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4.4 - The Tragedy of Pargetter Square

Here is where it ends: with a murderer in Pargetter Square, with the detective and a tyrant come face to face in Baker Street, with desperate ambition and wickedness incarnate, with an assassin’s bullet and with old friends working, unknowingly, as one.

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Review By adamelijah 7/15/15 6:30 am
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This is one of the best Sherlock Holmes story of all time and so the story works very well with Briggs doing great as Holmes, perfectly capturing the character in the story, and Earl having a good turn as Watson and the narrator.

Jane Goddard was mostly okay as Helen Stoner but had a few points where her reading was just a tad off. While I appreciated that this is essentially an audiobook, given that you had 3 people reading it, it seems odd that they didn't edit out dialogue tags like "said" or explanations of the voice tone being used to say something. But other than that, this is a very good story and a nice bonus to anyone who buys any of the Series 1 Sherlock Holmes stories.
Review By adamelijah 7/10/15 6:23 am
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The first story with Big Finish's proper Sherlock Holmes and Watson team of Nick Briggs and Richard Earl does quite a few things right. Briggs and Earl have great chemistry as Holmes and Watson, with Earl's Watson landing kind of between Nigel Bruce and Edward Hardwicke. Briggs' Holmes is probably one of the most passionate portrayals of Holmes ever, though it's probably a little too passionate in this first outing.

Indeed, there are certain aspects of the story that are a bit jarring. First and foremost is the fact that Holmes involvement and the confirmation of the solution involve Holmes meeting and falling for a psychic girlfriend. Introducing both a romance and such a plot device in the first episode is an odd production choice. Also, this is probably grittier and more edgy than most fans of radio Sherlock Holmes are used to dealing with. Then again, the story is dealing with the Ripper murders which are definitely a bit more gory and shocking if you're going to deal with them honestly.

The solution is interesting. Although it's quite improbable, it does a good job of resolving the Ripper murders with a grand and clever solution that ends up involving some of the most important men in England and even includes an explanation of why Watson didn't write about them. Overall, a worthy first outing for Big Finish's own Holmes and Watson.
Review By adamelijah 6/24/15 5:56 pm
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"The Death and the Life" is another one man play starring Roger Llewellyn and written by David Stuart Davies. The story is a mix of fact and fiction as it centers upon Arthur Conan Doyle's efforts to rid himself of his most famous creation once and for all with the writing of, "The Final Problem" and failed.

"The Death and the Life" it imagines Holmes and his fellow characters reacting to Doyle's actions and scheming. Doyle's disinterest is reflected in a hilarious scene where Holmes describes a madcap adventure to a snoring Watson. The story is bolstered by the use of Doyle's own journals and letters. Another great scene is the one which Holmes learns he's a fictional character.

"The Death and the Life" with its light comedy and heavy symbolism is a story about a literary creation whose popularity transcended the writer who created him. The play is helped by another strong performance from Roger Llewellyn who manages to perfectly portray all the characters and angles of this very deep and well-written play. Overall, this is another story that's a wonderful listen for fans of Sherlock Holmes.
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