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)

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