Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly : Sherlock Holmes on Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • by Donald Thomas
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • Series: Sherlock Holmes on Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Have you ever seen a ghost, Mr. Holmes?" asks Victoria Temple, and Sherlock Holmes, at the height of his powers in 1898, must face a new challenge, one that plunges the great detective into the realm of the supernatural. Miss Temple has been found guilty - but also insane - at her trial for murdering a child under her care. She is locked away in the Broadmoor lunatic asylum, and worse still, she believes fully in her own guilt. But were the hauntings at the Elizabethan manor house of Bly a vision of the walking dead, perhaps, rather than delusions of her tormented mind? Or could it be that a criminal conspiracy is to blame for the psychic phenomena, as well as a second murder cunningly concealed in the past?
In the company of Dr. Watson, the indefatiguable Holmes will track down the perpetrators through the occult underworld of Victorian London.
Next, on the eve of World War I, Holmes is confronted with fraud and forgery at the Royal Naval Academy in "The Case of a Boy's Honor". While back in London, behind the scenes of the Herculaneum Theatre in the Strand, "The Case of the Matinee Idol" embroils Holmes and Watson directly in an apparent on-stage murder. How did poison get into two Shakespearean goblets when only the victim, now dead, had access to them and the most likely suspect was a mile away with an unthinkable alibi?


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As an avid Sherlock Holmes fan I was skeptical as to anyone else doing justice to the great works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. However I was pleasantly surprised by this. Donald Thomas does indeed successfully recreate the mood, and tone of the time and has his characterization of the famous duo Holmes and Watson down to perfection.

But the real genius is in the plot. "Do you believe in Ghosts Mr. Holmes?" is the question which sets this story in motion...

It concerns itself with the storyline from 'The Turn of the Screw' by Henry James (a masterpiece in itself) and takes the ghostly goings on and 'turns' it all on its head. The whole mystery is set before our great detective and he sets out to investigate.

Did the children and the Governess really see ghosts? What was Miss Jessel and Quints involvement? And was the Governess ultimately responsible for the death of little Miles? (for which she is accused and has been sentenced accordingly) Holmes has but little time to prove otherwise before the governess is due to serve out her sentence.

Concentrating on the latest technologies and amidst the spiritualist movements of the time, Holmes embarks on an intriguing journey into the chilling events that shrouded Bly House.

An epic tale, a must read / listen and an admirable tribute to Sherlock Holmes.
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- Matthew

Very long stories - more like novellas

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The description should make it clear how many discrete stories there are - it is a few very long short stories not suitable for a 45 minute commute

Has Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly put you off other books in this genre?


Would you listen to another book narrated by John Telfer?


Was Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly worth the listening time?

Didn't listen to all of it - I wanted SHORT stories

Any additional comments?

You cannot search on Audible for short story anthologies - please add this as an option 0 searching for titles including "and other stories" is not reliable

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- L. Slade

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-04-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.