Thursday, December 27, 2018

Sherlock Holmes Investigates (2017)

A collected edition of five self-published Holmes tales by Andrew Salmon.

Andrew Salmon's first Sherlock Holmes tale, The Adventure of the Locked Room, was a hit right out of the gate, winning an award for Best Short Story the year it was published. Salmon followed up this success by garnering rave reviews, numerous award nominations and a second win for Best Short Story for his Holmes adventures before breaking new ground with the best selling Fight Card Sherlock Holmes trilogy. 
Now, for the first time, ALL FIVE of his award-winning and nominated Holmes tales have been collected in Sherlock Holmes Investigates
What happened to the tenant in 221B Baker Street before Holmes and Watson moved in? Mystery and murder cast long shadows over idyllic Towne Manor - what will Holmes and Watson discover there? A daring assassination attempt has left Holmes close to death and it's up to Dr. Watson and Mycroft Holmes to bring the villain to justice. Is there a werewolf loose in Limehouse or is something much more sinister killing policemen? Who is pulling off daring raids at Portsmouth and disappearing without a trace? 
These mysteries and more await!

Title: Sherlock Holmes Investigates
Author: Andrew Salmon
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Holmes For The Holidays (1996)

Fourteen original Sherlock Holmes stories, each with a Christmas holiday setting or theme. Authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle. Berkley also published a second volume, More Holmes For The Holidays.

Arthur Conan Doyles's Sherlock Holmes has been solving cases and amazing fans for more than a century. Now, today's best mystery writers have gathered together to present fourteen original Holmes stories in one thrilling collection. Each story features Holmes and Dr. Watson, festively solving the darkest of crimes in the brightest of seasons.
The Watch Night Bell by Anne Perry
The Sleuth of Christmas Past by Barbara Paul
A Scandal in Winter by Gillian Linscott
The Adventure in Border Country by Gwen Moffat
The Adventure of the Three Ghosts by Loren D. Estleman
The Adventure of the Canine Ventriloquist by Jon. L. Breen
The Adventure of the Man Who Never Laughed by J.N. Williamson
The Yuletide Affair by John Stoessel
The Adventure of the Christmas Tree by William L. DeAndrea
The Adventure of the Christmas Ghost by Bill Crider
The Thief of Twelfth Night by Edward Wellen
The Italian Sherlock Holmes by Reginald Hill
The Christmas Client by Edward D. Hoch
The Adventure of the Angel's Trumpet by Carolyn Wheat, ASH

Title: Holmes For The Holidays
Author: Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg, Carol-Lynn Waugh (editors)
Year: 1996 (paperback, 1998)
Publisher: Berkley
Purchase: Amazon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902)

The latest collection of new Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Released concurrently with Part XI.

Part XII: 1894-1902 features contributions from C.H. Dye, David Marcum, Thomas Fortenberry, Daniel D. Victor, Nik Morton, Craig Janacek, S. Subramanian, Jim French, Robert Stapleton, Nick Cardillo, Paul D. Gilbert, Mike Hogan, Derrick Belanger, John Linwood Grant, Mark Mower, Jane Rubino, and Arthur Hall, and a poem by "Anon." 34 new traditional Holmes adventures in two simultaneously published volumes. 
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known." 
Each volume contains forwards by Lyndsay Faye, Roger Johnson, Melissa Grigsby, 

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2018
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XI: Some Untold Cases (1880-1891)

The latest collection of new Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. To be released concurrently with Part XII on November 29.

Part XI: 1880-1891 includes contributions from Jayantika Ganguly, Will Murray, Tracy Revels, Hugh Ashton, Matthew Simmonds, David Ruffle, Paul W. Nash, Mike Hogan, Craig Stephen Copland, Gayle Lange Puhl, Deanna Baran, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Roger Riccard, Robert Perret, Kevin P. Thornton, Stephen Herczeg, and M.A. Wilson and Richard Dean Starr, and a poem by Arlene Mantin Levy and Mark Levy. 34 new traditional Holmes adventures in two simultaneously published volumes.
Each volume contains forwards by Lyndsay Faye, Roger Johnson, Melissa Grigsby, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XI: Some Untold Cases (1880-1891)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2018
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Thursday, November 22, 2018

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1999)

A 1999 reprint of the 1987 centennial collection with three new stories added.

Bestselling author Anne Perry and Conan Doyle's most recent biographer, Daniel Stashower, among others, contribute new stories that expand this tribute to Conan Doyle's immortal creation. Mystery editors Martin Greenberg and Carol-Lynn Rossel Waugh specially commissioned original works by Stephen King, Michael Gilbert, John Lutz, Edward D. Hoch, Dorothy B. Hughes, Peter Lovesey, Lillian de la Torre, John Gardner, and others for the first edition. With over 100,000 copies sold since its publication for the centennial of the first Holmes story, "The Speckled Band," in 1987, The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes has ranked in popularity only after the first Conan Doyle stories.
The Infernal Machine by Jon Lellenberg
The Final Toast by John Lutz
The Phantom Chamber by Gary Alan Ruse
The Return of the Speckled Band by Edward D. Hoch
The Adventure of the Unique Holmes by Jon L. Breen
Sherlock Holmes and "The Woman" by Michael Harrison
The Shadows on the Lawn by Barry Jones
The Adventure of the Gowanus Abduction by Joyce Harrington
Dr. and Mrs. Watson at Home by Loren D. Estleman
The Two Footmen by Michael Gilbert
Sherlock Holmes and the Muffin by Dorothy B. Hughes
The Curious Computer by Peter Lovesey
The Adventure of the Persistent Marksman by Lillian de la Torre
The House that Jack Built by Edward Wellen
The Doctors Case by Stephen King
(NEW) The Second Treaty by Daniel Stashower
(NEW) The Adventure of the Venomous Lizard by Bill Cider
(NEW) Hostage to Fortune by Anne Perry
Afterword: Moriarty and the Real Underworld by John Gardner

Title: The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Editors: Martin Harry Greenberg & Carol-Lynn Rossel Waugh
Year: 1999
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Sherlock Holmes: The Centurion Papers: The First Collection (2018)

A collection of original Holmes stories by The Davies Brothers first published as eBooks.

