"Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, M.D., painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes has at various times to examine."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ten Years Beyond Baker Street (1988)

Sherlock Holmes faces off with the Professor Moriarty of the Far East, the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu! First published in 1984. This is the 1988 U.S. paperback edition.

It was ten years beyond Baker Street. The great detective was living in restless retirement among his bees in the wilds of Sussex. But an old warhorse will ever thrill to the trumpet of battle, and when a distraught Dr. Petrie begged his help to rescue Nayland Smith from the clutches of the fiendish Dr. Fu Manchu, Holmes, though reluctant, could not resist. 
When the sinister Oriental's evil minions unleashed their vile devices against the great man himself, the issue became more clear-cut. Though the stakes may have includied not simply the survival of Nayland Smith but that of the Empire itself, the stark facts ws that the game was toi be played by two geniuses for good and ill in a battle for a very personal supremacy.

Title: Ten Years Beyond Baker Street
Author: Cay Van Ash
Year: 1988 (first published 1984)
Publisher: Peremnial Library
Purchase: Amazon.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dust and Shadow (2009)

Another Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper adventure, this one from Sherlockian and Ripperologist Lyndsay Faye.

From the gritty streets of nineteenth century London, the loyal and courageous Dr. Watson offers a tale unearthed after generations of lore: the harrowing story of Sherlock Holmes’s attempt to hunt down Jack the Ripper. 
As England’s greatest specialist in criminal detection, Sherlock Holmes is unwavering in his quest to capture the killer responsible for terrifying London’s East End. He hires an “unfortunate” known as Mary Ann Monk, the friend of a fellow streetwalker who was one of the Ripper’s earliest victims; and he relies heavily on the steadfast and devoted Dr. John H. Watson. When Holmes himself is wounded in Whitechapel during an attempt to catch the savage monster, the popular press launches an investigation of its own, questioning the great detective’s role in the very crimes he is so fervently struggling to prevent. Stripped of his credibility, Holmes is left with no choice but to break every rule in the desperate race to find the madman known as “the Knife” before it is too late. 

Title: Dust and Shadow
Author: Lyndsay Faye
Year: 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Purchase: Amazon.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Study in Ashes (2013)

Concluding book in "The Baskerville Affair" featuring Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock Holmes.

As part of her devil’s bargain with the industrial steam barons, Evelina Cooper is finally enrolled in the Ladies’ College of London. However, she’s attending as the Gold King’s pet magician, handcuffed and forbidden contact with even her closest relation, the detective Sherlock Holmes.
But Evelina’s problems are only part of a larger war. The Baskerville affair is finally coming to light, and the rebels are making their move to wrest power from the barons and restore it to Queen Victoria. Missing heirs and nightmare hounds are the order of the day—or at least that’s what Dr. Watson is telling the press.
But their plans are doomed unless Evelina escapes to unite her magic with the rebels’ machines—and even then her powers aren’t what they used to be. A sorcerer has awakened a dark hunger in Evelina’s soul, and only he can keep her from endangering them all. The only problem is . . . he’s dead.

Title: A Study in Ashes
Author: Emma Jane Holloway
Year: 2013
Publisher: Del Rey
Purchase: Amazon.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Study in Darkness (2013)

Second book in "The Baskerville Affair" featuring Evelina Cooper, niece of Sherlock Holmes.

When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her uncle Sherlock’s world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card.
Before Evelina’s even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits her as his spy. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the rank alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe.
As danger mounts, Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. For rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper.

Title: A Study in Darkness
Author: Emma Jane Holloway
Year: 2013
Publisher: Del Rey
Purchase: Amazon.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Study in Silks (2013)

The niece of Sherlock Holmes continues the family business. This is book 1 in "The Baskerville Affair" series.

Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with—not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse. 
In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines—something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out? 
But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

Title: A Study in Silks
Author: Emma Jane Holloway
Year: 2013
Publisher: Del Rey
Purchase: Amazon.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Sherlock Holmes in America (2009)

For the 4th of July, here's a collection of short stories featuring the great detective in American-themed adventures. Co-edited by Martin H. Greenberg who also did the 1987 centennial collection, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes makes his American debut in this extraordinary new collection of never-before-published crime stories by bestselling mystery writers. The world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over nineteenth-century America—from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets some of America’s most famous figures along the way. This exciting new anthology features over a dozen original short stories by award-winning and prominent writers, each in the extraordinary tradition of Conan Doyle, and each with a unique American twist that is sure to satisfy and exhilarate any Holmes fan.

The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness by Lyndsay Faye
Ghosts and the Machine by Lloyd Rose
Excerpts from an Unpublished Memoir Found in the Basement of the Home for Retired Actors by Steve Hockensmith
The Flowers of Utah by Robert Pohle
The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist by Loren D. Estleman
The Minister's Missing Daughter by Victoria Thompson
The Case of Colonel Crockett's Violin by Gillian Linscott
The Adventure of the White City by Bill Crider
Recalled to Life by Paula Cohen
The Seven Walnuts by Daniel Stashower
The Adventure of the Missing Three Quarters by Jon L. Breen
The Song at Twilight by Micheal Breathnach

Title: Sherlock Holmes in America
Editors: Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower
Year: 2009
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.