"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, August 16, 2017

The Case of the Philosophers' Ring (1978)

A case involving real-life philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein "unearthed" by Randall Collins.

It is the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Holmes, at his Baker Street flat, receives a telegram from the brilliant young philosopher, Bertrand Russell, begging him to come to Cambridge to investigate the theft of a uniquely precious treasure - the mind of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Title: The Case of the Philosophers' Ring
Author: Randall Collins
Year: 1978
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Detective Comics #572 (1987)

Detective Comics 50th Anniversary issue featured Batman meeting up with the original caped crusader.

Extra-sized Anniversary issue! A mystery brings together the greatest sleuths of our time: Batman and Robin, Elongated-Man, Bradley P.I., and the greatest sleuth of all time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

Title: Detective Comics #572
Author: Mike W. Barr
Year: 1987
Publisher: DC Comics
Purchase: Amazon

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and The Masquerade Murders (1994)

Another fine Holmes pastiche by Frank Thomas, this one with terrific cover art featuring the classic pairing of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. First published as a paperback in 1986, this hardcover edition was released in 1994.

In a sea of blackness . . .

A bank appraiser, expert at identifying counterfeit papers, is discovered quite dead in London's financial district––but is it from natural causes or a cleverly disguised murder? Sherlock Holmes, ever the brilliant theorist, conducts his own brand of post-mortem as he leads Dr. Watson and a motley crew of confidence men on a precarious chase through the most notorious neighborhoods of London.

One primrose path leads to another––from the mystifying futures market to the most sensational costume ball in many a season. Lives, fortunes and careers are the stakes in this deadly game . . . ad it's up to the master sleuth and the good doctor to unmask the cunning culprits before another corpse is found.

Frank Thomas has adapted this adventure from the memories of the esteemed John H. Watson, M.D. The case has been selected precisely because it was the cause celebrate in its day, although a true account of this sensational case has never before been revealed. In a hardcover edition for the first time, Sherlock Holmes and the Masquerade Murders is now a matter of public record, confirming again the stature of the world's greatest consulting detective.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Masquerade Murders
Author: Frank Thomas
Year: 1986
Publisher: The Armchair Detective Library
Purchase: Amazon | eBay

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Friend of Oscar Wilde (1988)

This pastiche by Russell Brown finds Sherlock Holmes and Oscar Wilde teaming up to solve a mystery in 1895. Wilde also appeared in Nicholas Meyer's The West End Horror.

It's 1895 and deadly games are afoot in London. Against a backdrop of terrorist dynamitings, a humbled Holmes reluctantly accepts the aid of Oscar Wilde to unravel two tangled plots: the blackmail of an eminent Victorian with a name known all over the world, and the diabolical design of a demented nobleman to inflict 'Death! Or Worse!' upon Holmes himself. 
Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Friend of Oscar Wilde mingles melodrama and epigram, fact and fiction, as two men with so many differences in common pursue a hellish hound whose actions menace all of England.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Friend of Oscar Wilde
Author: Russell A. Brown
Year: 1988
Publisher: St Martins Press
Purchase: Amazon.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Case of the Baker Street Irregular (1981)

Robert Newman's tale of a budding "Baker Street Irregular" kicked off a series of books featuring the exploits of young Andrew and Sara. Only this first book featured Holmes. First published in 1978, this is the 1981 Bantam paperback edition.

A mysterious, broken-nosed cabby, a beautiful actress, and a villainous art heist have one thing in common—but the only one man who knows what it is has methods that are a little, shall we say . . . irregular 
Late Victorian London: home to gas streetlights, bands of ragged urchins, and now, young Andrew Craigie, who recently arrived from a tiny Cornwall village with his stern guardian, Mr. Dennison. At first the city feels dark and unwelcoming, but just around the corner is bustling Baker Street, where Andrew meets his first friend, Sara. Before long, London becomes downright interesting. 
But things get a little too exciting one night when Mr. Dennison doesn’t come home, and suddenly Andrew is on his own. Whom can he turn to in a strange city? Frantic, he goes to the tall, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing man at 221B, a man who Sara says is a famous detective—a man named Mr. Holmes.

Title: The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
Author: Robert Newman
Year: 1981 (first published 1978)
Publisher: Bantam
Purchase: Amazon.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter (2017)

A fresh take on mixing Sherlock Holmes and classic monsters, favorably reviewed by the respected blog Sherlock Peoria. Likely the first of a series.

Based on some of literature's horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders and the bigger mystery of their own origins. 
Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' death, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. 
But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. 
When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Title: The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter
Author: Theodora Goss
Year: 2017
Publisher: Saga Press
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).