|Plot Summary of The Canary Trainer|
Meyer continues his wonderful extension of the Sherlock Holmes story with this imagination of Holmes' "Lost Years," when he was supposedly murdered by Prof. Moriarty. It offers Meyer's usual mix of fictional and historical figures, including the author of "The Phantom of the Opera," who looms large in this book. Watson is not present for much of it, and the book does suffer for that. But the mystery: who is killing those associated with the opera where Holmes has gotten himself a job as a violinist, is engrossing and worthy of Doyle.
This synopsis report prepared by Jeffrey Cohen
For Sherlock Holmes fans, any revival of “the master's” stories at least arouse some
curiosity. In “The Canary Trainer,” Nicholas Meyer in this sequel to the popular “Seven-
Per-Cent Solution,” reveals that Holmes is currently in Paris, the capital of the world in
this year of 1891. And we are in for a set of surprises! Holmes' great love has suddenly
appeared (she is a famous opera singer from New Jersey!)! Also, there is rumor that
the “Opera Ghost” is on a rampage. This foe to Holmes is considered “more than equal to
Holmes”! The chase is on, the hounds are loose, the game is afoot! Holmes is hired to
protect a beautiful soprano and from this point on, action is a-plenty! Meyer does an
admirable job in continuing the Doyle legend (Meyer writes in the introduction that this is
a newly-found account by Dr. Watson!). Sherlock fans shouldn't be disappointed.
This synopsis report prepared by Bill Hobbs
|Chapter Analysis of The Canary Trainer|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 10%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
- chronically deranged person
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- local police w/ IQ of a houseplant
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- life in that culture
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- finding a known killer
- private investigator
Has special powers?
- Super genius
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
- dropped from large heights
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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