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Sherlock Holmes: The Thinking Engine

By: James Lovegrove
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
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Man vs Machine

It is 1895, and Sherlock Holmes is settling back into life as a consulting detective at 221B Baker Street, when he and Watson learn of strange goings-on amidst the dreaming spires of Oxford.

A Professor Quantock has built a wondrous computational device, which he claims is capable of analytical thought to rival the cleverest men alive. Naturally Sherlock Holmes cannot ignore this challenge. He and Watson travel to Oxford, where a battle of wits ensues between the great detective and his mechanical counterpart as they compete to see which of them can be first to solve a series of crimes, from a bloody murder to a missing athlete. But as man and machine vie for supremacy, it becomes clear that the Thinking Engine has its own agenda…

©2022 James Lovegrove (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Great

Always enjoy your books. Great author with great stories. Keep up the Sherlock series.

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Rate it 11/10 - will listen again!

James Lovegrove once again provides a wonderful story that is masterfully performed by Dennis Kleinman. This 3rd book of 5 from this Sherlock Holmes collection continues the motif of fantasy machinery playing an intriguing role in the events that play out.

Mischief in museums draws in our heroes Holmes and Watson into the prelude. Pulling in a real friend from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's life into a story inspired by his renowned fiction sets the stage for this fantastic mystery romp across the town of Oxford and its famous University campus. The titular thinking machine is in essence a 19th century "computer". The mechanical device resembles clockwork and steam-powered fantasy inventions akin to those of Jules Verne.

The university professors, academics, and athletes find themselves unwitting participants in an elegant web of crimes. The townfolk and community leaders enjoy the excitement brought to them courtesy of the thinking machine and publicised promotional contest challenging any man to best the device in problem solving.

Unexpected celebrity cameos, new friends as well as enemies, and all the usual suspects make appearances throughout the storyline. All of the characters bring some fun into the tale. Some are pawns, some are players, but plenty find themselves on the board; Once again, the game is afoot!

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Shocking

I find it uncanny how completely and expertly Lovegrove manages to mimic both Conan Doyle's writing style as well as his intricately woven plot structures. Were Holmes's creator alive today he would undoubtedly be either extremely impressed or equally outraged. Bravo.

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  • Aron Driessen
  • 11-23-22

Pretty good

Writing's great as usual, but it's still annoying when easily fact-checkable mistakes appear, as they often do within Kleinman's Holmes series. FYI Hungary is not and has never been a Slavic country (Holmes refers to Houdini's Slavic accent and then specifies Budapest/Hungary as his place of origin).

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  • Tom Melville
  • 10-30-22

Excellent

Lovegrove really understands Conan Doyle and writes Holmes and Watson with the insight, wit and guile that understanding affords him. The voiceover is similarly excellent with more than a passing resemblance to the Basil Rathbone era. This series and the more left of field Cathula stuff is utter joy. More please James!