From The Davies Brothers, winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writers Showcase (supported by the London Book Fair)... The Centurion Papers is a thrilling new series of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Too explosive for publication, kept hidden for a hundred years... until now. 
THE DEVIL'S MARK
London is ablaze with horror! A plague of ghastly deaths sweeps the capital, seemingly unrelated except for a strange tattoo found on the body of each victim – the mark of Satan. As a God-fearing mania engulfs the city, Sherlock Holmes must hunt the villain responsible for wreaking terror on its dark streets – a hunt that will bring him face to face with the devil himself. 
THE SCORCHED EARTH
An old soldier haunted by the ghosts of war in Africa, a vengeful enemy hellbent on righting the wrongs of the Empire, and an island hiding the darkest of secrets… Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are in a race against time to solve the brutal mystery of the Scorched Earth – before an entire family is murdered. 
THE WILLOWDEN SIRENS
Edwardian society is utterly bewitched by sensational photographs of fairies at play in a country idyll. But when a high-ranking diplomat is found dead in that very garden, Sherlock Holmes is called upon to solve the murder. Even as the evidence suggests the victim was killed by fairies, can Holmes finally expose the truth… however dark it might be? 
THE M LEAGUE
Professor Moriarty is dead, but his legacy of evil lives on… Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are woken by the most macabre delivery to Baker Street – a boy left for dead, with the letter M scored into his back. He is the first of many victims, and Holmes will be next unless he can put an end to the most dangerous network of criminals ever assembled – a network that stretches to the very highest echelons of society… 
The First Collection compiles four stunning new episodes in the Sherlock Holmes canon from Dr Watson’s recently found Centurion Papers - uncovered by The Davies Brothers, authors of Hudson James and the Baker Street Legacy.

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Centurion Papers: The First Collection
Author: The Davies Brothers
Year: 2018
Publisher: Independently published
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mycroft and Sherlock (2018)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's followup to his 2015 novel Mycroft Holmes.

It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes--now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office--has no interest in the killings; however, his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration. 
When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. 
Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers. As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...

Title: Mycroft and Sherlock
Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse
Year: 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sherlock Holmes's War of The Worlds (1975)

Sherlock Holmes vs. the Martians! Not as anachronistic as one might think. Recall the original H.G. Wells story was set in London during the time of Holmes.

The War of The Worlds...
So terrifying, it rocked the world when H.G. Wells reported it in 1897–and again, in 1938, when Orson Welles broadcast it. 
But there was far more to the story than ever was told. Two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger, played pivotal roles in the historic happenings. Here are the facts, never before revealed, of the confrontation: two of the most remarkable intellects the Earth ever produced pitted against beings intelligent enough to conquer space. Read now–
How Holmes and Challenger knew an invasion was coming.
How they survived the occupation of London
How they captured an alien invader. 
How the deduced the origin of the invaders. 
The Reason for the landings–and the fatal flaw in the plan for conquest. 

Title: Sherlock Holmes's War of The Worlds
Author: Manny W. Wellman and Wade Wellman
Year: 1975
Publisher: Warner Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Infernal Device (1979)

Another novel that puts Professor Moriarty front and center. Michael Kurland also penned sequels: Death By Gaslight, The Empress of India, The Great Game and Who Thinks Evil. Great cover art on this first paperback edition from 1979.

SCOTLAND YARD WAS HELPLESS.
SHERLOCK HOLMES WAS HOPELESS.
AND JUST ONE MAN COULD SAVE THE QUEEN,
THE EMPIRE, THE WORLD.

Who was the single figure who alone could foil the most cunning plot ever to threaten civilization with unspeakable horror?

None other than that archenemy of the law...that mastermind who obsessed Sherlock Holmes to the point of madness...that extraordinary hero whose true natures is revealed on these thrilling pages for the first time–

Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, and now the world's last hope to circumvent the villainy of a loathsome Russian for.

Title: The Infernal Device
Author: Michael Kurland
Year: 1979 (first released 1978)
Publisher: Signet
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Last Moriarty (2015)

The first in a series of  Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mysteries by Charles Veley.

She needs protection, and only Sherlock Holmes can help her.
On a cold November morning in 1895, a young American actress visits 221B Baker Street. She is desperate for Holmes to protect her from the threats of a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life. Holmes agrees to help the young actress, even though he has just promised the Prime Minister to solve the murder of John D. Rockefeller's security agent and prevent the incident from derailing an upcoming British-American summit. But then clues to the murder point to the late Professor Moriarty. And another lovely woman, this one from Holmes's past, reappears. Now the famously analytical detective must also look inward. Can Holmes prevent chaos on both sides of the Atlantic and unmask his newest client's shadowy antagonist? For Holmes and Watson, this is the adventure that changes everything. 

Title: The Last Moriarty
Author: Charles Veley
Year: 2015
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Twain Papers (2014)

Roger Riccard's follow-up to Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Poisoned Lilly finds the great detective working for a very famous writer (and I don't mean Conan Doyle).

"It may not seem much to you, Mr.Holmes. In fact, it may better gather the sympathies of Dr. Watson here. But, the truth of the matter is, someone has stolen my life." 
In the silence that followed this extraordinary statement, Clemens pulled out his cigar case and quietly asked, "Do y'all mind if I smoke, gentlemen?" 
So begins a case where visiting American author, Samuel Clemens (better known as Mark Twain), has come to Sherlock Holmes for assistance. Holmes and Watson set out to track down the thief among a myriad of guests staying at the famous Langham Hotel. 
Suspects abound, yet another pressing question arises for Dr. Watson. Will one of them, a woman from his past, steal his heart?

Title: Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Twain Papers
Author: Roger Riccard
Year: 2014
Publisher: Baker Street Studios Limited
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Adventure of the New York Ripper (2013)

Holmes and Watson are on the trail of Jack The Ripper in 1893 New York.

Terror is walking the streets of 1893 New York City at night, taking the lives of women in a horrible fashion reminiscent of the heinous murders of Jack the Ripper in London five years earlier. A copycat “Jack the Ripper”? Or is it possible that the infamous killer himself, never captured by the London police, has made his way to the streets of New York City? 
In The Adventure of The New York Ripper, we are, in addition to an outstanding mystery, presented with a history of the horrific Jack the Ripper crimes and with a brand-new theory regarding the commission of those terrible murders. A theory arising out of data of the crimes themselves and from the deductive powers of the one and only Sherlock Holmes.

Title: The Adventure of the New York Ripper
Author: Philip J. Carraher
Year: 2013
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Pandora Plague (1981)

The Pandora Plague by Lee A. Matthias was first published as a mass market paperback from Leisure Books (below). Because of financial problems, the publisher only gave it a limited release. It later appeared as a trade paperback from Unicorn Press cut down by 8000 words. The author self-published a revised and expanded 3rd edition in 2009.

PUZZLING EVIDENCE 
The theft of a seemingly innocuous pocket watch, and the appearance of a small and mystifying heavy box, began Sherlock Holmes' most challenging case. In an attempt to open the box, Holmes requested the presence of master magician Harry Houdini. 
Soon, a series of puzzling events accelerated into a crisis of shocking importance, and Holmes, Houdini and Dr. Watson were drawn into the evil machinations of a hideously sinister plot. 
Holmes' abilities were pushed beyond their limits, and a startling discovery by Madame Curie told the great detective that the world's fate rested in his hands!

Title: The Pandora Plague
Author: Lee A. Matthias
Year: 1981
Publisher: Leisure Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Study in Treason (2018)

The second book in a series by Leonard Goldberg featuring the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler.

A seemingly impossible mystery tests the keen mind and forensic skills of Joanna Blalock, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and the heir to his unique talent for deduction, from USA Today bestselling author Leonard Goldberg. 
The following case has not previously been disclosed to the public due to the sensitive information on foreign affairs. All those involved were previously bound by the Official Secrets Act. With the passage of time and the onset of the Great War, these impediments have been removed and the story can now be safely told. 
When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr. to use their detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty. 
Told from the point of view of Dr. John Watson, Jr. in a style similar to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Treason is based partly on facts in our world and partly on the facts left to us by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 
This cunning locked room mystery is sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes.

Title: A Study in Treason
Author: Leonard Goldberg
Year: 2018
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Execution of Sherlock Holmes (2008)

More Holmes stories by Donald Thomas.

Drugged, manacled, condemned to a dank cell in the depths of London's infamous Newgate prison, the world's greatest literary detective awaits execution by a vengeful crew of formidable enemies. Escape is impossible; death, a certainty. But not for Sherlock Holmes, who, in a stunning display of intellect and derring-do, will elude his hangman's noose and live to fiddle, spy and ratiocinate another day. 
Against tremendous odds Holmes will continue to defy his enemies in four more encounters, from cracking German intelligence codes, to going against Scotland Yard and the Crown in proving the innocence of a man condemned to death for the slaying of a pregnant serving girl, to an arsenic-wielding magician, and of course, to a battle of wits with the malevolent Moriarty. Everywhere in these five finely wrought tales, riddles and mystery hover in the air. But they are not beyond the grasp of the incomparable Sherlock Holmes.
The Execution of Sherlock Holmes
The Case of the Greek Key
The Case of the Peasenhall Murder
The Case of the Phantom Chambermaid
The Queen of the Night


Title: The Execution of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Donald Thomas
Year: 2008
Publisher: Pegasus Books
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil (2010)

Five Sherlock Holmes novellas by Donald Thomas, including an adventure with a young Winston Churchill.

Five stunning novellas featuring the Great Detective, by the acknowledged master of Sherlockian pastiche. In these five tales of intellectual derring-do, Sherlock Holmes is shown at the height of his powers: he co-operates with a young Winston Churchill in the famed siege of Sydney Street; helps defeat a plan for a German invasion outlined in the Zimmerman Telegram; establishes a link between two missing light-house keepers and the royal treasures of King John; contends with a supernatural curse placed upon an eccentric aristocrat and discovers a lost epic of Lord Byron. But it is all in a day’s work for the great detective, who continues to defy the odds and lives to ratiocinate another day.
The Case of the Tell-Tale Hands
The Case of the King's Evil
The Case of the Poruguese Sonnets
The Case of Peter The Painter
The Case of the Zimmermann Telegram


Title: Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil
Author: Donald Thomas
Year: 2010
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sherlock Holmes on the Wild Frontier (2005)

A Holmes pastiche from Australia about the great detective in the American West. Probably best to not judge this one by the cover.

Sherlock Holmes on the Wild Frontier is an entertaining story about the unforseen adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Leaving London, England, they make their way to Colorado. During their Wild West escapades, they encounter robbers, gaudy women of easy virtue, cowboys, and Indians. In a mixture of action, mystery, and romance, Sherlock Holmes on the Wild Frontier is a story everyone will enjoy.

Title: Sherlock Holmes on the Wild Frontier
Author: Magda Jozsa
Year: 2005
Publisher: Booksurge
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Casebook of Solar Pons (1975)

The sixth collection of August Derleth's Solar Pons stories was released as the 4th paperback by Pinnacle Books in 1975. Contains a Foreword by Vincent Starrett.

