• Sherlock Holmes and the Three Winter Terrors

  • By: James Lovegrove
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (602 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed author of Sherlock Holmes and The Christmas Demon comes another beautifully presented seasonal mystery.

The year 1889. The First Terror.

At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfilment of a witch’s curse from 400 years earlier?

The year 1890. The Second Terror.

A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts?

The year 1894. The Third Terror.

A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests?

These three linked crimes test Sherlock Holmes’ deductive powers, and his skepticism about the supernatural, to the limit.

©2021 James Lovegrove (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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bog standard

Don't expect any supernatural. Just some slight of hand. Typical Sherlock Holmes type tales , good enough but not the best quality.

if you want Sherlock Holmes with rip roaring supernatural (and humor) try A Study in Brimstone by GS Denning.

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obvious

This a it a trilogy of stories. Each one more obvious then the last. I am sad to say both Sherlock and Watson come off the worse for wear in this book. Because the solution to each crime is so blatantly sign posted, Sherlock seems to walking through each tale without having any troubles. And Watson, poor man, just come across as really really stupid for not being able to see each solution as they stare the reading in the face.

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always tremendously enjoy these novels.

love this series, keep them coming. great narration too. highly recommended. very good author there are like 5 books out now.

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Conan Doyle would be proud

Amazing fidelity to the legacy of Sherlock Holmes with an outstanding narration and clever plot.

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Well Done

James Lovegrove is okay unique in his ability to accurate recreate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth. I only caught two non-Victorian grammatical slips. I enjoyed the seemingly separate stories wrapping up in the end, nicely done.

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poor imitation of a Sherlock story

I really wanted to like this, but it just doesn't measure up to the classics

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A great depiction of Holmes and Watson

I have read dozens of Sherlock Holmes books, and in my experience they can be hit or miss. Many fall into the habit of portraying Holmes as inhuman, uncaring, and sometimes downright mean for no apparent reason. Watson isn't immune to this either, many portray him as weak or a bumbling idiot just there to provide comic relief. I don't care for these depictions, so this book was a breath of fresh air for me.
Holmes is just as smart and cunning as ever, but shows emotion and even has some failures; they even remember he's an avid boxer! Watson is strong and smart too, often providing theories that sound plausible, many of which Holmes actually gives some thought; they also briefly explored his character in that period after Holmes death that genuinely made me feel for him.
And the top it all off, the two come off as friends. Friends who need each other, support each other, and care about each other. The moments when Holmes picks on Watson never come off as meanspirited or malicious, and instead of in good fun and he always follows them up with how much Watson means to him.
Over all, this has risen to one of, if not my favorite Sherlock Holmes books. Absolute Kudos to the author (and the narrator did a great job too!)

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Always enjoyable

I love this series and the narrator.
I began listening to them because they were included in audible membership. I have enjoyed all of them very much. I highly recommend them!

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weird and meandering

the connection at the end felt unlikely. the first story was the only compelling story.

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Holmes Fans Take Note3

If you lament the fact that there are only so many original Sherlock Holmes works, your prayers have been answered. As you listen to this book you can easily imagine that it is a true Conan Doyle work. The most memorable line for me was Mycroft's terse message to his brother "No ship Sherlock!" Priceless!! My only relatively minor criticism is the author occasionally allows Holmes to discuss his thoughts about a case with other people before he is sure of his conclusions. Conan Doyle would have Holmes running back and forth. He would collect evidence in his enigmatic fashion, mumbling to himself and acting to all the world like a man possessed, asking seemingly useless questions and gathering inexplicable pieces of evidence but he would never speculate on a case. Then, he would astound you with his conclusions and you would never see the links until he explained them to you. A minor issue easily forgiven in thanks for yet another Holmes mystery to curl up with.

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  • Bartholomew
  • 11-07-21

Excellent all round…

Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes novels are never less than a delight. However occasionally fantastical they become, he still manages (against the odds) to embody the style of Conan Doyle like no other. And he does so without seeming to bludgeon the reader into thinking that it’s all been a hard effort to achieve it (unlike many of the Holmes continuation writers…) In other words, he remains his own master - his own voice.
A nod of respect to the wonderful narration. A minor point, but the audible editor might wish to point out pronunciations of places. Rochdale particularly jarred. “Roch” like “Botch”, not Roache like Poach. But amazing voices - his narration kept me riveted.

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  • Glyn
  • 10-21-21

Excellent Read

I loved this book, and could hardly put it down. The great narration was the crowning touch. Next!

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  • Ian
  • 05-31-22

not Conan Doyle but good fun

You have to give credit to the writer he's got the feeling of the era and the main characters are credible in a Conan Doyle way so thanks for an enjoyable book .

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  • Sjm
  • 05-31-22

Excellent

Worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Well narrated, characters brought to life. Definitely recommend

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  • Marilyn Jessop
  • 05-30-22

Good stories

Enjoyed the stories but the narrator had a strange forced accent, and the pronouncing of some place names really grated! Rochdale, Southwark for example!

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  • eileen winifred gowland
  • 05-29-22

Waste of a credit

Too many halts and starts with adverts etc., which I do not expect within stories

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  • Casbar
  • 05-28-22

very enjoyable experience

Held the attention from start to finish . Rattling good yarn . Well read except the female roles in parts but overall a great performance.
All the threads neatly brought together . Although not conan doyle original it does fit neatly into the story arc. Only issue again is with the annoying chapter references which do not fit with index. Audible should sort as a priority

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  • Casapp
  • 05-23-22

Great listen

Really good. thoroughly enjoyed it. Just a mispronunciation of a place in Yorkshire. But then thiIS Sherlock Holmes lol

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-22

Good stories, strange reading.

While the stories were interesting the pronunciation of some words was very strange and annoying. The delivery was slow and the overall accent peculiar.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-21

one cause for three mysteries

I've read a lot of s. h novels an this was pretty good, one of the writers best, voice was good an kept me interested.theres bullies an worse out there an some are born twisted.

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  • Dom Minns
  • 08-08-22

A Lemon Entry, my dear Watson

fairly good pastiche of ACD's florid prose style, with some suitably Holmesian plot twists, and the narrator does a decent job of voicing the characters.

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  • Roy Soliman
  • 06-19-22

Listen to the end

The Watson character makes some terrible deductions (not just being mistaken) and there are moments of anachronisms, but still quite enjoyable.

I need to be careful about spoilers, but just be sure to listen to the end.

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  • Jo-Jo
  • 03-02-22

enjoyable

I very much enjoyed the nostalgia of a Sherlock story, so did my husband who liked to listen in