"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."

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

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