The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Ectoplasmic Man

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The Ectoplasmic Man When Harry Houdini is framed and jailed for espionage Sherlock Holmes vows to clear his name with the two joining forces to take on blackmailers who have targeted the Prince of Wales It s a case tha

  • Title: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Ectoplasmic Man
  • Author: Daniel Stashower
  • ISBN: 9781848564923
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Harry Houdini is framed and jailed for espionage, Sherlock Holmes vows to clear his name, with the two joining forces to take on blackmailers who have targeted the Prince of Wales It s a case that requires all of their skills both mental and physical Can the daring duo solve what people are calling The Crime of the Century Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s timeless creaWhen Harry Houdini is framed and jailed for espionage, Sherlock Holmes vows to clear his name, with the two joining forces to take on blackmailers who have targeted the Prince of Wales It s a case that requires all of their skills both mental and physical Can the daring duo solve what people are calling The Crime of the Century Sir Arthur Conan Doyle s timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed detective stories From the earliest days of Holmes career to his astonishing encounters with Martian invaders, the Further Adventures series encapsulates the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds greatest detective.

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    1. K. O'Bibliophile

      Harry Houdini is framed for spying and stealing sensitive papers from the Prince of Wales. Sherlock Holmes decides to help. Watson is thick. Lestrade is wildly out of character and believes Houdini to be an "ectoplasmic man" who can walk through walls AND THAT'S HOW HE STOLE THE PAPERS. That, and some conspicuously-placed muddy footprints that don't actually lead anywhere. A decoy? Of course not! It's obvious that the American can turn into a ghost and that is enough to arrest him!Yes, seriously [...]

    2. Ken

      Harry Houdini meets Sherlock Holmes. I had reasonable expectations going into this book and I was disappointed.I found a couple of occurrences in the book a bit hard to fathom. And, I didn't generally care for Stashower's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.Holmes generally is not a polite guy. He is more interested in the cerebral and quite often steps on toes, not out of any intentional meanness, but more as an oversight. Yes, Mr Holmes, people have feelings. Stashower's Holmes, though, is outright s [...]

    3. Fred Hughes

      Another great book in this series of updated adventures with Sherlock Holmes. In this episode we find Houdini and Holmes clashing.Dr Watson takes his first ride in an infernal flying machine and Sherlock and Houdini end up if not friends at least acknowledging the others abilities.Important papers have been stolen and it's up the Sherlock to recover them and clear Houdini's name

    4. Bev

      The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man by Daniel Stashower is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche that relates an adventure that brings together the world's greatest consulting detective and Harry Houdini, the world's greatest escape artist. Houdini is accused of stealing important letters that could cause trouble for the Prince of Wales. The letters were kept in room sealed tighter than the vaults of the Bank of England. Houdini was present ta the house where the letters were kept. Lestrade decides that s [...]

    5. Carl

      Daniel Stashower's entry in "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" series - "The Ectoplasmic Man" - is sheer delight. When I saw the book on , thought: "Sherlock Holmes and Houdini! I have to give it a try." Stashower has indeed paired two of history's greats in Holmes and Houdini in a story that will keep you turning the pages. Although the Holmesian fan can tell that Doyle didn't write it, "The Ectoplasmic Man" was still a well written story which held one's attention. The pairing of the [...]

    6. Darla

      Loved this book !!! It was written in true Sherlock Holmes fashion. The mystery , which takes clever puzzle solving skills and the writing style were spot on. Looking forward to other books in the series.

    7. Janan

      Excellent Holmes pastiche! Combining Holmes and Houdini was a truly amusing pairing in the story. And of course, Watson does a capital job of narrating the entire tale. It was even better than I had expected.

    8. Luis Reséndiz

      cosa difícil, escribir una ficción de sherlock holmes desde la voz de watson; cosa aún más difícil, imagino, nutrir de alguna forma notable el ya de por sí amplio catálogo de pastiches holmesianos. de todos, que son muchos, houdini y sherlock holmes (cuyo nombre en inglés es infinitamente mejor: the adventure of the ectoplasmic man) está en un lugar más que decoroso. su historia fluye con ritmo y prosa directa, estrictamente narrativa; la trama está bien armada, con evidente conocimie [...]

