Saturday, August 1, 2020

Death By Gaslight (1982)

Michael Kurland's second Professor Moriarty novel. Once again the paperback sports nice cover art with a Rathbone inspired Holmes.

BLUE BLOOD WAS FLOODING LONDON WITH HORROR

A killer who made Jack the Ripper seem gentle was slitting the throats of the cream of England's aristocracy. Naturally Scotland Yard launched total war against this monster, enlisting the great Sherlock Holmes himself.

Only when this ultimate weapon of the law failed to stem the blue-blodded deaths were they forced to play a last desperate card–Professor James Moriarty, the Napoleon of Crime, who had his own methods of fighting an evil that went beyond mere murder by gaslight to hell-lit depths of diabolical depravity and satanic sin....

Title: Death By Gaslight
Author: Michael Kurland
Year: 1982
Publisher: Signet
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Murder By Decree (1979)

Novelization of the 1979 film starring Christopher Plummer as Sherlock Holmes and James Mason as Dr. Watson. A good Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper tale incorporating a popular Royal conspiracy theory of the day. Recently released as a Special Edition Blu-ray.

THE MOST INFAMOUS MURDERER IN THE ENTIRE CENTURY––

He terrorized a city.
He committed acts of unspeakable horror.
He ruled the shadows and the back alley.
He was called Jack the Ripper––

THE MOST ILLUSTRIOUS INVESTIGATOR OF ALL TIME––

He commanded boundless admiration.
He possessed ruthless intelligence.
He pursued his suspects with unfailing instincts.
He was Sherlock Holmes.

Title: Murder By Decree
Author: Robert Weverka
Year: 1979
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Purchase: Amazon | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Death at the Diogenes Club (2017)

The sixth book featuring Sherlock Holmes and his American daughter Lucy James. Gotta say, a murder at the Diogenes Club is a nice pastiche idea!

Lucy James and Sherlock Holmes must solve a mysterious locked-room murder at London’s exclusive Diogenes Club. But Lucy is still coping with the traumatic after-effects of their last case, and her romantic relationship with a handsome young police detective is growing more complex. Emotions intensify and the dangers become life-threatening as they find themselves drawn into lethal conflict with the most ruthless gang leader in London.

Title: Death at the Diogenes Club
Author: Anna Elliott and Charles Veley
Year: 2017
Publisher: Wilton Press
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Sunday, June 28, 2020

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXI: 2020 Annual (1898-1923)

The third of three new volumes featuring 64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

As has become the tradition, this new collection of 64 adventures features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes's retirement. Along the way they are involved in some fascinating mysteries - some relating Untold Cases, others sequels to Canonical adventures, and a number progressing along completely unexpected lines. 
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known." 

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXI: 2020 Annual (1898-1923)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2020
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Friday, June 19, 2020

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XX: 2020 Annual (1891-1897)

The second of three new volumes featuring 64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

As has become the tradition, this new collection of 64 adventures features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes's retirement. Along the way they are involved in some fascinating mysteries - some relating Untold Cases, others sequels to Canonical adventures, and a number progressing along completely unexpected lines. Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known." 
Featuring - Roger Riccard, Matthew White, Kevin P. Thornton, Chris Chan, Nick Cardillo, MJH Simmonds, Craig Stephen Copland, Will Murray, Ian Ableson, Thomas A. Turley, David Marcum, Dick Gillman, David Friend, Arthur Hall, Brenda Seabrooke, James Moffett, Robert Stapleton, Andrew Bryant, Will Murray, Andrew Bryant, Peter Coe Verbica, Sean M. Wright, and Tim Gambrell, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by John Lescroart, Roger Johnson, Lizzy Butler, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XX: 2020 Annual (1891-1897)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2020
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XIX: 2020 Annual (1882-1890)

The first of three new volumes featuring 64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes stories published by MX to help preserve the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

