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Alluding to both the Sherlock Holmes canon and the Old Ones of the Cthulhu Mythos, this Hugo Award-winning short story will delight fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. P. Lovecraft, and of course, Neil Gaiman.

A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn’t reveal and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gaiman writes in different registers: comedy, satire, pastiche, deadpan, lyrical or whimsical, but almost invariably dark. It all depends on whichever sooty, fantastic spirit drops down the chimney of his Minneapolis writing room on any given day.”

    Washington Post on Fragile Things

  • “Words, when they’re as well-chosen and deftly arranged as those in this book, can perform miracles of strength, staying with their audience long after the breath and ink that gave them birth have vanished.”

    Seattle Times on Fragile Things

  • “Confirms Gaiman’s reputation as an ingenious teller of sinister tales, whose whimsical and fine writing, at its best, equals…Edgar Allan Poe.”

    Observer (London) on Fragile Things

  • “Those with a taste for inventive idiosyncrasy will find themselves amply rewarded.”

    San Francisco Chronicle on Fragile Things

  • “Noteworthy selections in this undeniably exceptional collection include the Hugo Award–winning ‘A Study in Emerald,’ which deftly blends Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s late-nineteenth-century England with gruesome Lovecraftian horror…Gaiman is a true master.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review, on Fragile Things

  • Winner of the 2004Hugo Award Best Short Story
  • Winner of the 2004Locus Award for Best Novelette

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tristan | 4/13/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this twist on Sherlock Holmes. Being a huge Lovecraft fan, it was a pleasure to see an alternate history where the Elder Beings are characters in the Royal household and Gaiman's ability to tell a tale as only he can and utilize Doyle's style is impeccable. I totally love this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by James | 4/10/2011

    " A great combination of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft plus a lot of other neat little homages. Awesome short story. I could listen to Neil read books all day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kat | 4/7/2011

    " Read this story in the Shadows Over Baker Street collection. It was undoubtedly the best story in the whole volume, and turns the traditional Sherlock Holmes story formula on its ear in a delightful way, while also incorporating Lovecraftian myth. Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tony | 2/9/2011

    " Not only is this my favorite Dream Mythos story, but it is also my favorite Sherlock Holmes story.


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