Thursday, February 20, 2020

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XVII: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth (1891-1898)

The 17th collection of Sherlock Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The second of three new volumes released October 31, 2019.

Part XVII: In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring adventures set within the correct time period, and written by many of today’s leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, their popularity has only continued to grow. And now we present a new three-volume set. Like 2017’s two-volumes set, Eliminate the Impossible, this new collection, Whatever Remains . . . Must Be the Truth features tales of Holmes’s encounters with seemingly impossible events – ghosts and hauntings, cults and curses, mythical beasts and mediums, angels and demons, and more. 
The forty-eight stories in these three companion volumes represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honor the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.” 
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 XVII: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth (1891-1898)
Year: 2019
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XVI: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth (1881-1890)

The 16th collection of Sherlock Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. One of three new volumes released October 31, 2019.

Part XVI: In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring adventures set within the correct time period, and written by many of today’s leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, their popularity has only continued to grow. And now we present a new three-volume set. Like 2017’s two-volumes set, Eliminate the Impossible, this new collection, Whatever Remains . . . Must Be the Truth features tales of Holmes’s encounters with seemingly impossible events – ghosts and hauntings, cults and curses, mythical beasts and mediums, angels and demons, and more. 
In “The Sussex Vampire”, Holmes tells Watson: “This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply.” In each of the stories presented in this huge three-volume collection, Holmes approaches the varied problems with one of his favorite maxims firmly in place: “. . . . When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth . . . .” But what, exactly, is the truth? 
A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson, was first published in 1887. What an amazing journey the years since then have been! In addition to the pitifully few sixty tales originally presented in The Canon, published between 1887 and 1927, there have been literally thousands of additional Holmes adventures in the form of books, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies, manuscripts, comics, and fan fiction. And yet, for those who are true friends and admirers of the Master Detective of Baker Street, where it is always 1895 (or a few decades on either side of that!) these stories are not enough. Give us more! 
The forty-eight stories in these three companion volumes represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honor the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.” 
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 XVI: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth (1881-1890)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2019
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan (2019)

An adventure set during the "Great Hiatus", first published in Japan in 2017 by Kodansha Ltd. Translated by James Balzer.

Where did Sherlock Holmes go during his famous disappearance between his death at Reichenbach Falls and reappearance in Baker Street, three years later? God of mystery Keisuke Matsuoka contends that it was in the Far East—in Japan, to be exact. 
In 1891, Nicholas Alexandrovich, the Tsarevich of Russia, was traveling in a fragile Meiji-era Japan on an official tour when he was almost assassinated. The Otsu Incident, as this came to be known, led to fear of an international incident, perhaps even a declaration of war from Russia. In steps Sherlock Holmes—on the run from the British police and presumed to be dead. Together with Hirobumi Ito, the first Prime Minister of Japan, the two unlikely allies immerse themselves in a knotted tangle of politics, deceit, and great powers. 
In this deftly researched and immersive novel, based on real historical events, the great Sherlock Holmes stakes his flag in modern history in the turbulent early years of a rising Japan buffeted by the winds of change.

Title: Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Japan
Author: Keisuke Matsuoka
Year: 2019
Publisher: Vertical
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Friday, January 24, 2020

The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1973)

I'm pushing the boundaries of this blog's pastiche only concept to offer up an "enriched edition" of original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle edited by Harry Shefter. I just can't resist '70s paperbacks with great cover art, and this fits that bill!

Twelve of the most exciting adventures of Sherlock Holmes and his faithful assistant, Dr. Watson, are included in this collection. Generations of readers marveled at the extraordinary powers of deduction of this master detective––and his fame seems to mount with the passing years. 
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Red-Headed League
A Case of Identity
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
The Five Orange Pips
The Man with the Twisted Lip The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Reader's Supplement
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb
The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

Title: The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Year: 1973
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Prisoner of the Devil (1979)

"Sherlock Holmes and the Dreyfus Case." Michael Hardwick's first original Holmes pastiche. Hardwick also wrote the centennial Holmes novel The Revenge of the Hound and the novelization of The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first UK hardcover from Protus.

1895. The eyes of the world are fixed on France. An obscure Jewish artillery officer is accused of selling military secrets to Germany... A desperate message is delivered to "The Court of Final Appeal" at a famous address in London's Baker Street...

Title: Prisoner of the Devil
Author: Michael Hardwick
Year: 1979
Publisher: Protus
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays (2012)

Not a Sherlock Holmes story per se, but a clever Holmesian pastiche nevertheless. Winner or the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Play.

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.

Title: The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays
Author: Ken Ludwig
Year: 2012
Publisher: Samuel French
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk