Friday, July 3, 2015

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes: The Albino's Treasure by Stuart Douglas


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Albino's Treasure by Stuart Douglas.  I saw this sitting on the new items shelf at the library when I was returning some items.  I wasn't planning on checking anything out, but Sherlock called my name and I just couldn't resist.  It sounds like it will be great based on the summary and these two snippets!


Book Beginning: 

Throughout my long acquaintance with Sherlock Holmes, it was my practice to present to my friend a copy of my notes on any case of particular sensitivity.  Generally, Holmes would glance over the freshly written adventure with barely concealed irritation, mutter some unflattering remark, and indicate that I could do with it as I wished.  Occasionally, however, he would frown and showing a sudden interest, quickly read the entire manuscript.  'I think,' he would say, in due course, 'that this particular case would be best kept between ourselves for the moment.'  And with that he would disappear into his room, my piece for The Strand in his hand - and it would be consigned to the tin box he kept there, never to be seen again.

56:

The door was ajar, so I knocked and entered.  To my surprise, sitting across the desk from Petrie with his back to me was the unmistakable figure of Sherlock Holmes.  He was dressed not in the near rags in which I had last seen him, but in his more usual gentleman's attire.  Without turning in his seat, he said 'Good morning, Watson.'

'Holmes!  What are you doing here?'

'I came to find you, of course.  I am delighted that your walk here has done you such good.'

I admit to a degree of pique at Holmes's airy greeting, and decided to avoid giving him the satisfaction of explaining how he could have known that I had walked from Baker Street to the Gallery.

34 comments:

  1. So is this written by a modern day writer taking the characters from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

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    1. Yes, it's supposed to be the write-up from a case from 1896 that Watson didn't have "published" in The Strand originally for one reason or another and he's doing it retrospectively.

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  2. Oh! I didn't realize that Douglas was doing a "Further Adventures..." installment! I'll have to see if I can grab it at my library once I dwindle my current TBR down a bit :)

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    1. I had no idea until I saw it at the library! :)

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  3. ENJOY Sherlock!!! And your weekend.

    Cute blog.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  4. As a mystery reader, I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit I've never read a Sherlock Holmes story. This sounds really good and I may have to give it a try. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  5. As a mystery reader, I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit I've never read a Sherlock Holmes story. This sounds really good and I may have to give it a try. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  6. I love Sherlock Holmes. Happy reading. Here is mine
    http://totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/2015/07/friday-56-6.html?zx=c9948a71384218e8

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    1. So do I! I have high hopes for this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I have never read a Sherlock Holmes story, either; it is rather embarrassing, as Lisa mentioned. But now I am definitely intrigued. Love the excerpts and that cover.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I can't get over this! :D Like I said before, you really should check out the stories!

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  8. I'll have to look for this one. I like Sherlock Holmes. I have a romance this week. Happy reading!

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  9. I have to put this one on my list. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

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  10. Great 56! With my love of mysteries, I don't think I've ever read Sherlock Holmes.

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  11. Have to recommend this to my husband. He loves mysteries and Holmes. Thanks for stopping by my Friday meme post.

    brenda

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    1. I hope he likes it! Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

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  12. I'm going to go visit my library today since it's closed tomorrow (how cruel!) and I'm going to resist all those whispers and just pick up my holds. Haha, if I have enough self-control. Hope you enjoy, Lauren and have a great weekend!

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  13. I've actually only read one Sherlock Holmes story which I did like although it didn't really grip me as much as I'd hoped for. But like you, I'm intrigued by the sound of the two excerpts! And that cover is great as well. Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog! Happy Friday!

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  14. I've never read a Sherlock Holmes book, and now I kind of want to. Those two excerpts are intriguing.

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  15. I like Sherlock Holmes books so I will have to check this one out! Happy Friday!
    Here is mine:
    http://missdothacker.blogspot.com/2015/07/friday-56-angelbound-angelbound-origins.html

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  16. Oh yes --- Sherlock Holmes. I just reread a couple of the original books this year. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  17. Oh yes --- Sherlock Holmes. I just reread a couple of the original books this year. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

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  18. I've never read any Sherlock books. I'm intrigued!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Now following via Bloglovin :)

    Cheryl @ I ♥ Fictional People

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  19. Interesting -- I thought this would actually be written by Doyle! Sherlock Holmes is one of those quintessential characters that we're going to continue to obsess about. Hope you're enjoying!

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  20. The hubster is a huge Sherlock fan, so I'm sure he'd like this one!
    Happy weekend!

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  21. Interesting book beginning, certainly gets you thinking! Thank you for visiting my blog :D
    Have a great day,
    Amy x

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