"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."

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXXV: However Improbable (1889-1896)

MX releases the second of two volumes to close out 2022.

Part XXXV: Margaret Walsh, M.J. Elliott, Paul Gilbert, David Marcum, Dan Rowley and Don Baxter, Sean M. Wright and DeForeest B. Wright, III, Jane Rubino, Arthur Hall, Tracy J. Revels, Alan Dimes, Geri Schear, Susan Knight, The Davies Brothers, Josh Cerefice, Mark Mower, Robert Stapleton, Charles Veley and Anna Elliott, Naching T. Kassa, Martin Daley, Kevin Thornton, and I.A. Watson, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by Nicholas Rowe, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXXV: However Improbable (1889-1896)
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Saturday, December 24, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXXIV: However Improbable (1878-1888)

MX releases the first of two new volumes to close out 2022.

Part XXXIV: Featuring Contributions by: Marcia Wilson, Gordon Linzner, Will Murray, Dan Rowley, Tim Newton Anderson, Arthur Hall, Thomas A. Burns, Jr., David Marcum, James Gelter, Anisha Jagdeep, DJ Tyrer, Paul Hiscock, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Stephen Herczeg, Tracy J. Revels, Roger Riccard and John McNabb, with a poem by Joseph W. Svec, III, and forewords by Nicholas Rowe, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXXIV: However Improbable (1878-1888)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Sherlock Holmes & The Twelve Thefts of Christmas (2022)

More Holmes for the holidays.

A thrilling chase as Sherlock Holmes is set a fiendish puzzle by Irene Adler over a snowy London Christmas, in this stunningly packaged mystery. 
Sherlock Holmes’s discovery of a mysterious musical score initiates a devious Christmas challenge set by Irene Adler, with clues that are all variations on the theme of ‘theft without theft', such as a statue missing from a museum found hidden in the room it was taken from. 
In the snowy London lead-up to Christmas, Holmes’s preoccupation with the "Adler Variations" risks him neglecting the case of his new client, Norwegian arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen, who has received a series of threats in the form of animal carcasses left on his doorstep. Could they really be gifts from a strange spirit that has pursued Nansen since the completion of his expedition to cross Greenland? And might this case somehow be related to Irene Adler’s great game?

Title: Sherlock Holmes and The Twelve Thefts of Christmas
Author: Tim Major
Year: 2022
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Monday, October 24, 2022

The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man (1985)

Paperback edition of Daniel Stahower's 1985 novel that teams Sherlock Holmes with Harry Houdini. Stashower would go on to pen a series of "Harry Houdini Mysteries" in the early 2000s. Cover art below is by Neil Stuart (design) and Doug Henry (illustration). You can see the hardcover HERE.

THE WORLDS GREATEST DETECTIVE AND THE KING OF MAGIC TEAM UP TO SOLVE "THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY"
When Harry Houdini is framed and jailed for espionage and Sherlock Holmes vows to clear his name, the two join forces to confound the crooks who are out to blackmail the Prince of Wales. It's a case that requires all their special skills––and then some. As Houdini reduces his body to ectoplasm, Holmes deduces how he does it. And when Houdini makes a daring exit from Scotland Yard, Watson becomes the only person ever to actually see him escape from a prison cell. The magical entertainment, glittering with suspense, comedy, and romance, is a must for Sherlock Holmes fans of lovers of adventure and mystery in grand style.

Title: The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man
Author: Daniel Stashower
Year: 1985
Publisher: Penguin
Purchase: Amazon.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall (1989)

L.B. Greenwood's follow-up to her 1986 novel Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Raleigh Legacy. Beautiful cover art by Kazu Sano.

At the behest of a university acquaintance, Sherlock Holmes joins Dr. Watson on a mission of mercy to the bleak Bristol coast. But Holmes is not motivated by altruism, and when they reach Sabina Hall, his suspicions are justified. Miserly old Silas Andrews, who was to be Watson's patient, lies dead––and a peculiar smell on his medicine spoon means only one thing to Holmes: poison!

