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Well done! A great rendition of Holmes with a unique twist. August 24, 2013
Really fun read. Genuinely intriguing Bible mysteries packaged in a superb rendition of Holmes and Watson. Having read all the A. Conan Doyle novels, I can say without subterfuge or hyperbole that author Len Bailey has a gift; pitch-perfect banter full of wit and humor, vivid snapshots of Victorian life, and grand adventures in the great Holmesian tradition, yet with a very unique twist.
Don’t expect a made-over hero; he is thoroughly Doyle’s detective and every bit the sceptic. Faithful Watson provides just the right counterpoint, and Mrs. Hudson’s role is delightfully amplified from the original; proof that Bailey is not just a brilliant forger, but a creator as well. Above all, the author is a great storyteller, and I hope that in addition to writing more Sherlock Holmes mysteries, he tells some tales completely his own.
Review by Bob
The Great Detective Tackles Biblical Mysteries July 16, 2013
I have to say this book was a really unique concept. It can be read as a novel straight through, each chapter being a story of the bible mystery the pair are trying to solve. Or it can be done as a bible study by going to the back of the book first and finding the corresponding study to the chapter you are starting. There are specific scriptures that take you through the bible story and mystery and yet stop short of revealing the mystery. You read the story part of the book for the final reveal. Then there are also questions about the story to answer and corresponding scripture that make the story clearer, and then questions that connect the theme of the mystery to your own life today and make the scripture applicable to the reader.
The stories were engaging and fun though not having read the original Sherlock Holmes I cannot make comparison's to how closely the author was able to stick to character's personalities and the flow and intent of the original books. Some of the mysteries were questions that I have thought of in the back of my mind and the solving of them and the process Sherlock goes through was interesting. All of the stories were intriguing and some grabbed me more than other ones, but it was interesting being plonked down into the biblical story and seeing it through the eyes of Sherlock, who was an unbeliever and just there to do a job a client had hired him to do and also seeing it through the eyes of Watson, who was a believer and had his faith affected by some of the various mysteries. I, personally, chose to do the book as a bible study so that I could get the full flavor of the book. Though I have to say the narrative threw me a little in a couple of chapters as it seemed to change from the original flow, on the whole, I found the book interesting and engaging and I really enjoyed the study part.
Thanks to Booksneeze for providing a free copy for review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review
Review by Susanne
Sherlock Holmes and the Needles Eye by Len Bailey June 17, 2013
When I first selected this book to read and review, I was skeptical. I didn't really think that it would interesting, and the idea of a Bible Study being embedded within the threads of a novel just did not appeal to me. But still, I felt drawn to the book, so I read it. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed finding the answers to the Bible Study questions, and the novel was both entertaining and informative.
The book is authored by Len Bailey, who wove the search for the answers to ten of the Bible's mysteries into a novel about the renowned Sherlock Holmes. In it, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson find themselves using a time machine called the “Needles Eye” to travel to the locations of these mysteries. In the novel, Holmes and Watson travel to places such as Jerusalem to see the accusation of the harlot, Philippi where Paul and Silas were imprisoned and subsequently freed from their chains, and Bethlehem to see Joseph and Mary escaping from Jerusalem with Jesus, to name a few. While there, they saw an event or portion of an event and had to solve the mystery behind that particular event. Len Bailey did a great job of entwining fact with fiction, which made this book engaging and interesting to read.
Overall, I highly recommend the book, but I do caution the reader to take into account what is actual fact and what is conjecture. The events and time periods are well-researched and the conclusions do make sense with what is presented. However, there were a couple of conclusions that were reached, that seem to me to be more conjecture than fact. I'm not saying it couldn't have been correct, but I also don't believe that the evidence fully backs the claims being made. Once specific example for me is in Chapter 2, “Dignified Harlots,” where the author makes claims about what Christ wrote on the ground when the religious leaders were accusing her of being caught in the very act of adultery. I'm not saying that the author's conclusion doesn't make sense, but I don't think that we can really know that for sure, since Scripture doesn't come out and say what Jesus wrote, so to make that claim as fact doesn't seem right to me. However, I don't think that one should simply dismiss the book because of that because the argument does make good logical sense, and it could be correct.
This book did help me understand some of the “mysteries” presented much better. It gave good background, historical references and Biblical evidence in each chapter. I was impressed with the knowledge of the author, and I think it would make a good addition to anyone's library.
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Review by Karen
teaches problem solving skills & bible knowledge May 18, 2013
The title of the book got my attention.
I think people in law enforcement and law, will buy and read the book.
Review by Titi
The detective and the doctor travel back in time with the help of a Moriarty-designed time machine to investigate ten Bible destinations, unlocking clues to ten Bible mysteries. The most fascinating crime cases are those that are already solved, those that have been investigated by the police and brought to a swift, satisfying, and almost inevitable conclusion. So it is with Bible stories which the reader may consider familiar and unremarkable. But under close scrutiny these stories give up their hidden clues, their long kept secrets. Like a jewel newly polished, they sparkle and shine with a fresh, introspective light.
While traveling back in time to witness certain scenes, Holmes and Watson unravel ten different Biblical mysteries, including the following:
· The Hanging Tree: Why did Ahithophel hang himself?
· Righteous Blood is Red: Is Zechariah the son of Berekiah or Jehoiada in Matthew 23?
· You Miss, You Die: Why did David take five stones against Goliath?
· Dead Man Walking: Why did Jesus delay in coming to Lazarus in John 11?
|Publication Date||May 7, 2013|