The Detections of Dr. Sam Johnson

The Detections of Dr. Sam Johnson❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ The Detections of Dr. Sam Johnson Author Lillian de la Torre – “I will not be deterred from detecting what I think a cheat by the menaces of a ruffian” —Samuel JohnsonContents The tontine curse — The stroke of thirteen — The Viotti Stradivarius — The “I will not be deterred from of Dr. ePUB ✓ detecting what I think a cheat by the menaces of a ruffian” —Samuel JohnsonContents The tontine curse — The stroke of thirteen — The Viotti Stradivarius — The black stone of Dr Dee — The frantick rebel — Saint Germain the Deathless — The missing Shakespeare manuscript — The triple lock’d room. Lillian de la Torre wrote a series of short stories for Ellery ueen's Mystery magazine over 40 in all which featured Dr Samuel Johnson as a great detective as well as a great lexicographer These stories were later collected into four volumes of which The Detections of Dr Sam Johnson is one These stories set Johnson up as a Holmes like character with James Boswell acting as his Watson The mysteries themselves are good without being great but the main attractions are the personality of Johnson the Boswellian commentary on events and the obvious amount of research de la Torre put into her stories Notes at the end of each story reveal that the fictional accounts have their basis in either actual events and characters from the 18th Century or legends that were circulating during the time periodThis was a very uick light read The first story The Stroke of Thirteen is very good and she even tries her hand at a locked room mystery Interesting period detail and pleasant mysteries that didn't reuire a lot of heavy duty brain work The most difficult part for some readers might be wading through some of the 18th C terminology but uite a lot can be inferred from the context I thoroughly enjoyed Johnson as a character and will certainly be keeping my eye out for the other collections Three and a half stars out of five Good historical mysteriesBy Charles van Buren on April 11 2018Format Kindle EditionVery good historical mysteries which mix the real world Johnson and Boswell with fictional mysteries In this volume there is a fine locked room mystery and several stories with seemingly unlikely perpetrators Dr Johnson of course was not built for physical adventures so these mysteries are solved through cerebral effort rather than the application of brawnI purchased a Kindle edition of this book along with some other volumes in the series I do not know why it is not recognized as a verified purchase 35 Stars Some Good Some So SoKind of difficult at first getting used to the writing style and time period It has been a while since I have read stories from this time period late 1700's 35 stars The mysteries were interesting but I found that the language however authentick lessened my enjoyment The second of Lillian De La Torre's Sam Johnson detective series Very much like the first a series of amusing short stories featuring Dr Johnson of dictionary fame as an amateur sleuth but with the added feature of a short explanation of the historical facts at the end of each story A footnote I came across Sam Johnson private investigator when I was looking for Murder in the Hellfire Club featuring Ben Franklin as detective I got excited thinking this was the tip of the iceberg of a whole genre of detective stories featuring 18th century polymaths Alasthat's not the case Deliciously witty deftly written and cleverly authentic to the period and its language If de la Torre tends to make her vignettes all too cute the nastinesses of Johnson's age are conveyed through sepia tinted glasses with many a giggle that only adds to the enjoyment of her stories Anyone who seeks an alternative highly implausible view of the Great Cham as a corrective to Boswell's prurient candours will find these stories a delight Is it really the 18thc? No But who cares? Fantastic book I love the whole idea of Samuel Johnson solving crime and the writing is superb Not every story has an actual crime in it either

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  • Paperback
  • 190 pages
  • The Detections of Dr. Sam Johnson
  • Lillian de la Torre
  • English
  • 08 February 2016
  • 9780930330095