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Holmes on the range
Steve Hockensmith
Adult Fiction HOCKENS

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sherlockians, western fans and mystery lovers who enjoy their whodunits leavened with humor should all be delighted by Hockensmith's captivating debut, which features Montana cowboys and brothers Gustav and Otto Amlingmeyer (better known as Old Red and Big Red, respectively). One night in 1892, Old Red becomes smitten with Sherlock Holmes on hearing his brother read "The Red-Headed League" around the campfire during a cattle drive. Determined to follow in his hero's footsteps, Old Red gets the chance to apply the master's methods after some unsavory characters hire the pair to work at a ranch, whose general manager is soon found dead after a stampede. Another man turns up dead, apparently a suicide, just before the British aristocrats who own the ranch arrive to inspect their property. The melding of genres will remind some of the late Bill DeAndrea's western Nero Wolfe pastiches, while the skillful plotting and characterization augur well for the sequel. Hockensmith writes a monthly column for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. Author tour. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

While Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's followers have found numerous ways to imitate and pay homage to his Sherlock Holmes stories, Hockensmith has come up with a truly original one so good that this book went on to become an Edgar nominee for best first book. On a cattle ranch in 1892 Montana, two deaths are suspicious to cowboy Gustav Amlingmeyer. Gustav, known as Old Red, is a Holmes fan, and, together with his brother, Otto (Big Red), the narrator, he applies the consulting detective's deductive techniques to solving the murders. The climactic scene in which Old Red confronts the suspects is both surprising and satisfying. The corn-pone accent William Dufris adopts for Big Red takes some getting used to, but it suits Hockensmith's lighthearted tone. Dufris also does well with the voices of the other cowboys and especially the British aristocrats who own the ranch. Recommended for popular collections.-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer
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