"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."

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Earthquake Machine (1976)

I've not read this Holmes pastiche by Austin Mitchelson & Nicholas Utechin, but I do love the cover!

In the autumn of 1906, a telegram was delivered to 221B Baker Street. It contained a message which was to plunge Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into their most terrifying adventure, which would threaten the very existence of the British Empire and bring the world to the edge of destruction.

This message set the two detectives on a relentless search for a group of terrorists bent on world war. It read simply: "Come at once, your country at stake."

Title: The Earthquake Machine
Author: Austin Mitchelson & Nicholas Utechin
Year: 1976
Publisher: Belmont Tower Books
Purchase: Amazon.

Also seeHellbirds (1976).

Monday, September 2, 2019

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Undead Client (2019)

A new final case of Sherlock Holmes by M. J. Downing. Sounds like Jack the Ripper is also in the mix.

Sherlock Holmes' devoted friend Dr John Watson takes the lead in a case so bizarre that it could only be revealed after Holmes’ death. 
Sherlock Holmes has only been deceased a month when Dr. John Watson, still grieving, recounts his final case with Holmes. A terrifying mystery, it sends Watson and Holmes into the dark reaches of London’s back alleys – and the human soul. 
It begins when Anne Prescott, a lovely Scottish nurse, begs Sherlock Holmes and Watson to help her find her fiancĂ© and her sister, who have gone missing in the teeming streets of London. Immediately, Watson feels an attraction to her that shocks him. Newly married to Mary, and deeply in love with her, he struggles to put Anne out of his mind. 
As Watson and Holmes dig into the slums and sewers of London looking for Anne’s fiancĂ© and sister, they uncover a deadly web of bloody murders, horrific medical experiments, and even voodoo ritual that threatens not only London, but the entire British empire, and beyond. 
Watson must call on his unique combination of expertise in the medical sciences, as well as his military training to stop this killer before London – and Anne -- are lost to the killer’s bloody plan. But time is short and the mystery ever more complex. How can he manage his feelings for Anne? What about his loyalty to Mary? He can’t have both.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Undead Client
Author: M. J. Downing
Year: 2019
Publisher: Burns and Lea Media
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

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