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The Crack in the Lens

The Crack in the Lens

Written by Steve Hockensmith

Narrated by William Dufris


The Crack in the Lens

Written by Steve Hockensmith

Narrated by William Dufris

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4/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
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Released:
Aug 4, 2009
ISBN:
9781400182824
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In 1893, Otto "Big Red" Amlingmeyer and his brother, Gustav "Old Red," find themselves in a situation that they never expected: they have a bit of money and time to do something other than scramble. It's enough to confound even that most unconfoundable of men, their mutual inspiration, Sherlock Holmes.



So Old Red decides that it's time for the two of them to head off to the Texas hill country, to San Marcos, and deal with the greatest tragedy of Old Red's life. Five years ago, when Old Red was a cowpoke in San Marcos, he had a sweetheart-a fallen woman at the local house of ill repute. They had made plans, but before they made their big move, his fiancee was murdered and the case was swept under the rug by the local authorities. Now Old Red is determined to find out what really happened and to finally find a measure of justice for his beloved. But Big Red and Old Red find themselves facing a wall of silence and in some of the worst situations of their lives: ensnared in a riot at the local cathouse, on the wrong end of a lynching party, and, perhaps worst of all, having to do the one thing you never want to do in the state of Texas: steal horses.
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 4, 2009
ISBN:
9781400182824
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (3/5)
    More deductifying.
  • (5/5)
    Steve Hockensmith's Holmes on the Range series is one of my favorites. So much so that I make myself parcel each book out very slowly. There haven't been any new ones since 2011, and I only have one left to read now. (Horrors!)Hockensmith really gives us the flavor of the Old West in these books, and The Crack in the Lens is no exception. The trademark laugh-out-loud humor is also there. But there's a departure or two in these pages. For one thing the brothers actually have some money this time around, and hopefully the reason why will tickle you as much as it did me. Another departure is that, in this fourth book in the series, Old Red is the loose cannon and Big Red is the calm one. Odd how love can throw both Gustav Amlingmeyer and his idol Sherlock Holmes for a loop.The mystery is a good one, and the killer is hiding in my favorite spot: right out in plain sight. If you like Sherlock Holmes, the Old West, humor, and a good whodunnit, take my advice. Introduce yourself to the Amlingmeyers!
  • (3/5)
    It had "Holmes" in the title - so I was a sucker for it !
    The first of this series was - "Holmes on the Range"
    and it was not exactly what I was expecting, but it was a hoot and although I cringed at the rather 'low' humor - couldn't help but laugh and enjoy the goofy brother and the references to Holmes, fresh twist on cowboy life and the mystery to be solved.
    I'll be checking the rest of the series out of the library.
    (Will apply this to the others I've read, also).
    Read in 2011.
  • (4/5)
    Our heroes have come to San Marcos to find out who murdered the love of Gustav's life five years ago. The town has turned a great deal more respectable than Gustav remembers it being when he was there last. There are plenty of people who don't want the very bloody murder dragged up again and they aren't exactly shy about letting the brothers know they should high tail it out of town -- the sooner, the better.The Crack in the Lens was a gift, the first book in this series that I've read. As far as I'm concerned, the action picked up as soon as Jack the Ripper's name got dragged in. It was all quite logical once matters got explained and the humor was engaging. I must admit that the biggest danger the brothers faced was a humdinger.
  • (4/5)
    Got tedious halfway through the book. Hopefully the next book will revive my interest