Holmes on the Range
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.
One corpse turns up in a privy ”as drafty as a pair of flap-assed underdrawers.”
As Gustav cowpokes his nose into trouble with his ”detectiving,” the absurdish plot moseys along in Otto’s hilarious, simile-packed voice.