"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, August 25, 2016

Sherlock Holmes and the Titanic Tragedy (1996)

Sherlock Holmes was on the Titanic? Apparently so. How did he survive? For that you'll have to read this 1996 pastiche by William Seil.

The world of Sherlock Holmes and the great Titanic are closely linked in this exciting Sherlock Holmes adventure by William Seil, a life-long devotee of the great detective. In 1912, Holmes and Watson board the Titanic en route to America, where Holmes is to carry out a top secret government mission.
Disguised as a Naval Commodore, Holmes is given the added task of looking after Christine Norton – a young and attractive secret agent – as she transports highly important submarine plans to the US navy. Soon after departure, tragedy strikes and the plans are stolen and concealed somewhere on board the huge luxury liner. The list of suspects is narrowed down to the most curious collection of passengers including the beautiful widow with an undisguised interest in Dr. Watson. Most notable of them all is Colonel James Moriarty, brother of the legendary late Professor Moriarty. 
As the investigation continues and the plot thickens the Titanic movies swiftly across the Atlantic towards New York. But out of the distance there is a place where the sky is dark and the water is bitterly cold. A gigantic iceberg waits, ready to take on and master mankind's latest challenge to the power of nature.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Titanic Tragedy: A Case to Remember
Author: William Seil
Year: 1996
Publisher: Breese Books
Purchase: Amazon

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Adventure of the Frankenstein Monster (2006)

Not a great pastiche, but an irresistible pairing. Sherlock Holmes investigates the monster of Frankenstein. It's alive!

Victor Frankenstein creates life from the dead, alone, in his Geneva laboratory. His friend, Clerval, becomes concerned for Victor's health when he is suddenly missing and travels to London, England to consult 'privately' with old school mate, Dr. John Watson. Hearing a strange lie about events told to Watson, Sherlock Holmes takes it upon himself to delve into the strange particulars of the matter. Holmes, Watson and Frankenstein embark on a fantastic journey across the frozen wastelands of icy terror and helplessly observe as all around them meet their most gruesome death at the hands of the Frankenstein Monster.

Title: The Adventure of the Frankenstein Monster
Author: Don W. Baranowski
Year: 2006
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Adventure of the Deadly Illusion (2013)

Holmes investigates a magical murder mystery with the help of Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll.

Before 221b Baker Street, young Sherlock Holmes lodged in his rooms at Christ Church, Oxford. Before Dr. John H. Watson, Holmes was accompanied in his adventures by his college don, Rev. Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll (yes, Alice’s Lewis Carroll). And before the tin dispatch box with its trove of unpublished adventures, there was discovered, in an old leather document case, a most unusual manuscript, published now for the first time. 
Be prepared to enter the dark underworld of Victorian London - Seven Dials, Billingsgate, and the waterfront! A world peopled with murderers and magicians, royalty and rogues! 
A series of jewel thefts suddenly turns to murder. And Holmes and Dodgson are led from an old English manor through a magician's workshop beneath the mysterious Egyptian Hall to one of her majesty's most closely guarded secrets
"Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Deadly Illusion" is Victorian mystery at its tastiest.

Title: The Adventure of the Deadly Illusion
Author: Ron Brackin
Year: 2013
Publisher: W&B Publishers
Purchase: Amazon

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan (2015)

The first book in a "seriocomic " series of Holmes adventures set during the great detective's "great hiatus."

It’s 1893. King Kamehameha III of Hawaii declares Sovereignty Restoration Day ... Tension grows between China and Japan over Korea ... The Bengal Famine worsens ... A brilliant scientist in Calcutta challenges the system … The senior priest at Kyoto’s Kinkaku-ji temple is found dead in mysterious circumstances.

Dr John H. Watson receives a strange letter from Yokohama. Then the quiet, distinguished Mr. Hashimoto is murdered inside a closed room on a voyage from Liverpool to Bombay. In the opium dens of Shanghai and in the back alleys of Tokyo, sinister men hatch evil plots. Professor Moriarty stalks the world, drawing up a map for worldwide dominion.

Only one man can outwit the diabolical Professor Moriarty. Only one man can save the world. Has Sherlock Holmes survived the Reichenbach Falls?

In a seriocomic novel that radically ups the ante, Sherlock Holmes and Watson find their match in more than one man (or indeed, woman) as a clock inexorably ticks. History, mystery, romance, conspiracies, knife-edge tension; a train in Russia, roadside crime in Alexandria, an upset stomach in Bombay, careening through Cambodia, nasty people in China, monks in Japan–here’s a thrilling global chase that will leave you breathless (occasionally with laughter) as the Sherlock Holmes: The Missing Years series begins.

Title: Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan
Author: Vasudev Murthy
Year: 2015
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Purchase: Amazon

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