Saturday, January 23, 2021

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXII: Some More Untold Cases 1877-1887

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues...

Throughout the original Holmes Canon, there were hints and teases of other intriguing cases - The Giant Rat of Sumatra . . . The Abernetty Tragedy . . . The Manor House Case. Watson mentions well over one-hundred of these, which have collectively come to be known as The Untold Cases. Now, once again MX Publishing brings us sixty-four of these adventures in three simultaneously published volumes, with all royalties going to support the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's former homes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXII: Some More Untold Cases 1877-1887
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2020
Publisher: MX Publishing
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage (2019)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's third pastiche featuring the Holmes brothers. 

It is 1873, and as the economies of Europe threaten to crumble, Mycroft Holmes finds himself in service to the Crown once again. A distant relative of Queen Victoria has been slain by the Fire Four Eleven killer, a serial murderer who leaves no mark upon his victims, only a mysterious calling card. Meanwhile, Sherlock has already taken it upon himself to solve the case, as his interest in the criminal mind grows into an obsession.

Mycroft begrudgingly allows Sherlock to investigate, as Ai Lin--the woman he is still in love with--needs his aid. Her fiancé has been kidnapped, and the only man who might know his fate is a ruthless arms dealer with a reputation for killing those who cross him. Mycroft persuades his friend Cyrus Douglas to help find the young man, but Douglas himself is put in harm's way.

As Sherlock travels the country on the hunt for the Fire Four Eleven murderer, both he and Mycroft will discover that the greed of others is at the root of the evil they are trying to unearth...

Title: Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage
Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse
Year: 2019
Publisher: Titan Books
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Friday, January 1, 2021

Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons (2020)

The seventh pastiche from author James Lovegrove offers a continuation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.

New York Times bestselling author James Lovegrove's continues the story of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, as five years later, another monstrous creature stalks across Dartmoor... 
1894. The monstrous Hound of the Baskervilles has been dead for five years, along with its no less monstrous owner, the naturalist Jack Stapleton. Sir Henry Baskerville is living contentedly at Baskerville Hall with his new wife Audrey and their three-year-old son Harry. 
Until, that is, Audrey's lifeless body is found on the moors, drained of blood. It would appear some fiendish creature is once more at large on Dartmoor and has, like its predecessor, targeted the unfortunate Baskerville family. 
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are summoned to Sir Henry's aid, and our heroes must face a marauding beast that is the very stuff of nightmares. It seems that Stapleton may not have perished in the Great Grimpen Mire after all, as Holmes believed, and is hell-bent on revenge...

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons
Author: James Lovegrove
Year: 2020
Publisher: Titan Books

Monday, December 21, 2020

More Holmes For The Holidays (1999)

A follow-up to the popular Holmes For The Holidays. Eleven more original Sherlock Holmes stories, each with a Christmas setting or theme. Authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle.

In Holmes for the Holidays, today's best mystery writers featured Arthur Conan Doyle's inimitable Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in an anthology of original holiday whodunits. Berkley Prime Crime is proud to present More Holmes for the Holidays–in which the beloved duo the scene of the crime.
The Christmas Gift by Anne Perry
The Four Wise Men by Peter Lovesey
Eleemosynary, My Dear Watson by Barbara Paul
The Adventure of the Greatest Gift by Loren D. Estleman
The Case of the Rajah's Emerald by Carolyn Wheat
The Christmas Conspiracy by Edward D. Hoch
The Music of Christmas by L.B. Greenwood
The Adventure of the Christmas Bear by Bill Crider
The Adventure of the Naturalist's Stock Pin by Jon. L. Breen
The Adventure of the Second Violet by Daniel Stashower
The Human Mystery by Tanith Lee

Title: More Holmes For The Holidays
Author: Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, Carol-Lynn Waugh (editors)
Year: 1999 (paperback, 2001)
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: Amazon.

Friday, December 4, 2020

A Christmas Carol at 221B (2018)

Sherlock Holmes meets Ebeneezer Scrooge in this Christmas themed Holmes pastiche by Thomas Mann.

While Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson sit comfortably by their fireplace on the evening of December 24th of 1894, Dr. Watson’s memory of previous Christmas Eves draws forth an unexpected response from his companion. Holmes, normally very reticent to speak about his early life, meditatively recalls a particular incident that happened on the same date in his own past: that when he was a very young man, before ever meeting Watson, he had occasion to meet and to be of great service to none other than a very old Ebeneezer Scrooge.

Title: A Christmas Carol at 221B
Author: Thomas Mann
Year: 2018
Publisher: Creatspace

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Moriarty Papers (2011)

A clever concept for a pastiche is The Moriarty Papers "complied by Colonel Sebastian Moran." First released in 2011 by New Holland Publishers and later released by Ivy Press in 2018.

The infamous Professor James Moriarty is a brooding presence in all of the adventures of celebrated British detective Sherlock Holmes. Yet his actions are described only once in "The Final Problem", when he and Holmes wrestle on the brink of the Reichenbach Falls, and he gets scant mention in five other reports. So who exactly was Moriarty? A power-crazed mathematician, as described by Arthur Conan Doyle? The public face of an underground brotherhood? Or the cocaine-induced Hyde to Holmes' Jekyll? "The Moriarty Papers" hold the key. Assembled after Moriarty's death by his head of Security Operations, Colonel Sebastian Moran, these unique documents confirm Moriarty as the supervillain that Holmes took him for. Indeed, they reveal him to be a criminal mastermind. Read this book and discover the darkest of secrets of Sherlock Holmes's arch rival.

Title: The Moriarty Papers
Author: Colonel Sebastian Moran
Year: 2011
Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltds

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Good Night, Mr. Holmes (1990)

The first book in a popular series by Carole Nelson Douglas featuring the adventures of The Woman, the incomparable Irene Adler.

Miss Irene Adler, the beautiful American opera singer who once outwitted Sherlock Holmes, is also a superb detective, as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker can attest. Even Holmes himself must admit--albeit grudgingly--that she acquits herself competently. 
But in matters of the heart she encounters difficulty. The Crown Prince of Bohemia--tall, blonde, and handsome--proves to be a cad. Will dashing barrister Godfrey Norton be able to convince Irene that not all handsome men are cut from the same broadcloth?

Title: Good Night, Mr. Holmes
Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
Year: 1990
Publisher: Tor Books