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
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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
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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
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