Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Trials of Sherlock Holmes (2017)

A collection of eight new Holmes mysteries that also tie together into one unified story.

It is a cold London morning in 1887, and the discovery of a dead man in an abandoned house plunges Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson into a series of eight trying cases that will test the friendship of the two companions and threaten the safety of the country itself. 
From a staged murder to an impossible suicide, the theft of a national document to the disappearance of an entire family, London's foremost consulting detective and his faithful companion must seek out the clues and venture into the very heart of each mystery. All the while a sinister force, lurking amid the busy streets of London, stalks their every case, testing their own mental and physical prowess; ultimately they require the assistance of their closest allies, including Mycroft Holmes and the unsophisticated Inspectors Gregson and Lestrade. 
Will Holmes and Watson be able to avert the approaching threat that appears to be vengefully heading straight for them?
The Hanging Man
The Wooden Diamond
The Noxious Intrder
The Kensinston Conundrum
The General's Dilemma
The Stalker's Pride
The Blind Prisoner
The Bloomsbury Scandal 

Title: The Trials of Sherlock Holmes
Author: James Moffett
Year: 2017
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini (2015)

Dynamite Comics teams Holmes and Houdini in this graphic novel by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery with artwork by Carlos Furuzono.
When the world's most famous detective meets the world's most famous magician… death is the case! 
Escape artist Harry Houdini’s London tour comes under attack from a mysterious figure that controls the powers of spirits. The goal? To destroy Houdini’s career and kill anyone who gets in the way. Houdini reluctantly teams with sleuth Sherlock Holmes, who is locked in a fight of his own. Can the two rise above their own battles to overcome a seemingly impossible force? 
Written by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, the Harvey Award-nominated creators of Kill Shakespeare, Sherlock Holmes vs Harry Houdini is a witty adventure full of magic, spirits, technology and deduction. 
It’s a mystery you won’t be able to escape.

Title: Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini
Author: Anthony Del Col & Conor McCreery
Year: 2015
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Purchase: Amazon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Whole Art of Detection (2017)

A new collection of Holmes stories by Lyndsay Faye, author of Dust and Shadow.

Lyndsay Faye’s best Holmes tales, including two new works, are brought together in The Whole Art of Detection, a stunning collection that spans Holmes’s career, from self-taught young upstart to publicly lauded detective, both before and after his faked death over a Swiss waterfall in 1894. 
In “The Lowther Park Mystery,” the unsociable Holmes is forced to attend a garden party at the request of his politician brother and improvises a bit of theater to foil a conspiracy against the government. “The Adventure of the Thames Tunnel” brings Holmes’s attention to the baffling murder of a jewel thief in the middle of an underground railway passage. 
With Holmes and Watson encountering all manner of ungrateful relatives, phony psychologists, wronged wives, plaid-garbed villains, and even a peculiar species of deadly red leech, The Whole Art of Detection is a must-read for Sherlockians and any fan of historical crime fiction with a modern sensibility.
PART I: BEFORE BAKER STREET
The Case of Colonel Warburton's Madness
The Adventure of the Magical Menagerie
The Adventure of the Vintner's Codex

PART II: THE EARLY YEARS
The Adventure of the Honest Wife
The Adventure of the Beggar's Feast
Memoranda upon the Gaskell Blackmailing Dilemma
The Lowther Park Mystery

PART III: THE RETURN
An Empty House
The Adventure of the Memento Mori
Notes Regarding the Disappearance of Mr. James Phillimore
The Adventure of the Willow Basket

PART IV: THE LATER YEARS
The Adventure of the Lightless Maiden
The Adventure of the Thamas Tunnel
The Adventure of the Mad Baritone
Notes upon the Diadem Club Affair 


Title: The Whole Art of Detection
Author: Lyndsay Faye
Year: 2017
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Case of the Philosophers' Ring (1978)

A case involving real-life philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein "unearthed" by Randall Collins.

