The Lost Sherlock Holmes Story?
- Narrated by: Simon Vance
- Length: 8 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-03-15
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
In 1904 the Scottish town of Selkirk held a three-day event to raise funds to replace a wooden bridge destroyed in a flood two years earlier. As part of the event, the organizers sold a story collection called The Book o' the Brig. Most of the stories were written by locals - but one stood out because it starred Holmes and Watson.
It wasn't until 2015 that an 80-year-old Selkirk resident named Walter Elliot, who long owned a copy of the book, leafed through it and came upon the previously unpublished story. His discovery of "Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by Deduction, the Brig Bazaar" caused quite a stir.
But was the story truly written by Conan Doyle? What's known is that the renowned author enjoyed visiting the area in and around Selkirk. And his name appears in the book, indicating that he was the opening presenter on the Saturday of the fundraising event. But Holmes experts have their doubts, since there is no mention of the story in Conan Doyle's papers, and the style of writing doesn't ring true. So the mystery may never be solved. But it is a fact that the fundraising effort succeeded - and a brand-new iron bridge was built.
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By Doreen on 07-03-15
This struck me as a parody, an affectionate, humorous parody of the character of Sherlock Holmes in particular, and, of course, the series in general. Might Conan Doyle, for the sake of the fundraiser, have contributed this short piece, a seeming parody of his Sherlock Holmes stories and novels, to the collection?
The story itself is so short that I really only find it satisfying if I think of it as a quick skit intended to poke fun at the Sherlock Holmes series. Kindly fun in my opinion. So yes, I find it plausible that Conan Doyle might've written this, but that is only speculation of course.
Simon Vance's narration was spot on and contributed to the fun of the piece.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Darryl on 05-05-15
not worth it really
sorry, but though i am a sherlock fan i didn't think this was worth worrying about. It is so slight a piece there's not much else to say, except that it was a freebie at the time.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful