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Located by a computer in the bowels of a major university this missing manuscript by Dr John Watson the biographer of Sherlock Holmes reveals for the first time a hitherto unknown episode in the life of the Great DetectiveThe year is 1891 Paris is the capital of the western world and its opera house is full of surprises First and by no means the least is the sudden reappearance of the great love of Holmes's life an accomplished singer from Hoboken New Jersey Second is the series of seemingly bizarre accidents each sinister than the last allegedly arranged by the Opera Ghost an opponent who goes by many names and is than eual to Holmes Alone in a strange and spectacular city with none of his resources Holmes is commissioned to protect a vulnerable young soprano whose beautiful voice obsesses a creature no one believes is real but whose jealousy is lethalIn this dazzling long awaited seuel to The Seven Per Cent Solution the detective pits wits against a musical maniac and we are treated to an adventure unlike any other in the archives of Sherlock Holmes

10 thoughts on “The Canary Trainer From the Memoirs of John H Watson MD

  1. says:

    There is much to commend this Sherlock Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera tale the descriptions of Paris and especially the Opera Populaire and its many subterranean levels are fascinating and atmospheric; the unexpected appearance of Irene Adler not particularly a favorite of mine and her relationship with Sherlock Holmes make sense and provide interesting insights; and the Gothic flavor of the work is wonderful Nicholas Meyer knows The Phantom of the Opera as well as he knows the canon of Sherlock Holmes which is impressive and his love for the story shines through the text as do his loyalties Raoul Viscount of Chagny is even of a wimp than his detractors would make him Unfortunately the novel's strength its use of The Phantom of the Opera is also its weakness If you know Gaston Leroux's work you know most of what happens in this novel; Sherlock Holmes's point of view does not provide sufficient contrast to create a different spin on the original Also the lack of John Watson is keenly felt As with Arthur Conan Doyle's work a tale told by Holmes does not compare with a tale told by Watson At places Holmes seems almost to bend out of character to fill the void of emotion and empathy usually supplied by Watson's narration It provides an intriguing fill for the hiatus years in Doyle's canon and it's worth reading but it's my least favorite of Meyer's three Holmes pastiches

  2. says:

    Sherlock Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera Nicholas Meyer does another convincing job of interweaving Holmes' world with either real life or in this case other well known fictional characters into one seamless story I have never particularly been interested in fanfic but this series is successful because it doesn't attempt to re write what people love about his character

  3. says:

    Nicholas Meyer did it again After the very good “Seven per cent solution” Meyer gives us another worthy pastiche I know it was published almost 20 years ago but this is a real findfor me This time it is Holmes who narrates a much curious case that of the Phantom of the OperaHow Holmes became involved on this is handled very ingeniously and the best part is that you do not need to read “Seven per cent solution” to catch up After he is presumed dead Holmes finds a job doing the second best thing he does playing the violin at the Garnier Opera no less Everything runs smoothly until Irene Adler “the woman” suddenly gets to replace an ailing diva Being the smart woman she is Irene spots Holmes right away In a move that can be described or less as blackmailing the woman gets a reluctant Holmes to follow the Phantom’s track in order to protect Irene’s colleague and friend Christine DaeeI’m not much of a “Phantom of the Opera” buff though I’m familiar with the basic outline therefore I’m judging this book only as Holmes fan As an opera conscious fan I also have to note that Meyers is well informed and throws his opera references very cleverly I only caught a small mistakeIt is remarkable how Meyers gets a veritable version of Holmes “voice” We can suspend disbelief and take it as penned by ACDYes Holmes narration is problematic; it is not as interesting as Watson It is not Meyer’s blunder; it is intentional and capital for the story because there is no way Watson could have witnessed these events and another narrator does not necessarily work I am talking to you Sam Siciliano Holmes narration works because it is very much what we can expect from Holmes cold undetached and lacking the surprise factorwe already know the outcome anyway his work produces in less brighter people –Watson and thus ourselvesSome reviewers have mentioned their disappointment on Holmes’s behavior He seems erratic less confident and at times plainly foolish But it does make complete sense Whether you choose to follow the “Seven percent solution” trail of a recovering drug addicted or simply take Holmes’s word that he felt like he was “on vacation” our detective is below his usual level Then remember this is Holmes telling us the events; maybe an observer like Watson would think some actions are a clear product of his intelligence but not Holmes; he is way too critical of himselfMy only complain? I was dying to get of the HolmesIrene Adler thread Meyers is subtle but very effective on his characterization of “the woman” and his influence on Holmes Get to the final page and tell me if you wouldn’t like Holmesiana from Meyers

  4. says:

