A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin

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The basis for the Major Motion Picture Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney and directed by Bill Condon.

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. A novel of exceptional grace and literary sensitivity, A Slight Trick of the Mind is a brilliant imagining of our greatest fictional detective and a stunning inquiry into the mysteries of human connection.


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About Mitch Cullin

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Mitch Cullin lives & works in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of three previously-published novels: "Tidelands", "Branches", & "Whompyjawed".
 
Published April 19, 2005 by Anchor. 272 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Fiction

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and Cullin’s generally very successful appropriation of Conan Doyle’s plummy Victorian prose accommodates occasional anachronisms and barbarisms (surely Holmes would never have misused “like” for “as,” as he does herein).

Apr 26 2005 | Read Full Review of A Slight Trick of the Mind

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'A Slight Trick of the Mind' (May 15, 2005) Mitch Cullin's new novel imagines Holmes, in extreme old age, as witness to the birth of our own era -- a time, as Cullin puts it, ''of lonely, searching souls.'' Cullin's Holmes has just returned from a trip to postwar Japan, where, hoping to ta...

May 15 2005 | Read Full Review of A Slight Trick of the Mind

Book Reporter

In Mitch Cullin's fond memoirs of Sherlock Holmes living out his golden years, we see the solitary man at 93 and freshly returned from a trip to Kobe, Japan.

Jan 23 2011 | Read Full Review of A Slight Trick of the Mind

Bookmarks Magazine

Reviewers praised the way Cullin plays Holmes against the other two most important characters—Roger, the 14-year-old protégé at the apiary, and Mr. Umezaki, a Japanese man who enlists Holmes to help him find his long-lost father.

Jan 08 2008 | Read Full Review of A Slight Trick of the Mind

Red Room

The musician runs her moistened fingers around the rims of a series of rotating glass bowls of different sizes, causing each bowl to sound a different note, with each note sustainable for as long as the musician likes and coloring all the notes sounded before it.

May 06 2005 | Read Full Review of A Slight Trick of the Mind

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