Saturday, July 24, 2021

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Elusive Ear (2021)

Sherlock Holmes meets Vincent van Gogh in the pastiche by David MacGregor.

London. December 1888. The notorious and as-yet undiscovered genius, Vincent van Gogh, presents Sherlock Holmes with a most unusual case. Aided by his partner Dr. Watson and his paramour Irene Adler, the trio embark on a rousing adventure and find themselves confronting the evil daughter of Professor Moriarty. Aided by Oscar Wilde, the world's greatest detective attempts to solve one of the most audacious crimes of the Victorian era and uncover a Post-Impressionist conspiracy.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Elusive Ear
Author: David MacGregor
Year: 2021
Publisher: MX Publishing
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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Return of Moriarty (1981)

First published in 1974, this is a 1981 U.S. Berkley paperback edition of John Gardner's The Return of Moriarty. The series cover art ties it in with Berkley's Conan Doyle paperbacks, making is appear pseudo-canonical. Gardner would pen a sequel, The Revenge of Moriarty.

London is in a terror. The streets are filled with dippers, makers and bullies of every description, all collecting "contributions for the Professor." But Holmes saw Professor Moriarty swept over a waterfall in Switzerland! Could it be that Europe's Master Criminal somehow survived, and has returned to battle Holmes again in the greatest crime due of all time? It could indeed.

Title: The Return of Moriarty
Author: John Gardner
Year: 1981 (first published 1974)
Publisher: Berkley
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Saturday, June 26, 2021

An East Wind Coming (1979)

This Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper adventure by sci-fi author Arthur Byron Cover is set two million years in the future. The stunning cover art is by legendary fantasy artist Boris Vallejo.

IN THE GOLDEN CITY OF THE GODS, THE LEGENDS LIVE
It was two million years in the future and they were immortal––Holmes, Watson, all the Great Ones. With nothing to master but limitless Time. 
But that was before the killing began, before the world's greatest sleuth discovered that history's most heinous criminal was also "alive" and steeping the East End of the Eternal City in the blood of goddesses. 
Somehow they had to stop him from wielding his antimatter blade. But the puzzle's solution would be less than elementary––and much more bizarre than even Holmes could envision––for an Eternity to come.

Title: An East Wind Coming
Author: Arthur Byron Cover
Year: 1979
Publisher: Berkley Books
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Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Only One in the World (2021)

A unique approach to Holmes pastiche edited by Narrelle M. Harris.

'Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I'm a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is.' - Sherlock Holmes to Dr John Watson, A Study in Scarlet. 
Since his first appearance in 1887, Sherlock Holmes has been the quintessential English sleuth, alongside his loyal companion and biographer, Doctor John Watson. 
But what if they had come from some other place in the world, or another time? How would they differ from Conan Doyle's creations? How similar might they remain? 
Holmes and Watson are herein re-imagined in new cultural contexts, in different genders and sexualities, and in stories rich in foreign detail that still reflect their origins. 
Fourteen writers with cultural or historic expertise explore the possibilities in stories set in Germany, C17th England, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Russia, India, Poland, USA, Ancient Egypt, Viking Iceland, and even the entire world. 
You will discover how the Great Detective remains singular in every world!

Title: The Only One in the World: A Sherlock Holmes Anthology
Author: Narrelle M. Harris (editor)
Year: 2021
Publisher: Clan Destine Press
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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sherlock Holmes and the Sacred Sword (1980)

Frank Thomas' follow-up to his first Holmes pastiche Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Bird. The image of Holmes on the cover is Alfred Burke from a revival of the Gillette play in 1952. Watson, of course, is Nigel Bruce. The book was reissued with new cover art in 1985.

THE SWORD UNSHEATHED 
A dying man arrives at 221B Baker Street. . . .
An eccentric burglar scandalizes Sussex. . . .
The legendary sword of the prophet Mohammed surfaces,
then disappears. . . . 
This bizarre sequence of events propels Sherlock Holmes and Watson on a strange odyssey, from Baker Street to the back canals of Venice, from Berlin to exotic Egypt and the Valley of the Kings––in search of the sacred sword and a false prophet who threatens to trigger a Holy War in the Middle East––unless Sherlock Holmes stops him in time.
In the great tradition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, another rare tale of intrigue, deductive reasoning, and confounding mystery to delight and tantalize Sherlock Holmes fans around the world. 

