"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."

Monday, October 24, 2022

The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man (1985)

Paperback edition of Daniel Stahower's 1985 novel that teams Sherlock Holmes with Harry Houdini. Stashower would go on to pen a series of "Harry Houdini Mysteries" in the early 2000s. Cover art below is by Neil Stuart (design) and Doug Henry (illustration). You can see the hardcover HERE.

THE WORLDS GREATEST DETECTIVE AND THE KING OF MAGIC TEAM UP TO SOLVE "THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY"
When Harry Houdini is framed and jailed for espionage and Sherlock Holmes vows to clear his name, the two join forces to confound the crooks who are out to blackmail the Prince of Wales. It's a case that requires all their special skills––and then some. As Houdini reduces his body to ectoplasm, Holmes deduces how he does it. And when Houdini makes a daring exit from Scotland Yard, Watson becomes the only person ever to actually see him escape from a prison cell. The magical entertainment, glittering with suspense, comedy, and romance, is a must for Sherlock Holmes fans of lovers of adventure and mystery in grand style.

Title: The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man
Author: Daniel Stashower
Year: 1985
Publisher: Penguin
Purchase: Amazon.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall (1989)

L.B. Greenwood's follow-up to her 1986 novel Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Raleigh Legacy. Beautiful cover art by Kazu Sano.

At the behest of a university acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes joins Dr. Watson on a mission of mercy to the bleak Bristol coast. But Holmes is not motivated by altruism, and when they reach Sabina Hall, his suspicions are justified. Miserly old Silas Andrews, who was to be Watson's patient, lies dead––and a peculiar smell on his medicine spoon means only one thing to Holmes: poison!

The drafty, dilapidated Hall teams with suspects: Bertha Garth, Sila's coldhearted sister-in-law, all too gleeful over her large inheritance; servants Joel and Belle Harper, who expect––and do not receive––a legacy; cheeky housemaid Sally Kipp, mysteriously far from her Cockney homes; nasty village handyman Neb, bitter over conditions at Silas's now-derelict coal mine; and Aunt Garth's put-upon companion, Agnes, whose sweetness leaves Watson, at least, sure of her innocence...

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall
Author: L.B. Greenwood
Year: 1989 (first published 1988)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Revenge from the Grave (2022)

A new Holmes pastiche by noted Sherlockian David Stuart Davies. You can hear an excellent interview with Davis about his days working with Jeremy Brett at the terrific The Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes Podcast.
 

A brand-new Sherlock Holmes mystery from acclaimed Sherlockian author David Stuart Davies, featuring the return of the sinister Moriarty gang... 
When Professor James Moriarty plunged over the Reichenbach Falls the world believed that Sherlock Holmes was also dead. Three years later, Holmes has returned – but so, too, has a deadly threat. With Moriarty’s criminal empire still very much alive, Holmes and Watson are forced to ask themselves if their greatest foe really did perish…

Title: Revenge from the Grave
Author: David Stuart Davies
Year: 2022
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story (1979)

A Holmes-Ripper pastiche with the most shocking solution of them all! First published in hardcover in 1978. This is the first Ballantine paperback.


LONDON 1888: 
MANIAC STALKS WHITECHAPEL!
Three female paupers of dubious morals are gruesomely murdered. Their corpses are horribly mutilated. Instantly, London is thrust into a state of terror. A monstrous ghoul is prowling the night, untouchable by Scotland Yard. 
Baffled and desperate, the yard turns to Sherlock Holmes. Holmes challenges this diabolical adversary in the most extraordinary case of his career.

Title: The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
Author: Michael Dibdin
Year: 1979
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (2022)

Mrs. Hudson takes center stage in this adventure first published in 2004. Part of a five book series of Mrs. Hudson adventures.

What if Baker Street’s most gifted resident wasn't named Sherlock Holmes? What if, instead, that title belonged to his unassuming housekeeper, Mrs.Hudson? Playfully breaking with convention, Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse brings a fresh twist to the classic Victorian mystery. 
An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of the East London neighborhood of Limehouse. A group of merchants are dying one by one. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, the team of Holmes and Dr Watson. But the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam, will also be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?

Title: Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse
Author: Martin Davies
Year: 2022 (first published 2004)
Publisher: Canelo US
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Sherlock Holmes in Oz (2021)

Here's a crossover that I never expected to see. And now that I'm seeing it, I still don't believe it! But I guess there's no place like home.

Gary Lovisi presents a new Sherlock Holmes adventure set in the magical land of Oz, as Holmes and Watson take on their most fantastic case—the Red Poppy Menace! Sure to delight all fans of both Sherlock Holmes and Oz, this edition is profusely illustrated by Lucille Cali.

Title: Sherlock Holmes in Oz
Author: Gary Lovisi
Year: 2021
Publisher: Wildside Press
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley (1986)

Stanley Shaw's follow-up to his first Holmes pastiche, Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test. Unlike that first book, it appears this was only published as a hardcover.

The sensation of 1887 is the visit to London of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The exploits of Buffalo Bill, Chief Red Shirt and the sharpshooting Annie Oakley are exciting everyone's imagination. But not that of Sherlock Holmes. Not even Doctor Watson's enthusiasm for the visitors can, it seems, save Holmes from the clutches of one of his profound depressions. Until, that is, a telegram arrives to summon the Great Detective to Windsor Great Park and a baffling mystery which will involve Holmes and Watson in the affairs of Annie Oakley, The 'Peerless Lady Wing-Shot' herself...

Title: Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley
Author: Stanley Shaw
Year: 1986
Publisher: W.H. Allen
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Monday, June 6, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXIII: 2022 Annual (1896-1919)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with the third of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXIII featuring contributions from: Terry Golledge, Naching T. Kassa, Susan Knight, Martin Daley, Dan Rowley, Marcia Wilson, Tracy J. Revels, Josh Cerefice, Craig Stephen Copland, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Mark Wardecker, David Marcum, Kevin P. Thornton, Tim Symonds, Tom Turley, David MacGregor, Andrew Bryant, Hugh Ashton, a poem by Alisha Shea, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXIII: 2022 Annual (1896-1919)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Monday, May 30, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXII: 2022 Annual (1888-1895)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with this second of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXII featuring contributions from: Hal Glatzer, Arianna Fox, Terry Golledge, David Marcum, Craig Janacek, James Gelter, Mike Hogan, Arthur Hall, Tracy J. Revels, Will Murray, Roger Riccard, Tim Symonds, Wayne Anderson, Alan Dimes, Mike Chinn, Paul Hiscock, Ian Ableson, a poem by Kevin Patrick McCann, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXII: 2022 Annual (1888-1895)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

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