It is the summer before the outbreak of World War I. Holmes, at his Baker Street flat, receives a telegram from the brilliant young philosopher, Bertrand Russell, begging him to come to Cambridge to investigate the theft of a uniquely precious treasure - the mind of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

Title: The Case of the Philosophers' Ring
Author: Randall Collins
Year: 1978
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Detective Comics #572 (1987)

Detective Comics 50th Anniversary issue featured Batman meeting up with the original caped crusader.

Extra-sized Anniversary issue! A mystery brings together the greatest sleuths of our time: Batman and Robin, Elongated-Man, Bradley P.I., and the greatest sleuth of all time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

Title: Detective Comics #572
Author: Mike W. Barr
Year: 1987
Publisher: DC Comics
Purchase: Amazon

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and The Masquerade Murders (1994)

Another fine Holmes pastiche by Frank Thomas, this one with terrific cover art featuring the classic pairing of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. First published as a paperback in 1986, this hardcover edition was released in 1994.

In a sea of blackness . . .

A bank appraiser, expert at identifying counterfeit papers, is discovered quite dead in London's financial district––but is it from natural causes or a cleverly disguised murder? Sherlock Holmes, ever the brilliant theorist, conducts his own brand of post-mortem as he leads Dr. Watson and a motley crew of confidence men on a precarious chase through the most notorious neighborhoods of London.

One primrose path leads to another––from the mystifying futures market to the most sensational costume ball in many a season. Lives, fortunes and careers are the stakes in this deadly game . . . ad it's up to the master sleuth and the good doctor to unmask the cunning culprits before another corpse is found.

Frank Thomas has adapted this adventure from the memories of the esteemed John H. Watson, M.D. The case has been selected precisely because it was the cause celebrate in its day, although a true account of this sensational case has never before been revealed. In a hardcover edition for the first time, Sherlock Holmes and the Masquerade Murders is now a matter of public record, confirming again the stature of the world's greatest consulting detective.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Masquerade Murders
Author: Frank Thomas
Year: 1986
Publisher: The Armchair Detective Library
Purchase: Amazon

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Friend of Oscar Wilde (1988)

This pastiche by Russell Brown finds Sherlock Holmes and Oscar Wilde teaming up to solve a mystery in 1895. Wilde also appeared in Nicholas Meyer's The West End Horror.

It's 1895 and deadly games are afoot in London. Against a backdrop of terrorist dynamitings, a humbled Holmes reluctantly accepts the aid of Oscar Wilde to unravel two tangled plots: the blackmail of an eminent Victorian with a name known all over the world, and the diabolical design of a demented nobleman to inflict 'Death! Or Worse!' upon Holmes himself. 
Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Friend of Oscar Wilde mingles melodrama and epigram, fact and fiction, as two men with so many differences in common pursue a hellish hound whose actions menace all of England.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Mysterious Friend of Oscar Wilde
Author: Russell A. Brown
Year: 1988
Publisher: St Martins Press
Purchase: Amazon.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Case of the Baker Street Irregular (1981)

Robert Newman's tale of a budding "Baker Street Irregular" kicked off a series of books featuring the exploits of young Andrew and Sara. Only this first book featured Holmes. First published in 1978, this is the 1981 Bantam paperback edition.

A mysterious, broken-nosed cabby, a beautiful actress, and a villainous art heist have one thing in common—but the only one man who knows what it is has methods that are a little, shall we say . . . irregular 
Late Victorian London: home to gas streetlights, bands of ragged urchins, and now, young Andrew Craigie, who recently arrived from a tiny Cornwall village with his stern guardian, Mr. Dennison. At first the city feels dark and unwelcoming, but just around the corner is bustling Baker Street, where Andrew meets his first friend, Sara. Before long, London becomes downright interesting. 
But things get a little too exciting one night when Mr. Dennison doesn’t come home, and suddenly Andrew is on his own. Whom can he turn to in a strange city? Frantic, he goes to the tall, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing man at 221B, a man who Sara says is a famous detective—a man named Mr. Holmes.

Title: The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
Author: Robert Newman
Year: 1981 (first published 1978)
Publisher: Bantam
Purchase: Amazon.