"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."

Thursday, May 23, 2024

No Holidays for Sherlock Holmes (2024)

A collection of new Holmes short stories themed around holidays with an introduction by Nicholas Meyer.

From the creative team that brought you the Sherlock Holmes: A Year of Mystery series comes an all new anthology featuring Sherlock Holmes stories that connect to holidays throughout the year. 
This anthology features some of the best known Sherlock Holmes authors today including David Marcum, Katy Darby, Geri Schear, Shelby Phoenix, Steve Herczeg, Will Murray, Greg Maughn, S.F. Bennett, Kevin Thornton, Derrick Belanger, Lee Shackleford, Hassan Akram, David Stuart Davies, and Gustavo Bondoni 
Plus, a cover by The Strand and Sherlock Holmes: a Year of Mystery artist Jeffrey McKeever! 
Introduction by Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven Percent Solution.

Title: No Holidays for Sherlock Holmes
Author: Richard T. Ryan (editor)
Year: 2024
Publisher: Belanger Books
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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes (1980)

Having had Holmes battle Dracula in an earlier novel, Loren D. Estleman next paired the great detective with Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. A strange case indeed.

"It is a business most dark and sinister, and before it is finished, I fear that more than one life may be ruined...."

Sherlock Holmes was right, as the savage murder of Sir Danvers Carew later proved. With Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes has already encountered the evil young hedonistic Edward Hyde and knew he was strangely connected with Henry Jekyll, the wealthy, respectable London doctor. It was not until the Queen herself requested it, however, that Holmes was officially on the case, the blackest mystery of his career! Although Robert Louis Stevenson published his tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as fiction, the hideous facts were true insofar as Stevenson knew them. Here, finally, is the entire firsthand account of that devilish crime as recorded by Dr. Watson, with an explanation of why Holmes's personal involvement had to be kept secret––until now....

Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes
Author: Loren D. Estleman
Year: 1980 (first published 1979)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Monday, April 22, 2024

A Taste For Honey (1964)

First published in 1941, A Taste For Honey was one of the very first Holmes pastiches. The plot features a mysterious retired beekeeper who goes by the name of "Mr. Mycroft." While the original intent seems to be that this is Sherlock himself, later publishers packaged the book as a "Mycroft Holmes Mystery." Two more Mr. Mycroft adventures followed: Reply Paid (1945) and The Notched Hairpin (1949).

MURDERED...BY BEES? 
Who is Mr. Mycroft? The true identity of this magnificent, inscrutable old gentleman is a deep secret–but there are echoes of Baker Street in his voice, and a familiar gleam in his eyes that miss no clue.
In A Taste for Honey, he meets one of the most sinister murderers of all time, and encounters one of the most fiendishly ingenious murder methods ever devised. 

Title: A Taste For Honey
Author: H.F. Heard
Year: 1964
Publisher: Lancer
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Friday, March 29, 2024

Eliminate The Impossible (2024)

For release in April, a collection of six Sherlock Holmes tales from Paula Hammond that challenge the possible.

Eliminate the Impossible collects six canonical tales in which Holmes and Watson encounter mummies, angels, phantoms, invisible assassins, and arcane machines ... or so it might appear to those without a carefully stocked brain attic. 
From Medieval London, to the snow-capped mountains Turkey, from dusty Admiralty vaults, to the glitz and glamour of the Orient Express, from the days of fledgling friendship, to the backdrop of World War I, this new collection invites you to celebrate deduction, forensic science, and logic ... and Eliminate the Impossible.

Title: Sherlock Holmes Eliminate The Impossible
Author: Paula Hammond
Year: 2024
Publisher: MX Publishers
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Monday, March 4, 2024

Hounds of the Hollywood Baskervilles (2024)

A wholly unique take on a "Holmes" mystery from Elizabeth Crowens. This is Book One of the "Babs Norman Hollywood Mystery" series. You can read an interview with the author at Dan Andriacco's Baker Street Beat.

Asta, the dog from the popular Thin Man series, has vanished, and production for his next film is pending. MGM Studios offers a huge reward, and that's exactly what young private detectives Babs Norman and Guy Brandt need for their struggling business to survive. Celebrity dognapping is now a growing trend. When the police and city pound ridicule Basil Rathbone and ask, "Sherlock Holmes has lost his dog?" Basil also hires the B. Norman Agency to find his missing Cocker Spaniel.