Whatever your fancy in the polished old world of deductive detective cunning-- a mummified human hand conspiciously resting in an intarsia box, a haunted moonlit library, a tattered corpse caught up in a rapacious invincible curse-- Solar Pons will quickly capture your curiosity and leave you hungering for more. 
Soon you will find yourself a regular visitor at No. 7B Praed Street, eagerly peering into the mind of the contemplative Pons, slouched in the cozy cavern of his armchair. And as you faithfully follow the master about charming, chilling fin-de-ciecle London, discretely clutching and unclutching your hands between counter plots and climaxes, you know that you have found a lifelong companion-- the incomparable and brilliant Solar Pons, heir to the genius that was once uniquely Sherlock Holmes'. 
Adventure of the Ascot Scandal 
Adventure of the China Cottage
Adventure of the Crouching Dog
Adventure of the Fatal Glance
Adventure of the Haunted Library
Adventure of the Innkeeper's Clerk
Adventure of the Intarsia Box
Adventure of the Missing Huntsman 
Adventure of the Spurious Tamerlane 
Adventure of the Sussex Archers 
Adventure of the Whispering Knights

Title: The Casebook of Solar Pons
Author: August Derleth
Year: 1975 (first released in 1965)
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Giant Rat of Sumatra (1976)

Sherlock's greatest untold tale, as referenced in the canon, finds life in this 1976 Warner paperback.


"A story for which the world is not yet prepared..."
That is how Sherlock Holmes described the fantastic tale of THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA in his "The Adventures of the Sussex Vampire." Dr. John Watson, in deference to Holmes' wishes, kept the chronicle a secret, stipulating in his will that only in the year 1976 could the particulars of the case be revealed.

Here it is! A tale that bears the mark of Holmes' deductive genius, Watson's faithful reporting and a plotting virtuosity that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself would have approved in the author, Richard L. Boyer.

Title: The Giant Rat of Sumatra
Author: Richard L. Boyer
Year: 1976
Publisher: Warner Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Saturday, June 9, 2018

The West End Horror (1977)

First released in hardcover in 1976, this is the mass market paperback edition of Nicholas Meyer's second Holmes novel, The West End Horror. The cover has a cut out window that opens up to a full illustration showing the book's major players (below).

THE GAME'S AFOOT AND HOLMES IS GIVING CHASE!
March 1895. Menace stalks the renowned West End. A maniac more terrifying than Jack the Ripper is on a rampage through London's glamorous theater district.
What baffles Scotland Yard is elementary to the great detective–until Holmes finds himself in the clutches of the grisly murderer!
With the ever faithful Dr. Watson by his side, Baker Street's legendary sleuth sets out to snare the  elusive killer with the help or hinderance of  struggling writer George Bernard Shaw, Gilbert and Sullivan, a controversial wit named Oscar Wilde and London's novelist woman, actress Ellen Terry.

Title: The West End Horror
Author: Nicholas Meyer
Year: 1977
Publisher: Ballantine
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1971)

Novelization for my all time favorite Sherlock Holmes film, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), starring Robert Stephens as Holmes and Colin Blakely as Watson.

"...matters of a delicate and sometimes scandalous nature..."
At last revealed––some adventures of Sherlock Holmes that even Dr. Watson did not dare to publish during his lifetime! Fifty years after his death, a bank vault in London is opened to reveal new material about the most fascinating fictional detective of all time. In their hilarious and brilliant new film, Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond have recreated the world of Sherlock Holmes in an adventure never before imagined. What you don't know about Sherlock Holmes has made a great motion picture...and a delightful new novel.

Title: The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Michael & Mollie Hardwick
Year: 1971 (first published 1970)
Publisher: Bantam Books
Purchase: Amazon.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers (2014)

Dean P. Turnbloom's follow-up to his Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire finds Holmes and Watson in 1888 Manhattan.

With Baron Barlucci escaping London on his way to New York with Abigail Drake, Dr. Watson is certain they've seen the last of the Whitechapel Vampire; Sherlock Holmes isn't so sure. They soon learn the Animus Lacuna, barque of the now infamous Barlucci, was reported lost at sea and a longboat carrying the body of Abigail Drake was recovered by Newfoundland fishermen. 
But when Inspector Andrews of Scotland Yard arrives to retrieve her remains, the body suddenly disappears and Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate. Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers takes up the story of the Whitechapel Vampire in New York, where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet, work with, and sometimes work against, New York detectives Mylo Strumm and Michael Murray. Holmes and Watson are on a quest to find the missing body of Miss Abigail Drake, while Strumm and Murray are investigating a string of unusual murders that bear a striking resemblance to the 'Ripper' murders in London. 
Fast-paced and well-researched, Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers sequel to Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire takes the famous detective out of his familiar London environs and places him in 1888 Manhattan, a place of sin and vice, rivaling the worst London has to offer. Holmes chases his nemesis while he struggles with the enigma Barlucci presents.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers
Author: Dean P. Tunbloom
Year: 2014
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part X: 2018 Annual (1896-1916)

The latest collection of new Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. To be released concurrently with Part IX on May 22, 2018.

Part X: 2018 Annual (1896-1916) features contributions by: Mike Hogan, Kelvin Jones, Jim French, Arthur Hall, Steve Ehrman, Greg Hatcher, Jayantika Ganguly, Paul Freeman, Dick Gillman, Maurice Barkley, Daniel D. Victor, Martin Rosenstock, Peter Coe Verbica, Hugh Ashton, Will Murray, Robert Perret, Thaddeus Tuffentsamer, G.L. Schulze, Tim Symonds, and a poem by Derrick Belanger. . . and Forewords in both volumes by Nicholas Meyer, Roger Johnson, and David Marcum. 
Once again, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson continue in this acclaimed anthology series, with thirty-seven new tales presented in two companion volumes - more Holmes than could fit into one book!

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part X: 2018 Annual (1896-1916)
Author: David Marcum
Year: 2018
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part IX: 2018 Annual (1879-1895)

The latest collection of new Holmes stories published by MX to help restore the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. To be released concurrently with Part X on May 22, 2018.

Once again, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson continue in this acclaimed anthology series, with thirty-seven new tales presented in two companion volumes - more Holmes than could fit into one book! 
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories was first published, a huge three-book set featuring over sixty new traditional Holmes exploits, all set within the correct time period. Soon, the demand for even more traditional Holmes adventures led to further volumes. The next year brought Part IV: 2016 Annual, and then Part V: Christmas Adventures. In spring 2017 there was Part VI: 2017 Annual, and that fall revealed the massive two-volume set, Parts VII and VIII: Eliminate the Impossible. Now we present another two simultaneous volumes, Parts IX and X: 2018 Annual (1879-1895) and (1896-1916). 
There can be no argument that Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous and recognizable figures in the world. There were only sixty narratives brought to us by the original Literary Agent, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Clearly that is not enough. 
Watson once wrote that he kept his unpublished cases in his old Tin Dispatch Box. Now, with the publication of these latest volumes, that box has again been explored by some of today's best Sherlockian writers, all of whom are donating their royalties from these anthologies toward the restoration of Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's houses, and the location where The Hound of the Baskervilles and many later Holmes stories were completed. 
Climb the seventeen steps to the sitting room at 221b Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are waiting . . . . 
The game is afoot!

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part IX: 2018 Annual (1879-1895)
Author: David Marcum
Year: 2018
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man (2018)

Dynamite Comics gets back into the Sherlock Holmes business with The Vanishing Man. Issue #1 is released today.

Michael Williams is a family man. A reliable man at both work and home. When he disappears, there are no clues left behind. Now, it is up to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to find out what happened to him and what danger may be lurking around every corner, in the case of The Vanishing Man!

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man
Author: Leah Moore, John Reppion
Year: 2018
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Purchase: Dynamite

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula (1980)

This 1980 (?) paperback reprint of Loren D. Estleman's Holmes-Dracula crossover drops the secondary title, The Adventure of the Sanguinary Count, from the cover art.

HOLMES AMONG THE UNDEAD... 
A mysterious schooner runs aground in an English harbor. Its cargo, fifty boxes of earth; its only living passenger; a black dog. The captain's lifeless body is lashed to the wheel––completely drained of blood. Soon, a rash of bizarre nocturnal crimes terrifies London. Plainly, this is the work of Count Dracula––and a case for Sherlock Holmes. 
Lovers of the Holmes stories will find their hero in a new role here, as the avenger in a realm where pale corpses rise from their graves and go forth by night to feast on blood.

Title: Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula
Author: Loren D. Estleman
Year: 1980
Publisher: Penguin
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | eBay

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (2018)

The 11th volume in Airship 27's series of pulp-inspired Sherlock Holmes stories.

Four New Mysteries Airship 27 Productions is thrilled to present the 11th volume in its best selling mystery series, “Sherlock Holmes – Consulting Detective.” All of them new and never before published.  
A woman’s remains are found in the newly excavated foundation of what will become the New Scotland Yard. The missing painting of a dead woman leads to the unraveling of a devious conspiracy. A U.S. Deputy Marshal is in London pursuing a vicious and elusive criminal. A sadistic serial killer leaves the authorities puzzles before each of his killings.  
Four unique and original cases to challenge Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. Watson as delivered by writers I.A. Watson, Lee Houston Jr., Peter Basile and Greg Hatcher. Once again the streets of London are hidden behind the fog of crime and villainy. Yes, indeed, once again the game is afoot!

Title: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, Volume 11
Author: I.A. Watson, Lee Houston, Jr., Peter Basile, Greg Hathcher
Year: 2018
Publisher: Airship 27
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Friday, April 20, 2018

Sherlock Holmes Omnibus Vol. 1 (2016)

A collected edition of Dynamite's first three original Sherlock Holmes graphic novel adventures: Trial of Sherlock Holmes, Year One, and Liverpool Demon.

Presenting three captivating mysteries of Arthur Conan Doyle's beloved sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, in the first-ever Omnibus collecting his comic book adventures! From young Holmes' first encounter with Dr. John Watson, to the detective's role reversal as a suspect for murder, to a rash of Liverpool killings seemingly committed by a supernatural entity, the finest whodunnits in the Dynamite Entertainment library begin with this very volume! Collects the complete "Trial of Sherlock Holmes", "Year One", and "Liverpool Demon" storylines.

Title: Sherlock Holmes Omnibus Vol. 1
Author: Leah Moore,‎ John Reppion,‎ Scott Beatty
Year: 2016
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Adventures of Moriarty (2015)

Thirty-seven short stories devoted to the man we love to hate, Professor James Moriarty.

We think of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, but far more seductive is the pairing of Holmes and Professor James Moriarty, 'the Napoleon of crime' - a rivalry unparalleled in the world of crime fiction. Fiercely intelligent and a relentless schemer, Moriarty is the super-villain as megastar. 
This wonderfully diverse collection by writers such as Martin Edwards, J├╝rgen Ehlers, Barbara Nadel, L. C. Tyler, Michael Gregorio, Alison Joseph and Peter Guttridge reveals not just the evil side of Moriarty's personality, but his humanity, his motivations and his human failings. Some of the stories are humorous, some scary, but all are hugely entertaining.

Title: The Adventures of Moriarty
Author: Maxium Jakubowski
Year: 2015
Publisher: Robinson
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Saturday, April 7, 2018

The Solar Pons Companion (2017)

The seventh volume in DIPs "The Complete Adventures of Solar Pons" also contains essays by Basil Copper and the history of his involvement with "the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street."

