"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."

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Science-Fictional Sherlock Holmes (1960)

Likely the first collection of Sherlock Holmes science fiction self published by four Sherlockians from Denver who called themselves The Council of Four. Includes two stories co-authored by August Derleth of Solar Pons fame.

"But", you say, "Conan Doyle never wrote any science fiction stories involving Holmes." Well, this is a debatable point, for the opposing viewpoint see Anthony Boucher's introduction. Regardless of whether or not he did, there are some science fiction authors who felt that Holmes should have had some more adventures, preferable in the future. Now not only did they feel this way but they actually sat down and did something about giving the world more Holmes stories. 
The Council of Four of Denver, scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, has published this book for science fiction fans and Holmes enthusiasts wherever they may be. We trust you will enjoy the book.
The Martian Crown Jewels by Poul Anderson
The Adventure of the Misplaced Hound by Poul Anderson & Gordon R. Dickson
The Anomaly of the Empty Man by Anthony Boucher
The Greatest Tertian by Anthony Boucher
The Adventure of the Stitch in Time by Mack Reynolds & August Derleth
The Adventure of the Ball of Nostradamus by Mack Reynolds & August Derleth
The Return by H. Beam Piper & John McGuire

Title: The Science-Fictional Sherlock Holmes
Editor: Robert C. Peterson
Year: 1960
Publisher: The Council of Four
Purchase: Amazon.com

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Island of the Mad (2018)

The 15th Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes adventure from Laurie R. King. The popular series kicked off in 1994 with The Beekeepers Apprentice.

The last thing Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, need is to help an old friend with her mad, missing aunt. Lady Vivian Beaconsfield has spent most of her adult life in one asylum after another, since the loss of her brother and father in the Great War. Although her mental state seemed to be improving, she’s now disappeared after an outing from Bethlem Royal Hospital . . . better known as Bedlam. 
Russell wants nothing to do with the case—but she can’t say no. To track down the vanished woman, she must use her deductive instincts and talent for subterfuge—and enlist her husband’s legendary prowess. Together, the two travel from the grim confines of Bedlam to the murky canals of Venice—only to find the shadow of Benito Mussolini darkening the fate of a city, an era, and a tormented English lady of privilege.

Title: Island of the Mad
Author: Laurie R. King
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bantam
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XV: 2019 Annual (1898-1917)

The latest collection of Sherlock Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Third of three new volumes for 2019.

Part XV: Mark Mower, Thomas Fortenberry, Robert Perret, Tracy J. Revels, Robert Stapleton, Peter Coe Verbica, Maurice Barkley, Edward A. Enstrom, William Todd, Roger Riccard, Kelvin Jones, Arthur Hall, Jack Grochot, David Marcum, Dick Gillman, Will Murray, Tim Symonds, Mike Hogan, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Nick Cardillo, and Darryl Webber with Two Poems by Christopher James and Forewords by Will Thomas, Roger Johnson, Melissa Grigsby, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum. 66 Stories New Holmes Adventures in 3 Simultaneously Published Volumes. 
All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XV: 2019 Annual (1898-1917)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2019
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

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