Friday, October 27, 2017

The Papers of Solar Pons: New Adventures of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street (2017)

An all-new authorized collection of Solar Pons stories by David Marcum.

In 1928, college student August Derleth wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking if any more Sherlock Holmes adventures were going to be published. Upon receiving a negative reply, Derleth decided to provide some of his own. However, rather than relating more tales of Holmes and Dr. Watson, he ended up introducing the world to Solar Pons and Dr. Lydon Parker, living in London during the 1920's and 1930's. Pons solved crimes using deduction and ratiocination, often referring to Holmes as "The Master" or "My illustrious predecessor". Since his first appearance, Pons has been a favorite with Sherlockians.
Between the 1920's and the early 1970's, Derleth produced over seventy Pons short stories and novels. In the mid-1970's, the Derleth Estate authorized a number of new Pons narratives to be prepared for publication by Basil Copper. Since then, additional lost stories from Derleth's files were found, and Copper released various revised versions of his own works, but there have been no new Pons stories for years...until  now. 
The August Derleth Estate, Arkham Housie, and Belanger Books are pleased to present this authorized collection of twelve new Pons adventures by Sherlocian autor and editor David Marcum. Join Pons and Parker as they venture forth into the mysterious London fogs during that murky period between the two World Wars. Along the way, meet some old friends, and discover why Pons is called "The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street." 
The Adventure of the Doctor’s Box
The Park Lane Solution
The Poe Problem
The Singular Affair of the Blue Girl
The Plight of the American Driver
The Adventure of the Blood Doctor
The Additional Heirs
The Horror of St. Anne’s Row The Adventure of the Failed Fellowship
The Adventure of the Obrisset Snuffbox
The Folio Matter
The Affair of the Distasteful Society  
The Adventure of the Other Brother

Title: The Papers of Solar Pons: New Adventures of the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street
Author: David Marcum
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography (2007)

Another fictional biography of the great detective, this one by Nick Rennison. Cover art is taken from an image of William Gillette.

He has been called a genius and a fraud, a hero and an addict. He advised kings in their glittering palaces, then disappeared into the darkest alleys of London’s criminal underworld. He was (and remains) a global icon, but who was this Sherlock Holmes? 
With an attention to detail that would make his subject envious, Nick Rennison gathers the clues of a life lived among the stars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, from Oscar Wilde to Sigmund Freud, and uncovers startling, previously unknown information. How did a Cambridge drop-out and bit player on the London stage transform himself into a renowned “consulting detective”? Did he know the identity of “Jack the Ripper”? When did Holmes and his nemesis Professor Moriarty first cross paths? To where did Sherlock Holmes disappear after his presumed “death” in 1891? 
Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography answers these questions and many more as it careens through the most infamous crimes and historic events of the era, all in pursuit of the real man behind the greatest detective in modern fiction—and, just perhaps, non-fiction.

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Unauthorized Biography
Author: Nick Rennison
Year: 2007
Publisher: Grove Press
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs (2014)

The third Holmes pastiche by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead teams the great detective with a familiar escape artist.

A BRAZEN DAYLIGHT ROBBERY... 
...at Christie's becomes the talk of London, but Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are no longer in the business of solving crime. Holmes has retired to Sussex, to keep bees, and Watson, recently widowed, has returned to general practice. 
But when Watson, desperate for distraction, agrees to accompany his old friend to Vienna, to visit eminent neurologist, Sigmund Freud, it is not long before the pair are pulled back into the murky world of ruthless criminals bent on abduction, intimidation and murder. 
A shadowy terrorist group, The Black Hand, is plaguing the city, and when the tentacles of a crime committed in England reach across to Vienna to cil around Harry Houdini, the famous American escapologist, the Great Detective and his Boswell relish the chance of solving yet another puzzle.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs
Author: Steve Hayes and David Whitehead
Year: 2014
Publisher: Robert Hale, Ltd.
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts (2013)

Steve Hayes and David Whitehead's follow-up to their first Holmes pastiche Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds (2012). Nice cover art.

WATSON WAS WORRIED 
Following a prolonged cocaine binge, Sherlock Holmes is closer to death than Dr. Watson has ever seen him before. Fearing for his friend's wellbeing, he arranges for the the pair to repair to France, to enjoy a leisurely convalescence at the home of Holmes's old friend Henri Gillet. 
But even before they reach Paris they become embroiled in a perilous mystery of the like even they have never encountered before. Who, for example, is the strange man with the peculiar fascination for raindrops? And why does someone want one of France's most beloved novelists dead? 
Before the final explosive confrontation, Holmes and Watson must tangle with a cold and calculating brotherhood for which no crime is too ghastly, especially if it helps to further their own sinister ends.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts
Author: Steve Hayes & David Whitehead
Year: 2013
Publisher: Robert Hale, LTd.
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Friday, October 6, 2017

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VIII: Eliminate the Impossible 1892-1905 (2017)

The latest collection of 48 new Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. To be released concurrently with Part VII on October 31, 2017.

Part VIII - Eliminate the Impossible: 1892-1905 features contributions by: Deana Baran, Tim Symonds, Sandor Jay Sonnen, Ben Cardall, Andrew Lane, Michael Mallory, Wendy C. Fries, Aaron Smith, Arthur Hall, Robert Perret, Nick Cardillo, Paul D. Gilbert, Cindy Dye, Tracy Revels, Derrick Belanger, William Meikle, Marcia Wilson, David Friend, Roger Riccard, Craig Janacek, Jeremy Branton Holstein, Will Murray, David Ruffle, Daniel McGachey, and David Marcum, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by David Marcum, Lee Child, Rand Lee, Michael Cox, and Melissa Farnham.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VIII: Eliminate the Impossible 1892-1905
Author: David Marcum
Year: 2017
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon  (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VII: Eliminate the Impossible 1880-1891 (2017)

Another new collection of 48 Holmes stories published to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This will be released concurrently with Part VIII on October 31, 2017.

Part VII - Eliminate the Impossible: 1880-1891 features contributions by: Mark Mower, Jan Edwards, Daniel D. Victor, James Lovegrove, Gayle Lange Puhl, Thomas Fortenberry, Mike Hogan, Thomas A. Turley, Adrian Middleton, James Moffett, Hugh Ashton, Geri Schear, S. Subramanian, John Hall, Jayantika Ganguly, S.F. Bennett, Steven Philip Jones, Jim French, John Linwood Grant, Mike Chinn, Robert V. Stapleton, Charles Veley and Anna Elliott, and Shane Simmons, with a poem by Jacquelynn Bost Morris, and forewords by David Marcum, Lee Child, Rand Lee, Michael Cox, and Melissa Farnham.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VII: Eliminate the Impossible 1880-1891
Author: David Marcum
Year: 2017
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

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