I am not writing new Solar Pons stories. My Solar Pons material was authorised and commissioned by Arkham House Publishers, Inc. back in the 1970s, and was written then but, owing to changes at Arkham House, they were never published by that imprint. 
The tales remained in limbo for something like twenty years before the originals began to be published by Fedogan & Bremer of Minneapolis. All date from the 1970s and early 1980s so perhaps original copyright lines should have been printed together with the new publication dates which would have obviated all misunderstandings. 
So, the present volume and all the Pons tales from my pen were commissioned and authorised by the then editorial and legal personnel at Arkham House and by the estate of the late August Derleth, who was a great friend of mine and very enthusiastic about my work. 
–Basil Copper

Title: The Solar Pons Companion
Author: Basil Copper & Stephen Jones
Year: 2017
Publisher: Drugstore Indian Press
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Case of the Russian Chessboard (2011)

Holmes and Watson uncover Russian intrigue.

Late on a foggy November afternoon, a desperate young woman arrives at Baker Street, imploring Sherlock Holmes to help her. She is terrified about what may be going on inside a secretive London refuge for Russian exiles, where her sister works. 
Thus begins a frightening case which deeply strains both Holmes and Watson because of the dreadful consequences of failure and the mystifying nature of the forces against them. The case leads into strange territory. Into the circles of Victorian radicals and idealists, where early feminists and socialists rub shoulders with exiled foreign revolutionaries. To a utopian anarchist commune in Essex wilderness, which imitates the Tolstoy farm communes in Russia. Deep into the very dark political world from which so many Russian exiles have fled. The trail leads on - to one shocking discovery after another, as Holmes unravels a conspiracy as evil and twisted as a labyrinth in hell. 
Narrated by Dr Watson, The Case of the Russian Chessboard respects Sherlock Holmes traditions and 1890s historical facts. Mingling mystery with gaslight, it offers a gripping, atmospheric and thought-provoking read.

Title: The Case of the Russian Chessboard
Author: Charlie Roxburgh
Year: 2011
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1985)

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of early and significant Holmes pastiche. It includes the infamous "The Case of the Man who was Wanted" (here titled "The Adventure of the Sheffield Banker"), which was thought to be an unpublished story by Conan Doyle when it was first uncovered in 1948. The book includes an introduction by Richard Lancelyn Green explaining the history of each story in the collection.

"If the stories in this book can kindle afresh the fire in the rooms in Baker Street, or echo the noise of the handsome cabs, or catch the sound of a foot upon the stair, then they will achieved their end." - Richard Lancelyn Green
Many writers have revisited the Reichenbach Falls in the hope of summoning up the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. Now Richard Lancelyn Green has succeeded triumphantly with this collection of stories by experts of the calibre of Ronald Knox, Julian Symons and Adrian Conan Doyle. Designed not to compete with or parody the original, but rather to reflect and enhance the achievements of the great detective, The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a delightful treat for all fans. 
The Adventure of the First-Class Carriage
by Ronald A. Knox (1947)
The Adventure of the Sheffield Banker 
by Arthur Whitaker (1948)
The Adventure of the Unique Hamlet 
by Vincent Starrett (1920)
The Adventure of the Marked Man 
by Stuart Palmer (1944)
The Adventure of the Megatherium Thefts 
by S.C. Roberts (1945)
The Adventure of the Trained Cormorant 
by W.R. Duncan Macmillan (1953)
The Adventure of the Ainsworth Castle 
by Adrian Conan Doyle (1954)
The Adventure of the Tired Captain 
by Alan Wilson (1958)
The Adventure of the Green Empress 
by F.P. Cillie (1967)
The Adventure of the Purple Hand 
by D.O. Smith (1982)
The Adventure of the Hillman Hall 
by Julian Symons (1981)


Title: The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Richard Lancelyn Green
Year: 1985
Publisher: Penguin
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes (2016)

A second volume of "lost" Sherlock Holmes stories by Denis O. Smith.

'Is it really possible, do you suppose,' said Sherlock Holmes to me one morning, as we took breakfast together, 'that a healthy and robust man may be so stricken with terror that he drops down dead?' 
So begins Dr Watson's account at the beginning of 'The Adventures of the Brown Box', one of twelve new stories in another wonderful collection from acknowledged master of the form, Denis O. Smith. The other mysteries, many of them never previously published in a book, include 'The Adventure of the Velvet Mask', 'The Adventure of the Tomb on the Hill' and 'The Secret of Shoreswood Hall'. 
These stories are of the sort most admired by fans of the Great Detective, in which a would-be client tells a strange tale and Holmes is inexorably drawn into a seemingly impenetrable mystery. Fast-paced and set in the in the late-nineteenth century, before Holmes's mysterious disappearance at the Reichenbach Falls, Smith's stories recreate with wonderful fidelity the very best of Conan Doyle's adventures.

Title: The Lost Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2
Author: Denis O. Smith
Year: 2016
Publisher: Robinson
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Perils of Sherlock Holmes (2012)

Previously published Holmes stories and essays by Loren D. Estleman collected in one volume along with a new story, "The Serpent's Egg."

Authorized and licensed by Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! 
Award winning author Loren D. Estleman's Sherlock Holmes stories and essays collected in one volume, including "The Serpent's Egg," the opening chapter of a planned pastiche to be a "round-robin" novel by multiple authors including Issac Asimov, Ruth Rendell, and others. 
This entertaining book also includes three previously published essays, "Channeling Holmes," "On the Significance of Boswells," and "Was Sherlock Holmes The Shadow?" that delve deeper into the daring world of Sherlock Holmes and the imaginative mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 
Collection Includes:
"The Serpent's Egg" published here for the first time!
"Channeling Holmes" from The Ghosts in Baker Street.
"The Adventure of the Arabian Knight" from Murder in Baker Street.
"The Adventure of the Three Ghosts" from Holmes for Holidays.
"The Riddle of the Golden Monkeys" from Murder, My Dear Watson.
"Dr. and Mrs. Watson at Home: A Comedy in One Unnatural Act" from The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
"The Adventure of the Coughing Dentist" from Sherlock Holmes in America.
"The Adventure of the Greatest Gift" from More Holmes for the Holidays.
"The Devil and Sherlock Holmes" from The Ghosts in Baker Street.
"On the Significance of Boswell's" from Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories.
"Was Sherlock Holmes the Shadow" from The Baker Street Journal.

