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The Kentish manor murders
Symons, Julian, 1912-1994.
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Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1989.

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287 pages ; 22 cm.
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FICTION Adult Large Print Mystery/Suspense

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Booklist Review

British mystery writer Symons is a master of the genre who turns in one superior performance after another. And speaking of performances, in this story actor Sheridan Haynes, whose forte is giving readings from the Sherlock Holmes canon, is asked to give a private reading to a Howard Hughes-type eccentric American tycoon living in England in a place he calls Castle Baskerville. This rich recluse is an avid collector of anything Sherlockian, and what Haynes comes to find out is that there are nefarious sorts around who plan to use the old geezer's Sherlock addiction to get their hands on all his dough. The conspiracy centers on a forged manuscript. Haynes is soon drawn into the thick of things and uses his own detecting skills to sort out the plot. A smart, sophisticated, verbally rich, and expertly planned novel. BH. [OCLC] 87-40460

Publisher's Weekly Review

Symons is appreciated internationally as a critic and biographer of crime novelists and the author of elegant British mysteries. Featuring actor Sherwood Haynes again (The Three-Pipe Solution), this story evolves from Haynes's invitation to play the role at which he is unexcelled, Sherlock Holmes, in a private eventing of theatricals. The bid comes from eccentric Warren Waymark, a millionaire recluse at home in fortress-like Castle Bakersville, named in honor of his idol's epic adventure. Visiting the castle with his clever wife Valerie, Sherwood agrees with her suggestion that Waymark, nearly invisible in his darkened room, could be an imposter. The tycoon explains his sensitivity to light, confirmed by Paul Decker, called ``Prime Minister to the Mogul'' by the staff, since he is in absolute control of Waymark's affairs. Intrigued rather than repelled by the atmosphere, the Hayneses agree to return for the performance when Sherwood has fulfilled an engagement in Denmark. As the plot thickens and quickens, Sherwood meets a man who claims he has an unpublished manuscript by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and asks the actor to sell the treasure to Waymark. Genuine or fake, the manuscript causes several ``accidental'' deaths that inspire Sherwood to Holmesian heights. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

$15.95. f Legendary American tycoon-recluse and Sherlock Holmes collector, Warren Waymark, invites famous Sherlock Holmes actor, Sheridan Haynes, to read for him. Before Haynes can perform, however, a stranger approaches him with a ``lost'' Conan Doyle manuscript, which he wants to sell to Waymark. Soon, someone murders a friend of Haynes, and wife Valerie questions the true identity of Waymark. The plot becomes a bit convoluted, but the likably impertinent Haynes couple and the changing European locales compensate. REK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.