Friday, September 25, 2020

Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess (2020)

The first book in Nancy Springer's popular Enola Holmes series is now a successful movie from Netflix. The Case of the Missing Marquess was first released in 2006. This is a 2020 tie-in edition. 

Introducing London's newest and greatest detective: Enola Holmes - the book that inspired the film, starring Millie Bobby Brown. 
When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives, she finds herself involved in the kidnapping of a young marquess, fleeing murderous villains, and trying to elude her shrewd older brothers-all while attempting to piece together clues to her mother's strange disappearance. Amid all the mayhem, will Enola be able to decode the necessary clues and find her mother?

Title: Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess
Author: Nancy Springer
Year: 2020
Publisher: Hot Key Books
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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife (2020)

The first book in "The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes" series by Liese Sherwood-Fabre.

Arthur Conan Doyle provided few details on Holmes' boyhood. His ancestors were country squires, his grandmother was the sister of the French artist Vernet, and he had a brother named Mycroft - seven years his senior. Recently, a cache of documents has been discovered detailing, in Sherlock's own hand, his early forays into criminal investigation.Only weeks into his first year at Eton, Sherlock's father calls him and his brother back to Underbyrne, the ancestral estate. The village midwife has been found with a pitchfork in her back in the estate's garden, and Mrs. Holmes has been accused of the murder. Can Sherlock find the true killer in time to save her from the gallows?

Title: The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife 
Author: Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Year: 2020
Publisher: Little Elm Press
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Friday, August 28, 2020

The Soprano's Last Song (2014)

Book 2 in the young adult "Sherlock, Lupin & Me" series by Irene Adler.

Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes, and Arsène Lupin planned to reunite in London, England, for their second adventure together...but Lupin doesn't show up. His father, Théophraste, has been arrested for the kidnapping of a famous opera singer and the murder of a secretary to the great composer, Giuseppe Barzini! The three intrepid detectives start a full investigation to clear Théophraste's name and rescue the missing soprano, Ophelia Merridew, only to discover that the singer is being held captive by criminals in the deadly district of Bethnal Green. Join Irene and her friends in their twist-filled bid to solve the mystery of The Soprano's Last Song.

Title: The Soprano's Last Song
Author: Irene Adler
Year: 2014
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
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Friday, August 14, 2020

The Case of the Revolutionist's Daughter (1983)

Sherlock Holmes meets Karl Marx in an adventure by Lewis S. Feuer published in 1983. I'm currently selling my copy on eBay.

At last, devotees of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes can learn of his most challenging, and, ultimately, his most disappointing investigation. Fortunately, a codicil in the past will and testament of socialist historian and Holmes admirer Professor Harold J. Laski has finally released the one remaining copy of this tale of intrigue from the custodial care of Lewis Feuer.

"The Case of the Revolutionist's Daughter" begins with Holmes getting with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles. The task? To locate Marx's missing daughter, Eleanor, and to return her safely to her parents home.

Holmes search leads him into the Bohemian socialist intellectual world of London in 1881. With his trusted friend Dr. Watson in tow, Holmes traces Eleanor's trail from the dark archives of the British Museum library to Kelmscott House, a socialist meeting place where Ibsen plays were read aloud. The famous superseleuths me such luminaries as George Bernard Shaw, Beatrice Potter, and William Morris. They confront the ominous atheist Edward Aveling and his villainous cohort, professor Moriarty, who holds the key to the mystery, and to Eleanor Marx's fate––which Holmes argues, may have been determined long ago by her father's philosophical stance and human failings.

Title: The Case of the Revolutionist's Daughter
Author: Lewis S. Feuer
Year: 1983
Publisher: Prometheus Books
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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Death By Gaslight (1982)

Michael Kurland's second Professor Moriarty novel. Once again the paperback sports nice cover art with a Rathbone inspired Holmes.

BLUE BLOOD WAS FLOODING LONDON WITH HORROR

A killer who made Jack the Ripper seem gentle was slitting the throats of the cream of England's aristocracy. Naturally Scotland Yard launched total war against this monster, enlisting the great Sherlock Holmes himself.

Only when this ultimate weapon of the law failed to stem the blue-blodded deaths were they forced to play a last desperate card–Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, who had his own methods of fighting an evil that went beyond mere murder by gaslight to hell-lit depths of diabolical depravity and satanic sin....

Title: Death By Gaslight
Author: Michael Kurland
Year: 1982
Publisher: Signet
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Murder By Decree (1979)

Novelization of the 1979 film starring Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes and James Mason as Dr. Watson. A good Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper tale incorporating a popular Royal conspiracy theory of the day. Recently released as a Special Edition Blu-ray.

THE MOST INFAMOUS MURDERER IN THE ENTIRE CENTURY––

He terrorized a city.
He committed acts of unspeakable horror.
He ruled the shadows and the back alley.
He was called Jack the Ripper––

THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS INVESTIGATOR OF ALL TIME––

He commanded boundless admiration.
He possessed ruthless intelligence.
He pursued his suspects with unfailing instincts.
He was Sherlock Holmes.

Title: Murder By Decree
Author: Robert Weverka
Year: 1979
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Death at the Diogenes Club (2017)

The sixth book featuring Sherlock Holmes and his American daughter Lucy James. Gotta say, a murder at the Diogenes Club is a nice pastiche idea!

Lucy James and Sherlock Holmes must solve a mysterious locked-room murder at London’s exclusive Diogenes Club. But Lucy is still coping with the traumatic after-effects of their last case, and her romantic relationship with a handsome young police detective is growing more complex. Emotions intensify and the dangers become life-threatening as they find themselves drawn into lethal conflict with the most ruthless gang leader in London.

Title: Death at the Diogenes Club
Author: Anna Elliott and Charles Veley
Year: 2017
Publisher: Wilton Press
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXI: 2020 Annual (1898-1923)

The third of three new volumes featuring 64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

As has become the tradition, this new collection of 64 adventures features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes's retirement. Along the way they are involved in some fascinating mysteries - some relating Untold Cases, others sequels to Canonical adventures, and a number progressing along completely unexpected lines. 
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known." 

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXI: 2020 Annual (1898-1923)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2020
Publisher: MX Publishing
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