Saturday, January 18, 2020

Prisoner of the Devil (1979)

"Sherlock Holmes and the Dreyfus Case." Michael Hardwick's first original Holmes pastiche. Hardwick also wrote the centennial Holmes novel The Revenge of the Hound and the novelization of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first UK hardcover from Protus.

1895. The eyes of the world are fixed on France. An obscure Jewish artillery officer is accused of selling military secrets to Germany... A desperate message is delivered to "The Court of Final Appeal" at a famous address in London's Baker Street...

Title: Prisoner of the Devil
Author: Michael Hardwick
Year: 1979
Publisher: Protus
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays (2012)

Not a Sherlock Holmes story per se, but a clever Holmesian pastiche nevertheless. Winner or the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Play.

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Title: The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays
Author: Ken Ludwig
Year: 2012
Publisher: Samuel French

Monday, December 16, 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon (2019)

A new Holmes for the holidays by James Lovegrove.

The new Sherlock Holmes novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Odin and Firefly - Big Damn Hero. 
It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit. 
Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick's calling card... 
Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound in mind, but it seems that something - or someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realise that no one is beyond suspicion.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon
Author: James Lovegrove
Year: 2019
Publisher: Titan Books
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk, Mechanical Men and Otherworldly Endeavours (2019)

The second volume of a collection of steampunk adventures of Sherlock Holmes complied and published by Derrick Belanger.

in the Retro Futuristic Realms of 
Imagine a slight change to our historical timeline where the Industrial Revolution heated up much quicker than expected. Technological marvels such as airships, trains, battleships, and submarines came into being much earlier. They were followed by steam-powered wonders such as mechanical men, flying ships, and even crafts capable of reaching the deepest fathoms of the sea or traveling to distant celestial orbs. 
That is the world where Sherlock Holmes and his Boswell, Dr. Watson find themselves in Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk
Mechanical Men and Otherworldly Endeavours - Volume two of the anthology features stories with a focus on robotic creatures and otherworldly adventures. See Holmes team up with intelligent animals from an alternate Earth, switch bodies with Dr. Watson, and travel to another dimension: 
The Adventure of the Purloined Piston Valve by L.S. Reinholt & Minerva Cerridwen
The Deductive Man by Paul Hiscock
The Adventure of the Tiger’s Topaz by Derrick Belanger
Sherlock Holmes and the Moongate Sabotage by Derek Nason 
The Adventure of the Brompton Mausoleum by Paula Hammond
A Second Case of Identity by S. Subramanian
Doctor Bear, I Presume! by Harry DeMaio
The Adventure of the Violent Violets by Dr. Watson

Title: Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk, Mechanical Men and Otherworldly Endeavours
Editor: Derrick Belanger
Year: 2019
Publisher: Belanger Books
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Study In Terror (1966)

One of the more novel novelizations is this adaptation the 1966 film A Study in Terror written by none other than Ellery Queen. The film starred John Neville as Holmes and Donald Houston as Dr. Watson and was released on this day in 1965.

The savage killer roamed the dark streets and alleys of London. No woman was safe from his swift, gory attacks as murder followed murder. No man could stop the menace or even guess the identity of the brute called . . . 
No man . . .  except Sherlock Holmes. 
Now it can be told––in this gripping modern thriller. Sherlock Holmes did stalk Jack the Ripper in 1888, and through a quirk of fate that is a mystery in itself, Ellery Queen follows in his footsteps in 1966. The two greatest detectives of all time match wits with each other––and together arrive at a solution that will stun you. 
WHO WAS JACK THE RIPPER? read the answer in this brand new, full authentic Sherlock Holmes adventure, by today's greatest living mystery writer, 
Title: A Study in Terror
Author: Ellery Queen
Year: 1966
Publisher: Lancer
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Holmes-Dracula File (1978)

For Halloween, here's a look back at Fred Saberhagen's The Holmes-Dracula File, the second book in his ten-book Dracula series. This is the first U.S. paperback edition.

From the writing of the late John H. Watson, M.D. 
It is with emotions doubly strange that I at last take up my pen to write the story involving the creature I have elsewhere referred to as the Giant Rat of Sumatra–a story, I may add that until quite recently I had thought likely would remain forever unrecorded . . . surely the most bizarre case in all the long and illustrious career of my friend Sherlock Holmes.
By Holmes' own instructions, it must go with some few private papers of his own, into the deepest vaults of the Oxford Street bank. There it is to remain for years or decades, for centuries if need be, until a mist singular password shall be presented for its removal . . . .
And so, at last:

Title: The Holmes-Dracula File
Author: Fred Saberhagen
Year: 1978
Publisher: ACE Science Fiction

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1977)

This is the 1977 movie tie-in edition of Nicholas Meyer's bestselling Holmes pastiche, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. The movie starred Nicol Williamson as Sherlock Holmes, Robert Duvall as Dr. Watson and Alan Arkin as Sigmund Freud.

Little could Dr. Watson believe that the pathetic figure huddle before him was the great detective Sherlock Holmes. Alas it was his old friend Holmes, but a Holmes in bondage – not to any arch villain – but to a 7% solution of cocaine and sterile water. Driven by the drug to wild ravings, Holmes had to be duped into rehabilitation – before it was too late....

Title: The Seven-Per-Cent Solution
Author: Nicholas Meyer
Year: 1977 (first published 1974)
Publisher: Ballantine
Purchase: Amazon.