Title: The Perils of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Loren D. Estleman
Year: 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

Novelization of the upcoming Paramount movie featuring the voice of Johnny Depp as Sherlock Gnomes. Had to dig deep into the tin dispatch box for this one!

When Gnomeo and Juliet notice that a bunch of garden ornaments have gone missing, they know there’s only one gnome to turn to: the brilliant detective Sherlock Gnomes! Despite his gruff personality, they know there is no one better to solve a mystery. Young fans of the film can relive the fun with this hilarious novelization! 
Paramount Animation’s Sherlock Gnomes—starring Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, and James McAvoy—bursts into theaters on March 23, 2018!  

Title: Sherlock Gnomes
Author: Mary Tillworth
Year: 2018
Publisher: Simon Spotlight
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Friday, March 2, 2018

In the Company of Sherlock Holmes (2015)

A collection of new Holmes stories by noted authors.

The follow-up to A Study in Sherlock a stunning new volume of original stories from award-winning Sherlockians Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. The Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were recently voted as the greatest mystery series of all time, and they have enthralled generations of readers and writers! Now, Holmes everyone's favourite detective, hero and eccentric is reincarnated in this series of brand new stories inspired by the Holmes canon, by an all-star collection of contemporary writers. The resulting volume is an absolute delight for Holmes fans both new and old, with contributions from Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Dirda, Harlan Ellison, Denise Hamilton, Nancy Holder, John Lescroart, Sara Paretsky, Michael Sims and more. The game is afoot again!!

Title: In the Company of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger (editors)
Year: 2015
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Veiled Detective (2004)

Sherlockian and Jeremy Brett biographer David Stuart Davies offers a deconstructive Holmes pastiche.

It is 1880 and a young Sherlock Holmes arrives in London to pursue a career as a private detective. He soon attracts the attention of the criminal mastermind, Professor James Moriarty, who decides that he must control this fledgling genius. What happens next is both shocking and thrilling. The Veiled Detective takes a fresh, exciting and controversial look at the relationship between the great detective Sherlock Holmes, his friend and chronicler, Doctor John H. Watson and Professor Moriarty. The novel deconstructs the myth of Sherlock Holmes and reveals a fascinating and excitingly dramatic alternative view of the man. The novel will amaze and thrill readers of crime fiction as the truth is finally revealed about the world's most famous detective.

Title: The Veiled Detective
Author: David Stuart Davies
Year: 2004
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test (1986)

Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test by Stanley Shaw was first published in hardcover by W.H. Allen in 1985. This is the 1986 paperback will illustrations by John Lawrence. I don't believe the book was ever published in America.

It was Wednesday, 13 August 1902 and one of English cricket's most glorious days when the Oval Test Match was snatched from the jaws of defeat against the Australians. 
But what role does the greta Detective Sherlock Holmes have to play in the sporting triumph? And to add further intrigue, how did an unknown young Australian render a service to English cricket that has remained an international secret to this day? 
The answer is elementary...

Title: Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test
Author: Stanley Shaw
Year: 1986
Publisher: Star Books
Purchase: Amazon.co.uk.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

House of the Doomed (2018)

A ghostly Holmes pastiche by Sherlockian blogger Dan Andriacco.

Dan Andriacco is well established as a formidable detective story writer and, no great surprise, as a formidable Sherlockian. It was only a matter of time before he turned his hand to a full-length and full-blooded exploit of the sage of Baker Street - and what a cracker it is! 
Shortly after the Queen's death brings an end to the Victorian era, Sherlock Holmes is invited to investigate an apparent vendetta against a young woman in Surrey. He and Dr. Watson have often visited the county, but the scene of the attacks is an area even more familiar to a certain Arthur Conan Doyle, who in 1897 had moved his family from London to a small town near Haslemere, in an area already popular among writers and artists. Rumours of ghosts and occult rituals add an extra frisson to the atmosphere of mystery and suspense as the screw gradually, remorselessly tightens. And as a nice bonus we meet an old friend, the one police detective who is undeniably on the same level as Holmes himself. Capital!

Title: House of the Doomed
Author: Dan Andriacco
Year: 2018
Publisher: Wessex Press
Purchase: Gasogene Books

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (1995)

A "truly original" collection of 26 Holmes stories officially authorized by Dame Jean Conan Doyle. This is the paperback first. A hardcover was released in 1997.

