"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, November 28, 2021

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXVIII: More Christmas Adventures (1869-1888)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with some holiday adventures. This is the first of three companion volumes published for Christmas 2021.

In Fall 2016, the series presented its first "themed" collection - Part V: Christmas Adventures - containing 30 new adventures that proved to be extremely and enduringly popular. With that in mind, we now revisit that season, with 57 more Christmas Adventures, ranging from a consequential case that occurred when Holmes was still a teenager, to another in the late 1920's when Holmes - in retirement - was still at the top of his game. 
The fifty-seven stories in these three companion volumes are a thrilling mix of mysteries, whatever the season. Some are directly involved with Christmas, while others occur during and in around that season. These represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found by the best pasticheurs, and once again they honor the man described by Watson as "the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known." 

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXVIII: More Christmas Adventures (1869-1888)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2021
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com  | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Pandora Plague (1984)

Most know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini were friends in real-life. But Houdini has also has a regular partnership with Sherlock Holmes in the pages of fiction. The Pandora Plague by Lee A. Matthias was one of their early encounters.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson team up with the master magician Harry Houdini in another thrilling mystery in the life of the greatest detective of all time. 
Houdini is entrusted with a strange locked box from the Far East and is asked to open it. But even he has no way of getting into it until Holmes and Watson join him in solving the riddle of its lock. And when the box is opened, the three investigators unwittingly become entangled with THE PANDORA PLAGUE.

Title: The Pandora Plague
Author: Lee A. Matthias
Year: 1984 (first published 1981)
Publisher: Unicorn Star Press
Purchase: Amazon

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Ten Years Beyond Baker Street (1988)

Sherlock Holmes faces off with the Professor Moriarty of the Far East, the diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu! First published in 1984. This is the 1988 U.S. paperback edition.

It was ten years beyond Baker Street. The great detective was living in restless retirement among his bees in the wilds of Sussex. But an old warhorse will ever thrill to the trumpet of battle, and when a distraught Dr. Petrie begged his help to rescue Nayland Smith from the clutches of the fiendish Dr. Fu Manchu, Holmes, though reluctant, could not resist. 
When the sinister Oriental's evil minions unleashed their vile devices against the great man himself, the issue became more clear-cut. Though the stakes may have includied not simply the survival of Nayland Smith but that of the Empire itself, the stark facts ws that the game was toi be played by two geniuses for good and ill in a battle for a very personal supremacy.

Title: Ten Years Beyond Baker Street
Author: Cay Van Ash
Year: 1988 (first published 1984)
Publisher: Peremnial Library
Purchase: Amazon.

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