In 2015, the first three volumes of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories arrived, containing over 60 stories in the true traditional Canonical manner, revisiting Holmes and Watson in those days where it is "always 1895" . . . or a few decades on either side of that. That was the largest collection of new Holmes stories ever assembled, and originally planned to be a one-time event. But readers wanted more, and the contributors had more stories from Watson's Tin Dispatch Box, so the fun continued. 
Now, with the release of Parts XIX, XX, and XXI, the series has grown to over 450 new Holmes adventures by nearly 200 contributors from around the world. Since the beginning, all contributor royalties go to the Stepping Stones School for special needs children at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's former homes, and to date the project has raised nearly $60,000 for the school. 
As has become the tradition, this new collection of 64 adventures features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes's retirement. Along the way they are involved in some fascinating mysteries - some relating Untold Cases, others sequels to Canonical adventures, and a number progressing along completely unexpected lines. 
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known." 
Featuring - Roger Riccard, Matthew White, Kevin P. Thornton, Chris Chan, Nick Cardillo, MJH Simmonds, Craig Stephen Copland, Will Murray, Ian Ableson, Thomas A. Turley, David Marcum, Dick Gillman, David Friend, Arthur Hall, Brenda Seabrooke, James Moffett, Robert Stapleton, Andrew Bryant, Will Murray, Andrew Bryant, Peter Coe Verbica, Sean M. Wright, and Tim Gambrell, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by John Lescroart, Roger Johnson, Lizzy Butler, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XIX: 2020 Annual (1882-1890)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2020
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Harry Houdini & Sherlock Holmes: Auf den Spuren Houdinis (1908/2020)

The very first pairing of Sherlock Holmes and magician Harry Houdini was in a German short story called "Auf den Spuren Houdinis" (On The Trail Of Houdini). This new book from Houdini collector Arthur Moses includes the original German text as well as a never before published English translation.

After a performance in Berlin, Germany, Houdini is kidnapped by his lesser rivals. Sherlock Holmes is urgently summoned to Berlin to investigate. Through his masterful deductive reasoning he tracks down the dangerous perpetrators in the nick of time. 
A recreation in its entirety of the German language pulp magazine series Aus den Geheimakten des Welt-Detektivs, featuring the 1908 issue number 101 "Auf den Spuren Houdini's" (On The Trail Of Houdini). Uniting Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes, formidable protagonists together, one being a fictional character and the other a living legend of history, is a masterful stroke synchronizing their uniquely charismatic identities. This text focuses on a single 1908 German language publication which brought them together, along with its never before published English translation in addition to later translated foreign language editions based upon the German work. Their two personas are as popular today as ever, with many modern pastiches, comic books and films successfully pairing Houdini and Holmes. 
Other reprints of this title in other foreign languages are represented by reproducing their covers; France, Belgium, Denmark, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, and Spain. 

Title: Harry Houdini & Sherlock Holmes Together Again In 1908: Auf Den Spuren Houdinis (On The Trail Of Houdini)
Author: Arthur Moses
Year: 2020
Publisher: Arthur Moses
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Necronomicon of Solar Pons (2020)

Solar Pons is back in nine new tales with a Lovecraftian flavor.

SOLAR PONS vs. the CTHULHU MYTHOS in NINE NEW ADVENTURES 
August Derleth introduced the world to Solar Pons and Dr. Lyndon Parker in the 1920's. Pons, like Sherlock Holmes, solved crimes using deduction and ratiocination, often referring to Holmes as “The Master” or “My illustrious predecessor”. Since his first appearance, Pons has been a favorite with Sherlockians. 
In the 1930's, Derleth coined the term "Cthulhu Mythos" to describe the weird fiction written by the writers in the Lovecraft circle. After Lovecraft died in 1937, Derleth created Arkham House Publishing to make certain Lovecraft and other writers of the Cthulhu mythos, himself included, remained in print. Derleth wrote a number of tales of the Cthulhu mythos including The Mask of Cthulhu, The Trail of Cthulhu, and The Watchers Out of Time (collaborating with Lovecraft). 
Now, for the first time ever, the estate of August Derleth has authorized a one of a kind anthology combining Derleth's Solar Pons, the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street, with his Cthulhu Mythos and horror tales. Join us in the foggy streets of early 20th Century London where horror is lurking on the streets and also at the veil of reality. 
The Rondure of Cthulhu by Stephen Herczeg
The Meandering Mathematician by Robert Perret
A Matter of Blood by Nick Cardillo
To Everything There is a Season by Stephen Persing
The Adventure of the Book and the Gate by Eleanor Sciolistein
Solar Pons and the Testament in Ice by Jeff Baker
The Adventure of the Drowned Genealogist by I.A. Watson
The Man with the Writhing Skin by David Marcum
The Devil's Tongue of Blue John Gap by Derrick Belanger
Plus a bonus Sherlock Holmes adventure!

