"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."

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Tangled Skein (1995)

Sherlock Holmes tangles with Dracula in David Stuart Davies' second published Holmes pastiche.

Following the successful conclusion of the investigation into the affair of the Hound of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson little realise that fate will see them back in Devon before the year is out. Holmes receives a potentially lethal package, the first strand in the tangled skein which he will need to unravel before this new adventure is resolved. A threat to Holmes's life, murders on Hampstead Heath and a strange phantom lady lead Holmes and Watson into the most dangerous investigation they have ever undertaken...

Title: The Tangled Skein
Author: David Stuart Davies
Year: 1995
Publisher: Calabash Press
Purchase: Amazon.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House (1982)

Novelization of the 1982 Granada mini series about the young Sherlock Holmes. This pre-dated the Spielberg film. A novelization for the never made second series, The Adventure at Ferryman's Creek, was also published.

You all know Mr Holmes–the greatest detective of them all. But where was this master criminologist before the great Baker Street days? Against what opponents did the boy detective first test his powers of detection? Granada now reveals the secret to you. 
Watch this thrilling television series and relive each exciting moment in this fast moving, action-packed book. Professor Moriarty–of course–is behind the skulduggery . . .

Title: Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House
Author: Gerald Frow
Year: 1982
Publisher: Carnival
Purchase: Amazon.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall (1988)

Hardcover edition of L.B. Greenwood's second Holmes pastiche from 1988. A paperback was released a year later.

 
Greenwood's second borrowing from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tops her first, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Raleigh Legacy. As narrated by Watson, this is a more plausible and twisty tale, set off by a note from Holmes's university friend, Aubrey Tyson, which takes Watson and the detective to Sabina Hall, the home of Tyson's elderly, ailing Uncle Silas Andrews. The nephew wants a doctor to check on the old man, and Watson obliges, accompanied by Holmes whose antennae correctly alert him to intrigue. The miser Andrews dies of poison, and so does his sister-in-law and heir, Bertha Garth. 
Not until a third death occurs does the sleuthing genius separate the guilty from the innocent. Among the suspects: a cheeky maid incongruously far from her Cockney neighborhood; ingenuous young Agnes Meredith, Garth's companion; a clergyman, visibly relieved when Garth dies; and Old Neb, whose lucrative business Andrews had closed, throwing the villagers on the dole. The source of the poison, thujone, from the savin juniper, plays an interesting part in the solution of the case. 
- Publishers Weekly 

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall
Author: L.B. Greenwood
Year: 1988
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Purchase: Amazon

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes (2014)

Phil Growick's follow-up to his 2012 pastiche The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson, again sanctioned by the Conan-Doyle estate.

In The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes, all the questions left at the surprise ending in The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson, will finally be answered. What happened to the Romanov Imperial Family? To Reilly, "Ace of Spies"? To Dr. Watson? But most of all, to Holmes, himself. Historical figures as disparate as King George V, Al Capone, Stalin, Babe Ruth, and Winston Churchill, all play unexpected roles in this most insidious historical mystery. 
From the infant Soviet Union, to England, New York, the Caribbean and Finland, the world becomes a giant, deadly chessboard. Who will live? Who will die? And why? What terrible mind is behind the deaths and deception? Could it possibly be Sherlock Holmes? And what new questions will arise with the startling climax of The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes?

Title: The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Phil Growick
Year: 2014
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Shadows Over Baker Street (2003)

A collection of original Holmes stories that mix the great sleuth with the macabre world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous literary figures of all time. For more than a hundred years, his adventures have stood as imperishable monuments to the ability of human reason to penetrate every mystery, solve every puzzle, and punish every crime. 
For nearly as long, the macabre tales of H. P. Lovecraft have haunted readers with their nightmarish glimpses into realms of cosmic chaos and undying evil. But what would happen if Conan Doyle’s peerless detective and his allies were to find themselves faced with mysteries whose solutions lay not only beyond the grasp of logic, but of sanity itself. 
In this collection of all-new, all-original tales, twenty of today’s most cutting edge writers provide their answers to that burning question.
A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman
Tiger! Tiger! by Elizabeth Bear
The Case of the Wavy Black Dagger by Steve Perry
A Case of Royal Blood by Steven-Elliot Altman
The Weeping Mask by James Lowdoer
Art in the Blood by Brian Stebleford
The Curious Case iof Miss Violet Stone by Poppy Z. Brite and David Ferfuson
The Adventure of the Antiquarian's Niece by Barbara Hambly
The Mystery of the Worm by John Pelan
The Mystery of the Hanged Man's Puzzle by Paul Finch
The Horror of the Man Faces by Tim Lebbon
The Adventure of the Arab's Manuscript by Michael Reaves
The Drowned Geologist by Catlin R. Kiernan
A Case of Insomnia by John P. Vourlis
The Adventure of the Voorish Sign by Ricahrd A. Lupoff
The Adventure of the Exham Priory by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
Death Did Not Become Him by David Niall Wilson and Patricia Lee Macomber
Nightmare in Wax by Simon Clark

Title: Shadows Over Baker Street
Author: Michael Reaves and John Pelan (editors)
Year: 2003
Publisher: Del Rey
Purchase: Amazon.

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Scroll of the Dead (1998)

A popular Holmes pastiche by David Stuart Davies (his 3rd). Later published as part of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series.

Holmes attends a seance to unmask an impostor posing as a medium, Sebastian Melmoth, a man hell-bent on obtaining immortality after the discovery of an ancient Egyptian papyrus. It is up to Holmes and Watson to stop him and avert disaster... 
In this fast-paced adventure, the action moves from London to the picturesque Lake District as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson once more battle with the forces of evil.

Title: The Scroll of the Dead
Author: David Stuart Davies
Year: 1998
Publisher: Calabash Press
Purchase: Amazon.