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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.
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The review of this Book 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.

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

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:    -   1900-1920's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70%    -   nearly 100% Special suspect?    -   chronically deranged person Murder of certain profession?    -   musicians 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 Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Has special powers?    -   Yes Ethnicity/Race    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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