Friday, January 11, 2019

The Apocrypha of Solar Pons (2018)

A new authorized collection of little-known Pons stories by August Derleth, including the author's only Sherlock Holmes story. Restored by David Marcum.

From the late 1920’s until his too-early death in 1971 at age 62, August Derleth lived, to greater or lesser degrees, in The World of Solar Pons. Already an admirer of Sherlock Holmes when he was a Wisconsin college student, Derleth wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking if there would be any more Holmes adventures. Upon receiving a negative response, he set about creating some of his own – but set in (then) contemporary times of the 1920’s. Having never been to England – and in fact, he never made it there during his entire life – he relied on travel books and commentaries to fashion a very believable representation. In these stories, Solar Pons made use of the classic methods of Sherlock Holmes. 
After his death, a posthumous collection of Pons stories, The Chronicles, was published in 1973, and it was believed for many years that these were the final Pons adventures. But others began to turn up, including a number that were found in Derleth’s papers – some having been written when he was in his twenties and the subsequently filed and forgotten. 
Now, thanks to Derleth’s heirs and the August Derleth Estate, which still retains full ownership of Solar Pons and these apocryphal adventures, this new easily available and affordable collection of these “lost” tales has been made possible. In addition to adventures such as “The Burlstone Horror” and “The Muttering Man”, there are all four of the “Off-Trail” Pons adventures that Derleth co-authored with Mack Reynolds, the complete compiled entries “From the Notebooks of Dr. Lyndon Parker”, Derleth’s rare companion volume A Praed Street Dossier (1968), and Derleth’s only Sherlock Holmes story, “The Circular Room” (later rewritten as a Pons tale!) 
Join us one more time at 7B Praed Street, where again The Game is Afoot!
The Adventure of the Gresham Old Place
The Adventure of the Burlstone Horror
The Adventure of the Viennese Musician
The Adventure of the Muttering Man
The Adventure of the Green Stars
The Adventure of the Snitch in Time
The Adventure of the Ball of Nostradamus
The Adventure of the Nosferatu
The Adventure of the Extra-Terrestrial
The Adventure of the Circular Room

Title: The Apocrypha of Solar Pons
Author: August Derleth, David Marcum (editor)
Year: 2018
Publisher: Belanger Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Baskerville (2015)

A comedic take on Holmes by Ken Ludwig performed on stage in 2015 (review). Ludwig also wrote the 2012 play about William Gillette, The Game's Afoot; Or Holmes for the Holidays.

Get your deerstalker cap on-the play's afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

Title: Baskerville
Author: Ken Ludwig
Year: 2015
Publisher: Samuel French
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Sherlock Holmes Investigates (2017)

A collected edition of five self-published Holmes tales by Andrew Salmon.

Andrew Salmon's first Sherlock Holmes tale, The Adventure of the Locked Room, was a hit right out of the gate, winning an award for Best Short Story the year it was published. Salmon followed up this success by garnering rave reviews, numerous award nominations and a second win for Best Short Story for his Holmes adventures before breaking new ground with the best selling Fight Card Sherlock Holmes trilogy. 
Now, for the first time, ALL FIVE of his award-winning and nominated Holmes tales have been collected in Sherlock Holmes Investigates
What happened to the tenant in 221B Baker Street before Holmes and Watson moved in? Mystery and murder cast long shadows over idyllic Towne Manor - what will Holmes and Watson discover there? A daring assassination attempt has left Holmes close to death and it's up to Dr. Watson and Mycroft Holmes to bring the villain to justice. Is there a werewolf loose in Limehouse or is something much more sinister killing policemen? Who is pulling off daring raids at Portsmouth and disappearing without a trace? 
These mysteries and more await!

Title: Sherlock Holmes Investigates
Author: Andrew Salmon
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Holmes For The Holidays (1996)

Fourteen original Sherlock Holmes stories, each with a Christmas holiday setting or theme. Authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle. Berkley also published a second volume, More Holmes For The Holidays.

