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R. Holmes & Co.

John Kendrick Bangs

Book Overview: 

Raffles Holmes is introduced in these stories as the son of the great Sherlock Holmes. He is also revealed to be the grandson of A.J. Raffles, a gentleman thief pursued by Sherlock Holmes many years earlier. This apparently contradictory family background sets the stage for his colorful and amusing adventures.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Holmes and I struck a bargain and became partners.

III THE ADVENTURE OF MRS. BURLINGAME'S DIAMOND STOMACHER

I had seen the marvellous creation very often at the opera, and in many ways resented it. Not that I was in the least degree a victim to envy, hatred, and malice towards those who are possessed of a superabundance of this world's good things—far from it. I rejoice in the great fortunes of earth because, with every dollar corralled by the superior energies of the multi- millionaires, the fewer there are for other men to seek, and until we stop seeking dollars and turn our minds to other, finer things, there will be no hope of peace and sweet content upon this little green ball we inhabit. My resentment of Mrs. Burlingame's diamond stomacher was not then based on envy of its possession, but merely upon the twofold nuisance which it created at the opera-house, as the lady who wore it sat and listened to the strains of Wagner, Bizet, or Go. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Bangs does a clever job of combining two literary universes to create his character.

The premise got my attention right away. The son of Sherlock Holmes. I was not familiar with Raffles until I was somewhat introduced in the book.
The quandary is there the good and the bad sides of Raffety Holmes.
The beginning of the book held my attention but quickly waned as the adventures were rep

Not a sequel to 'Mrs. Raffles' by the same author, because no mention is made of her in this collection, and it's written in a tone less humorous than the previous collection and closer to the original Raffles stories.

Since I don't really like the barely moral original Raffles, I liked Raffles Holm

Devilishly appealing

Very interesting stories and characters. Humorous and Intriguing plots with inventive "problems" and resolutions. Loved the dichotomy of scammer and detective.

‘Raffles Holmes & Company’ is a unique book as it is a pastiche based on two different legendary characters created by two equally legendary writers. In this collection of short stories with traces of humor and mystery written in 1906, John Kendrick Bangs introduces to the reader the enigmatic chara

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