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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Hockensmith Narrator: William Dufri Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Holmes on the Range Mysteries Release Date:
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In the summer of 1893, Gustav “Old Red” Amlingmeyer and his brother Otto (a.k.a. “Big Red”) find themselves down and out in San Francisco. Though cowpokes by training, the brothers are devotees of the late, great Sherlock Holmes and his trademark method of “deducifying.” But when they set out to land jobs as professional detectives, they land themselves in hot water, instead.

First, their friend Dr. Chan mysteriously takes a potshot at them, fatally wounding Big Red’s new hat. Then a secretive young woman from their past pops up and convinces them that Chan’s in trouble—and they’re just the men to get him out of it. Unfortunately, they’re too late: by the time they track Chan down again, he’s dead. The police call it a suicide. Old Red calls that a lie. When he and his brother set out to prove it, they put themselves on a collision course with shady S.F.P.D. cops, brutal Barbary Coast hoodlums and the deadly Chinatown tongs.

Before long, all sides are in a race to uncover the secret that could rock the city. And their only clue to what’s actually going on is the enigmatic, exotic and extremely difficult to find “Black Dove.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intriguing mystery, breathless action, colorful characters, and enough laugh-out-loud moments for the book to fit in the humorous crime category.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Hockensmith has been nominated for the Edgar Award, and if he keeps writing like this, he’ll win one soon.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “William Dufris provides an appealing down-home delivery to his narration.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Buoyant and consistently entertaining”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/10/2014

    " I listened to this one in the car and it was fantastic. A really fun mystery. I loved Big Red and Old Red - I thought the characterization was really well done. And whoever was reading was great - it definitely added to my enjoyment. I'll definitely be checking out the others in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kyle Wright | 1/2/2014

    " I am only a few chapters into this book and I am loving it.. The description and storytelling are great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cathrine Bonham | 12/27/2013

    " A very complex chase through the streets of Victorian China Town. This time Old Red and Big Red are trying to find out who murdered their good friend Dr. Chan but everyone from the San Francisco PD to the Chiniese Tongs are trying to stop them. Nothing will stop Old Red from see justice for his friend but in order to find out the truth The Amlingmeyer brothers need to locate "The Black Dove." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet S | 12/24/2013

    " Killer find. I'm reading anything this guy writes. I started here, in the middle of a series, but the book stood alone just fine. Uniquely humorous. "

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