Holmes on the Range

Holmes on the Range

Book - 2006 | 1st ed.
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Because 1893 is a tough year in Montana, any job is a good job. When Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at the secretive Bar VR cattle spread, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a comfortable campfire around which they can enjoy their favorite pastime: scouring "Harper's Weekly" for stories about the famous Sherlock Holmes.
When the boys come across a dead body that looks a whole lot like the leftovers of an unfortunate encounter with a cattle stampede, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired deducifyin' skills. Putting his ranch work squarely on the back burner, he sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312347802
0312347804
Branch Call Number: HOCKE
Characteristics: 294 p.

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WhidbeyIslander
Aug 05, 2017

An easy read (but a bit too long.) A convoluted mystery and snappy writing. My one issue is that in this story Sherlock Holmes is not a fictional character, but a real detective. Sort of brought me up short.

CMLibrary_myesowitch Dec 14, 2015

Thoroughly entertaining spin on the Holmes superfan becoming a sleuth to rival the Great Detective. Fun read with great characters.

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cooleymj
Jul 05, 2012

I believe eveyone would love the series of the Otto and Gustav Amlingmeyer. I have laughed listening to the CD's that were ordered. Otto thinks like "Sherlock Holmes" and Gustav writes like Dr Watson.
A great western series.

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echomike
Feb 15, 2011

Entertaining and witty.

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kalio
Feb 05, 2010

Forget ?The game?s afoot.? This time, it?s ?Hee-haw, get along little doggies.? Gustav ?Old Red? Amlingmeyer is an American cowboy in 1893. Herding cattle is his job, but solving crime, using the deductive methods of his idol Sherlock Holmes, is his true calling. His brother Otto, aka ?Big Red,? narrates with earthy aplomb and is willing to play Watson to his big brother?s Sherlock (it?s his fault Old Red?s so obsessed, after all, since it was Big Red who read Conan Doyle?s stories around the campfire). But there?s not a lot of need for ?deducifyin? ? amongst the cattle herds?until, that is, the brothers are hired on at the Bar VR ranch alongside a quirky collection of cowboys with nicknames like Swivel-Eye and Anytime. The Bar VR is run by an unsavory group of ready-to-rumble fellers and Old Red immediately senses a mystery afoot. Then an outlaw escapes from jail and a crotchety ranch hand disappears; only Old Red suspects that the culprit is not the outlaw, and only little brother Big stands by him. A few murders later, and the cowpokes are nervous, the villains are desperate, and the buzzards are circling. Action-packed scenes of stampedes and six-gun shootouts are mixed with charming humor, rousing suspense, and plenty of Sherlockian flashes of insight on the part of Old Red, who really is as quick as they come and a true practitioner at the art of deduction. The transfer of Sherlock Holmes? tactics, mornally applied in the stately drawing rooms of Victorian England, to the big sky country of the American Wild West, plus the natty charm of our ornery cowpokes, makes Holmes on the Range a mystery-western that is utterly irresistible. The winning twist on the Holmes canon continues in three more trail-side cases, On the Wrong Track, The Black Dove, and The Crack in the Lens.

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