"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."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries (2015)

A second volumes of Holmes stories by Gayle Lange Puhl that put the great detective into adventures inspired by folk tales and children's literature.

Jewel thefts, missing persons, even murder are all elements in the world of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. What connects the stories in this book is that the cases he and his biographer Dr. John H. Watson investigate are based on adventures beloved of childhood. 
In a novel twist to the usual Holmes pastiches, Mrs. Puhl has based her plots involving Mr. Sherlock Holmes on folk tales, nursery rhymes and other snippets of children's literature. She has brought them into the Victorian era and kept them true to the expectations for Holmesian stories. 
But these are not children's tales. There are no talking rabbits, no flying carpets or magic wands. There is not always a happy ending. They are all grounded in the logical world of Holmes and Watson. 
Two men are determined to prove in a race which of them is faster. 
A child is missing and presumed dead. Can Sherlock Holmes help heal the mother's broken heart? 
A baby is found in a basket at the foot of the seventeen steps to 221b Baker Street. 
Did an ancient legend lead to a modern-day murder? 
Join Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his biographer Dr. John H. Watson as they explore the unusual cases brought to them from the land of bedtime stories and wise adages. You may never feel quite the same again about children's literature.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries
Author: Gayle Lange Puhl
Year: 2015
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fire Storm (2014)

The fourth "Young Sherlock Holmes" adventure from Andrew Lane, Fire Storm, was first relased in the UK in 2011. This 2014 U.S. paperback rebrands the series as "Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins."

Teenage Sherlock's captivating sidekick Virginia and her father have vanished. Their house looks as if nobody has ever lived in it; the neighbors claim never to have heard of them. Sherlock begins to doubt his sanity, until a clever clue points him to Scotland. Following that clue leads him into a mystery that involves kidnapping, body-snatchers, and a man who claims he can raise the dead. Only the budding detective Sherlock can untangle the dangerous web that traps his friends.  

Title: Fire Storm
Author: Andrew Lane
Year: 2014 (first published 2011)
Publisher: Square Fish
Purchase: Amazon.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Secret Files of Solar Pons (1979)

Another collection of Solar Pons stories by August Derleth's successor Basil Copper. The tenth and final book in Pinnacle's Pons series.

Come, once again, to number 7B Praed Street, where Solar Pons, the master of deduction, awaits your arrival. Slouched in the cozy cavern of his armchair, his keen eyes fixed on the door, Solar Pons puffs thoughtfully on his pipe, pondering strange and soul-chilling cases.
Here is the brilliant Solar Pons at his very best... clutching at elusive clues as he briskly sets apace into the ominous alleyways of old London in chase of crime. If you've not yet joined us in the eternal hunt, you are about to discover a new joy in a tradition that, alas, may have been lost forever, were it not for the reappearance of the remarkably ingenious and incomparable Solar Pons, whose entrancing effect on dyed-in-the-wool aficionados of detection is, indeed, elementary.
The Adventure of the Crawling Horror
The Adventure of the Anguished Actor
The Adventure of the Ignored Idols
The Adventure of the Horrified Heiress

Title: The Secret Files of Solar Pons
Author: Basil Cooper
Year: 1979
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Purchase: Amazon.com.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Chronicles of Solar Pons (1975)

"The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street" returns for more adventures. Interesting cover art on this 1975 UK hardcover.

Sherlock Holmes's brilliant successor in a further series of bizarre mysteries.
The Adventure of the Red Leech 
The Adventure of the Orient Express 
The Adventure of the Golden Bracelet 
The Adventure of the Shaplow Millions 
The Adventure of the Benin Bronze 
The Adventure of the Missing Tenants 
The Adventure of the Aluminum Crutch 
The Adventure of the Seven Sisters 
The Adventure of the Bishop's Companion 
The Adventure of the Unique Dickensians

Title: The Chronicles of Solar Pons
Author: August Derleth
Year: 1975 (first published 1973)
Publisher: Robson Books Ltd
Purchase: Amazon.co.uk.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1999)

A collection of "confidential" Holmes stories from the famous tin dispatch box in the vaults of Cox & Co.

This long-awaited volume finally brings to light several cases of the worlds most famous consulting detective that were originally suppressed to avoid scandal an embarrassment to the crown, public figures, or to Holmes himself. Now, the truth is finally revealed regarding Holmes's exploits involving the Titanic, his rematch with Irene Adler, the childhoods of both Holmes and Watson, and such figures as Ida Tarbell, P.G. Wodehouse, and James McNeil Whistler. The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is a cornucopia of Sherlockiana that will delight fans young and not so young.  
The Darlington Substitution Scandal by Henry Slesar 
The Adventure of the Old Russian Woman by H. Paul Jeffers 
The Adventure of the Noble Husband by Peter Cannon 
The Case of the Woman in the Cellar by Pat Mullen 
The Adventure of the Boulevard Assassin by Kathleen Brady 
The Case of the Ancient British Barrow by Terrie McGarry 
The Adventure of the Dying Ship by Edward D. Hoch 
The Revenge of the Fenian Brotherhood by Carol Bugge 
The Affair of the Counterfeit Countess by Craig Shaw Gardner 
The Woman by Aline Myette-Volskey 
The Little Problem of the Grosner Square Furniture Van by Arthur Stanley-Jefferson 
A Ballad of the White Plague by P.C. Hodgell 
The Adventure of Vanderbilt and the Yeggman by Roberta Rogow 
The Secret Marriage of Sherlock Holmes by Shariann Lewitt 
The Case of Vittoria the Circus Belle by Jay Sheckley

Title: The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Marvin Kaye, Editor
Year: 1999
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Purchase: Amazon

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