"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."

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley (1986)

Stanley Shaw's follow-up to his first Holmes pastiche, Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test.

The sensation of 1887 is the visit to London of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The exploits of Buffalo Bill, Chief Red Shirt and the sharpshooting Annie Oakley are exciting everyone's imagination. But not that of Sherlock Holmes. Not even Doctor Watson's enthusiasm for the visitors can, it seems, save Holmes from the clutches of one of his profound depressions. Until, that is, a telegram arrives to summon the Great Detective to Windsor Great Park and a baffling mystery which will involve Holmes and Watson in the affairs of Annie Oakley, The 'Peerless Lady Wing-Shot' herself...

Title: Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley
Author: Stanley Shaw
Year: 1986
Publisher: Allen
Purchase: Amazon.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (1989)

A collection of unconventional Holmes stories and parodies by notable authors. There's even one by John Lennon.

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes gathers together the best of the hilarious mishaps that have befallen the greatest detective of them all--the tales that Watson couldn't or wouldn't tell, for reason of discretion or just plain incredulity. This hugely entertaining volume--essential reading for Sherlockians and a feast of amusement for everyone else--is a collection of parodies, burlesques, pastiches and "unofficial" adventures.

Title: The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sebastian Wolfe (editor)
Year: 1989
Publisher: Xanadu Publications
Purchase: Amazon.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

LINK: The Adventure of the Canonical Wonder Woman

As far as I know, there has yet to be a pastiche in which Sherlock Holmes meets Wonder Woman. But now the good folks at Sherlock Peoria speculate that the great detective may have already met the Amazon in the original canon itself!

 . . . Violet de Merville, young, rich, beautiful, accomplished, a wonder-woman in every way. 

This is clever theory, so click the headline to have a read at Sherlock Peoria.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Sherlock Holmes (1975)

First published in 1962, this is the 1975 UK Panther paperback edition of William S. Baring-Gould's fictional biography of Sherlock Holmes with magnificent cover art by Richard Clifton-Dey. In the U.S. the book was released as Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street.

Sherlock Holmes has become a legend, his very name synonymous with brilliant crime detection. Here is the first comprehensive biography of the man, written with scrupulous accuracy, thoroughness and a warm, infectious enthusiasm. Tracing Holmes's career, W.S. Baring-Gould has revealed many hitherto unknown facts: his parentage and early life, his somewhat erratic years at Oxford, Cambridge ad Bart's, as well as an interlude on the stage on Britain and America. Holmes little-known relationships with other celebrities of the time – including King Edward VII, Karl Marx, Lewis Carroll and Bernard Shaw – are put in the perspective of his mysterious 'missing years.' For those long acquainted with Holmes's superb feats of detection and newcomers to the classic accounts of his exploits alike, Sherlock Holmes provides fascinating and unputdownable reading.

Title: Sherlock Holmes
Author: W. S. Baring-Gould
Year: 1975
Publisher: Panther
Purchase: Amazon.co.uk.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Scarlet in Gaslight (1989)

Collected edition of Martin Powell's 4-part comic book mini series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dracula.

Professor Moriarty has coerced Dracula into plunging London into terror. Holmes, with the assistance of Professor van Helsing, and his own Dr. Watson must turn to the famed actress Sarah Bernhardt to uncover the clues that will bring this supernatural case to a close.

Author Martin Powell was recently interviewed on The Baker Street Babes Podcast #80.

Title: Scarlet in Gaslight
Author: Martin Powell
Year: 1989
Publisher: Malibu Graphics
Purchase: Amazon

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Adventures of Creighton Holmes (1979)

A collection of short stories featuring the exploits of Sherlock Holmes's grandson. I love how the cover promises "An even greater kick than The Seven-Per-Cent Solution."

Recently discovered papers have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the great detective Shrlock Holmes has a son. And later, a grandson.
The grandson's names was Creighton. From boyhood on, it was Creighton Holmes's ambition to follow in the hallowed footsteps of his illustrious forebear. 
How brilliantly he succeeded, and what baffling mysteries and stunning solutions filled his casebook, now at last are reveled in adventures that take us back to Baker Street and the eternal war against masters of crime and monsters of evil. 
The Mysterious Death at Wetherby Manor
The Case of the Scientific Recluse
The Strange Death of Matthew Tidmore
The Kohinoor Gem Shop Burglary
The Incriminating Glove
The Murder of the Enigmatic Husband
The Case of the Bewildering Alibi

Title: The Adventures of Creighton Holmes
Author: Ned Hubbell
Year: 1979
Publisher: Popular Library
Purchase: Amazon.