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

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