Monday, December 26, 2016

Death By Gaslight (1982)

Michael Kurland's second Professor Moriarty novel. Once again the paperback sports nice cover art with a Rathbone inspired Holmes.

BLUE BLOOD WAS FLOODING LONDON WITH HORROR

A killer who made Jack the Ripper seem gentle was slitting the throats of the cream of England's aristocracy. Naturally Scotland Yard launched total war against this monster, enlisting the great Sherlock Holmes himself.

Only when this ultimate weapon of the law failed to stem the blue-blodded deaths were they forced to play a last desperate card–Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, who had his own methods of fighting an evil that went beyond mere murder by gaslight to hell-lit depths of diabolical depravity and satanic sin....

Title: Death By Gaslight
Author: Michael Kurland
Year: 1982
Publisher: Signet
Purchase: Amazon.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part V: Christmas Adventures (2016)

A Christmas-themed fifth volume in the ongoing series of new Holmes stories published by MX to benefit the restoration of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Undershaw.

This is Volume V of the largest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories ever created. “The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part V: Christmas Adventures” features contributions by: Bob Byrne, Derrick Belanger, Amy Thomas, David Marcum, Denis O. Smith, C.H. Dye, Marcia Wilson, Julie McKuras, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bert Coules, John Hall, Jim French, S.F. Bennett, Narrelle M. Harris, William Patrick Maynard, Vincent W. Wright, James Lovegrove, Arthur Hall, Nicholas Utechin, Mike Chinn, Tracy J. Revels, Roger Riccard, Wendy C. Fries, Paul D. Gilbert, Jan Edwards, Molly Carr, S. Subramanian, Peter K. Andersson, Matthew J. Elliott, Hugh Ashton, and Mark Mower, with a poem by Ashley D. Polasek and forewords by Jonathan Kellerman, Roger Johnson, Steve Emecz, Melissa Farnham, and David Marcum.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part V: Christmas Adventures
Author: David Marcum (editor)
Year: 2016
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Knife Edge (2014)

Andrew Lane's sixth Young Sherlock Holmes novel finds Sherlock in Ireland. Below is an early export edition that used the original series cover art. By the time of the general release, a new series look was adopted.

A SINISTER PSYCHIC

A DARK BEAST

A SERVANT FRIGHTENED TO DEATH

Something sinister is afoot in the house in the west of Ireland in which Sherlock is staying. There are frightened whisperings among the servants and the house's owners are clearly scared. But who - or what? - has terrified them so much that nobody will speak out? Young Sherlock must bring all his powers of deduction to unravelling his greatest mystery yet. 
Another fast-paced, brilliantly plotted adventure as teenage Sherlock investigates a new crime and comes up against a fresh crop of sinister, clever criminals.

Title: Young Sherlock Holmes: Knife Edge
Author: Andrew Lane
Year: 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Purchase: Amazon.co.uk.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Pandora Plague (2009)

First published in 1981, this is a revised and expanded 2009 edition of The Pandora Plague by Lee A. Matthias.

London, 1902: The theft of an unusual pocket-watch brings famed magician, Harry Houdini, together with the world's foremost consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. When it leads to the appearance of a mysterious locked strong-box, it becomes a case that rocks the British Empire to its core. 
When the magician is blackmailed in order to best the box's lock, Holmes and his ally, Dr. John Watson, expose a plot against the crown, itself. Only Holmes's immense intellect, combined with the "Official" resources of his equally brilliant brother, Mycroft Holmes, can penetrate the mystery in time. 
In the tradition of Nicholas Meyer's "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution," and "The West End Horror," author Lee A. Matthias recreates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's magnificent style and characters in "The Pandora Plague," a rip roaring adventure full of magic, mystery, and murder.

Title: The Pandora Plague
Author: Lee A. Matthias
Year: 2009
Publisher: BookSurge
Purchase: Amazon