Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Return of Moriarty (1981)

First published in 1974, this is a 1981 U.S. Berkley paperback edition of John Gardner's The Return of Moriarty. The series cover art ties it in with Berkley's Conan Doyle paperbacks, making is appear pseudo-canonical. Gardner would pen a sequel, The Revenge of Moriarty.

London is in a terror. The streets are filled with dippers, makers and bullies of every description, all collecting "contributions for the Professor." But Holmes saw Professor Moriarty swept over a waterfall in Switzerland! Could it be that Europe's Master Criminal somehow survived, and has returned to battle Holmes again in the greatest crime due of all time? It could indeed.

Title: The Return of Moriarty
Author: John Gardner
Year: 1981 (first published 1974)
Publisher: Berkley
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (2017)

The game is still afoot as the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler (who else) carries on the family tradition. The first of a new series by Leonard Goldberg. Book 2, A Study in Treason, will be released in 2018.

1914. Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team. 
Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy. Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own. The product of a one-time assignation between the now dead Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit the famous detective, Joanna has unwittingly inherited her parents’ deductive genius.

Title: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Leonard Goldberg
Year: 2017
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the Alice in Wonderland Murders (1997)

Barry Day's follow-up to Sherlock Holmes and the Shakespeare Globe Murders sends Holmes and Watson through the Looking Glass.

1898. Holmes and Watson encounter American newspaper boss, John Moxton, whose yellow press, The Clarion, is beginning to threaten and undermine political stability in Victorian England. At the same time, public figures are humiliated and then murdered. But each incident has a parallel in Alice in Wonderland, and each time The Clarion is conveniently on hand. So what is Moxton's master plan and can Homes and Waston unravel it in time? And what is the strange bond that links the detective to a man he has never met... or has he?

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Alice in Wonderland Murders
Author: Barry Day
Year: 1997
Publisher: Oberon Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Papers of Solar Pons: New Adventures of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street (2017)

An all-new authorized collection of Solar Pons stories by David Marcum.

In 1928, college student August Derleth wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking if any more Sherlock Holmes adventures were going to be published. Upon receiving a negative reply, Derleth decided to provide some of his own. However, rather than relating more tales of Holmes and Dr. Watson, he ended up introducing the world to Solar Pons and Dr. Lydon Parker, living in London during the 1920's and 1930's. Pons solved crimes using deduction and ratiocination, often referring to Holmes as "The Master" or "My illustrious predecessor". Since his first appearance, Pons has been a favorite with Sherlockians.
Between the 1920's and the early 1970's, Derleth produced over seventy Pons short stories and novels. In the mid-1970's, the Derleth Estate authorized a number of new Pons narratives to be prepared for publication by Basil Copper. Since then, additional lost stories from Derleth's files were found, and Copper released various revised versions of his own works, but there have been no new Pons stories for years...until  now. 
The August Derleth Estate, Arkham Housie, and Belanger Books are pleased to present this authorized collection of twelve new Pons adventures by Sherlocian autor and editor David Marcum. Join Pons and Parker as they venture forth into the mysterious London fogs during that murky period between the two World Wars. Along the way, meet some old friends, and discover why Pons is called "The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street." 
The Adventure of the Doctor’s Box
The Park Lane Solution
The Poe Problem
The Singular Affair of the Blue Girl
The Plight of the American Driver
The Adventure of the Blood Doctor
The Additional Heirs
The Horror of St. Anne’s Row The Adventure of the Failed Fellowship
The Adventure of the Obrisset Snuffbox
The Folio Matter
The Affair of the Distasteful Society  
The Adventure of the Other Brother

Title: The Papers of Solar Pons: New Adventures of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street
Author: David Marcum
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography (2007)

Another fictional biography of the great detective, this one by Nick Rennison. Cover art is taken from an image of William Gillette.

He has been called a genius and a fraud, a hero and an addict. He advised kings in their glittering palaces, then disappeared into the darkest alleys of London’s criminal underworld. He was (and remains) a global icon, but who was this Sherlock Holmes? 
With an attention to detail that would make his subject envious, Nick Rennison gathers the clues of a life lived among the stars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from Oscar Wilde to Sigmund Freud, and uncovers startling, previously unknown information. How did a Cambridge drop-out and bit player on the London stage transform himself into a renowned “consulting detective”? Did he know the identity of “Jack the Ripper”? When did Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty first cross paths? To where did Sherlock Holmes disappear after his presumed “death” in 1891? 
Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography answers these questions and many more as it careens through the most infamous crimes and historic events of the era, all in pursuit of the real man behind the greatest detective in modern fiction—and, just perhaps, non-fiction.

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography
Author: Nick Rennison
Year: 2007
Publisher: Grove Press
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs (2014)

The third Holmes pastiche by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead teams the great detective with a familiar escape artist.

A BRAZEN DAYLIGHT ROBBERY... 
...at Christie's becomes the talk of London, but Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are no longer in the business of solving crime. Holmes has retired to Sussex, to keep bees, and Watson, recently widowed, has returned to general practice. 
But when Watson, desperate for distraction, agrees to accompany his old friend to Vienna, to visit eminent neurologist, Sigmund Freud, it is not long before the pair are pulled back into the murky world of ruthless criminals bent on abduction, intimidation and murder. 
A shadowy terrorist group, The Black Hand, is plaguing the city, and when the tentacles of a crime committed in England reach across to Vienna to cil around Harry Houdini, the famous American escapologist, the Great Detective and his Boswell relish the chance of solving yet another puzzle.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs
Author: Steve Hayes and David Whitehead
Year: 2014
Publisher: Robert Hale, Ltd.
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).