Thom Geier
February 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Holmes on the Range

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Steve Hockensmith
publisher
St. Martin's Press
genre
Fiction
We gave it an A-

HOLMES ON THE RANGE
Steve Hockensmith (St. Martin’s Minotaur, $22.95)

While working on a Montana ranch in 1893, narrator Otto Amlingmeyer plays Watson to his smart but unlettered brother Gustav’s Holmes after two curious deaths.

Mysterious Milieu
One corpse turns up in a privy ”as drafty as a pair of flap-assed underdrawers.”

Final Verdict
As Gustav cowpokes his nose into trouble with his ”detectiving,” the absurdish plot moseys along in Otto’s hilarious, simile-packed voice.

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