016
ISBN 9781405282642
Genre: Sonstiges

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serie, belletristik, erpressung, 20. jahrhundert, kino

Nur kein Skandal!

Seldon Truss
Fester Einband: 191 Seiten
Erschienen bei A. Müller, 01.01.1961
ISBN B0000BOP4J
Genre: Sonstiges

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baker street irregulars, london, serie, belletristik, sherlock holmes pastiche

Die Riesenratte von Sumatra


Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei null
ISBN 9783894901462
Genre: Sonstiges

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medizinische fakultät, 19. jahrhundert, schottland, edinburgh, deduktion

Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes

Michael Sims
Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei Bloomsbury Publishing, 09.03.2017
ISBN 9781408858547
Genre: Sonstiges

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obszönität, don quijote, jonathan swift, washington irving, mark twain

The Secret Library

Oliver Tearle
Fester Einband: 256 Seiten
Erschienen bei Michael O'Mara, 01.01.2017
ISBN 9781782435570
Genre: Sonstiges

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belletristik, 19. jahrhundert, auguste dupin, alkoholismus, london

Edgar Allan Poe and The London Monster (Point Blank)

Karen Lee Street
Flexibler Einband: 416 Seiten
Erschienen bei Point Blank, 07.09.2017
ISBN 9781786070302
Genre: Sonstiges

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Summer, 1840. Edgar Allan Poe arrives in London to meet his friend C. Auguste Dupin, in the hope that the great detective will help him solve a family mystery. For Poe has inherited a mahogany box containing sheathes of letters that implicate his grandparents in some of London's most heinous and scandalous crimes - those committed by the so-called London Monster who, for two years, terrorized the city's streets, stalking attractive, well-to-do young women, slicing their clothing and their derrieres. Unable, or perhaps unwilling, to accept that his grandparents - actors who struggled to make a living on the London stage - led a clandestine and nefarious double life, Poe and Dupin set out to prove the missives forgeries. But as they delve deeper into the city's secrets, and past horrors emerge, they start to suspect that they too are being watched and preyed upon. And if they are, might their stalkers be connected to the London Monster?

There have been some excellent mystery novels about Edgar Allan Poe. Andrew Taylor’s The American Boy or Louis Bayard’s The Pale Blue Eye come to mind, books which utilised the mystery surrounding Poe’s life in quite effective ways.

Edgar Allan Poe And The London Monster now takes Poe and partners him with his own creation Chevalier Auguste Dupin. The fictional Dupin becomes a real-life character while in the process Poe himself becomes a bit more fictional, mysterious and the Watson-like partner to Dupin’s supposedly brilliant detective.

Together they are drawn into an investigation regarding the London Monster – a real-life criminal in 18th century London – who might have a sinister connection to Poe’s grandparents.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

So what went wrong then?

I think one of the reasons this book didn’t work for me was the character of Dupin. He is not the most engaging of detectives – so cold and aloof. He has none of the charming little quirks of Sherlock Holmes. I vaguely remember reading the Dupin stories as a kid and enjoying them, but this time I found the guy to be a gigantic bore.

Then there is the style. Should we call it gothic?

I give you this random excerpt as an example:

“Thin, greenish light trickled over my face, coaxing me from insentience. An unpleasant odor permeated the atmosphere – the scent of brimstone or the perfume of decay. I tried to rouse myself but could not move for I was twisted up in a shroud, my limbs bound to my sides by the dank fabric. Fear struck like a ravenous seabird delving into flesh –dead! Dead and laid out in a sepulchre by the sea. As darkness pulled my reluctant soul toward the abyss, a terrible thrumming rose up around me – louder, louder, louder. And when the shadows had near dragged me under, it came to me that the noise echoing in my ears was the palpitations of my own heart, and I had not yet succumbed to the conqueror worm.”

We get it. It’s the 19th century. It’s Poe. People used to express themselves differently in those days, but there is very little reason to tolerate writing of this kind in our time and age, especially in a novel which claims to be a piece of entertainment.

Later there are some passages where our two investigators are examining some letters trying to determine whether they are genuine, this goes on for several pages with Dupin going over the particulars of the handwriting in excruciating detail.

Arguably there are some interesting elements to this book. Poe has been corresponding with Charles Dickens and now he hopes to meet with great man (I don’t know whether this is just made up or actually true, but I enjoyed this aspect), and during their investigations Poe and Dupin meet Madame Tussaud who would become so famous through her waxworks.

I understand that the author has put in quite a few cross-references to Poe’s original works and spotting them might be more fun than following the actual plot which moves at such a snail’s pace that occasionally I kept wondering whether I had missed something, but when I went back to reread some previous pages it turned out I had not.

Reading Edgar Allan Poe And The London Monster felt like perusing a dusty 19th century document of obscure and dry content with very little interest for people of our time. A disappointingly dull and charmless exercise.

