Saturday, March 23, 2019

The Whitechapel Horrors (1992)

An epic Holmes novels that not only tells the story of Jack the Ripper, but also encompasses into its timeline canonical adventures such as The Hound of the Baskervilles. An ambitious and very well done Holmes pastiche.

Grotesque murders are being committed on the streets of Whitechapel. Sherlock Holmes comes to believe the murders are the skillful work of one man, a man who earns the gruesome epithet of Jack the Ripper. As the investigation proceeds, Holmes realizes that the true identity of the Ripper puts much more at stake than merely catching a killer––the most fundamental British institutions may very well be threatened. He is faced with the most difficult decision he has ever made, a crisis of conscience that shakes him to his very core. Holmes must decide where his allegiance truly lies––with his code of honor as a detective and champion of justice, or with his strong feelings of patriotism and love of England. 
The Whitechapel Horror is vintage Holmes, a ripping goo mystery worthy of the great detective and his eminent creator.

Title: The Whitechapel Horror
Author: Edward B. Hanna
Year: 1992 (paperback published 1993)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess (2015)

It was inevitable. "The Great Detective in Love" series! Behold book one.

Mirabella Hudson soon learns that the Great Detective has more in store for her than washing jars and labeling specimens: pistol shooting, fencing, boxing, and Jiu-Jitsu. This she can master, but Mirabella must face the greatest horror of all: Miss de Beauvais' Finishing School for Distinguished Young Ladies. 
Sherlock Holmes gets more than he bargained for when he hires his landlady's young ward to keep his laboratory in order. Mrs. Hudson's niece might be clever, but Mirabella Hudson is insubordinate, talks too much, is an accident waiting to happen--and, worst of all, is distractingly pretty. 
Unfortunately, 'pretty' is just what Sherlock Holmes needs. 
Sherlock might be a master of disguise, but pretty he is not. The Great Detective requires a female operative to go under cover at London's premier finishing school where Princess Elena Petrovic-Njegos of Montenegro is a client--and the target of an assassination plot. If the inexperienced Miss Hudson and her employer do not succeed in saving the princess, there is trouble brewing across the globe leading to war on a massive scale. Montenegro is a small Serbian country, but she has among her allies the Mother Russia. 
One unsuccessful case could ruin this young detective's career before it starts. Above all, Sherlock must have work. Work is the blood in his veins. Work is life. 
The game is afoot! And there can be no greater puzzle than what he receives in the form of one Mirabella Hudson--who might stump even Sherlock Holmes.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Sword Princess
Author: Suzette Hollingsworth
Year: 2015
Publisher: Icicle Ridge Graphics
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells (2017)

Sherlock Holmes dabbles in science fiction in stories penned by various Sherlockian pastiche authors. Released concurrently with a Volume 2.

The World's Greatest Detective in the Realms of the Master of Science Fiction! 
Imagine Holmes trying to solve the case of an invisible man attacking London - matching wits with a traveler from out of time - tracking down a human/feline hybrid - using his deductive skills to help fight Martian and lunar invaders! These are just some of the stories included in Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells. 
This one-of-a-kind two volume anthology features traditional Sherlock Holmes stories blended with one or more tales from H.G. Wells including • The War of the Worlds • The Island of Dr. Moreau • The First Men in the Moon • The Time Machine • The Invisible Man • The New Accelerator • The Man Who Could Work Miracles • The Country of the Blind • And many more!!

Title: Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells
Author: Derrick Belanger, C. Edwards Davis (editors)
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
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Monday, February 18, 2019

Sherlock Holmes: The Lost Radio Scripts (2017)

I'm not sure if this qualifies as "pastiche", but it's certainly worth adding to any collection of lost Holmes tales. And that cover!

For seven years, beginning in 1939, Basil Rathbone was Sherlock Holmes, not just in a successful series of fourteen films, but in almost 220 half hour radio shows as well. Sadly, many of those radio shows no longer exist and for much of the 1944-45 season not even the scripts could be found. Until now. Here are twelve of the scripts for those missing radio shows. Twelve adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, unheard of and unread for over seventy years, written by Leslie Charteris, creator of Simon Templar The Saint, and Denis Green. Come with us now, for we have a Doctor's appointment. Let's go and listen to what Doctor Watson has to say...

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Lost Radio Scripts
Author: Leslie Charteris & Denis Green (Author), Ian Dickerson (Editor)
Year: 2017
Publisher: Purview Press
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Prisoner of the Devil (1979)

Hardcover edition of 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.

Not even the last-hope pleas of Alfred Dreyfus's wife can move Sherlock Holmes to take on the case of the unjustly accused artillery officer convicted of treason--until the aging Queen Victoria issues a direct command.

Title: Prisoner of the Devil
Author: Michael Hardwick
Year: 1979
Publisher: Protus
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Raleigh Legacy (1987)

The paperback edition of L.B. Greenwood's first Holmes pastiche. Jon L. Lellenburg said on behalf of the Conan Doyle Estate: "It is exactly the sort of faithful, straightforward, entertaining Sherlock Holmes mystery we like to see."

 
ONLY THE MASTER HIMSELF
COULD DECIPHER THE MYSTERIOUS LETTER
THAT WAS THE RALEIGH LEGACY
The mystery stretched back to Sir Walter Raleigh. His cryptic letter, with its mention of a great treasure, was the only legacy young Aleck Raleigh had. And for almost three centuries every Raleigh heir had sought the treasure. Now only Aleck is left in the somber, decaying mansion of Nightsead–with his stepfather, Mr. Moseley, a gaunt man filled with suspicions and secrets. 
And as the mystery deepened with the appearance of a vivacious American girl and strange events at Nightsead, it was sure to end with murder...a devious, diabolical act that made this a case only the great Holmes could solve.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Raleigh Legacy
Author: L.B. Greenwood
Year: 1987 (first published 1986)
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

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