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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (244 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Hockensmith Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Holmes on the Range Mysteries Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781452670133
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In 1893, the Amlingmeyer boys venture forth from the west in response to a summons from Otto's ("Big Red") publisher-they are to come to Chicago immediately, to the World's Columbian Exposition, and compete with some of the most famous detectives in the world. Set to coincide with the closing days of the first World's Fair and the publication of the story revealing the death of Sherlock Holmes, Gustav ("Old Red") will be competing for the title of World's Greatest Sleuth! Hating train travel and cities, the real draw is the chance to meet up again with the intriguing and elusive Diana Corvus. But the competition has barely begun before there is a murder in "the White City"-the organizer of the contest is discovered face down in the Mammoth Cheese from Canada-and from there, the game is really afoot. Download and start listening now!

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  • Hockensmith has delivered a fine addition to his Holmes on the Range series.... This should satisfy historical mystery readers who enjoy a tale full of clues leavened with humor. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 2/16/2014

    " The Amlingmeyer brothers go to the Chicago Columbian Exposition as participants in the World's Greatest Sleuth! competition. Gustav & Otto, of course, save the day. Anymore would be a spoiler. I'm always happy to read the new book in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/14/2014

    " Old Red Amlingmeyer and his brother and chronicler Big Red are invited to the Chicago World's Fair to participate in a contest to determine who's the greatest detective now that Sherlock Holmes appears to be dead. But a death interrupts the second day of the contest. Old Red is sure it's a murder, but neither the head of the Pinkerton agency, William Pinkerton, who is reluctantly running the contest, or the Chicago police want the reputation of the fair soiled by crime. There also seem to be a number of bearded men talking an interest in the brothers. Old Red, crochety as ever, dislikes crowds, public speaking, and the very idea of riding the Ferris Wheel. About the only thing he does like, aside from Sherlock Holmes, is Diana, the lovely detective that the Amlingmeyers have worked with before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/8/2014

    " This is, I believe, the fifth in the Holmes on the Range series, and if you enjoy fun whodunits, I recommend you get on board. Steve is a great guy and a fun, clever writer. My husband is his #1 fan. If you doubt me, check out Steve's web page. And once again Bob is mentioned in the acknowledgements for this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Isgur | 2/4/2014

    " I love this series -- it's clever, witty and funny! And this latest book in the series had all these elements in abundance. Can't wait to see what these boys are up to next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/21/2014

    " Another entertaining book in the Holmes on the Range series, it was an entertaining "read" to listen to in the car. The Amlingmeyer brothers tackle a mystery at the 1893 Chicago exposition! My only complaint was that the gentleman doing the reading sometimes verged on the cartoonish with some of his character voices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileend | 1/10/2014

    " Fun, silly and while it takes place during the Chicago World's Fair, it's the exact opposite of The Devil in the White City. Great for a plane trip. Like cotton candy. Funny, punny and odd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 12/12/2013

    " It's 1893 & the Sherlock Holmes-loving Amlingmeyer brothers take their "deducifyin" to Chicago & the first World's Fair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/27/2013

    " As much as i love this mash between Holmes and Westerns, this one felt less western and more Orient Express who-dunnit. And i loved "Devil in the White City" - but this didn't carry the same tension. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 11/19/2013

    " Very Good; Continuing characters; Amlingmeyer brothers; they travel to Chicago's 1893 World Columbian Exposition to participate in a contest against other renowned detectives, which takes on a different focus when one of the participants is found dead "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Lanahan | 4/19/2013

    " another entertaining episode in the Amlingmeyer brothers adventures, this time at the Chicago Worlds Fair. Nothing new as far as character development or plot, so it's a little amuse-bouche between other reading. A delightful read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/25/2013

    " This is book 5 in a series. I've really enjoyed the series. This one I liked but not as much as previous installments. Not sure why. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 11/17/2012

    " I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was humorous, nicely paced and not as campy as I had feared. True, the main characters were in jeopardy which is one of my least favorite tricks of the genre, but at least they were brawny men and not dumb damsels in distress. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katharyn | 11/5/2012

    " A set of cowboys-Sleuth-writer-brothers head to Chicago to compete in the Worlds Greatest Sleuth competition. A bit corner, the tale grew on me and by the end I was hooked. I was not able to predict who the murder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 QuesterMark | 7/20/2012

    " My first in this series. It was good enough that I'll bee looking for the other books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 7/14/2012

    " Currently listening to this. Makes me laugh. Great voices good story. Would like to meet them in real life cause they came alive for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 6/2/2012

    " Not as good as other books in the series, but still quite entertaining. Enjoyed reading about the Amlingmeyer brothers latest escapades. Otto tells a great story, but it's Gustav who does things worth the telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 4/10/2012

    " This one didn't grab me as the previous Big Red and Old Red books did, despite the historical references, including the Hoosier Hundred! Still, I am so taken with the main characters, their relationship, and their doings that I look forward to the next book. Light and fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 11/21/2011

    " Another fun outing with the Amlingmeyer brothers. I really liked the setting of the book, it was very interesting to read details about the Colombian Exposition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis James | 8/1/2011

    " Starts slow, ends strong. Surprise at the end!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LindaD | 7/31/2011

    " audiobook was painful! I did not enjoy the narration. I did enjoy the story of two brothers who go to Chicago to take part in a sleuthing contest at the World's Fair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Garlen | 5/20/2011

    " Another fun mystery with Big Red and Old Red, this time in the White City. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 5/2/2011

    " As much as i love this mash between Holmes and Westerns, this one felt less western and more Orient Express who-dunnit. And i loved "Devil in the White City" - but this didn't carry the same tension. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 4/13/2011

    " Starts slow, ends strong. Surprise at the end!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/8/2011

    " Very Good; Continuing characters; Amlingmeyer brothers; they travel to Chicago's 1893 World Columbian Exposition to participate in a contest against other renowned detectives, which takes on a different focus when one of the participants is found dead
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 1/30/2011

    " Currently listening to this. Makes me laugh. Great voices good story. Would like to meet them in real life cause they came alive for me "

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About the Author
Author Steve Hockensmith

Steve Hockensmith is the author of the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls and the Edgar Award nominee Holmes on the Range. He lives in Alameda, California.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.