• Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon

  • By: James Lovegrove
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (703 ratings)

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Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon

By: James Lovegrove
Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
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Publisher's Summary

The new Sherlock Holmes novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin and Firefly: Big Damn Hero.

It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.

Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick’s calling card....

Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound of mind, but it seems that something - or someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realize that no one is beyond suspicion.

©2019 James Lovegrove (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Jolly Good Time

Great author with a brilliant narrator made this happen.
Thank you to both for keeping Sherlock & Watson alive.

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Fine holiday sleuthing and celebrating

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Holmes is Back!

I have listened to three of James Lovegroves Sherlock Holmes books now and have yet to guess the ending. Witty and ingenious writing for a beloved character deserving only of the best authors attention.

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There couldn't be a more perfect narrator.

First the story is wonderful. I've listened to all of Lovegrove's Holmes pastiches and this is probably the most Conan Doyle like. So many authors try to make their own mark on Holmes and it ends up taking away from what made him so great. This story doesn't do that. Watson especially is a character various authors tend to be
indulgent with. In this story he is much like he was in the originals. A stolid bulldog of a man who would do anything for Holmes.

The narrator is even better. I could listen to Dennis Kleinman read anything but he is especially perfect for Holmes. He imbues Holmes with a kind of erratic energy that just seems to fit. Something about his tone carries a dry wit in what may otherwise be a seemingly normal conversation between characters.
Overall a wonderful book that does exactly what it sets out to do.

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Entertaining story

I enjoyed the story, storytelling was a bit different than the original author. That being said, I would recommend this to anyone looking for an entertaining story.

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Excellent story

It was an excellent mystery. I love a good mystery and this one was a little hard to put together. I enjoyed that immensely. The narrator was very skillful using all kinds of voice and tone making the English and their country dialects interesting and fun.

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Sherlock Solves it Again

The author did an excellent job retaining Sherlock’s wit and deductive skills. Not very “Christmasy” but a very enjoyable book. I recommend it.

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Perfect, just what I wanted !

A enjoyable tale read very professionally.

At first I was afraid that the mystery wasn’t going to be all that interesting.

That being said, as the story went on questions grew and it kept getting better.

By the time act three arrived i was more than satisfied.

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This happens in my favorite environment for a mystery… a massive old place that was built hundreds of years ago, sprawling with so many rooms and halls it’s almost a maze.
One of the wings has a bad history and is known as a place with fearful supernatural activity.
Part of it, the master warns folks never to go into.

Most of all, nothing is what it seems.

Dr. Watson is a bit too slow at times and it made me wonder if the author used him to explain plot details to the more stupid readers. (?)

I hate figuring out things before they do.

An unsettling family resides there about to celebrate a very strange Christmas.

Recommended.

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It was okay

The story was okay. Entertaining enough. Reminiscent of Hound of the Baskervilles at first. Didn’t care for the reader though. His characterization of Holmes was too effeminate and fussy to my mind. I’m used to the Jeremy Brett, Benedict Cumberbatch type Holmes.

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true Sherlock Holmes with Christmas flare.

so well written. very enjoyable. I would recommend this to any fan of Sherlock Holmes. you will not be disappointed

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  • me,myself,andI
  • 08-30-21

Brilliant!

It is wonderful to hear more of Holmes and Watson. The style is on a par with the original. The narrator was perfect and did not rush through the reading. Every single word was read with the pedantic attention to detail that one would expect of Watson and I loved it. Warm and comforting listen, whilst also exciting and stimulating. Thanks to both James Lovegrove, and Dennis Kleinman.

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  • Philip
  • 02-28-22

Good tale but let down by the narration

Central to this story is a Yorkshire accent. The narrator though good at his craft was unable to produce those accents an in places mispronounced words.

Once you spot a thing like that you become a sensitive to it - maybe I have been too harsh but the experience would have been enhanced significantly had it been voiced well.

