Formally published as A Slight Trick of the Mind, now a major motion picture.
"Why'd she come here? Why'd she come to you?" A cloud passed over the sun, casting a long shadow across the gardens. "Hope, I suspect," said Holmes. "It seems I am known for discovering answers when events appear desperate."
It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind.
But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking - about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know.
©2014 Mitch Cullin (P)2014 Canongate Books Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 25-09-14

One mystery: How did this get published?

What disappointed you about A Slight Trick of the Mind?

Everything bar the narration, which was pretty good. Ridiculous, paper-thin 'plots' in which the author seems to have latched on to something unusual (the glass armonica, death by wasp sting) and spun unconvincing and rather desperate stories around them, liberally padded with inconsequential and boring nonsense. And really, a ninety three year old man travelling to Japan and back, seemingly overland? That would have been a serious undertaking for a much younger man in the fifties. Even when Holmes demonstrates his powers to his Japanese host he explains the process, instead of just suprising his audience with the conclusions for effect as Conan Doyle had him do. Managed to get half way through then gave up in disgust.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mitch Cullin again?


Have you listened to any of Simon Jones’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but he made a good fist of it given the poor material he had to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Slight Trick of the Mind?

Chapters One to Twenty Two.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Roger on 15-09-14

Rambling and disappointing

I was initially gripped by this book, which promised to be an unusual take on the Sherlock Holmes saga. The language is very like Conan Doyle's but sadly the stories (such as they are) have very little of the intrigue and excitement of the real Sherlock Holmes stories. There are three 'scenarios' in the book - I wouldn't grace them with the word 'story', and the author provides long rambling descriptions which for the most part don't seem to go anywhere. I persevered for a long time, hoping that everything would come together. Sadly, now near the end of the book, it appears that they do not.
The reader makes the best of a bad job.

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