"Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, M.D., painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes has at various times to examine."

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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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