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Sacred Sword
Author: Frank Thomas
Year: 1980
Publisher: Pinnacle
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Saturday, April 24, 2021

The Scarlet Thread of Murder (2015)

Two Sherlock Holmes novellas by Luke Kuhns collected into one volume. (Or possibly three novellas, I see conflicting information on Amazon.)

The Scarlet Thread of Murder: Three seemingly separate crimes, three detectives. A mysterious stalker is on the loose in London known only as the Goblin Man and his sights are set on a wealthy businessman, David Daniels. A horrific explosion rips through Whitechapel Underground Station and the prime suspect is a Jewish anarchist. And a Mrs Clara Edwards is searching for her missing lover, Philias Jackson. What connects these three? It's a dangerous and complex game that connects Sherlock Holmes, Investigator Martin Hewitt, and former Ripper investigator and head of H Division Edmund Reid. 
A Scandal in America: In 1888 Mr Sherlock Holmes was beat by Irene Adler aka the Woman. After her marriage to Godfrey Norton she left London. Two years later her husband is found dead in his New York office, apparently having committed suicide. Irene Adler believes it to be staged, unable to accept Norton capable of such an end. There is one person, if any, who she can turned to: Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson are headed to America where they must dive into the mysterious life of Godfrey Norton to learn how and why he died. No one is ready for what they learn.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Thread of Murder
Author: Luke Benjamen Kuhns
Year: 2015
Publisher: MX Publishing
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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

As It Might Have Been (1998)

A collection of Sherlockian parodies "from unlikely sources" collected by Robert C.S. Adey.

Ellery Queen once described the difference between pastiche and parody: 'A pastiche is a serious and sincere imitation in the exact manner of the original author. But writers of parodies, which are humorous or satirical take-offs, have no such reverent scruples. They usually strive for the weirdest possible distortions, and many ingenious travesties have been conceived.' 
AS IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN is all about those distortions and ingenious travesties: the collection brings together some thirty-eight examples, most of which have not seen the light of day since their first publication in obscure magazines. 
The reader will encounter Herlock Sholmes, Sheer Luck, Padlock Jones, Hemlock Coombs, and many others, including a delightful parody of a Conan Doyle ROUND THE RED LAMP story. But all of these pieces were written with one character in mind—the never to be forgotten Sherlock Holmes. As such, they may be regarded as a tribute to the creator and the created. 
Join us then, as Sherlock Holmes (or whichever character he appears to be at the time) investigates 'The Great Security Bank Mystery', 'The Reigate Road Murder', 'The Marischal Manor Mystery', 'The Omnibus Murder', and a host of other unusual cases. This splendid collection has been gathered for our pleasure by Robert Adey, whose leisure hours, as will be apparent, were spent collecting and trawling through long-forgotten magazines and periodicals. 
SHERLOCKIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS: This volume could seriously heighten apoplexy!

Title: As It Might Have Been
Author: Robert C.S. Adey
Year: 1998
Publisher: Calabash Press
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Monday, March 15, 2021

My Dearest Holmes (1988)

A pastiche in which Watson reveals his true sexuality and (unrequited?) love for Sherlock Holmes. Made up of two stories; the first is an original tale and the second is a retelling of The Final Problem from this new perspective. Recently released in a 30th Anniversary Edition.

... The accounts of these cases are too bound up with events in my personal life which, although they may provide a plausible commentary to much of my dealings with Mr Sherlock Holmes, can never be made public while he or I remain alive... 
Although Dr Watson is known for recording some sixty of his adventures with the celebrated Sherlock Holmes, he also wrote other reminiscences of their long friendship which were never intended for publication during their lifetimes. Rescued from oblivion by Rohase Piercy, here are two previously unknown stories about the great detective and his companion, throwing a fresh light upon their famous partnership, and helping to explain much which has puzzled their devotees. Together Holmes and Watson face disturbing revelations as they investigate the case of the Queen Bee; and we finally learn what actually happened at the Reichenbach Falls and the real reasons which lay behind Holmes' faked death and his subsequent return.

Title: My Dearest Holmes
Author: Rohase Piercy
Year: 1988
Publisher: Gay Men's Press
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