NOT EVEN TIME CAN DEFEAT
THE MASTER SLEUTH
in this intriguing anthology of 26 new stories about the most famous and popular detective in the annals of literature–Sherlock Holmes. This volume, authorized for publication by Dame Jean Conan Doyle, contains stories by such top talents as Vonda McIntyre, Frank M. Robinson, Craig Shaw Gardner, David Gerrold, and Mike Resnick, masterful plotters who cleverly set their crime scenarios in every age from Holmes' era to own time or our future, and sometimes even dare to follow the great detective's career after his death. 
From confrontations with Fu Manchu and Moriarty, to a commission Holmes undertakes for a vampire, to a tale in which the master of logic is reconstituted as a computer program, here are truly original stories, all of which contain some science fiction or fantasy element and all of which remain true to the spirit and personality of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous and enduring creation.
THE MUSGRAVE VERSION
THE CASE OF THE DETECTIVE'S SMILE
THE ADVENTURE OF THE RUSSIAN GRAVE
THE ADVENTURE OF THE FIELD THOREMS
THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING COFFIN
THE ADVENTURE OF THE SECOND SCARF
THE PHANTOM OF THE BARBARY COAST
MOUSE AND THE MOAST
TWO ROADS, NO CHOICES
THE RICHMOND ENIGMA
A STUDY IN SUSSEX
THE HOLMES TEAM ADVANTAGE
ALIMENTARY, MY DEAR WATSON
THE FUTURE ENGINE
HOLMES EX MACHINA
THE SHERLOCK SOLUTION
THE FAN WHO MOLDED HIMSELF
SCOND FIDDLE
MORIARTY BY MODEM
THE GREATEST DETECTIVE OF ALL
THE CASE OF THE PURLOINED L'ISITEK
THE ADVENTURE OF THE ILLEGAL ALIEN
DOGS, MASQUES, LOVE, DEATH: FLOWERS
YOU SEE BUT YOU DO NOT OBSERVE
ILLUSIONS
THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEARLY GATE 

Title: Sherlock Holmes in Orbit
Editors: Mike Resnick, Martin H. Greenberg
Year: 1995
Publisher: DAW
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall (1989)

L.B. Greenwood's follow-up to her 1986 novel Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Raleigh Legacy. Beautiful cover art by Kazu Sano.

At the behest of a university acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes joins Dr. Watson on a mission of mercy to the bleak Bristol coast. But Holmes is not motivated by altruism, and when they reach Sabina Hall, his suspicions are justified. Miserly old Silas Andrews, who was to be Watson's patient, lies dead––and a peculiar smell on his medicine spoon means only one thing to Holmes: poison!

The drafty, dilapidated Hall teams with suspects: Bertha Garth, Sila's coldhearted sister-in-law, all too gleeful over her large inheritance; servants Joel and Belle Harper, who expect––and do not receive––a legacy; cheeky housemaid Sally Kipp, mysteriously far from her Cockney homes; nasty village handyman Neb, bitter over conditions at Silas's now-derelict coal mine; and Aunt Garth's put-upon companion, Agnes, whose sweetness leaves Watson, at least, sure of her innocence...

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall
Author: L.B. Greenwood
Year: 1989 (first published 1988)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Beyond Watson (2016)

Another unusual approach to Holmes fiction by noted Sherlockian authors.

Imagine a Holmes Without his Boswell... 
Or, as is the case with the volume you now hold in your hands, imagine a Holmes without the voice of Watson. Is there a difference? After all, we have learned about the great detective not through his own voice and eyes, but through that of his loyal companion, his dear friend, his Boswell. What might we be missing? Who else could tell of the great detective’s feats? 
Find out as today's best Sherlock Holmes authors including Derrick Belanger, Luke Kuhns, Kieran Lyne, David Marcum, Jack McDevitt, Richard Paolinelli, David Ruffle, Geri Schear, Don Smith, Elizabeth Varadan, Daniel Victor, and Marcia Wilson tell stories from the perspectives of: 
Sherlock Holmes
Mrs. Hudson
Colonel Sebastian Moran
Raymond Chandler
Inspector Lestrade
Winston Churchill
Violet Hunter
H. L. Mencken
and many others... 

Experience Holmes like never before as you go Beyond Watson! Includes a special introductory toast from Mark Levy, BSI

Title: Beyond Watson
Author: Various
Year: 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Railway Maniac (2001)

A Holmes pastiche by Barrie Roberts originally published in 1994. This is the hard to find 2001 UK paperback edition.

"Nothing would tempt me back to my old career on any but the most temporary basis." 
Now in his third year of retirement, the celebrated master detective Sherlock Holmes announces his firm resolve to stay well out of affairs of others to his old friend and colleague Dr. John Watson. But this emphatic sentiment is to be short lived. 
At the behest of his enigmatic brother, Holmes is persuaded to investigate two unexplained, catastrophic train derailments which have caused the death of more than forty people. Why would a criminal wreck an express train? 
As the clues accumulate  –  strange astronomer, the German Intelligence Service, a Russian yacht in the port of Aberdeen – the most homicidal lunatic in Britain remains at large.  Something was afoot in Scotland to draw the King and Mycroft from their lairs ... a meeting with the emissary of the Czar, or something more?
Can even the strenuous efforts of Sherlock Holmes avert an international calamity and bring to justice this evil assassin? All is revealed in an intriguing tale that even the late Conan Doyle would have been proud of

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Railway Maniac
Author: Barrie Roberts
Year: 2001
Publisher: Allison & Busby Ltd.
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Wood Green Empire Mystery (1985)

Sherlock Holmes investigates the real life death of magician Chung Ling Soo on-stage at the Wood Green Empire Theater in March 1918.

Was it murder, suicide (the most cold blooded ever), or an accident? The Wood Green coroner brought in a verdict of "death by misadventure." But Sherlock Holmes (lured from his bee-keeping retirement), knew better. Yet for certain reasons he did not divulge his findings, save to his faithful "Boswell," Doctor John Watson. 
In March 1918, a Chinese conjurer, Chung Ling Soo, advertised that he would catch bullets in his teeth on the stage of London's Wood Green Empire. Despite having performed the feat a hundred times, he was fatally wounded in front of several hundred people, dying within hours. 
Far from being an Oriental, he was discovered to be an American: William Ellsworth Robinson, who had filled press and public alike for all but twenty years with his Mongolian disguise. His "wife," the tiny "Suee Seen," also proved to be an American, and there had been domestic problems. 
The story presents a practical solution to a bizarre real-life mystery that in more than sixty years has never been resolved.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Wood Green Empire Mystery
Author: W. Lane
Year: 1985
Publisher: Magico Magazine
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)