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  • Higgsy
  • 08-30-22

Crime against accents

The narrator gave up on making any kind of identifiable accent by chapter 3. An unlistenable mangled word salad, chewing every word and spitting out some very weird sounds that as a native English speaker are truly bizarre. If there is an award for the worst attempt at an accent this would be a gold star award winner. Can’t speak to the story, word noises were too distracting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-28-22

Sir Arthur would be impressed !

Having read all the Conan Doyle/ Sherlock Holmes stories, I was impressed with the originality of this tale. The reading was pure Holmes/Watson rhetoric. very well done sir.

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  • Helen Norton
  • 02-21-22

Fantastic story

Fantastic story, full of twists and turns. The thing that distracted me was the narration. I come from East Yorkshire and found the narator's attempts at the accent way off the mark. In fact he seemed to roam around the British Isles, even when voicing the same character.

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  • pablo rooney
  • 12-09-21

Ripping yarn indeed.

Excellent narration of an excellent plot. A tale of deception, murder and intrigue. Definitely one for the sherlock Holmes fans indeed.

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  • SimpleSybil
  • 08-25-22

Perfect bedtime listening

Well constructed story but rather predictable in places. The narrator has a wonderful soothing voice when being himself or Holmes but some of the Yorkshire accents sounded Irish and the way he pronounced some words was odd.

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  • Evie
  • 02-28-22

pretty good 👍

enjoyed this, the author is good at conan doyles style...it may be a little bit predictable if you know the Canon well. However it was good and the narration is spot on.

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  • Sheila
  • 02-27-22

Terrible accents and some poor pronunciation

This a a great story and the reader has a good voice and tone, but this book is set in Yorkshire and he can’t do a Yorkshire accent to save his life. The accent veers from Wales to Scotland, Ireland and Devon but never gets anywhere near Yorkshire! Surely when hiring an actor for a book like this you’d check out the accent!

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  • Miss
  • 02-27-22

it was all going so well until...

It's always a risk writing about a past you don't know and haven’t experienced and unless you do meticulous research mistakes will happen. In this book the most glaring one is the fact that Goforth could not have had a "radiant" cut diamond necklace as that particular diamond cut wasn’t invented until 1976! The narration also left something to be desired with the performer adopting a rather peculiar take on a Yorkshire accent and then forgetting which characters should have that accent and which should not. I gave up at the "radiant" faux pas!

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  • Andrew
  • 04-24-22

excellent, great story

great story and excellent narration, loads of twists and turns, happy to recommend to all

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  • Miriam Perkins
  • 02-21-22

🙏 Void Filled: Thoroughly Enjoyed

After listening to and reading the full length original Sherlock Holmes series, multiple times, there was a major void that needed to be filled.

I searched and searched, many authors who’d attempted to recreate or reinvent Sherlock, failed in their story line, or the narrator or voice actors did not fit the voice of Sherlock and Watson I’d come to know and love (Stephen Fry specifically).

FINALLY, a story line and narrator that was close enough to the original, whilst also being new and invigorating…enough.

I also enjoyed the long length and many chapters, really keeping to Arthur’s tradition, and really an overall cost saver.

Great to relax to, felt like home again.

I hope the Author and narrator come out with more and more titles in 2022! Definitely recommend! ☺️

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  • Renata Lee Shong
  • 01-03-22

Classic Sherlock!

Great storyline. Narrated professionally. I enjoyed the distinct character voices that made the tale all the more interesting. Well done!

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-11-21

Very good

Very much in the vein of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, good take on Sherlock

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  • Victoria
  • 12-11-21

Excellent

Excellent narration but for some unfortunate and jarring mispronunciations. Worth the listen. Typical Conan Doyle.

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  • Mari
  • 12-01-21

Lot of fun

This was a lot of fun and held true to the characters of Holmes and Watson. I have not read any other books in the series but I look forward to starting at the beginning. The narration was excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-21

absolutely brilliant

the narrator was perfect, could listen to him all day. Will be getting more if his books