Arthur Conan Doyles's Sherlock Holmes has been solving cases and amazing fans for more than a century. Now, today's best mystery writers have gathered together to present fourteen original Holmes stories in one thrilling collection. Each story features Holmes and Dr. Watson, festively solving the darkest of crimes in the brightest of seasons.
The Watch Night Bell by Anne Perry
The Sleuth of Christmas Past by Barbara Paul
A Scandal in Winter by Gillian Linscott
The Adventure in Border Country by Gwen Moffat
The Adventure of the Three Ghosts by Loren D. Estleman
The Adventure of the Canine Ventriloquist by Jon. L. Breen
The Adventure of the Man Who Never Laughed by J.N. Williamson
The Yuletide Affair by John Stoessel
The Adventure of the Christmas Tree by William L. DeAndrea
The Adventure of the Christmas Ghost by Bill Crider
The Thief of Twelfth Night by Edward Wellen
The Italian Sherlock Holmes by Reginald Hill
The Christmas Client by Edward D. Hoch
The Adventure of the Angel's Trumpet by Carolyn Wheat, ASH

Title: Holmes For The Holidays
Author: Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, Carol-Lynn Waugh (editors)
Year: 1996 (paperback, 1998)
Publisher: Berkley
Purchase: Amazon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902)

The latest collection of new Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Released concurrently with Part XI.

Part XII: 1894-1902 features contributions from C.H. Dye, David Marcum, Thomas Fortenberry, Daniel D. Victor, Nik Morton, Craig Janacek, S. Subramanian, Jim French, Robert Stapleton, Nick Cardillo, Paul D. Gilbert, Mike Hogan, Derrick Belanger, John Linwood Grant, Mark Mower, Jane Rubino, and Arthur Hall, and a poem by "Anon." 34 new traditional Holmes adventures in two simultaneously published volumes. 
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." 
Each volume contains forwards by Lyndsay Faye, Roger Johnson, Melissa Grigsby, 

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2018
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XI: Some Untold Cases (1880-1891)

The latest collection of new Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. To be released concurrently with Part XII on November 29.

Part XI: 1880-1891 includes contributions from Jayantika Ganguly, Will Murray, Tracy Revels, Hugh Ashton, Matthew Simmonds, David Ruffle, Paul W. Nash, Mike Hogan, Craig Stephen Copland, Gayle Lange Puhl, Deanna Baran, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Roger Riccard, Robert Perret, Kevin P. Thornton, Stephen Herczeg, and M.A. Wilson and Richard Dean Starr, and a poem by Arlene Mantin Levy and Mark Levy. 34 new traditional Holmes adventures in two simultaneously published volumes.
Each volume contains forwards by Lyndsay Faye, Roger Johnson, Melissa Grigsby, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XI: Some Untold Cases (1880-1891)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2018
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1999)

A 1999 reprint of the 1987 centennial collection with three new stories added.

Bestselling author Anne Perry and Conan Doyle's most recent biographer, Daniel Stashower, among others, contribute new stories that expand this tribute to Conan Doyle's immortal creation. Mystery editors Martin Greenberg and Carol-Lynn Rossel Waugh specially commissioned original works by Stephen King, Michael Gilbert, John Lutz, Edward D. Hoch, Dorothy B. Hughes, Peter Lovesey, Lillian de la Torre, John Gardner, and others for the first edition. With over 100,000 copies sold since its publication for the centennial of the first Holmes story, "The Speckled Band," in 1987, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has ranked in popularity only after the first Conan Doyle stories.
The Infernal Machine by Jon Lellenberg
The Final Toast by John Lutz
The Phantom Chamber by Gary Alan Ruse
The Return of the Speckled Band by Edward D. Hoch
The Adventure of the Unique Holmes by Jon L. Breen
Sherlock Holmes and "The Woman" by Michael Harrison
The Shadows on the Lawn by Barry Jones
The Adventure of the Gowanus Abduction by Joyce Harrington
Dr. and Mrs. Watson at Home by Loren D. Estleman
The Two Footmen by Michael Gilbert
Sherlock Holmes and the Muffin by Dorothy B. Hughes
The Curious Computer by Peter Lovesey
The Adventure of the Persistent Marksman by Lillian de la Torre
The House that Jack Built by Edward Wellen
The Doctors Case by Stephen King
(NEW) The Second Treaty by Daniel Stashower
(NEW) The Adventure of the Venomous Lizard by Bill Cider
(NEW) Hostage to Fortune by Anne Perry
Afterword: Moriarty and the Real Underworld by John Gardner

Title: The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Editors: Martin Harry Greenberg & Carol-Lynn Rossel Waugh
Year: 1999
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk