Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Pandora Plague (1984)

Most know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were friends in real-life. But Houdini has also has a regular partnership with Sherlock Holmes in the pages of fiction. The Pandora Plague by Lee A. Matthias was one of their early encounters.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson team up with the master magician Harry Houdini in another thrilling mystery in the life of the greatest detective of all time. 
Houdini is entrusted with a strange locked box from the Far East and is asked to open it. But even he has no way of getting into it until Holmes and Watson join him in solving the riddle of its lock. And when the box is opened, the three investigators unwittingly become entangled with THE PANDORA PLAGUE.

Title: The Pandora Plague
Author: Lee A. Matthias
Year: 1984 (first published 1981)
Publisher: Unicorn Star Press
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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Ten Years Beyond Baker Street (1988)

Sherlock Holmes faces off with the Professor Moriarty of the Far East, the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu! First published in 1984. This is the 1988 U.S. paperback edition.

 
It was ten years beyond Baker Street. The great detective was living in restless retirement among his bees in the wilds of Sussex. But an old warhorse will ever thrill to the trumpet of battle, and when a distraught Dr. Petrie begged his help to rescue Nayland Smith from the clutches of the fiendish Dr. Fu Manchu, Holmes, though reluctant, could not resist. 
When the sinister Oriental's evil minions unleashed their vile devices against the great man himself, the issue became more clear-cut. Though the stakes may have includied not simply the survival of Nayland Smith but that of the Empire itself, the stark facts ws that the game was toi be played by two geniuses for good and ill in a battle for a very personal supremacy.

Title: Ten Years Beyond Baker Street
Author: Cay Van Ash
Year: 1988 (first published 1984)
Publisher: Peremnial Library
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The Return of the Pharaoh (2021)

An all-new Sherlock Holmes pastiche from the pen of the great Nicholas Meyer will be released on November 9, 2021. This time Holmes and Watson meet Howard Carter in Egypt. This will be Meyer's fifth Holmes novel following: The Sever-Per-Cent Solution, The West End Horror, The Canary Trainer, and The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols

In Nicholas Meyer's The Return of the Pharaoh, Sherlock Holmes returns in an adventure that takes him to Egypt in search of a missing nobleman, a previously undiscovered pharaoh's tomb, and a conspiracy that threatens his very life.  
With his international bestseller, The Seven Per Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes that reinvigorated the world's interest in the first consulting detective. Now, many years later, Meyer is given exclusive access to Dr. Watson's unpublished journal, wherein he details a previously unknown case. 
In 1910, Dr. John Watson travels to Egypt with his wife Juliet. Her tuberculosis has returned and her doctor recommends a stay at a sanitarium in a dry climate. But while his wife undergoes treatment, Dr. Watson bumps into an old friend--Sherlock Holmes, in disguise and on a case. An English Duke with a penchant for egyptology has disappeared, leading to enquiries from his wife and the Home Office. 
Holmes has discovered that the missing duke has indeed vanished from his lavish rooms in Cairo and that he was on the trail of a previous undiscovered and unopened tomb. And that he's only the latest Egyptologist to die or disappear under odd circumstances. With the help of Howard Carter, Holmes and Watson are on the trail of something much bigger, more important, and more sinister than an errant lord.

Title: The Return of the Pharaoh
Author: Nicholas Meyer
Year: 2021
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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Friday, October 8, 2021

Holmes meets 007 (1967)

With the release today of a new James Bond film, No Time To Die, I thought I'd share this rare Holmes-Bond crossover pastiche by Donald Stanley. This is #134 of 222 from my own collection.

In this, Vintage No. 3 of Beaune Pressings, we vary our policy of reprinting Sherlockian Incunabula to present a recent parody the ephemeral nature of which greatly limited its availability. It is sent, with Compliments Of The Season to the friends of Dean & Shirley Dickensheet and of Vamberry's, Ltd.

Title: Holmes meets 007
Author: Donald Stanley
Year: 1967
Publisher: The Beaune Press
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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (1976)

A canonical continuation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's son, Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr. First published in 1954. I love the cover of this 1976 paperback reprint.

Once again, "The game's afoot!"

