Monday, February 19, 2018

Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test (1986)

Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test by Stanley Shaw was first published in hardcover by W.H. Allen in 1985. This is the 1986 paperback will illustrations by John Lawrence. I don't believe the book was ever published in America.

It was Wednesday, 13 August 1902 and one of English cricket's most glorious days when the Oval Test Match was snatched from the jaws of defeat against the Australians. 
But what role does the greta Detective Sherlock Holmes have to play in the sporting triumph? And to add further intrigue, how did an unknown young Australian render a service to English cricket that has remained an international secret to this day? 
The answer is elementary...

Title: Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test
Author: Stanley Shaw
Year: 1986
Publisher: Star Books
Purchase: Amazon.co.uk.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

House of the Doomed (2018)

A ghostly Holmes pastiche by Sherlockian blogger Dan Andriacco.

Dan Andriacco is well established as a formidable detective story writer and, no great surprise, as a formidable Sherlockian. It was only a matter of time before he turned his hand to a full-length and full-blooded exploit of the sage of Baker Street - and what a cracker it is! 
Shortly after the Queen's death brings an end to the Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes is invited to investigate an apparent vendetta against a young woman in Surrey. He and Dr. Watson have often visited the county, but the scene of the attacks is an area even more familiar to a certain Arthur Conan Doyle, who in 1897 had moved his family from London to a small town near Haslemere, in an area already popular among writers and artists. Rumours of ghosts and occult rituals add an extra frisson to the atmosphere of mystery and suspense as the screw gradually, remorselessly tightens. And as a nice bonus we meet an old friend, the one police detective who is undeniably on the same level as Holmes himself. Capital!

Title: House of the Doomed
Author: Dan Andriacco
Year: 2018
Publisher: Wessex Press
Purchase: Gasogene Books

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (1995)

A "truly original" collection of 26 Holmes stories officially authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle. This is the paperback first. A hardcover was released in 1997.

NOT EVEN TIME CAN DEFEAT
THE MASTER SLEUTH
in this intriguing anthology of 26 new stories about the most famous and popular detective in the annals of literature–Sherlock Holmes. This volume, authorized for publication by Dame Jean Conan Doyle, contains stories by such top talents as Vonda McIntyre, Frank M. Robinson, Craig Shaw Gardner, David Gerrold, and Mike Resnick, masterful plotters who cleverly set their crime scenarios in every age from Holmes' era to own time or our future, and sometimes even dare to follow the great detective's career after his death. 
From confrontations with Fu Manchu and Moriarty, to a commission Holmes undertakes for a vampire, to a tale in which the master of logic is reconstituted as a computer program, here are truly original stories, all of which contain some science fiction or fantasy element and all of which remain true to the spirit and personality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous and enduring creation.
THE MUSGRAVE VERSION
THE CASE OF THE DETECTIVE'S SMILE
THE ADVENTURE OF THE RUSSIAN GRAVE
THE ADVENTURE OF THE FIELD THOREMS
THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING COFFIN
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND SCARF
THE PHANTOM OF THE BARBARY COAST
MOUSE AND THE MOAST
TWO ROADS, NO CHOICES
THE RICHMOND ENIGMA
A STUDY IN SUSSEX
THE HOLMES TEAM ADVANTAGE
ALIMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON
THE FUTURE ENGINE
HOLMES EX MACHINA
THE SHERLOCK SOLUTION
THE FAN WHO MOLDED HIMSELF
SCOND FIDDLE
MORIARTY BY MODEM
THE GREATEST DETECTIVE OF ALL
THE CASE OF THE PURLOINED L'ISITEK
THE ADVENTURE OF THE ILLEGAL ALIEN
DOGS, MASQUES, LOVE, DEATH: FLOWERS
YOU SEE BUT YOU DO NOT OBSERVE
ILLUSIONS
THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEARLY GATE 

Title: Sherlock Holmes in Orbit
Editors: Mike Resnick, Martin H. Greenberg
Year: 1995
Publisher: DAW
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall (1989)

L.B. Greenwood's follow-up to her 1986 novel Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Raleigh Legacy. Beautiful cover art by Kazu Sano.

At the behest of a university acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes joins Dr. Watson on a mission of mercy to the bleak Bristol coast. But Holmes is not motivated by altruism, and when they reach Sabina Hall, his suspicions are justified. Miserly old Silas Andrews, who was to be Watson's patient, lies dead––and a peculiar smell on his medicine spoon means only one thing to Holmes: poison!

The drafty, dilapidated Hall teams with suspects: Bertha Garth, Sila's coldhearted sister-in-law, all too gleeful over her large inheritance; servants Joel and Belle Harper, who expect––and do not receive––a legacy; cheeky housemaid Sally Kipp, mysteriously far from her Cockney homes; nasty village handyman Neb, bitter over conditions at Silas's now-derelict coal mine; and Aunt Garth's put-upon companion, Agnes, whose sweetness leaves Watson, at least, sure of her innocence...

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall
Author: L.B. Greenwood
Year: 1989 (first published 1988)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Beyond Watson (2016)

Another unusual approach to Holmes fiction by noted Sherlockian authors.

Imagine a Holmes Without his Boswell... 
Or, as is the case with the volume you now hold in your hands, imagine a Holmes without the voice of Watson. Is there a difference? After all, we have learned about the great detective not through his own voice and eyes, but through that of his loyal companion, his dear friend, his Boswell. What might we be missing? Who else could tell of the great detective’s feats? 
Find out as today's best Sherlock Holmes authors including Derrick Belanger, Luke Kuhns, Kieran Lyne, David Marcum, Jack McDevitt, Richard Paolinelli, David Ruffle, Geri Schear, Don Smith, Elizabeth Varadan, Daniel Victor, and Marcia Wilson tell stories from the perspectives of: 
Sherlock Holmes
Mrs. Hudson
Colonel Sebastian Moran
Raymond Chandler
Inspector Lestrade
Winston Churchill
Violet Hunter
H. L. Mencken
and many others... 

Experience Holmes like never before as you go Beyond Watson! Includes a special introductory toast from Mark Levy, BSI

Title: Beyond Watson
Author: Various
Year: 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Railway Maniac (2001)

A Holmes pastiche by Barrie Roberts originally published in 1994. This is the hard to find 2001 UK paperback edition.

"Nothing would tempt me back to my old career on any but the most temporary basis." 
Now in his third year of retirement, the celebrated master detective Sherlock Holmes announces his firm resolve to stay well out of affairs of others to his old friend and colleague Dr. John Watson. But this emphatic sentiment is to be short lived. 
At the behest of his enigmatic brother, Holmes is persuaded to investigate two unexplained, catastrophic train derailments which have caused the death of more than forty people. Why would a criminal wreck an express train? 
As the clues accumulate  –  strange astronomer, the German Intelligence Service, a Russian yacht in the port of Aberdeen – the most homicidal lunatic in Britain remains at large.  Something was afoot in Scotland to draw the King and Mycroft from their lairs ... a meeting with the emissary of the Czar, or something more?
Can even the strenuous efforts of Sherlock Holmes avert an international calamity and bring to justice this evil assassin? All is revealed in an intriguing tale that even the late Conan Doyle would have been proud of

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Railway Maniac
Author: Barrie Roberts
Year: 2001
Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd.
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)