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Tags: 18. jahrhundert., 19. jahrhundert, 21. jahrhundert, alkoholismus, auguste dupin, belletristik, briefe, edgar allan poe, english books, london, privatdetektiv, roman, schauspielerin   (13)
 

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erzählungen, sherlock holmes pastiche, fanclub, london, kalter krieg

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #22: Featuring a new Nero Wolfe story!

Arthur Conan Doyle , Marvin Kaye , Kim Newman
Flexibler Einband: 132 Seiten
Erschienen bei Wildside Press, 28.03.2017
ISBN 9781479425808
Genre: Sonstiges

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Tags: 21. jahrhundert, 221b baker street, alpträume, amerikanische literatur, angst vor clowns, archie goodwin, bankräuber, belletristik, bier, britische literatur, diebstahl, english books, erzählungen, fanclub, kalter krieg, kriminalmagazin, london, museum, nero wolfe, privatdetektiv, psychologin, russland, sherlock holmes pastiche, sir arthur conan doyle, spionage, verfilmung, vergnügungspark, viktorianisches zeitalter   (28)
 

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serie, belletristik, sklavenhandel, arabisch, folter

Flashmans Feldzug

George MacDonald Fraser , Martin Compart , Corinna Fuchs , Stefan Wilkening
Flexibler Einband: 420 Seiten
Erschienen bei Kuebler, 08.12.2016
ISBN 9783942270847
Genre: Historische Romane

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rivalität, julius cäsar, studenten, macbeth, belletristik

If We Were Villains

M L Rio
Flexibler Einband
Erschienen bei TITAN PUBLISHING GROUP, 13.06.2017
ISBN 9781785656477
Genre: Sonstiges

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Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he's released, he's greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago. As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless. Intelligent, thrilling, and richly detailed, If We Were Villains is a captivating story of the enduring power and passion of words.

Here we go again: Each year numerous books are getting published labelled “The new The Secret History”. It’s basically enough to set your story at college or university to warrant a comparison to Donna Tartt’s masterpiece. But as we all know, classics are difficult to copy. Or to quote Austrian author Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach: “Most imitators are drawn to the inimitable.”

And an imitator she is, M. L. Rio. Just like The Secret History If We Were Villains begins by telling us there was a murder, before going back and unravelling the how and why.

There is an elite-college in a picturesque setting, seven friends – all handsome young things studying a relatively exotic subject, - small incidents which lead to greater animosities, friendships turning into enmities…

Unfortunately very little of this actually works.

100 pages in and I still didn’t feel any of the characters. What I mean by this is: They failed to emerge as fully-fleshed-out human beings. For a while I even struggled to discern any differences between James and Richard, who in the course of the story became so antagonistic. They seem just like two interchangeable charismatic alpha males to me. The girls don’t fare much better either. There is Meredith who stands out, because she is the hot one, we are repeatedly told what a great body she has and that her physical beauty makes her insecure, because she fears that she won’t be taken seriously as an actress. As for the other females, I’ll be damned if I could tell you anything of interest about them. Our narrator Oliver is the underdog, less talented than his peers, a bit shy and introverted. This should make him feel instantly relatable, instead I thought he was just dull.

I could not understand what led them to act the way they did, many of their decisions seemed implausible. The tension did not develop organically, but felt forced into the story by the author. It doesn’t help that all our protagonists talk in some weird faux-Shakespearian language, constantly quoting and (deliberately) misquoting the bard, making their characters feel even more mannered and artificial.

On the surface there is nothing wrong with this book, it is competently told with even some beautiful descriptive passages thrown in. I read it with great interest, but rarely did I feel engaged by any of the events on the page and I usually love stories revolving around the theatre. Even the supposedly great twist at the end failed to thrill me.

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Tags: 21. jahrhundert, amerikanische literatur, belletristik, bühnenschauspieler, english books, freundschaft, gefängnis entlassen, illinois state, julius cäsar, macbeth, rivalität, roman, studenten, tragödie (theater), universität, usa, william shakespeare   (17)
 

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belletristik, britische literatur, whodunit, roman, literatur des 20. jahrhunderts

Gefährliche Einladung. Kriminalroman Leinenausgabe!!

Phyllis Hambledon
Fester Einband
Erschienen bei Goldmann, München, 01.01.1954
ISBN B00655N5MY
Genre: Sonstiges

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erzählungen, weinhändler, sherlock holmes pastiche, london, hurrikan

Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine #9


Flexibler Einband: 146 Seiten
Erschienen bei Wildside Press, 10.06.2013
ISBN 9781434442079
Genre: Sonstiges

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Tags: 21. jahrhundert, amerikanische literatur, belletristik, dystopie, english books, entführung, erzählungen, florida, hurrikan, kriminalmagazin, london, polizei, sherlock holmes pastiche, sterbehilfe, weinhändler   (15)
 
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