The drafty, dilapidated Hall teams with suspects: Bertha Garth, Sila's coldhearted sister-in-law, all too gleeful over her large inheritance; servants Joel and Belle Harper, who expect––and do not receive––a legacy; cheeky housemaid Sally Kipp, mysteriously far from her Cockney homes; nasty village handyman Neb, bitter over conditions at Silas's now-derelict coal mine; and Aunt Garth's put-upon companion, Agnes, whose sweetness leaves Watson, at least, sure of her innocence...

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall
Author: L.B. Greenwood
Year: 1989 (first published 1988)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon (U.S.) | Amazon (UK)

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Revenge from the Grave (2022)

A new Holmes pastiche by noted Sherlockian David Stuart Davies. You can hear an excellent interview with Davis about his days working with Jeremy Brett at the terrific The Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes Podcast.
 

A brand-new Sherlock Holmes mystery from acclaimed Sherlockian author David Stuart Davies, featuring the return of the sinister Moriarty gang... 
When Professor James Moriarty plunged over the Reichenbach Falls the world believed that Sherlock Holmes was also dead. Three years later, Holmes has returned – but so, too, has a deadly threat. With Moriarty’s criminal empire still very much alive, Holmes and Watson are forced to ask themselves if their greatest foe really did perish…

Title: Revenge from the Grave
Author: David Stuart Davies
Year: 2022
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Saturday, August 27, 2022

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story (1979)

A Holmes-Ripper pastiche with the most shocking solution of them all! First published in hardcover in 1978. This is the first Ballantine paperback.


LONDON 1888: 
MANIAC STALKS WHITECHAPEL!
Three female paupers of dubious morals are gruesomely murdered. Their corpses are horribly mutilated. Instantly, London is thrust into a state of terror. A monstrous ghoul is prowling the night, untouchable by Scotland Yard. 
Baffled and desperate, the yard turns to Sherlock Holmes. Holmes challenges this diabolical adversary in the most extraordinary case of his career.

Title: The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
Author: Michael Dibdin
Year: 1979
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse (2022)

Mrs. Hudson takes center stage in this adventure first published in 2004. Part of a five book series of Mrs. Hudson adventures.

What if Baker Street’s most gifted resident wasn't named Sherlock Holmes? What if, instead, that title belonged to his unassuming housekeeper, Mrs.Hudson? Playfully breaking with convention, Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse brings a fresh twist to the classic Victorian mystery. 
An evil stalks London, blown in from the tropics. Stories of cursed giant rats and malign spirits haunt the garrets of the East London neighborhood of Limehouse. A group of merchants are dying one by one. The elementary choice to investigate these mysterious deaths is, of course, the team of Holmes and Dr Watson. But the unique gifts of their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson, and her orphaned assistant Flotsam, will also be needed to solve the case. Can she do it all under the nose of Sherlock himself?

Title: Mrs. Hudson and the Spirits' Curse
Author: Martin Davies
Year: 2022 (first published 2004)
Publisher: Canelo US
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Sherlock Holmes in Oz (2021)

Here's a crossover that I never expected to see. And now that I'm seeing it, I still don't believe it! But I guess there's no place like home.

Gary Lovisi presents a new Sherlock Holmes adventure set in the magical land of Oz, as Holmes and Watson take on their most fantastic case—the Red Poppy Menace! Sure to delight all fans of both Sherlock Holmes and Oz, this edition is profusely illustrated by Lucille Cali.

Title: Sherlock Holmes in Oz
Author: Gary Lovisi
Year: 2021
Publisher: Wildside Press
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley (1986)

Stanley Shaw's follow-up to his first Holmes pastiche, Sherlock Holmes at the 1902 Fifth Test. Unlike that first book, it appears this was only published as a hardcover.

The sensation of 1887 is the visit to London of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The exploits of Buffalo Bill, Chief Red Shirt and the sharpshooting Annie Oakley are exciting everyone's imagination. But not that of Sherlock Holmes. Not even Doctor Watson's enthusiasm for the visitors can, it seems, save Holmes from the clutches of one of his profound depressions. Until, that is, a telegram arrives to summon the Great Detective to Windsor Great Park and a baffling mystery which will involve Holmes and Watson in the affairs of Annie Oakley, The 'Peerless Lady Wing-Shot' herself...