The three concoct a plan for Basil to assume his on-screen persona and round up possible suspects, including Myrna Loy and William Powell; Dashiell Hammett, creator of The Thin Man; Nigel Bruce, Basil's on-screen Doctor Watson; Hollywood-newcomer, German philanthropist and film financier Countess Velma von Rache, and the top animal trainers in Tinseltown. Yet everyone will be in for a shock when the real reason behind the canine disappearances is even more sinister than imagined.


Title: Hounds of the Hollywood Baskervilles
Author: Elizabeth Crowens
Year: 2024
Publisher: Level Best - Historia
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Thursday, February 1, 2024

The Loch Ness Horror (2022)

The adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his American daughter, Lucy James, continue in this 32nd book.

A shadowy ruin. A monstrous plot. And unless Sherlock and Lucy can stop an evil mastermind, thousands of innocent lives will end in horror.

July, 1900. The Baker Street team travels to Inverness, Scotland, home to the Scottish whiskey trade, the Highland Games, and the fabled castle of the infamous King Macbeth. But they have no plans for sightseeing. They are searching for the murderers who kidnapped one of their allies, and who are using millions of dollars worth of stolen bonds to fund a deadly attack on thousands of innocent citizens. Unless the murderers are stopped, the entire British government may fall.

Their search leads to a haunted ruin on the shores of a vast and mysterious lake, the largest in all of Great Britain. There, the danger intensifies, and soon the Baker Street Team must face the full force of the horror they have uncovered.

Will they act in time to save thousands of unsuspecting citizens? Or will they meet a monstrous end beneath the cold and merciless depths of Loch Ness?


Title: The Loch Ness Horror
Author: Anna Elliott & Charles Veley
Year: 2022
Publisher: Independently Published
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Thursday, January 11, 2024

The Vanishing White Elephant (1945)

Another Holmes radio pastiche starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

The Vanishing White Elephant is the 6th episode of season 6 of the American radio series The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It first aired on WOR-MBS (the Mutual Network) on October 8, 1945. 

Monday, January 1, 2024

New Year's Eve off the Scilly Isles (1947)

Let's start the New Year with something a little different but still in our wheelhouse of Holmes pastiche. This original radio drama, New Year's Eve off the Scilly Isles, finds Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson racing to save a luxury liner from destruction. It first aired on December 28, 1947. Enjoy.

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from 1939 to 1950. The series was based on the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. For most of the show's run, the program starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Other actors played Holmes and Watson in later seasons.

Friday, December 22, 2023

Holmes For The Holidays (1996)

Fourteen original Sherlock Holmes stories, each with a Christmas holiday setting or theme. Authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle. Berkley also published a second volume, More Holmes For The Holidays.

Arthur Conan Doyles's Sherlock Holmes has been solving cases and amazing fans for more than a century. Now, today's best mystery writers have gathered together to present fourteen original Holmes stories in one thrilling collection. Each story features Holmes and Dr. Watson, festively solving the darkest of crimes in the brightest of seasons.
The Watch Night Bell by Anne Perry
The Sleuth of Christmas Past by Barbara Paul
A Scandal in Winter by Gillian Linscott
The Adventure in Border Country by Gwen Moffat
The Adventure of the Three Ghosts by Loren D. Estleman
The Adventure of the Canine Ventriloquist by Jon. L. Breen
The Adventure of the Man Who Never Laughed by J.N. Williamson
The Yuletide Affair by John Stoessel
The Adventure of the Christmas Tree by William L. DeAndrea
The Adventure of the Christmas Ghost by Bill Crider
The Thief of Twelfth Night by Edward Wellen
The Italian Sherlock Holmes by Reginald Hill
The Christmas Client by Edward D. Hoch
The Adventure of the Angel's Trumpet by Carolyn Wheat, ASH

Title: Holmes For The Holidays
Author: Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, Carol-Lynn Waugh (editors)
Year: 1996
Publisher: Berkley
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Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Shadow of the Rat (1999)

Sherlockian scholar David Stuart Davies tackles the infamous Giant Rat of Sumatra in his third Holmes pastiche.

When a body is found floating in the river - a body that has been deliberately infected with the plague virus - Holmes and Watson find themselves seeking answers at The Bridge of Dreams, a club where a person's darkest wish can be granted - for a price. Holmes falls under the control of a will stronger than his own, which threatens the life of his closest friend Watson and leaves the government itself open to a deadly terror ... the monstrous Giant Rat of Sumatra!

Title: The Shadow of the Rat
Author: David Stuart Davies
Year: 1999
Publisher: Calabash Press
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