"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."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)

Sad news today that Sir Roger Moore has passed away at 89. Roger played Sherlock Holmes in the 1976 made for television movie Sherlock Holmes in New York co-starring Patrick MacNee as Watson, John Huston as Moriarty and Charlotte Rampling as Irene Adler. This is the novelization by D.R. Benson.

"WATSON – THERE'S NOT A MOMENT TO BE LOST! WE MUST SET OUT FOR NEW YORK THIS VERY DAY!" 
With this hasty entreaty the world's most dauntless detective is off on adventure once again. Here in the sin capital of the New World–where his beloved Irene Adler faces a nameless peril, where his evil nemesis Professor Moriarty plans "The Crime of the Century," where danger waits in countless shadows, HOLMES MEETS HIS GREATEST CHALLENGE!"

Title: Sherlock Holmes in New York
Author: D. R. Bensen
Year: 1976
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Purchase: Amazon.com.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Prisoner of the Devil (1990)

First published in 1979, this is a 1990 paperback reprint of Michael Hardwick's first Holmes adventure. Hardwick also wrote the centennial Holmes novel The Revenge of the Hound.

AT THE REQUEST OF HER ROYAL HIGHNESS, SHERLOCK HOLMES
....leaves his Baker Street apartments to meet with Queen Victoria
....steals on to–and off, again–the infamous French prison of Devil's Island
...and attends a seance to gather more information!
For a reason known only to Her Majesty–and Holmes's brother Mycroft–the truth behind the trial and imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus is of utmost importance to the Crown. Holmes had already turned down the family's pleas to investigate the Dreyfus Affair, a decision strongly supported by Doctor John Watson. But it did not take much of the great detective's world-famous powers of deduction to realize that the matter was more important than he had been led to believe. From what Her Highness had related to him, it was clear that what Dreyfus did–or did not–do would have an impact all over Europe. And just as clearly, Sherlock Holmes was the only man who could uncover the truth in time!

Title: Prisoner of the Devil
Author: Michael Hardwick
Year: 1990 (first published 1979)
Publisher: Pinnacle
Purchase: Amazon.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and The Bizarre Alibi (2004)

Frank Thomas was the author of some 10 Holmes novels, starting with Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Bird in 1979. His later books were self-published, including this 2004 release.

With only the light of Slim's bull's-eye, it was rough going and soon my hands were bleeding and my legs protesting . But an untapped source of strength came to my aid. Here I was struggling towards unknown dangers, but i was living, i was part of an adventure. I was in the midst of an experience that my sedate fellow doctors in their well-appointed offices on Harley could only find in flights of fantasy. I was actually part of the stuff tha dreams are made of and, somewhat to my suprise, i found it exhilarating. Because of my association with the greatest detective the world has ever known, I was part of an heroic saga, a small part I will admit. Not that I felt heroic. I felt like a middle-aged commonplace man involved in exploits he was ill-suited for. But I was here with Holmes and I would not have had it any other way.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and The Bizarre Alibi
Author: Frank Thomas
Year: 2004
Publisher: Xlibras
Purchase: Amazon

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Adventure at Ferryman's Creek (1984)

Novelization for the never produced second Granada mini series about the young Sherlock Holmes. Click for the first adventure: The Mystery of the Manor House.

On the morning of his eighteenth birthday Sherlock Holmes receives a brief and mysterious letter from his brother Mycroft, suggesting a short holiday on the Lincolnshire coast and hinting at the possibility of adventure there . . . The young detective is soon embroiled in a tangle of sinister occurrences which it takes all his wit and ingenuity to unravel.
Who is the mysterious Martin Ashley and why does he always wear a glove on his left hand? Are Ashley's disappearance and the chain of near-disasters which follow it connected? Can it be that the ancient legend of the Thoresby-le-Marsh is coming fatally true once more?
This is the second exciting Young Sherlock novel by Gerald Frow. 

Title: Young Sherlock: The Adventure at Ferryman's Creek
Author: Gerald Frow
Year: 1984
Publisher: Dragon
Purchase: Amazon.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Riddle of Foxwood Grange (2016)

Acclaimed for his traditional approach (no literary mash-ups, aliens or vampires here), this is Denis O. Smith's first novel length Holmes pastiche.

An invitation to take lunch at the Great Western Hotel at Paddington station leads Sherlock Holmes into a baffling mystery. Who is it that is watching every move made by popular journalist, Farringdon Blake, and why? When the trail goes cold in London, Holmes and his friend, Dr Watson, must travel down to Foxwood Grange, Blake's home in rural Oxfordshire, to seek a solution to the mystery there. But Foxwood Grange, a 300-year-old Elizabethan mansion, is a house with a chequered past and holds mysteries of its own. 
In this superb evocation of both the spirit and the style of Conan Doyle's earlier Sherlock Holmes stories, Denis O. Smith, acclaimed author of numerous Sherlock Holmes short story collections, here presents the great detective on a larger stage, in a gripping mystery which builds remorselessly to a thrilling and dramatic climax.

Title: The Riddle of Foxwood Grange
Author: Denis O. Smith
Year: 2016
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VI: 2017 Annual

The latest collection of new Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

2017 is the 130th anniversary of the publication of A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. What an amazing journey it's been! In addition to the pitifully few sixty tales originally presented in The Canon, published between 1887 and 1927, there have been literally thousands of additional Holmes adventures in the form of books, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies, manuscripts, comics, and fan fiction. And yet, for those who are true friends and admirers of the Master Detective of Baker Street, where it is always 1895 (or a few decades on either side of that!) these stories are not enough. Give us more! 
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring stories set within the correct time period, and written by many of today's leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, the popularity has only continued to grow. Two more volumes were released in 2016, and this the first of two planned for 2017 - with no end in sight! The thirty-five stories in this volume - now bringing the total number of narratives and participating authors in this series to well over one-hundred! - represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honor the man described by Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known." 
All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Part VI: 2017 Annual features contributions by: Bob Byrne, Julie McKuras, Derrick Belanger, Robert Perret, Deanna Baran, G.C. Rosenquist, Hugh Ashton, David Timson, Shane Simmons, Stephen Wade, Mark Mower, David Friend, Nick Cardillo, Roger Riccard, S. Subramanian, Carl L. Heifetz, Geri Schear, S.F. Bennett, Jennifer Copping, Jim French, Carla Coupe, Narrelle Harris, Arthur Hall, Craig Janacek, Marcia Wilson, Tracy Revels, Molly Carr, Keith Hann, David Ruffle, David Marcum, Thomas A. Turley, Jan Edwards, C. Edward Davis, Tim Symonds, and Daniel D. Victor, with a poem by Bonnie MacBird, and forewords by David Marcum, Nicholas Utechin, Roger Johnson, Steve Emecz, and Melissa Farnham.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VI: 2017 Annual
Author: David Marcum
Year: 2017
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.