Title: Sherlock Holmes Meets Annie Oakley
Author: Stanley Shaw
Year: 1986
Publisher: W.H. Allen
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Monday, June 6, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXIII: 2022 Annual (1896-1919)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with the third of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXIII featuring contributions from: Terry Golledge, Naching T. Kassa, Susan Knight, Martin Daley, Dan Rowley, Marcia Wilson, Tracy J. Revels, Josh Cerefice, Craig Stephen Copland, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Mark Wardecker, David Marcum, Kevin P. Thornton, Tim Symonds, Tom Turley, David MacGregor, Andrew Bryant, Hugh Ashton, a poem by Alisha Shea, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXIII: 2022 Annual (1896-1919)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Monday, May 30, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXII: 2022 Annual (1888-1895)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with this second of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXII featuring contributions from: Hal Glatzer, Arianna Fox, Terry Golledge, David Marcum, Craig Janacek, James Gelter, Mike Hogan, Arthur Hall, Tracy J. Revels, Will Murray, Roger Riccard, Tim Symonds, Wayne Anderson, Alan Dimes, Mike Chinn, Paul Hiscock, Ian Ableson, a poem by Kevin Patrick McCann, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXII: 2022 Annual (1888-1895)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXI: 2022 Annual (1875-1887)

The MX series of new Sherlock Holmes stories continues with this first of three new volumes for 2022.

Part XXXI featuring contributions from: Sean Wright, John Lawrence, I.A. Watson, Kevin Patrick McCann, Arthur Hall, Tim Symonds, Tracy J. Revels, Susan Knight, Hal Glatzer, Thomas Burns, Geri Schear, David Marcum, Robert Stapleton, Gordon Linzner, David MacGregor, Terry Golledge, DJ Tyrer, Steven Herczeg, Dan Rowley, a poem by Kelvin I. Jones, and forewords by Jeffrey Hatcher, Roger Johnson, Emma West, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum. 
Parts XXXI, XXXII, and XXXIII 2022 Annual 61 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part XXXI: 2022 Annual (1875-1887)
Editor: David Marcum
Year: 2022
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A House Of Mirrors (2021)

The first in a series of Mrs. Hudson & Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Liz Hedgecock.

When Nell Villiers' policeman husband vanishes on a routine case, her life is wrecked. Placed under protection by Inspector Lestrade, Nell is ripped from her old life and her own secret police work. Instead she must live as a widow, Mrs Hudson, in a safe house: 221B Baker Street.  
Two years on, with the case still unsolved, Nell vows to defy Lestrade and use her skills to discover what happened. She takes a lodger to cover her tracks: a young man called Sherlock Holmes. Before long, he is working on her case – and Nell is assisting him.  
But as Nell delves into her past she raises ghosts whom one person would rather keep buried. Will she face danger, and risk her new life in the process?  
'It's always been fun before – but now the police are the enemy...’  
A House of Mirrors is the first book in the Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes series, which documents life at 221B Baker Street from Nell Hudson’s point of view.

Title: A House Of Mirrors
Author: Liz Hedgecock
Year: 2021
Publisher: White Rhino Books 
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Monday, April 11, 2022

Observations by Gaslight (2021)

Sherlockian Lyndsay Faye returns with a collection of Holmes stories told from various points of view.  Faye was recently interviewed on the excellent However Improbable podcast

A new collection of Sherlockian tales that shows the Great Detective and his partner, Watson, as their acquaintances saw them

Lyndsay Faye―international bestseller, translated into fifteen languages, and a two-time Edgar Award nominee―first appeared on the literary scene with Dust and Shadow, her now-classic novel pitting Sherlock Holmes against Jack the Ripper, and later produced The Whole Art of Detection, her widely acclaimed collection of traditional Watsonian tales. Now Faye is back with Observations by Gaslight, a thrilling volume of both new and previously published short stories and novellas narrated by those who knew the Great Detective.

Beloved adventuress Irene Adler teams up with her former adversary in a near-deadly inquiry into a room full of eerily stopped grandfather clocks. Learn of the case that cemented the lasting friendship between Holmes and Inspector Lestrade, and of the tragic crime which haunted the Yarder into joining the police force. And witness Stanley Hopkins’ first meeting with the remote logician he idolizes, who will one day become his devoted mentor.

