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Author: Julian Symons
ISBN13: 978-0060141936
Title: A three-pipe problem
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Language: English
Publisher: Harper & Row (1975)
Pages: 216

A three-pipe problem by Julian Symons

A Three Pipe Problem. First published in 1975. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior permission of the publisher. Any person who does any unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages. Julian Symons was born in 1912 in London. He was the younger brother, and later biographer, of the writer . This was not to be his only interest, however, as in his eighty-two years he produced an enormously varied body of work.

A Three-Pipe Problem. 0 5 Author: Julian Symons. Small-time actor, Sheridan Haynes, had a rather unhealthy preoccupation with Sherlock Holmes. So when the chance came for him to play the famous detective in a TV series, it seemed his dreams had come true. Read and listen to as many books as you like! Download books offline, listen to several books simultaneously, switch to kids mode, or try out a book that you never thought you would. Discover the best book experience you'd ever have.

A Three-Pipe Problem - Julian Symons. The French call a typewriter une machine á ècrire. It is a description that could well be applied to Julian Symons, except the writing he produced had nothing about it smelling of the mechanical. The greater part of his life was devoted to putting pen to paper.

Mobile version (beta). A Three-Pipe Problem. Download (mobi, 496 Kb). EPUB FB2 PDF TXT RTF. Converted file can differ from the original. If possible, download the file in its original format. . Although this mystery from Symons gets off to a slow start, it soon picks up speed after it has introduced all of the characters. Sheraton Haynes is an actor, and an avid devotee of Sherlock Holmes. In fact, he would much prefer his England to revert to Victorian times, when there was no traffic and people were more polite/ He has landed a job portraying Sherlock Holmes on a British TV series that is now in its third season. His attention for his A THREE-PIPE PROBLEM. Sherlock Holmes solves the "Karate Killings" case in Julian Symons' "A Three-Pipe Problem". Mr. Symons does not bring to life the famous character from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novels. The Sherlock Holmes who is the protagonist of the story is really Sheridan Haynes, an actor who plays the legendary detective in a popular series on British TV.

But what makes A Three Pipe Problem stand out for me is the way that it manages to combines his fascination with the realities of everyday crime with his enormous affection for the traditional detective story (not incidentally, the book is dedicated to Ngaio Marsh. The day a TV Sherlock beats the Yard I’ll write out my resignation. Three people have been killed with a blow to the back of the neck, so the press dubs them the ‘Karate killings’ though it is established early on that using the martial art in this way would be risky and ineffective  . I have been meaning to read Julian Symons though I don’t think I’ll start with a pastiche. I had no idea Sherlock Holmes pastiches were as old as forty years, in this case at least.

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Symons is brilliant at creating this sort of book, where you don't know what to expect at all. If you like cozy mysteries, this is very different, but if you prefer a book where there are more shades of gray than black and white, you will like this one. A well done twist on the classic Holmes story. A Three Pipe Problem. Original publication date.

A fading actor is playing the detective Sherlock Holmes in a TV series. Persuading himself that by following in the master's footsteps he can solve a string of apparently unrelated murders - the "Karate Killings" - he begins to investigate the crimes.
Reviews: 4
This is really a clever little book. TV actor Sheridan Hayes, who plays Sherlock Holmes on TV, decides to try his hand at a real case.

Some one has been killing people with a karate chop to the back of the neck. The victims come from different social strata and have no connection with each other. Hayes, who has been obsessed with Sherlock Holmes all his life, and looks the part, believes that deduction, not scientific method, is the way to find the Karate Killer.

Hayes's mimicking of, and devotion to, Holmes is quite charming, although his wife doesn't think so. He has troubles at home and on the set, all caused by his fidelity to the character of the master sleuth. He is something of a Don Quixote, but he's also admirably fearless (like Holmes).

It's a pleasure to watch Hayes perplexing, outsmarting and out-fighting thugs and deducing his way to a solution of the crimes. Other fun characters are the Scotland Yard Inspector who has to deal with a modern-day Sherlock Holmes – and a traffic warden Hayes enlists as his Watson.

First published in 1975, A Three-Pipe Problem is rich in both vintage humor and modern ironies. It's a rather sweet and very entertaining little mystery.
Well thought-out plot-line if implausible set-up when it comes to the Baker Street home life -- I'll say no more so as not to spoil anything. None of the characters appealed to me as people, including the top investigating cop. Symons is apparently a writer hipped on sex but his frequent references to it add nothing to the story. To be honest, I skimmed/skipped a page or two here and there: the writing is workmanlike but it's not worth hanging on every word. The best of the Golden Age of mysteries: most of Josephine Tey, a great deal of A. Christie, Margery Allingham's Police At The Funeral (I don't recommend other works by her) and Dorothy Sayers's The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club are all more entertaining than this, in my opinion. But: that's subjective and you may love this.
This guy is immersed, a Doylean scholar, let us say, so these are worth reading right there almost right up with the canon. Symons is very serious when emulating Doyle. There have been many imitators for over 80 years now, and I have seen some of the worst. This gentleman runs ahead of the pack , yea, he is almost the Hound itself. Only withvery close scrutiny will you see the luminous paint. Well worth the purchase if looking for more Holmes!
Actor Sheridan Haynes is really Sherlock Holmes. Well, not really. But he does play him in a British television program. He has a bit of an obsession about the detective. They share the same initials. He even has a flat on Baker Street. If only life were as simple as it is in the books.

In real life, his Watson is an open homosexual, which bothers the intensely private Haynes. His wife is sleeping with the producer. They've rewritten his scripts to include a hint of romance. Traffic is horrible. And everyone seems to be laughing at him.

So when a new series of murders has all of London talking, Holmes - I mean Haynes - is determined to solve the case. Using the great detective's own methods, surely he can identify the murderer before Scotland Yard!

He starts by finding his own set of Baker Street Irregulars. The suspects - none other than his fellow cast members. Haynes seems to be getting close enough in his investigation to get himself into danger. Things escalate until no one - not Haynes, not the police, and not the reader - can tell who to trust.

I really enjoyed this book. The ending and the identity of the murderer was in question almost until the very end of the book. So many people looked guilty. This is more of a psychological mystery than a straight murder. Symons is brilliant at creating this sort of book, where you don't know what to expect at all. If you like cozy mysteries, this is very different, but if you prefer a book where there are more shades of gray than black and white, you will like this one. A well done twist on the classic Holmes story.