"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."

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Mammoth Book of the New Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes (2016)

A collection of 12 new Homes stories by Denis O. Smith who previously published The Mammoth Book of the Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes. A mouthful of a title, but a nice evocative cover.

“Is it really possible, do you suppose,” said Sherlock Holmes to me one morning, as we took breakfast together, “that a healthy and robust man may be so stricken with terror that he drops down dead?”
The much praised Denis O. Smith introduces twelve new Sherlockian stories in this collection, including “The Adventure of the XYZ Club,” “The Secret of Shoreswood Hall,” and “The Adventure of the Brown Box.” Set in the late nineteenth century before Holmes's disappearance at the Reichenbach Falls, these stories, written in the vein of the originals, recreate Arthur Conan Doyle’s world with deft fidelity, from manner of speech and character traits to plot unfoldings and the historical period. Whether in fogbound London or deep in the countryside, the world’s most beloved detective is brought vividly back to life in all his enigmatic, compelling glory, embarking on seemingly impenetrable mysteries with Dr. Watson by his side.

 For readers who can never get enough of Holmes, this satisfyingly hefty anthology builds on the old Conan Doyle to develop familiar characters in ways the originals could not. Both avid fans and a new generation of audiences are sure to be entertained with this continuation of the Sherlock Holmes legacy.

Title: The Mammoth Book of the New Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Denis O. Smith
Year: 2016
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

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