    9. Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his)

      3.5 starsI thought it deserved the bump up. It hit the things that I look for most in something that deviates from the canon stories: Good pacing, characters rightfully done, interesting case, and written in Doyle's style.The only one I feel I can protest on, is characterization. Lestrade was off throughout the story. I felt he was more like DI Greg Lestrade off the show "Sherlock". But, other than that, Holmes and Watson were done well. I don't really know much about Houdini or anyone else, but [...]

    10. Jose Luis Meza Garcia

      Saw it in a bookstore: Sherlock Holmes and Houdini! That thought intrigued me so I give it a try. From start to finish I couldn't stop reading it. This is (for me) the best adventure of Sherlock Holmes that hasn't been written by the legendary Conan Doyle. To tell you the truth I haven't read anything about Houdini, just know him from movies and cultural references. But if this was how Houdini really was then I think I should read more about him. The times when he is with Holmes are great. Sherl [...]

    11. Don The Idea Guy

      A very good Sherlock Holmes book, but the pairing of the ficitional detective with the larger than real life Houdini should have made for a wilder ride. There should have been more opportunities for the two protagonists to work together. It would have even been more acceptable to see them pursue two independent courses of investigation before uniting in the end to defeat the villains. Houdini (ironically) spends much of his time locked in a jail cell and not in pursuit of the men who framed him [...]

    12. Grantimatter

      This is an amusing trifle of a book - it's possible, I guess, to excuse the worst of the fan-fic excesses (referring to past adventures and various Holmes in-jokes) as being consistent with the voice of an elderly Dr. Watson, now a widower, shuffling into the second decade of a new century. So far, Holmes is done just about right, though, and the plot seems to be flowing the way one wants a Holmes mystery to go. A little too arch, maybe, and a little too self-referential, but still delightfully [...]

    13. Richard Townsend

      A good continuing adventure to the Holmes stories. Only a few of the obligatory "Holmes acting strange" explanations, or direct references to the original stories (which I find annoying anymore--I KNOW I'm reading a Sherlock Homes story already!). To those who have seen the various tv and movie versions of Holmes and Watson, I would place the characterization of these two in the book as more in the Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce camp. This is ok, but after seeing Watson protrayed by David Burke/ [...]

    14. Riju Ganguly

      After the trio of terrific novels involving Harry Houdini, his brother 'Dash' and his wife 'Bess', I was naturally inclined to read this novel. Unfortunately, it was rather a letdown. I sorely missed the voice & actions of 'Dash', and having Bess merely as a woman presence seemed to be rather a waste. The Germans were stereotypical, and even Watson was reduced to being a minor player (inevitable, if you keep in mind that this is an adventure where Sherlock Holmes is fighting to clear Houdini [...]

    15. Lenora

      With the myriad Sherlock Holmes related stories floating about out there, both on the internet and in the published world, it may seem that the author must do something pretty spectacular to have their story noticed. And what better way to have an interesting Holmes story than have the great detective meet the famous magician Houdini, one of Conan Doyle's former friends. This could have been a fascinating story, but while the characterization is quite well written, Stashower seems to have focuse [...]

    16. Dena

      I adore Sherlock Holmes. The original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are fantastic. This book felt so authentic, with all the characters I love and all the quirks that make each of them who they are. The author even footnoted some of the references to the original works by Doyle, which was an added bonus. This story imagined a time when Sherlock met Harry Houdini. I can't say enough about this book. If you love Sherlock and old mysteries, definitely pick this one up. You won't be disappointed [...]

    17. Trin

      One of those “Sherlock Holmes meets [Famous Historical Figure:]!” books—in this case, “Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Houdini!” This was quite fun, although, as is the case with a lot of mysteries for me, more fun in the setup than in the conclusion. Also, Stashower’s Watson was a bit too much of a bumbler for my tastes. Not Laurie R. King bad or anything, but I think after Jude Law’s impeccable Watson from the new movie, I am feeling a tad spoiled.

