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Holmes, Old Red first gets the itch to turn detective - and just in time, too, because a killer's stalking him and his brother along a Kansas cattle trail. In Gustav Amlingmeyer, Holmes of the Range, Old Red's attempt to settle down and open his own "cafay" goes haywire when one of the customers gets a side order of arsenic with his steak and potatoes. And the adventure continues in four more stories most of them originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. There's only one way to find out if you agree.

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Start listening to Dear Mr. Holmes today! Listeners Also Bought See All. On the Wrong Track. It was a bit different, but follwed the expected plot. Brothers are hired hands and mimic the cowboy version of Holmes and Watson.

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Mar 23, Amy rated it really liked it. I generally don't gravitate towards short stories. I prefer the longer engagement of novels. The appeal was no doubt the shared characters and themes amongst the tales, along with Hockensmith's usual humor and charm. Just plain fun. Aug 18, Clifton McLendon rated it liked it. Entertaining, but not Holmesian. Oct 25, hijinx16 rated it really liked it.

May 05, R. Somewhat entertaining, not so much as as Sherlock pastiche, but a glimpse into life in the American west in the late 19th century. Dec 04, Megan rated it really liked it. Jul 14, Rosa. Absolutely brilliant - and laugh-out-loud! I seriously hope someone turns this into a very faithful TV series I'd be a number one fan! Jul 05, Leona Grace rated it it was amazing. Lovely, evocative writing. I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories.

A delicious mix of dark humour and tradtional 'western', with two very engaging characters at the heart of the tales. Jul 10, Savannah B rated it it was amazing. Perfect little additional gems to the main series! Dec 17, Cathy Cole rated it really liked it. Sometimes I just want to have fun while I'm reading, and when that mood swept over me this month, I found myself turning to Steve Hockensmith's collection of seven short stories about the Amlingmeyer brothers-- the cowboy detectives of the Old West.

It did not disappoint. When reading the author's collection of Christmas short stories, I learned to read everything included so I wouldn't miss a single laugh, and the same thing holds true for Dear Mr. Since most of these stories were origi Sometimes I just want to have fun while I'm reading, and when that mood swept over me this month, I found myself turning to Steve Hockensmith's collection of seven short stories about the Amlingmeyer brothers-- the cowboy detectives of the Old West.

Since most of these stories were originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, there are several copyright notices. Read 'em. All of 'em. And the introduction contains not only a few chuckles, but the tale of just how Old Red And Big Red Amlingmeyer came into existence, which is very interesting indeed. The seven stories contained in this collection are "Dear Mr.

Each one is written in the form of a letter to various magazines of the day, or to someone like Dr. Watson himself, and Big Red invariably mentions a manuscript or story that he'd mailed earlier.

He usually takes a while to shoot the breeze with the letter's recipient before he actually begins telling his tale, and as I read I couldn't help but think that I wouldn't mind receiving a few of these letters from that tall, red-headed cowpoke. The stories move from being hilarious to downright creepy, and the Old West feels so real that I swear I could hear the jingle of spurs as I turned the pages. If you've been intrigued by Steve Hockensmith's series of mysteries featuring two cowboy sleuths in the American West of the s, but you haven't really wanted to invest the time it would take to read one of the books, this collection of short stories is an excellent place to start.

Once you've sampled how Old Red and Big Red Amlingmeyer solve a case, I wouldn't be at all surprised if you headed straight out to the corral to rope a few of those books. It's real easy to take a shine to these two brothers. Apr 13, J. York rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. This is a fun and enjoyable adjunct to Steve Hockensmith's five excellent "Holmes on the Range" mystery novel series, reprinting seven short stories featuring his range-roving Sherlock Holmes wanna-bes, Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer reprinted from various mystery magazines.

If you've never heard of Hockensmith or his characters, this is a great introduction, including the very first story to feature his crime-solving cowpoke brothers. And if you've read the novels and hunger for more, this is a This is a fun and enjoyable adjunct to Steve Hockensmith's five excellent "Holmes on the Range" mystery novel series, reprinting seven short stories featuring his range-roving Sherlock Holmes wanna-bes, Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer reprinted from various mystery magazines.

And if you've read the novels and hunger for more, this is a great supplement to the series, as I said, featuring their very first appearance and many of their early, formative, adventures. The stories concern a pair of cowboy brothers, who, bored with range life, stumble on the Sherlock Holmes stories in magazines and become immersed in them.

The older, quieter brother, Old Red, takes on the Holmes role, and the bigger, more outgoing brother, Big Red, becomes Watson by default since he's the only one who can read and write. The boys are pretty rough around the edges, and it's great fun and in the novels, sometimes painful to watch them stumbling around trying to match the footsteps of the Great Man, Holmes, all the while suffering indignities and scorn from those around them.

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But Big Red has a good mind, Big Red a good heart, and literally nothing is going to stand in the way of their pursuits of truth and justice. Some people seem to be put off by this series because it crosses genres and busts categories. If you enjoy mystery, you'll like this. If you enjoy historicals, you'll like this. If you enjoy westerns, you'll like this. If you enjoy humor, you'll like this.

And if THINK you don't like any of those things, read it anyway, because you might just expand your horizons. Anyway, highly recommended. The only reason I don't give this five stars is that I think most of the novels are even better, and so I have to leave myself some breathing room.

Aug 30, Jan McClintock rated it it was amazing. Whether or not you've read any of the "Holmes on the Range" books yet, you will love this set of stories set in the 's west with adventure, mystery and humor. I'll bet afterward you'll be stamping at the bit for more.

Most of these seven stories were originally published in a nationally-known mystery magazine, but because I don't read that prestigious periodical, they were all new to me. The author was kind enough to send me this book to review, and since the Amlingmeyer Brothers are two of m Whether or not you've read any of the "Holmes on the Range" books yet, you will love this set of stories set in the 's west with adventure, mystery and humor. The author was kind enough to send me this book to review, and since the Amlingmeyer Brothers are two of my favorite characters, so this was a very enjoyable assignment.

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Each story is in the form of a letter from 'Big Red,' Otto the literate, younger brother, to various recipients including their idol Sherlock Holmes, who is non-fictional in the Amlingmeyer's world; Holme's deputy John Watson at The Strand Magazine in London; and Harper's Weekly, a combination of "People" magazine and the "New York Times" of that day. Big Red relates recent adventures in which the brothers display their 'deducifying' skills to catch bandits, solve murders, and keep friends out of trouble let alone themselves.

The writing is full of fun characters and excellent description. Although the brothers seem to get themselves into some fairly crazy situations, it's all in good fun. Highly recommended for everyone who loves good stories, good, clean humor, and especially historical mysteries. Jun 09, Jessica at Book Sake rated it really liked it. I love Sherlock Holmes tales, but I have never read anything that would be considered Western, still this series intrigued me and reading the short stories seemed like a great way to get an introduction to these characters.

Big Red and Old Red are amusing characters all on their own. Throw in some of the other characters and it becomes even more entertaining. This story was the one that sealed my love of Old Red and his detecting skills.

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Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake. Jul 22, Summer rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , sherlock-holmes , historical. Having finally read all the Holmes on the Range books, my final verdict is that the first two novels and a decent proportion of this short story anthology are five star material, but if you're looking for what I'm looking for in a series, better to ignore the rest. These short stories were written before the third book, and it really shows.