From familiar faces like landlady Mrs. Hudson to minor characters like Lomax the sub-librarian, Observations by Gaslight―entirely epistolary, told through diaries, telegrams, and even grocery lists―paints a masterful portrait of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you have never seen them before.


Title: Observations by Gaslight
Author: Lyndsay Faye
Year: 2021
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

The Case of the Baker Street Irregular (1981)

Robert Newman's tale of a budding "Baker Street Irregular" kicked off a series of books featuring the exploits of young Andrew and Sara. Only this first book featured Holmes. First published in 1978, this is the 1981 Bantam paperback edition.

A mysterious, broken-nosed cabby, a beautiful actress, and a villainous art heist have one thing in common—but the only one man who knows what it is has methods that are a little, shall we say . . . irregular 
Late Victorian London: home to gas streetlights, bands of ragged urchins, and now, young Andrew Craigie, who recently arrived from a tiny Cornwall village with his stern guardian, Mr. Dennison. At first the city feels dark and unwelcoming, but just around the corner is bustling Baker Street, where Andrew meets his first friend, Sara. Before long, London becomes downright interesting. 
But things get a little too exciting one night when Mr. Dennison doesn’t come home, and suddenly Andrew is on his own. Whom can he turn to in a strange city? Frantic, he goes to the tall, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing man at 221B, a man who Sara says is a famous detective—a man named Mr. Holmes.

Title: The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
Author: Robert Newman
Year: 1981 (first published 1978)
Publisher: Bantam
Purchase: Amazon

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (1954)

The first official Sherlock Holmes continuation was this collections of new stories penned by Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr. The stories were first published in LIFE and Collier's. This is the U.S. hardcover published in 1954.

A NEW collection of Sherlock Holmes adventures, never before published in book form, based on unsolved cases from the original stories.
The Adventure of THE SEVEN CLOCKS
The Adventure of THE GOLD HUNTER
The Adventure of THE WAX GAMBLERS
The Adventure of THE HIGHGATE MIRACLE
The Adventure of THE BLACK BARONET
The Adventure of THE SEALED ROOM
The Adventure of FOULKES RATH
The Adventure of THE ABBY RUINS
The Adventure of THE TWO WOMEN
The Adventure of TE DARK ANGLES
The Adventure of THE DEPARTED HORROR
The Adventure of THE RED WIDOW


Title: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Adrian Conan Doyle & John Dickson Carr
Year: 1954
Publisher: Random House

Monday, February 21, 2022

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Alan Arnold's novelization of the 1985 movie produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Nicholas Rowe as Holmes and Alan Cox as his friend and schoolmate John Watson.

On his first murder case, a brilliant schoolboy is swept into a perilous adventure! 
YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES
When his friend the eccentric professor mysteriously dies, sixteen year-old Holmes suspects of play. The eager detective drags his new friend Watson through London't dark alleys and over the rooftops, braving disaster––and even death––to capture a tricky, powerful foe!

It's a shame Pocket Books didn't use the actual movie poster art (below) for the cover of their novelization. Always loved it.


For a very good review of this novelization, check out Cult Film Club.

Title: Young Sherlock Holmes
Author: Alan Arnold
Year: 1985
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Sword of Death (2022)

The second Holmes adventure from Sherlockian Dan Andriacco.

A headless corpse, a houseful of high society suspects, a mysterious servant, and a woman in danger. Sherlock Holmes is on the case in one of his most baffling and bizarre adventures! 
The horrific sight that greeted us is one that I shall never forget. Seven swords hung by their handle guards. Two hooks for holding additional swords were empty, but one of them was not far away. Covered with drying blood, it lay on the bottom of the concealed space next to a severed head oozing gore. 
This follow-up to the critically acclaimed House of the Doomed presents another new mystery in the traditional style of Arthur Conan Doyle, as only Dan Andriacco can capture it!

Title: The Sword of Death
Author: Dan Andriacco
Year: 2022
Publisher: Wessex Press
Purchase: Gasogene Books

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula (2021)

Sherlock Holmes once again tangles with the Count from Transylvania in this first volume of The Classified Dossier.

In this thrilling supernatural mystery, Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula must join forces to banish a terrible enemy... 
Sherlock Holmes is dead. His body lies in a solitary grave on the Sussex Downs, England. But Dr. Watson survives, and is now given permission to release tales in Sherlock’s ‘classified dossier’, those cases that are, dear reader, unbelievable – for their subject matter is of the most outrĂ© and grotesque nature. 
In this thrilling first installment of The Classified Dossier, a Transylvanian nobleman called Count Dracula arrives at Baker Street seeking the help of Sherlock Holmes, for his beloved wife Mina has been kidnapped. 
But Dracula is a client like no other and Sherlock and Watson must confront – despite the wild, unbelievable notion – the existence of vampires. And before long, Sherlock, Watson and their new vampire allies must work together to banish a powerful enemy growing in the shadows….

Title: Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula
Author: Christian Klaver
Year: 2021
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Meeting of the Minds: The Cases of Sherlock Holmes & Solar Pons II (2021)

The second volume in a collection of new Sherlock Holmes and Solar Pons stories by David Marcum, Mark Mower, Harry DeMaio, Nick Cardillo, Thaddeus Tuffentsamer, Jayantika Ganguly, Chris Chan , Stephen Herczeg, and I.A. Watson.

The world knows of Sherlock Holmes. For those who haven’t yet been lucky enough to yet meet Mr. Pons, one should know that he is a Great Detective in the Holmesian Mold: He models himself after Holmes, wearing the expected deerstalker and Inverness. He investigates using ratiocination, observation, and deduction. His adventures, set in the 1920’s and 1930’s, are transcribed by his friend, Dr. Parker. He lives in London, working closely with Scotland Yard, and he helps to fill the vacuum left when Sherlock Holmes retired to Sussex. 
Throughout the Pontine Canon, there are references to Sherlock Holmes. For long decades, Pons fans and scholars have speculated on the connection between the two. Now, after all this time – nearly one-hundred years since the last Canonical Holmes story was published and Derleth recorded the first Pons tale – Belanger Books proudly presents the stories that provide answers – The Meeting of the Minds . . . . 
These companion volumes contain eighteen new adventures in two companion volumes by some of today’s best Holmesian and Ponsian authors. Join us again at 7B Praed Street, where The Game is Afoot!

Title: The Meeting of the Minds: The Cases of Sherlock Holmes & Solar Pons II
Author: David Marcum (Editor)
Year: 2021
Publisher: Belanger Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Sunday, January 2, 2022

The Meeting of the Minds: The Cases of Sherlock Holmes & Solar Pons I (2021)

A collection of new Sherlock Holmes and Solar Pons stories by authors David Marcum, Derrick Belanger, Sean Venning, Thomas A. Burns Jr., John Linwood Grant, Naching T. Kassa, and Andrew Salmon. The first of two companion volumes.

The world knows of Sherlock Holmes. For those who haven’t yet been lucky enough to yet meet Mr. Pons, one should know that he is a Great Detective in the Holmesian Mold: He models himself after Holmes, wearing the expected deerstalker and Inverness. He investigates using ratiocination, observation, and deduction. His adventures, set in the 1920’s and 1930’s, are transcribed by his friend, Dr. Parker. He lives in London, working closely with Scotland Yard, and he helps to fill the vacuum left when Sherlock Holmes retired to Sussex. 
Throughout the Pontine Canon, there are references to Sherlock Holmes. For long decades, Pons fans and scholars have speculated on the connection between the two. Now, after all this time – nearly one-hundred years since the last Canonical Holmes story was published and Derleth recorded the first Pons tale – Belanger Books proudly presents the stories that provide answers – The Meeting of the Minds . . . . 
These companion volumes contain eighteen new adventures in two companion volumes by some of today’s best Holmesian and Ponsian authors. Join us again at 7B Praed Street, where The Game is Afoot!

Title: The Meeting of the Minds: The Cases of Sherlock Holmes & Solar Pons I
Author: David Marcum (Editor)
Year: 2021
Publisher: Belanger Books
Purchase: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

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