Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes

New title for the Sherlock fans has hit the bookstores. Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes

A follow-up collection to well-received The Perils of Sherlock Holmes!

Award-winning author Loren D. Estleman has curated a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from some of the finest authors in Sons of Moriarty and More Stories of Sherlock Holmes. This is the first time that these stories appear together in one anthology, including “Sons of Moriarty,” a Sherlock Holmes novella, appearing here for the first time.

Estleman’s last Holmes collection, The Perils of Sherlock Holmes, was authorized by the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle and was met with rave reviews. It was dubbed “an excellent collection of short stories and essays” by the New York Review of Books, “an entertaining and diverting read” by Bookpleasures.com, and was said to transport readers “to another place and time during the series of short stories that pay homage to the legend that is Sherlock Holmes” on the Pop Culture Guy Blog.

Sherlock Holmes -The Illustrious Client

A change of pace for the Holmes fan as Sherlock is tasked to stop a forthcoming marriage. How can Holmes persuade  a woman that her fiance is a philanderer and womanizer?

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Sherlock Holmes – A Scandal In Bohemia

 

 

English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sid...
English: Portrait of Arthur conan doyle by Sidney Paget.c. 1890 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“A Scandal in Bohemia”
The very first Sherlock Holmes short story (following the detective’s introduction in the novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four) was also the first Granada Television production in the long-running Holmes series featuring Jeremy Brett’s definitive performance as the famous sleuth. No deerstalker cap, cape, curved meerschaum pipe, or Basil Rathbone mannerisms for this Holmes: Brett’s portrayal went straight to the heart of the character Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created, with all the manic-depressive, coldly clinical, drug-dependent, and unnervingly focused brilliance intact. Just as on-the-money is David Burke’s Dr. John Watson, who is hardly the loyal puppy of widespread assumption but rather a dedicated ally and determined chronicler of the publicity-wary Holmes. “A Scandal in Bohemia,” ironically, is one of the few instances of Holmes being bested by an equally intelligent adversary–an actress by the name of Irene Adler (Gayle Hunnicutt), who has threatened to reveal damaging evidence of her own affair with the king of Bohemia (Wolf Kahler), a ridiculous pseudonym invented by Watson to protect the real royal personage in trouble. It’s Holmes to the rescue, going undercover in disguise to take away the blackmailer’s trump, though it’s he whose head will ultimately be turned by the extraordinary Irene. The cast is wonderful (meet Rosalie Williams as Baker Street housekeeper Mrs. Hudson), and the drama is great fun. (For a contemporary movie reinvention of this story, check out the 1998 feature Zero Effect, starring Bill Pullman as a whacked-out variation on Holmes, Ben Stiller as his long-suffering Watson, and Kim Dickens as an updated Irene.) –Tom Keogh

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes
Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes (Photo credit: Scott Monty)

Holmes and Watson attempt to have a holiday — well maybe I should say Watson is trying to have a holiday. Of course their holiday is interrupted by murder!

Jeremy Brett was/is my favorite actor to pay the part of Sherlock Holmes.  While many actors have played the great detective before him and many more will follow him, he was without a doubt the best Sherlock Holmes

Enjoy this video of Brett as Holmes solving the puzzle of . The Boscombe Valley Mystery.

Purchase the set at Amazon …The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes Collection

Review: Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

Encounters of Sherlock Holmes
George Mann (Editor)

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN-10: 1781160031
ISBN-13: 978-1781160039

(Barry’s score 4 1/2 stars out of 5)
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Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

Product description:

A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Justin Richards, Paul Magrs, Guy Adams and Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George Mann, and including a story by Mann himself.

Introduction by George Mann
The Loss of Chapter Twenty-One by Mark Hodder
Holmes and the Indelicate Widow by Mags L Halliday
The Demon Slasher of Seven Sisters by Cavan Scott
The Post-Modern Prometheus by Nick Kyme
Mrs Hudson at the Christmas Hotel by Paul Magrs
The Case of the Night Crawler by George Mann
The Adventure of the Locked Carriage by Stuart Douglas
The Tragic Affair of the Martian Ambassador by Eric Brown
The Adventure of the Swaddled Railwayman by Richard Dinnick
The Pennyroyal Society by Kelly Hale
The Persian Slipper by Steve Lockley
The Property of a Thief by Mark Wright
Woman’s Work by David Barnett
The Fallen Financier by James Lovegrove

My thoughts:

English: Statue of Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh
English: Statue of Sherlock Holmes in Edinburgh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to confess a certain bias. I love Sherlock Holmes and fit into the camp that believes that bad Holmes is better than no Holmes at all.  I’m also a steampunk fan. Having admitted that, is it any surprise that I thoroughly loved the collection of new Holmes stories in Encounters of Sherlock Holmes ?

