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A Slight Trick of The Mind

by Mitch Cullin

A Slight Trick of The Mind
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    Apr 2005, 272 pages
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    May 2006, 272 pages

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Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes between 1887 and 1927. Since Doyle's time, many authors have been inspired to write further stories about Holmes. In recent years these have included Laurie R King (the Mary Russell novels), Michael Chabon (The Final Solution - which I found to be disappointing) and now Mitch Cullin.

The armonica - a musical instrument constructed of graduated glass bowls with holes and corks in the center - forms a central role in the case that Holmes relates. The armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. He was inspired to create it having heard a concert played on wine glasses! For a time armonicas were all the rage, Marie ...

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