    18. Jc

      This pastiche introduces the detective to the magician, Houdini. Doyle himself shows up as a character -- one that has trouble believing that the case Holmes and Houdini are exploring does NOT involve the mystical/spiritual world. Of S.H. pastiches I have read in the last 10 years, this is one of the ones that best captures the characters, atmosphere, and flow of the original Doyle universe. Very nicely done - I can't believe I missed it when it was first published back in 1985 (I time when I so [...]

    19. Timothy Tobolski

      I've decided to prep myself for the upcoming re-issue of Stashower's 'Houdini Mysteries' series this year by finally diving straight into this re-issue from Titan. I devoured his 'Beautiful Cigar Girl', Stashower's recounting of the mysterious facts behind Poe's 'Murder of Marie Roget'; the author has a marvelous flair for weaving historical truths into an almost fiction-like thriller, and I consider him right on par with Erik Larson.

    20. R.

      Sherlock Holmes meets Harry Houdini. Lost is a sixth-grade book report I wrote up on this mystery novel. The hardback had a pic of Houdini in a straight jacket rising triumphant ouf of the bowl of Holmes' trademark pipe, a smoky apparation. ectoplasmic man. Sherlock rawk: youtube/watch?v=ZeqPmPKcHXA

    21. Nicole

      The Further Adventures series can be silly, yes, but in a highly pleasant way. The books are well-done and enjoyable for a few reasons, not least of which is that Watson gets to be sassier and feistier than in some of the canon fodder. (Though the tone is pretty stout in its faithfulness to blessed fusty old ACD.) Here, the adventure is with Houdini in tow. The game is afoot and a feat.

    22. Margaret

      I found this book rather irritating. Plot was okay, but the author kept showing off what a great Sherlockian he is by inserting unnecessary references to ACD canon stories. Too much of a distraction.Also not happy with the portrayal of Lestrade. The character was made to look like a gullible buffoon.

    23. John

      I liked this book alot. The mystery was good and kept me guessing. I think the reason I give it 3 instead of 4 stars is that Houdini came off as kind of annoying throughout the book. However, he may have been accurately portrayed. The "crime of the century" also did not create as much suspense as you would think.

    24. Jack

      An interesting premise putting a well known fictional figure together with a well known historical figure. Holmes and Houdini and of course told from Dr. Watsons perspective. I enjoyed it and the ending did not disappoint. This is the author's first mystery and it is well crafted. A Holmes fan will love it. My final "Florida" read!!

    25. Turtelina

      Gar nicht mal so schlecht. Natürlich an Conan Doyle kommt keiner ran. Den Epilog zur Freundschaft zwischen Conan Doyle und Houdini, besonders ihren Zwist was Medien betrifft, fand ich am interessantesten.Nur für eingefleischte Sherlock Holmes Fans.

    26. Adam

      Quite an enjoyable read, whilst some of the characterisation was a little off in places, this was a decent novel. I felt it rang true of other Sherlock Holmes stories, with some humour that is missing from others.

    27. Christian

      As a casual Holmes fan, I thought it was a good read. Didn't notice any glaring character departures like some others have noted but, as I said, I'm hardly a purist. I'll be reading others in the "further adventures" series, though.

    28. Jim

      Stashower can write - fun little book. Houdini and Holmes make an interesting team. Dash and Bess later replace Holmes and Watson in the Houdini series. This one would have been better if Stashower had worked them in.

    29. Rozonda

      Nice to read but forgettable. Houdini and Holmes meeting was an excelent idea and it should have been more exciting. As it is, the author just shows a silly clash of egos and Watson and Lestrade are portrayed as even sillier than in the canon, which doesn't help a bit.

    30. Christi Howard

      I read this book back in 1987-ish, and I loved it. It was sold as a young adult novel and it combined my two big interests at the time, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Houdini. It may not have been the most faithful representation of Holmes but as a kid who loved mysteries, it fit the bill.

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