I really enjoy George Mann’s work and reviewed his book Ghosts of Manhattan a couple of years ago. His story “Case of the Night Crawler” is excellent and I loved that he pulled in his “Newbury and Hobbes” characters. This isn’t the only case of an author pulling in his characters, Hodder brings in Algernon Swinburne and Sir Richard Burton in his story “The Loss of Chapter 21.”

Frankenstein’s monster, Dr. Jekyll, and Martians, all have parts to play in the various stories. Even Mrs. Hudson gets in the act with David Barnett’s brilliant story “Woman’s Work.”  As you might image, not all of the stories are home-runs. Having said that, I think there is a little something for everyone from steampunk to Holmes purist (okay, less so the Holmes purist).

I can’t recommend this one highly enough. It’s a great introduction to authors that you may not have read. I enjoyed every minute of it and give Encounters of Sherlock Holmes 4 1/2 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Who owns Sherlock Holmes?

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Arthur Conan Doyle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who owns Sherlock?

With the recent success of Sherlock, many of you have perhaps noticed the proclivity for imitation of American TV producers with a CBS series called Elementary.  Of course, for 126 years the great detective has generated coin while entertaining each new generation. He has not remained static but has changed slightly to keep relevant. As a Neo-Victorian fan and steampunk, I have no problems with Guy Ritchie’s version of Holmes (okay, that probably wasn’t entirely true) and on a certain level bad Holmes is better than no Holmes at all. I expect each generation to tweak Holmes and various versions of Holmes is a healthy thing. A public domain Holmes could have given us a wealth of Holmesian stories. Sadly, the so-called Arthur Conan Doyle Estate wants coin for the characters.

Now we have lawsuits, charges of bullying by the Conan Doyle Estate (made of 9 people not of direct descendant from Conan Doyle), and a situation were most of the works have entered public domain, even Sherlock himself couldn’t untangle this mess. Perhaps Leslie Klinger can sort out the multitude of Moriartys in our tale of greed gone wild.

The noted Sherlockian scholar, Baker Street Irregular and prominent attorney Leslie Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library and The Grand Game: A Celebration of Sherlockian Scholarship, to name a few, has filed a civil lawsuit against the Conan Doyle Estate to determine that the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in fact in the public domain.
Currently, the so-called estate undertakes high-handed legal action to levy royalties and other payments from authors who use the characters in their own works. This is despite the fact that there are only 10 stories in the entire Canon that are still under copyright protection (in the United States). Klinger, for one, will not stand for this bullying, and has formally filed suit and issued a press release.

source: http://www.bakerstreetblog.com/2013/02/dont-imagine-that-you-can-bully-me-chas.html

I believe that Sherlock Holmes belongs to everyone and we who love him keep him alive. The greedy, the lazy unimaginative TV producers, or the odd movies will not finish him off. Even Doyle and the Reichenbach Falls couldn’t finish Holmes.

Who owns Sherlock Holmes? We do.

Barry’s mailbox

This week the good folks at Titan Books sent me a review copy of “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes.” Let me tell you about synchronicity, a friend suggested that I try the author James Lovegrove. Within minutes of that suggestion, I received an email asking me if I would be interested in a copy of  “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes” with a Holmes story by James Lovegrove. I was so stunned I had to show my friend the email. Life can be strange indeed. Expect to see the book hit the bookstores in late February. I’ll have a review long before it hits the shelves — I love Sherlock Holmes tales.

I have had several ebooks sent to me this week. Sharon Day was kind enough to send me a copy of her ebook “Growing Up With Ghosts” (link). She has sent me several advanced chapters and I have enjoyed what I have read.

R. S. Hunter has sent me a copy of his ebook “The Exile’s Violin” (link) It looks like a solid steampunk adventure and you know my weakness for steampunk.

Riverdale Avenue Books sent me an ebook of  “Avalon Revisited” (link) by O. M. Grey. There seems to be a little buzz in the steampunk community about this book so I have to try it.

In addition to these books, I bought about 4 or 5 more. To get an idea of what I buy, check out my twitter and Facebook accounts. Looks like a good collection of books, I should have reviews of some of these titles up in a couple of weeks.

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