"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, February 21, 2017

The Exploits of Solar Pons (1993)

Four unpublished Solar Pons stories by Basil Copper in a special edition illustrated by Stefanie Kate Hawks.

Four new adventures of "the Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street" 
Solar Pons was created nearly seventy years ago by August Derleth who patterened his sleuth closely after Doyle's greta detective. Sixty-eight tales, including one novel, were written by Derleth over a period of some forty years.
But Mr. Pons' already impressive career did not ene with the death of his creator. The series passed to the capable hands of the British author Basil Copper. While several collections of Mr. Copper's Pons stories have already appeared in paperback editions, this is the first publication of the stories contained herein.
The Adventure of the Verger's Thumb
The Adventure of the Phantom Face
Death at the Metropole
The Adventure of the Callous Colonel

Title: The Exploits of Solar Pons
Author: Basil Copper
Year: 1993
Publisher:Fedogan & Bremer
Purchase: Amazon.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Taste For Honey (1964)

First published in 1941, A Taste For Honey was one of the very first Holmes pastiches. The plot features a mysterious retired beekeeper who goes by the name of "Mr. Mycroft." While the original intent seems to be that this is Sherlock himself, later publishers packaged the book as a "Mycroft Holmes Mystery." Two more Mr. Mycroft adventures followed: Reply Paid (1945) and The Notched Hairpin (1949).

MURDERED...BY BEES? 
Who is Mr. Mycroft? The true identity of this magnificent, inscrutable old gentleman is a deep secret–but there are echoes of Baker Street in his voice, and a familiar gleam in his eyes that miss no clue.
In A Taste for Honey, he meets one of the most sinister murderers of all time, and encounters one of the most fiendishly ingenious murder methods ever devised. 

Title: A Taste For Honey
Author: H.F. Heard
Year: 1964
Publisher: Lancer
Purchase: Amazon.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sherlock Holmes and the Sacred Sword (1980)

Frank Thomas' follow-up to his first Holmes pastiche Sherlock Holmes and the Golden Bird. The image of Holmes on the cover is Alfred Burke from a revival of the Gillette play in 1952. Watson, of course, is Nigel Bruce. This book was reissued with new cover art in 1985.

THE SWORD UNSHEATHED 
A dying man arrives at 221B Baker Street. . . .
An eccentric burglar scandalizes Sussex. . . .
The legendary sword of the prophet Mohammed surfaces,
then disappears. . . . 
This bizarre sequence of events propels Sherlock Holmes and Watson on a strange odyssey, from Baker Street to the back canals of Venice, from Berlin to exotic Egypt and the Valley of the Kings––in search of the sacred sword and a false prophet who threatens to trigger a Holy War in the Middle East––unless Sherlock Holmes stops him in time.
In the great tradition of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, another rare tale of intrigue, deductive reasoning, and confounding mystery to delight and tantalize Sherlock Holmes fans around the world. 

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Sacred Sword
Author: Frank Thomas
Year: 1980
Publisher: Pinnacle
Purchase: Amazon

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

An East Wind Coming (1979)

This Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack The Ripper adventure by sci-fi author Arthur Byron Cover is set two million years in the future. The stunning cover art is by legendary fantasy artist Boris Vallejo.

IN THE GOLDEN CITY OF THE GODS, THE LEGENDS LIVE
It was two million years in the future and they were immortal––Holmes, Watson, all the Great Ones. With nothing to master but limitless Time. 
But that was before the killing began, before the world's greatest sleuth discovered that history's most heinous criminal was also "alive" and steeping the East End of the Eternal City in the blood of goddesses. 
Somehow they had to stop him from wielding his antimatter blade. But the puzzle's solution would be less than elementary––and much more bizarre than even Holmes could envision––for an Eternity to come.

Title: An East Wind Coming
Author: Arthur Byron Cover
Year: 1979
Publisher: Berkley Books
Purchase: Amazon.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stone Cold (2014)

Andrew Lane's seventh novel in the rebranded "Young Sherlock" series. This time Holmes is at Oxford.

Following his last thrilling adventure Sherlock Holmes has been sent to live in Oxford to focus on his education. But something strange is happening in the university pathology labs. Body parts are being stolen from corpses and are being posted one by one to an address in London. What can these sinister goings-on mean, and what message is someone trying to send? In an attempt to find out, Sherlock follows the trail to a very sinister house deep in the countryside. Can he get to the bottom of another baffling mystery? Sherlock Holmes: think you know him? Think again.

Title: Young Sherlock: Stone Cold
Author: Andrew Lane
Year: 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Purchase: Amazon.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Holmes and Houdini (2017)

The latest Holmes-Houdini crossover is from Ron Fortier's Airship 27. Nice Peter Cushing inspired Holmes on the cover. Interestingly, Cushing also played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the 1976 television biopic The Great Houdinis.

 
Terror in Gaslight 
They call themselves the Far Edge Club, a mysterious cabal of rich, sadistic hedonists who live only to create pain and fear in others. Just one man has ever bested their perverted schemes, the world renowned magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. London becomes the stage for their final confrontation. 
The Club has recruited an army of killers in their maddened goal to destroy Houdini. But they are unaware he is not without his own allies. Joining the fray at the American’s side is none other than the Great Detective of Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes, and his loyal companion, Dr. Watson. Together these exceptional heroes will battle an insidious evil and attempt to solve the mystery of the Ghost Mask of L’Inconnu. 
Writer I.A. Watson delivers an incredible adventure mystery that will keep readers up till the wee hours of the night. “Homes & Houdini” is New Pulp fiction at its finest.

Title: Holmes and Houdini
Author: I.A. Watson
Year: 2017
Publisher: Airship 27
Purchase: Amazon.com