"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."

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXI: 2022 Annual (1875-1887)

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

Part XXXI featuring contributions from: Sean Wright, John Lawrence, I.A. Watson, Kevin Patrick McCann, Arthur Hall, Tim Symonds, Tracy J. Revels, Susan Knight, Hal Glatzer, Thomas Burns, Geri Schear, David Marcum, Robert Stapleton, Gordon Linzner, David MacGregor, Terry Golledge, DJ Tyrer, Steven Herczeg, Dan Rowley, a poem by Kelvin I. Jones, 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 XXXI: 2022 Annual (1875-1887)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A House Of Mirrors (2021)

The first in a series of Mrs. Hudson & Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Liz Hedgecock.

When Nell Villiers' policeman husband vanishes on a routine case, her life is wrecked. Placed under protection by Inspector Lestrade, Nell is ripped from her old life and her own secret police work. Instead she must live as a widow, Mrs Hudson, in a safe house: 221B Baker Street.  
Two years on, with the case still unsolved, Nell vows to defy Lestrade and use her skills to discover what happened. She takes a lodger to cover her tracks: a young man called Sherlock Holmes. Before long, he is working on her case – and Nell is assisting him.  
But as Nell delves into her past she raises ghosts whom one person would rather keep buried. Will she face danger, and risk her new life in the process?  
'It's always been fun before – but now the police are the enemy...’  
A House of Mirrors is the first book in the Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes series, which documents life at 221B Baker Street from Nell Hudson’s point of view.

Title: A House Of Mirrors
Author: Liz Hedgecock
Year: 2021
Publisher: White Rhino Books 
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Monday, April 11, 2022

Observations by Gaslight (2021)

Sherlockian Lyndsay Faye returns with a collection of Holmes stories told from various points of view.  Faye was recently interviewed on the excellent However Improbable podcast

A new collection of Sherlockian tales that shows the Great Detective and his partner, Watson, as their acquaintances saw them

Lyndsay Faye―international bestseller, translated into fifteen languages, and a two-time Edgar Award nominee―first appeared on the literary scene with Dust and Shadow, her now-classic novel pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper, and later produced The Whole Art of Detection, her widely acclaimed collection of traditional Watsonian tales. Now Faye is back with Observations by Gaslight, a thrilling volume of both new and previously published short stories and novellas narrated by those who knew the Great Detective.

Beloved adventuress Irene Adler teams up with her former adversary in a near-deadly inquiry into a room full of eerily stopped grandfather clocks. Learn of the case that cemented the lasting friendship between Holmes and Inspector Lestrade, and of the tragic crime which haunted the Yarder into joining the police force. And witness Stanley Hopkins’ first meeting with the remote logician he idolizes, who will one day become his devoted mentor.

From familiar faces like landlady Mrs. Hudson to minor characters like Lomax the sub-librarian, Observations by Gaslight―entirely epistolary, told through diaries, telegrams, and even grocery lists―paints a masterful portrait of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you have never seen them before.

Title: Observations by Gaslight
Author: Lyndsay Faye
Year: 2021
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Case of the Baker Street Irregular (1981)

Robert Newman's tale of a budding "Baker Street Irregular" kicked off a series of books featuring the exploits of young Andrew and Sara. Only this first book featured Holmes. First published in 1978, this is the 1981 Bantam paperback edition.

A mysterious, broken-nosed cabby, a beautiful actress, and a villainous art heist have one thing in common—but the only one man who knows what it is has methods that are a little, shall we say . . . irregular 
Late Victorian London: home to gas streetlights, bands of ragged urchins, and now, young Andrew Craigie, who recently arrived from a tiny Cornwall village with his stern guardian, Mr. Dennison. At first the city feels dark and unwelcoming, but just around the corner is bustling Baker Street, where Andrew meets his first friend, Sara. Before long, London becomes downright interesting. 
But things get a little too exciting one night when Mr. Dennison doesn’t come home, and suddenly Andrew is on his own. Whom can he turn to in a strange city? Frantic, he goes to the tall, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing man at 221B, a man who Sara says is a famous detective—a man named Mr. Holmes.

Title: The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
Author: Robert Newman
Year: 1981 (first published 1978)
Publisher: Bantam
Purchase: Amazon

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (1954)

The first official Sherlock Holmes continuation was this collections of new stories penned by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr. The stories were first published in LIFE and Collier's. This is the U.S. hardcover published in 1954.

A NEW collection of Sherlock Holmes adventures, never before published in book form, based on unsolved cases from the original stories.
The Adventure of THE SEVEN CLOCKS
The Adventure of THE GOLD HUNTER
The Adventure of THE WAX GAMBLERS
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 TE DARK ANGLES
The Adventure of THE RED WIDOW

Title: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Adrian Conan Doyle & John Dickson Carr
Year: 1954
Publisher: Random House

Monday, February 21, 2022

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Alan Arnold's novelization of the 1985 movie produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Nicholas Rowe as Holmes and Alan Cox as his friend and schoolmate John Watson.

On his first murder case, a brilliant schoolboy is swept into a perilous adventure! 
When his friend the eccentric professor mysteriously dies, sixteen year-old Holmes suspects of play. The eager detective drags his new friend Watson through London't dark alleys and over the rooftops, braving disaster––and even death––to capture a tricky, powerful foe!

It's a shame Pocket Books didn't use the actual movie poster art (below) for the cover of their novelization. Always loved it.

For a very good review of this novelization, check out Cult Film Club.

Title: Young Sherlock Holmes
Author: Alan Arnold
Year: 1985
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Sword of Death (2022)

The second Holmes adventure from Sherlockian Dan Andriacco.

A headless corpse, a houseful of high society suspects, a mysterious servant, and a woman in danger. Sherlock Holmes is on the case in one of his most baffling and bizarre adventures! 
The horrific sight that greeted us is one that I shall never forget. Seven swords hung by their handle guards. Two hooks for holding additional swords were empty, but one of them was not far away. Covered with drying blood, it lay on the bottom of the concealed space next to a severed head oozing gore. 
This follow-up to the critically acclaimed House of the Doomed presents another new mystery in the traditional style of Arthur Conan Doyle, as only Dan Andriacco can capture it!

Title: The Sword of Death
Author: Dan Andriacco
Year: 2022
Publisher: Wessex Press
Purchase: Gasogene Books

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula (2021)

Sherlock Holmes once again tangles with the Count from Transylvania in this first volume of The Classified Dossier.

In this thrilling supernatural mystery, Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula must join forces to banish a terrible enemy... 
Sherlock Holmes is dead. His body lies in a solitary grave on the Sussex Downs, England. But Dr. Watson survives, and is now given permission to release tales in Sherlock’s ‘classified dossier’, those cases that are, dear reader, unbelievable – for their subject matter is of the most outrĂ© and grotesque nature. 
In this thrilling first installment of The Classified Dossier, a Transylvanian nobleman called Count Dracula arrives at Baker Street seeking the help of Sherlock Holmes, for his beloved wife Mina has been kidnapped. 
But Dracula is a client like no other and Sherlock and Watson must confront – despite the wild, unbelievable notion – the existence of vampires. And before long, Sherlock, Watson and their new vampire allies must work together to banish a powerful enemy growing in the shadows….

Title: Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula
Author: Christian Klaver
Year: 2021
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

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