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.
First allow me to reveal my bias, I love steampunk and Holmes. With that admission in mind, it should come as no surprise that I loved every minute of Lovegrove’s “The Stuff of Nightmares.”
If you read “Encounters of Sherlock Holmes” (my review), you have a small sample of Lovegrove and Holmes. “The Stuff of Nightmares” is a fast-paced story told through the perspective of Dr. Watson (as a Holmes story should) and begins with a blast — or should I say bomb. As the story plays out, we are introduced to an interesting character (Baron Cauchemar) along the lines of a steampunk Batman/Ironman.
The story is set sometime before the “Final Problem” and is extremely well-written and crafted. I give “The Stuff of Nightmares” 5 stars out of 5 and add in the words of Oliver Twist “Please, sir, I want some more“.
Please Titan Books … I want some more.
It’s the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence. Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end? At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital. He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack. He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication. He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems? Is he connected somehow to the bombings? Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.
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“The Empty House”
Did Sherlock Holmes survive his apparent demise at the hands of Professor Moriarty in “The Final Problem”? Clearly so, as his resurrection three years later in this story is a dramatic and happy event–though it causes his old friend Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) to faint at the sight of him. Jeremy Brett is outstanding as the famed sleuth, whose return from what Sherlockians call the Great Hiatus is challenged by one of Moriarty’s most murderous lieutenants (Patrick Allen), already a killer on the run in London. The action is swift and exciting, and the colorful reentrance of Holmes into the life of Dr. Watson is a highly memorable event. With Rosalie Williams in a more extensive part than usual as the wonderful Mrs. Hudson, Holmes’s Baker Street landlady.