Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sherlock Holmes: The Centurion Papers: The First Collection (2018)

A collection of original Holmes stories by The Davies Brothers first published as eBooks.

From The Davies Brothers, winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Showcase (supported by the London Book Fair)... The Centurion Papers is a thrilling new series of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Too explosive for publication, kept hidden for a hundred years... until now. 
London is ablaze with horror! A plague of ghastly deaths sweeps the capital, seemingly unrelated except for a strange tattoo found on the body of each victim – the mark of Satan. As a God-fearing mania engulfs the city, Sherlock Holmes must hunt the villain responsible for wreaking terror on its dark streets – a hunt that will bring him face to face with the devil himself. 
An old soldier haunted by the ghosts of war in Africa, a vengeful enemy hellbent on righting the wrongs of the Empire, and an island hiding the darkest of secrets… Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are in a race against time to solve the brutal mystery of the Scorched Earth – before an entire family is murdered. 
Edwardian society is utterly bewitched by sensational photographs of fairies at play in a country idyll. But when a high-ranking diplomat is found dead in that very garden, Sherlock Holmes is called upon to solve the murder. Even as the evidence suggests the victim was killed by fairies, can Holmes finally expose the truth… however dark it might be? 
Professor Moriarty is dead, but his legacy of evil lives on… Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are woken by the most macabre delivery to Baker Street – a boy left for dead, with the letter M scored into his back. He is the first of many victims, and Holmes will be next unless he can put an end to the most dangerous network of criminals ever assembled – a network that stretches to the very highest echelons of society… 
The First Collection compiles four stunning new episodes in the Sherlock Holmes canon from Dr Watson’s recently found Centurion Papers - uncovered by The Davies Brothers, authors of Hudson James and the Baker Street Legacy.

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Centurion Papers: The First Collection
Author: The Davies Brothers
Year: 2018
Publisher: Independently published

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mycroft and Sherlock (2018)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's followup to his 2015 novel Mycroft Holmes.

It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes--now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office--has no interest in the killings; however, his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration. 
When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. 
Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers. As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...

Title: Mycroft and Sherlock
Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse
Year: 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sherlock Holmes's War of The Worlds (1975)

Sherlock Holmes vs. the Martians! Not as anachronistic as one might think. Recall the original H.G. Wells story was set in London during the time of Holmes.

The War of The Worlds...
So terrifying, it rocked the world when H.G. Wells reported it in 1897–and again, in 1938, when Orson Welles broadcast it. 
But there was far more to the story than ever was told. Two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger, played pivotal roles in the historic happenings. Here are the facts, never before revealed, of the confrontation: two of the most remarkable intellects the Earth ever produced pitted against beings intelligent enough to conquer space. Read now–
How Holmes and Challenger knew an invasion was coming.
How they survived the occupation of London
How they captured an alien invader. 
How the deduced the origin of the invaders. 
The Reason for the landings–and the fatal flaw in the plan for conquest. 

Title: Sherlock Holmes's War of The Worlds
Author: Manny W. Wellman and Wade Wellman
Year: 1975
Publisher: Warner Books
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Infernal Device (1979)

Another novel that puts Professor Moriarty front and center. Michael Kurland also penned sequels: Death By Gaslight, The Empress of India, The Great Game and Who Thinks Evil. Great cover art on this first paperback edition from 1979.


Who was the single figure who alone could foil the most cunning plot ever to threaten civilization with unspeakable horror?

None other than that archenemy of the law...that mastermind who obsessed Sherlock Holmes to the point of madness...that extraordinary hero whose true natures is revealed on these thrilling pages for the first time–

Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, and now the world's last hope to circumvent the villainy of a loathsome Russian for.

Title: The Infernal Device
Author: Michael Kurland
Year: 1979 (first released 1978)
Publisher: Signet
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Last Moriarty (2015)

The first in a series of  Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mysteries by Charles Veley.

She needs protection, and only Sherlock Holmes can help her.
On a cold November morning in 1895, a young American actress visits 221B Baker Street. She is desperate for Holmes to protect her from the threats of a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life. Holmes agrees to help the young actress, even though he has just promised the Prime Minister to solve the murder of John D. Rockefeller's security agent and prevent the incident from derailing an upcoming British-American summit. But then clues to the murder point to the late Professor Moriarty. And another lovely woman, this one from Holmes's past, reappears. Now the famously analytical detective must also look inward. Can Holmes prevent chaos on both sides of the Atlantic and unmask his newest client's shadowy antagonist? For Holmes and Watson, this is the adventure that changes everything. 

Title: The Last Moriarty
Author: Charles Veley
Year: 2015
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Twain Papers (2014)

Roger Riccard's follow-up to Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Poisoned Lilly finds the great detective working for a very famous writer (and I don't mean Conan Doyle).

"It may not seem much to you, Mr.Holmes. In fact, it may better gather the sympathies of Dr. Watson here. But, the truth of the matter is, someone has stolen my life." 
In the silence that followed this extraordinary statement, Clemens pulled out his cigar case and quietly asked, "Do y'all mind if I smoke, gentlemen?" 
So begins a case where visiting American author, Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), has come to Sherlock Holmes for assistance. Holmes and Watson set out to track down the thief among a myriad of guests staying at the famous Langham Hotel. 
Suspects abound, yet another pressing question arises for Dr. Watson. Will one of them, a woman from his past, steal his heart?

Title: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Twain Papers
Author: Roger Riccard
Year: 2014
Publisher: Baker Street Studios Limited

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Adventure of the New York Ripper (2013)

Holmes and Watson are on the trail of Jack The Ripper in 1893 New York.

Terror is walking the streets of 1893 New York City at night, taking the lives of women in a horrible fashion reminiscent of the heinous murders of Jack the Ripper in London five years earlier. A copycat “Jack the Ripper”? Or is it possible that the infamous killer himself, never captured by the London police, has made his way to the streets of New York City? 
In The Adventure of The New York Ripper, we are, in addition to an outstanding mystery, presented with a history of the horrific Jack the Ripper crimes and with a brand-new theory regarding the commission of those terrible murders. A theory arising out of data of the crimes themselves and from the deductive powers of the one and only Sherlock Holmes.

Title: The Adventure of the New York Ripper
Author: Philip J. Carraher
Year: 2013
Publisher: Infinity Publishing