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson embark on twelve new detective adventures that have been out of print for more than twenty years.

These strange and surprising cases––only hinted at in the famous earlier chronicles––are recorded at last in full. Here is the good Watson, rushing impetuously to the aid of lovely ladies in distress. And Holmes, taking soothing pleasure from his violin while frustrating Scotland Yard's Lestrade at every encounter.

These are, indeed, cases for the connoisseur. No one could have produced them with the  authentic Conan Doyle flavor but Sir Arthur's son Adrian. Writing with one of the world's greatest masters of mystery, John Dickson Carr, he has produced a rare casebook to delight and confound Sherlock Holmes fans the world over!
The Adventure of THE SEVEN CLOCKS
The Adventure of THE GOLD HUNTER
The Adventure of THE WAX GAMBLERS
The Adventure of THE HIGHGATE MIRACLE
The Adventure of THE BLACK BARONET
The Adventure of THE SEALED ROOM
The Adventure of FOULKES RATH
The Adventure of THE ABBY RUINS
The Adventure of THE TWO WOMEN
The Adventure of THE DARK ANGLES
The Adventure of THE DEPARTED HORROR
The Adventure of THE RED WIDOW 

Title: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Adrian Conan Doyle & John Dickson Carr
Year: 1976 (first published 1954)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Sherlock Holmes at Lincoln's Tomb (2021)

A young Sherlock Holmes teams joins Dr. Joseph Bell and Arthur Conan Doyle on an American adventure.

The recently unearthed diaries of the young Arthur Conan Doyle provide evidence, if not proof of the that Doyle knew Sherlock Holmes as early as 1878, when Holmes was working in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Bell at the University of Edinburgh. Holmes, a brilliant scientist and an astute medical diagnostician had either dropped out or had been expelled from a London medical school. 
This, the first diary, records the adventures of Doyle and Holmes, when they accompany Dr. Bell to Chicago. Dr. Bell gives lectures and demonstrates his surgical technique with Doyle's assistance. Holmes deduces the cause of death in a victim who collapsed on the street and Doyle becomes involved with the local medical students. Together, Doyle and Holmes uncover a plot by ex-confederate officers to assassinate the president and take over the United States. 
The story demonstrates Holmes' amazing skills of observation, diagnosis, his ability to solve crimes and his dogged pursuit of criminals. During this adventure young Arthur Conan Doyle encounters his friend, Robert Louis Stevenson, is abducted by the James gang, falls in love with a red haired Scottish lass and survives a harrowing ride in a hot air balloon.

Title: Sherlock Holmes at Lincoln's Tomb
Author: John Raffensperger & Richard Krevolin
Year: 2021
Publisher: MX Publishing
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Saturday, August 7, 2021

The Revenge of Moriarty (1981)

First published in 1975, this is a 1981 U.S. Berkley paperback edition of John Gardner's The Revenge of Moriarty. As with Gardner's first Moriarty book, this cover art refresh tied in with the Berkley Conan Doyle paperbacks, making is appear pseudo-canonical. 

San Francisco, 1896. The foggy mists are lifting, and who should emerge from the sinister back alleys to reclaim his title as the most dangerous scientific criminal of his time but the nefarious Professor James Moriarty! Rising like a wicked phoenix from the ashes of his own destruction, Moriarty vows to launch a vendetta against the European underworld leaders who turned on him and left him in the clutches of Sherlock Holmes.

Title: The Revenge of Moriarty
Author: John Gardner
Year: 1981
Publisher: Berkley
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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Elusive Ear (2021)

Sherlock Holmes meets Vincent van Gogh in the pastiche by David MacGregor.

London. December 1888. The notorious and as-yet undiscovered genius, Vincent van Gogh, presents Sherlock Holmes with a most unusual case. Aided by his partner Dr. Watson and his paramour Irene Adler, the trio embark on a rousing adventure and find themselves confronting the evil daughter of Professor Moriarty. Aided by Oscar Wilde, the world's greatest detective attempts to solve one of the most audacious crimes of the Victorian era and uncover a Post-Impressionist conspiracy.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Elusive Ear
Author: David MacGregor
Year: 2021
Publisher: MX Publishing
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