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)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Shakespeare (2017)

The first of a self-published series called "The Watson Files." Always fun to see Shakespeare in the mix, but Amazon reviewers seem to agree that there's something "off" about this one (starting with the image of Holmes on the cover).

Bestselling author, J.R. Rain, has been delighting fans with his Samantha Moon vampire mysteries for nearly a decade. Now, he sets his sights on the world's most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes! 
Sherlock Holmes, legendary sleuth of Victorian London, is asked to authenticate the work of what appears to be a long lost Shakespearean play. Alas, just as the famed detective is about to announce his conclusion, the manuscript is stolen - and the chase is on to locate and recover it... 
As Sherlock Holmes and his trusted sidekick, Dr. John Watson, begin to unravel the mystery of the missing play, their investigation leads them on a convoluted but logical path. But the closer they come to the missing play, the more their lives are endangered. 
Now, as the clever pair of investigators become the pursued, can Holmes and Watson locate and recover the missing Shakespeare play without dying at the hands of a diabolical killer?

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Shakespeare
Author: J.R. Rain & Chanel Smith
Year: 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Further Crossovers of Sherlock Holmes (2017)

More Holmes crossover adventures from Moonstone Books. Also see: Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook (2012).

Moonstone is proud to present this original anthology featuring never before seen tales of the world’s first consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he teams up with other adventurers and investigators! Authors: Pat Barletta, David Stuart Davies, Nancy Holder, Bradley H. Sinor, Julie Barret, David Gerrold, Jean Rabe, Greg Gick, Matthew V. Clemens, Martin Gately, and Bill Crider. 
Featuring:
Gertrude Bell, renowned adventurer, archeologist, and spy.
Wilkie Collin’s Sergeant Cuff! (The Moonstone).
Baroness Orczy’s Lady Molly of Scotland Yard! (The Scarlet Pimpernel).
Mark Twain.
Oscar Wilde.
Catherine Louisa Pirkis’ Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective.
Actors Malcolm Scott and Matilda Alice Powles.
Arthur B. Reeve’s Craig Kennedy, science detective.
Alexandre Lacassagne, French physician and criminologist.
Edmund Locard, pioneer of forensic science.
Joseph Rouletabille, French spy and investigative journalist (The Phantom of the Opera).

Title: The Further Crossovers of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Richard Dean Starr & Erin Bower (editors)
Year: 2017
Publisher: Moonstone Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK).