"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."

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (2022)

Mrs. Hudson takes center stage in this adventure first published in 2004. Part of a five book series of Mrs. Hudson adventures.

What if Baker Street’s most gifted resident wasn't named Sherlock Holmes? What if, instead, that title belonged to his unassuming housekeeper, Mrs.Hudson? Playfully breaking with convention, Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse brings a fresh twist to the classic Victorian mystery. 
An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of the East London neighborhood of Limehouse. A group of merchants are dying one by one. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, the team of Holmes and Dr Watson. But the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam, will also be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?

Title: Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse
Author: Martin Davies
Year: 2022 (first published 2004)
Publisher: Canelo US
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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Sherlock Holmes in Oz (2021)

Here's a crossover that I never expected to see. And now that I'm seeing it, I still don't believe it! But I guess there's no place like home.

Gary Lovisi presents a new Sherlock Holmes adventure set in the magical land of Oz, as Holmes and Watson take on their most fantastic case—the Red Poppy Menace! Sure to delight all fans of both Sherlock Holmes and Oz, this edition is profusely illustrated by Lucille Cali.

Title: Sherlock Holmes in Oz
Author: Gary Lovisi
Year: 2021
Publisher: Wildside Press
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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley (1986)

Stanley Shaw's follow-up to his first Holmes pastiche, Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test. Unlike that first book, it appears this was only published as a hardcover.

The sensation of 1887 is the visit to London of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The exploits of Buffalo Bill, Chief Red Shirt and the sharpshooting Annie Oakley are exciting everyone's imagination. But not that of Sherlock Holmes. Not even Doctor Watson's enthusiasm for the visitors can, it seems, save Holmes from the clutches of one of his profound depressions. Until, that is, a telegram arrives to summon the Great Detective to Windsor Great Park and a baffling mystery which will involve Holmes and Watson in the affairs of Annie Oakley, The 'Peerless Lady Wing-Shot' herself...

Title: Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley
Author: Stanley Shaw
Year: 1986
Publisher: W.H. Allen
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Monday, June 6, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXIII: 2022 Annual (1896-1919)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with the third of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXIII featuring contributions from: Terry Golledge, Naching T. Kassa, Susan Knight, Martin Daley, Dan Rowley, Marcia Wilson, Tracy J. Revels, Josh Cerefice, Craig Stephen Copland, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Mark Wardecker, David Marcum, Kevin P. Thornton, Tim Symonds, Tom Turley, David MacGregor, Andrew Bryant, Hugh Ashton, a poem by Alisha Shea, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXIII: 2022 Annual (1896-1919)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Monday, May 30, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXII: 2022 Annual (1888-1895)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with this second of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXII featuring contributions from: Hal Glatzer, Arianna Fox, Terry Golledge, David Marcum, Craig Janacek, James Gelter, Mike Hogan, Arthur Hall, Tracy J. Revels, Will Murray, Roger Riccard, Tim Symonds, Wayne Anderson, Alan Dimes, Mike Chinn, Paul Hiscock, Ian Ableson, a poem by Kevin Patrick McCann, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXII: 2022 Annual (1888-1895)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXI: 2022 Annual (1875-1887)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with this first of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXI featuring contributions from: Sean Wright, John Lawrence, I.A. Watson, Kevin Patrick McCann, Arthur Hall, Tim Symonds, Tracy J. Revels, Susan Knight, Hal Glatzer, Thomas Burns, Geri Schear, David Marcum, Robert Stapleton, Gordon Linzner, David MacGregor, Terry Golledge, DJ Tyrer, Steven Herczeg, Dan Rowley, a poem by Kelvin I. Jones, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum. 
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXI: 2022 Annual (1875-1887)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A House Of Mirrors (2021)

The first in a series of Mrs. Hudson & Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Liz Hedgecock.

When Nell Villiers' policeman husband vanishes on a routine case, her life is wrecked. Placed under protection by Inspector Lestrade, Nell is ripped from her old life and her own secret police work. Instead she must live as a widow, Mrs Hudson, in a safe house: 221B Baker Street.  
Two years on, with the case still unsolved, Nell vows to defy Lestrade and use her skills to discover what happened. She takes a lodger to cover her tracks: a young man called Sherlock Holmes. Before long, he is working on her case – and Nell is assisting him.  
But as Nell delves into her past she raises ghosts whom one person would rather keep buried. Will she face danger, and risk her new life in the process?  
'It's always been fun before – but now the police are the enemy...’  
A House of Mirrors is the first book in the Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes series, which documents life at 221B Baker Street from Nell Hudson’s point of view.

Title: A House Of Mirrors
Author: Liz Hedgecock
Year: 2021
Publisher: White Rhino Books 
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Monday, April 11, 2022

Observations by Gaslight (2021)

Sherlockian Lyndsay Faye returns with a collection of Holmes stories told from various points of view.  Faye was recently interviewed on the excellent However Improbable podcast

A new collection of Sherlockian tales that shows the Great Detective and his partner, Watson, as their acquaintances saw them

Lyndsay Faye―international bestseller, translated into fifteen languages, and a two-time Edgar Award nominee―first appeared on the literary scene with Dust and Shadow, her now-classic novel pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper, and later produced The Whole Art of Detection, her widely acclaimed collection of traditional Watsonian tales. Now Faye is back with Observations by Gaslight, a thrilling volume of both new and previously published short stories and novellas narrated by those who knew the Great Detective.

Beloved adventuress Irene Adler teams up with her former adversary in a near-deadly inquiry into a room full of eerily stopped grandfather clocks. Learn of the case that cemented the lasting friendship between Holmes and Inspector Lestrade, and of the tragic crime which haunted the Yarder into joining the police force. And witness Stanley Hopkins’ first meeting with the remote logician he idolizes, who will one day become his devoted mentor.

From familiar faces like landlady Mrs. Hudson to minor characters like Lomax the sub-librarian, Observations by Gaslight―entirely epistolary, told through diaries, telegrams, and even grocery lists―paints a masterful portrait of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you have never seen them before.


Title: Observations by Gaslight
Author: Lyndsay Faye
Year: 2021
Publisher: Mysterious Press
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