Title: The Necronomicon of Solar Pons
Author: Derrick Belanger
Year: 2020
Publisher: Belanger Books
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Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (2019)

A collection of new Holmes stories tailored to the YA market.

The First Ever Collection of Traditional Sherlock Holmes Stories Specifically Written for Young Adults! 
Belanger Books is proud to present a new collection of over twenty traditional Sherlock Holmes stories written specifically for young adults -- including a brand-new MACDOUGALL TWINS adventure! 
The story collection is written by professional writers such as David Marcum, Derrick Belanger, Elizabeth Varadan, Will Murray, Rob Nunn, Robert Perret, Peter Eckrich, Dick Gillman, Kieran Judge, and Derek Nason, as well as a variety of student writers. Plus an introduction by Shannon Carlisle, BSI. 
The adventures in this collection had to adhere to Derrick Belanger’s “10 Rules for Writing a Sherlock Pastiche”. Holmes and Watson are as Doyle intended them with cases taking place in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, none later than the 1920’s. If you are looking for a fun, traditional collection of British mysteries then you will enjoy The Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 
The proceeds from this book will be donated to The Beacon Society, a Sherlock Holmes Scion Society which gives grants to teachers, libraries, and Sherlock Holmes organizations to help introduce students to Sherlock Holmes.

Title: The Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Editor: Derrick and Brian Belanger
Year: 2019
Publisher: Belanger Books
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Friday, April 17, 2020

Sherlock Holmes in Modern Times (1980)

An anthology of short Sherlock Holmes stories set in the modern day; in this case the 1980s. Dworkin published a second collection in 1994 called, Sherlock Takes a Wife and Other Modern Tales.

No description available.

Title: Sherlock Holmes in Modern Times
Author: Ira Bernard Dworkin
Year: 1980
Publisher: William-Frederick Press
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania (2011)

Another crossover adventure that finds Holmes and Watson tangling with the King of the Undead.

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson are returning to London from Bucharest after the great detective has interceded in a delicate matter relating to the Rumanian Royal House. 
As they depart from Bucharest they receive their mail forwarded from London. Doctor Watson opens a distressing letter from his niece, Mina, now living in Budapest with her young husband, Janos, a newly qualified lawyer. It seems that the young man has not returned from a business assignment in Transylvania. 
Holmes advises that he and Watson should postpone their return to Baker Street. Watson wires ahead and they are met at the station by Mina and her friend, Lucy Westenra. 
Holmes is duly intrigued by their stay overnight at the home of Dr Westenra in the grounds of the asylum of which Dr Westenra is the Administrator. 
Holmes suspects that letters from the young lawyer may have been forged, or written under duress. Next day they set off for Castle Dracula.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Affair in Transylvania
Author: Gerry O'Hara
Year: 2011
Publisher: MX Publishing
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Monday, March 16, 2020

Death of a Scavenger (1980)

Another adventure of a Holmes pretender. Great cover art.

Elementary, My Dear Enclave! 
Dr. Hugo Enclave couldn't resist any case rated by the police as "unsolvable." That's why the Rockmore murder case appealed so strongly to his Sherlock Holmes instinct. With the aid of his resident "Dr. Watson," Enclave set out to unravel the tangled threads surrounding the death of one Harland Rockmore, who had met his end in the course of a scavenger hunt–threads that, once unwound, led Enclave through a torturous labyrinth of murder, mayhem and mystery to a conspiracy aimed at the White House itself!

Title: Death of a Scavenger
Author: Keith Spore
Year: 1980
Publisher: Belmont Tower
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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XVIII: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth (1899 -1925)

The 18th 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 XVIII: 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 XVIII: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth (1899 -1925)
Year: 2019
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

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
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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
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