Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes (1976)

A canonical continuation by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's son, Adrian Conan Doyle and John Dickson Carr. First published in 1954. I love the cover of this 1976 paperback reprint.

Once again, "The game's afoot!"

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson embark on twelve new detective adventures that have been out of print for more than twenty years.

These strange and surprising cases––only hinted at in the famous earlier chronicles––are recorded at last in full. Here is the good Watson, rushing impetuously to the aid of lovely ladies in distress. And Holmes, taking soothing pleasure from his violin while frustrating Scotland Yard's Lestrade at every encounter.

These are, indeed, cases for the connoisseur. No one could have produced them with the  authentic Conan Doyle flavor but Sir Arthur's son Adrian. Writing with one of the world's greatest masters of mystery, John Dickson Carr, he has produced a rare casebook to delight and confound Sherlock Holmes fans the world over!
The Adventure of THE SEVEN CLOCKS
The Adventure of THE GOLD HUNTER
The Adventure of THE WAX GAMBLERS
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 THE DARK ANGLES
The Adventure of THE RED WIDOW 

Title: The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Adrian Conan Doyle & John Dickson Carr
Year: 1976 (first published 1954)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Purchase: Amazon.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries (2015)

A second volumes of Holmes stories by Gayle Lange Puhl that put the great detective into adventures inspired by folk tales and children's literature.

Jewel thefts, missing persons, even murder are all elements in the world of the great detective Sherlock Holmes. What connects the stories in this book is that the cases he and his biographer Dr. John H. Watson investigate are based on adventures beloved of childhood. 
In a novel twist to the usual Holmes pastiches, Mrs. Puhl has based her plots involving Mr. Sherlock Holmes on folk tales, nursery rhymes and other snippets of children's literature. She has brought them into the Victorian era and kept them true to the expectations for Holmesian stories. 
But these are not children's tales. There are no talking rabbits, no flying carpets or magic wands. There is not always a happy ending. They are all grounded in the logical world of Holmes and Watson. 
Two men are determined to prove in a race which of them is faster. 
A child is missing and presumed dead. Can Sherlock Holmes help heal the mother's broken heart? 
A baby is found in a basket at the foot of the seventeen steps to 221b Baker Street. 
Did an ancient legend lead to a modern-day murder? 
Join Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his biographer Dr. John H. Watson as they explore the unusual cases brought to them from the land of bedtime stories and wise adages. You may never feel quite the same again about children's literature.

Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries
Author: Gayle Lange Puhl
Year: 2015
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon.com

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part V: Christmas Adventures

The fifth volume in this ongoing series of new Holmes stories published by MX is a Christrmas special. Release date is November 21, 2016.

This is Volume V of the largest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories ever created. “The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part V: Christmas Adventures” features contributions by: Bob Byrne, Derrick Belanger, Amy Thomas, David Marcum, Denis O. Smith, C.H. Dye, Marcia Wilson, Julie McKuras, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bert Coules, John Hall, Jim French, S.F. Bennett, Narrelle M. Harris, William Patrick Maynard, Vincent W. Wright, James Lovegrove, Arthur Hall, Nicholas Utechin, Mike Chinn, Tracy J. Revels, Roger Riccard, Wendy C. Fries, Paul D. Gilbert, Jan Edwards, Molly Carr, S. Subramanian, Peter K. Andersson, Matthew J. Elliott, Hugh Ashton, and Mark Mower, with a poem by Ashley D. Polasek and forewords by Jonathan Kellerman, Roger Johnson, Steve Emecz, Melissa Farnham, and David Marcum.

Title: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part V: Christmas Adventures
Author: David Marcum (editor)
Year: 2016
Publisher: MX Publishing
Purchase: Amazon

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fire Storm (2014)

The fourth "Young Sherlock Holmes" adventure from Andrew Lane, Fire Storm, was first relased in the UK in 2011. This 2014 U.S. paperback rebrands the series as "Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins."

Teenage Sherlock's captivating sidekick Virginia and her father have vanished. Their house looks as if nobody has ever lived in it; the neighbors claim never to have heard of them. Sherlock begins to doubt his sanity, until a clever clue points him to Scotland. Following that clue leads him into a mystery that involves kidnapping, body-snatchers, and a man who claims he can raise the dead. Only the budding detective Sherlock can untangle the dangerous web that traps his friends.  

Title: Fire Storm
Author: Andrew Lane
Year: 2014 (first published 2011)
Publisher: Square Fish
Purchase: Amazon.com

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Complete Pons collection in the works

I don't normally report news here at the Vault, but I couldn't resist this tidbit from the PS Publishing Weekly Newletter.

Thanks to Charles Prepoiec.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Secret Files of Solar Pons (1979)

Another collection of Solar Pons stories by August Derleth's successor Basil Copper. The tenth and final book in Pinnacle's Pons series.

Come, once again, to number 7B Praed Street, where Solar Pons, the master of deduction, awaits your arrival. Slouched in the cozy cavern of his armchair, his keen eyes fixed on the door, Solar Pons puffs thoughtfully on his pipe, pondering strange and soul-chilling cases.
Here is the brilliant Solar Pons at his very best... clutching at elusive clues as he briskly sets apace into the ominous alleyways of old London in chase of crime. If you've not yet joined us in the eternal hunt, you are about to discover a new joy in a tradition that, alas, may have been lost forever, were it not for the reappearance of the remarkably ingenious and incomparable Solar Pons, whose entrancing effect on dyed-in-the-wool aficionados of detection is, indeed, elementary.
The Adventure of the Crawling Horror
The Adventure of the Anguished Actor
The Adventure of the Ignored Idols
The Adventure of the Horrified Heiress

Title: The Secret Files of Solar Pons
Author: Basil Cooper
Year: 1979
Publisher: Pinnacle Books
Purchase: Amazon.com.