    Didn't like the way Erik was portrayed I understand this was a Sherlock story but with that portrayal and the changing of a few other characters from POTO I just can't get into it Also with a small jab at the end of Leroux's workits on my Trade Only list as opposed to the Buy listIt was an OK read much Sherlock and Watson their portrayal was spot on Plenty of great atmosphere and gothicVictorianParis feelGreat for Sherlock fans not so much for Phantom fans For both like me not so goodMuch prefer Angel Of The Opera

  5. says:

    Didn’t enjoy this nearly as much as Meyer’s previous Holmes adventure The Seven Per Cent Solution but this novel had its moments

  6. says:

    I was hoping that this would be just as good as Meyer's The Seven Per Cent Solution but sadly it's not of the same uality I like the idea of a PhantomHolmes story and I enjoyed the little editorial notes similar to those in The Princess Bride as well as the crossover with other literary and historical figures similar to that in Kim Newman's Anno Dracula One of the difficulties comes from the novel being narrated by Holmes himself whose voice is difficult to replicate that Watson's Holmes' deductions and genius are shown off to better effect when they are seen by an outsider and Holmes works better from a distance than up close Conseuently this version of Holmes was not very convincing There was maybe one instance of Holmes' lightning observation deduction and for the rest of the time he bumbled along in a very amateurish fashion allowing his emotions to take control letting himself be manipulated seemingly not caring about staying incognito providing very thin cover stories and only realising afterwards that he went about a particular part of the investigation all wrong The plot itself didn't amount to much just the basic Phantom story and the ending felt rather rushed and the finale very contrived I also didn't see any particular reason for Irene Adler's brief appearance or for Holmes' inclusion in the story at all he didn't bring anything particularly new to the Phantom story and the happy ending would probably have happened without him I fail to see why Meyer chose such a deliberately misleading title; surely referencing the Phantom in the title would give people a better idea of what the book is actually about not give hopeful readers ideas about Wilson the canary trainer mentioned in Black Peter I suppose it wasn't a terrible book because it was uite enjoyable but I was expecting something as good as The Seven Per Cent Solution and it really wasn't

  7. says:

    I loved Nicholas Meyer’s ‘The West End Horror’ so after finishing that book I was pretty excited to read this one I’m also a fan of The Phantom of the Opera so I went into this with much enthusiasm which to my disappointment was a mistake The story is narrated by Holmes which I wasn’t a fan of it really makes the story feel a bit strange and not very Doyle esue Moving on the story is pretty slow in the beginning it starts to really pick up near the middle which was the best part of the book but unfortunately the story comes to a very uick and melodramatic end There was no true motive for the Angel it really didn’t explain much about him and any uestions you’ll end up having are left completely unanswered Other characters Sherlock meets throughout the adventure are forgettable including one of the main characters Christine Daae Her character is written like she is in a perpetual daze On to positive aspects the author did much research into French society of the 19th century and there are some rather intriguing and dark parts in the story He captures an unsettling atmosphere pretty solidly as he also did in the previous book In addition the story does a splendid job going into much detail into the surroundings and depicts the passageways of the theatre uite well Overall I can really only recommend this to those who are big fans of Holmes Just keep in mind the ending is uite a letdown and the story lacks a fully fleshed out villain If you can get past this you’re in for a fairly interesting story that does have its moments of enjoyment

  8. says:

    I have to admit everything that is about the beloved Phantom of the Opera catches my eye my mind I bought this book at the end of August on a whim right before leaving for my vacation I just thought Sherlock and the Opera Ghost? That should be interestingI am familiar with Sherlock Holmes stories but I had never read any of the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle before What I found a bit awkward at first was to get into the skin of Sherlock get used to his personality how he speaks and moves etc Once this was done the rest was a piece of cakeThis story is a retelling of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera Rather than be focused on the love triangle that constitutes the original novel we experience the story through Holmes eyes One thing that bothered me was the past of the Opera Ghost He doesn't have the same name gets himself called Nobody I find it hard to find sympathy for him as we see so little of him Christine is still a little girl Raoul we do not get to know him this muchNevetheless it was an easy read interesting captivating Would definitely read it again and read of Meyer and also Doyle's stories

  9. says:

    The Canary Trainer is my least favorite of the Nicholas Myer Holmes pastiches I didn't find it all that interesting perhaps because I've already read The Phantom of the Opera which this book borrows from liberally a bazillion times and it's a much better book than this one to begin with Holmes and the POTO just aren't a great mix I also prefer stories where Holmes and Watson are working together and in this one Watson was left out of the main story entirely The book as a whole was something of a let down I mean Holmes didn't even really solve the mystery did he? He admits at the end that it seems that he was wrong as to the culprit's identity and there are several uestions Watson raises that are left unanswered Seemed a bit lazy It was fun reading through all of Meyer's pastiches but if I ever do a reread of them I'll leave this one out

  10. says:

    now i am hooked This was such a great easy and creative book i was hooked after the first page The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow along with the story the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so reali would highly recommend this author and this book