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)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Wood Green Empire Mystery (1985)

Sherlock Holmes investigates the real life death of magician Chung Ling Soo on-stage at the Wood Green Empire Theater in March 1918.

Was it murder, suicide (the most cold blooded ever), or an accident? The Wood Green coroner brought in a verdict of "death by misadventure." But Sherlock Holmes (lured from his bee-keeping retirement), knew better. Yet for certain reasons he did not divulge his findings, save to his faithful "Boswell," Doctor John Watson. 
In March 1918, a Chinese conjurer, Chung Ling Soo, advertised that he would catch bullets in his teeth on the stage of London's Wood Green Empire. Despite having performed the feat a hundred times, he was fatally wounded in front of several hundred people, dying within hours. 
Far from being an Oriental, he was discovered to be an American: William Ellsworth Robinson, who had filled press and public alike for all but twenty years with his Mongolian disguise. His "wife," the tiny "Suee Seen," also proved to be an American, and there had been domestic problems. 
The story presents a practical solution to a bizarre real-life mystery that in more than sixty years has never been resolved.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Wood Green Empire Mystery
Author: W. Lane
Year: 1985
Publisher: Magico Magazine
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Shakespeare (2017)

The first of a self-published series called "The Watson Files." Always fun to see Shakespeare in the mix, but Amazon reviewers seem to agree that there's something "off" about this one (starting with the image of Holmes on the cover).

Bestselling author, J.R. Rain, has been delighting fans with his Samantha Moon vampire mysteries for nearly a decade. Now, he sets his sights on the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes! 
Sherlock Holmes, legendary sleuth of Victorian London, is asked to authenticate the work of what appears to be a long lost Shakespearean play. Alas, just as the famed detective is about to announce his conclusion, the manuscript is stolen - and the chase is on to locate and recover it... 
As Sherlock Holmes and his trusted sidekick, Dr. John Watson, begin to unravel the mystery of the missing play, their investigation leads them on a convoluted but logical path. But the closer they come to the missing play, the more their lives are endangered. 
Now, as the clever pair of investigators become the pursued, can Holmes and Watson locate and recover the missing Shakespeare play without dying at the hands of a diabolical killer?

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Shakespeare
Author: J.R. Rain & Chanel Smith
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Further Crossovers of Sherlock Holmes (2017)

More Holmes crossover adventures from Moonstone Books. Also see: Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook (2012).

Moonstone is proud to present this original anthology featuring never before seen tales of the world’s first consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he teams up with other adventurers and investigators! Authors: Pat Barletta, David Stuart Davies, Nancy Holder, Bradley H. Sinor, Julie Barret, David Gerrold, Jean Rabe, Greg Gick, Matthew V. Clemens, Martin Gately, and Bill Crider. 
Featuring:
Gertrude Bell, renowned adventurer, archeologist, and spy.
Wilkie Collin’s Sergeant Cuff! (The Moonstone).
Baroness Orczy’s Lady Molly of Scotland Yard! (The Scarlet Pimpernel).
Mark Twain.
Oscar Wilde.
Catherine Louisa Pirkis’ Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective.
Actors Malcolm Scott and Matilda Alice Powles.
Arthur B. Reeve’s Craig Kennedy, science detective.
Alexandre Lacassagne, French physician and criminologist.
Edmund Locard, pioneer of forensic science.
Joseph Rouletabille, French spy and investigative journalist (The Phantom of the Opera).

Title: The Further Crossovers of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Richard Dean Starr & Erin Bower (editors)
Year: 2017
Publisher: Moonstone Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

All-Consuming Fire (1994)

Sherlock Holmes meets the Doctor! Doctor who, you ask? Precisely. Author Andrew Lane would later go on to pen the Young Sherlock Holmes series.

"I've been all over the universe with you, Doctor, and Earth in the nineteenth century is the most alien place I've ever seen."

England, 1887. The secret library of St John the Beheaded has been robbed. The thief has taken forbidden books which tell of mythical beasts and gateways to other worlds. Only one team can be trusted to solve the crime: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

As their investigation leads them to the dark underside of Victorian London, Holmes and Watson soon realise that someone else is following the same trail. Someone who has the power to kill with a glance. And they sense a strange, inhuman shape observing them from the shadows. Then they meet the mysterious traveller known only as the Doctor—the last person alive to read the stolen books.

While Bernice waits in nineteenth-century India, Ace is trapped on a bizarre alien world. And the Doctor finds himself unwillingly united with England’s greatest consulting detective.

Title: All-Consuming Fire
Author: Andy Lane
Year: 1994
Publisher: Doctor Who Books/Virgin
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sherlock Holmes: Adventures for the Twelve Days of Christmas (2015)

A collection of six Holmes stories set during the Christmas season. Riccard also produced a second volume of six more stories, Further Adventures for the Twelve Days of Christmas.

This third book by Roger Riccard brings forth a series of six short stories occurring during the Christmas seasons of Sherlock Holmes' career, with each title taking its name from the carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. 
The Seventh Swann
The Eighth Milkmaid
The Ninth Ladyship at the Dance
The Tenth Lord Leaping
The Eleven Pipe Problem
The Twelfth Drumming

Title: Sherlock Holmes: Adventures for the Twelve Days of Christmas
Author: Roger Riccard
Year: 2015
Publisher: Irregular Special Press
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).