"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."

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sherlock Holmes and The Escape Artist (2014)

Sherlock Holmes, Mary Watson and Harry Houdini join forces in a spiritualist debunking adventure. Fred Thursfiled has penned several other Holmes pastiche novels including: Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery Writer, Sherlock Holmes and The Discarded Cigarette, and Sherlock Holmes and the Terrible Secret.

Do Spirits Return?  
Sherlock Holmes, Mary Watson and Harry Houdini say 'No' and  prove it.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and The Escape Artist
Author: Fred Thursfiled
Year: 2014
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Adventure of the Peerless Peer (1976)

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet Tarzan? Sure, why not? It certainly makes for sensational cover art. The Adventure of the Peerless Peer was first published in hardcover by Aspen Press in 1974. This is the 1976 Dell paperback.

Holmes and Watson take to the skies in quest of the nefarious Von Bork and his weapon of dread––a night sky aerial engagement with the deadly Fokker nearly claims three brilliant lives––the astonishing careers of the two American air aces are illuminated––and an historic alliance is formed, whereby Baker Street's enigmatic mystery-solver and Greystoke, the Noble Savage, Peer of the Realm and Lord of the Jungle, team up to bring down the Hellish Hun!

Title: The Adventure of the Peerless Peer
Author: Philip Jose Farmer
Year: 1976 (first published 1974)
Publisher: Dell
Purchase: Amazon.

Check out the great site I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere for a related Holmes-Tarzan post: Sherlock Holmes vs. Tarzan — by the Numbers.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Exit Sherlock Holmes (1979)

Robert Lee Hall's Exit Sherlock Holmes offered up a sci-fi resolution to the mystery of Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. This is the 1979 U.S. paperback edition with nicely atmospheric cover art by Jordi Penalva.

Through the sounds and fogs of Victorian London and a tangled maze of deception, the resurrected Sherlock Holmes and his archenemy, the wicked Professor Moriarity, once again engage in a terrifying battle between good and evil. When the master sleuth decides to "disappear" in order to deal with the villain, his loyal assistant, Dr. Watson, frantically searches for him, traveling deep into Holmes' mysterious past, until he must face the shocking discovery that his old friend has lied to him for years about who he really is and where he comes from. Indeed, Watson learns the master's incredible lifelong secret–a truth which is, in the Great Detective's own words, "infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent."

Title: Exit Sherlock Holmes
Author: Robert Lee Hall
Year: 1979 (first published 1977)
Publisher: Playboy Press
Purchase: Amazon.com.

Friday, January 1, 2016

SHERLOCK: The Abominable Bride (2016)

I know this is blog devoted to literary Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but how can I not give a shout-out to tonight's airing of SHERLOCK: The Abominable Bride on PBS Masterpiece Mystery (U.S.) and BBC One (UK). For this one-off special, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock has been sent back to the Victorian era.

The title The Abominable Bride is a nod to one of the unrecorded adventures of Sherlock Holmes mentioned in the Conan Doyle story The Musgrave Ritual ("Ricoletti of the club-foot and his abominable wife"). So, yes, it is an adventure for which the world was not yet prepared...until tonight.

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