Peter E. Blau reviews The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part IV

THE MX BOOK OF NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES STORIES: PART IV–2016 ANNUAL (London: MX Publishing, 2016; 473 pp.) is the latest in the series edited by David Marcum, and it is an excellent companion to the first three volumes (Feb 16 #7), with almost two dozen traditional pastiches, a poetic toast, and a radio script; the authors, some old hands at the game, and some new to it, maintain the high quality of the series, and it’s nice news indeed that there are more volumes to come.

The MX Books of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part IV is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).




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Book Giveaway For Erin Go Bloody (McCabe and Cody Book 6)

When Erin, Ohio native Jamie Ellicott returns home as best-selling author James Ivanhoe after a 13-year absence, it’s like the return of the Prodigal Son. His ill and ageing father welcomes him with open arms. Ivanhoe’s two brothers, however, are less forgiving.
The whole town gets drawn into the family drama when Ivanhoe seeks to march in the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade under the banner of an anti-technology group called the Ned Ludd Society. That’s a thumb in the collective eye of his siblings, who own a company that makes microcircuits.
As a member of the parade committee, St. Benignus University communications director Jeff Cody has a stake in what soon becomes a heated national debate. But to his genius brother-in-law Sebastian McCabe, the contretemps becomes less important than investigating murder in the Ellicott family.
Erin Go Bloody once again demonstrates the skill that caused best-selling novelist Bonnie MacBird to call Dan Andriacco “a master of mystery plotting.”

Erin Go Bloody (McCabe and Cody Book 6) is available for pre order from all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.



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Out in October – Sherlock Holmes and the Round Table Adventure

“Merlin predicted you would say that.” When a knight from the Round Table of Camelot bursts into 221-B Baker Street demanding the help of Sherlock Holmes, there begins the oddest, most mystical adventure Holmes and Watson have ever experienced. Merlin himself, has called the great detective and his scribe back through time, to solve a vexing problem. England’s greatest Poet Laureate is missing! A Unicorn leads the way through the portal in the standing stones, and waiting for them are a series of challenges unlike anything they have ever encountered before, as well as Pixies, Gnomes, Hobgoblins, a dragon, an enchanted mirror, a very odd chess match, an underground labyrinth, King Arthur, and his Round Table, and the most infamous sorceress of history and myth, Morgan le Fey! Plot twists abound, as logic and rational thinking collide head on with myth and magic, resulting in Sherlock crafting a masterful scheme that echoes all the way down through history. Brace your selves for a most fascinating and enjoyable tale.

Sherlock Holmes and the Round Table Adventure is available for pre order from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.



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Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: The Day They Met

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have wandered far from the light of Victorian gas lamps. As Holmes and Watson they’ve tangled with Nazis, as Sherlock and John they roam the corridors of New Scotland Yard. In a world of so many fresh adventures, why not fresh beginnings to those adventures? From an 1879 Kabul train station to a King’s College lecture theatre in 2015, The Day They Met includes stories both classic and contemporary, offering fifty intriguing new ways that the world’s most legendary partnership might have begun.

I find that the author has done a tremendous job in imagining each meeting, and I believe I would welcome a second volume of the same!Raven’s Reviews

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: The Day They Met is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Getting to Know Richard T Ryan

Geri Schear

Rich Ryan.jpgA lifelong Sherlockian, Richard Ryan is the author of “The Official Sherlock Holmes Trivia Book” as well as a book on Agatha Christie trivia. His first novel, “The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure,” is due out in the fall from MX Publishing, London. He is also currently working on his next Holmes adventure.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in medieval literature, he is a die-hard fan of the Fighting Irish — it doesn’t matter what sport.

He has been happily married for 38 years and is the proud father of two children.

Richard was kind enough to talk to me about himself and his work:

Hi Richard. It’s great to meet you. I’ve been reading your novel The Vatican Cameos with great pleasure and it’s certainly getting some early buzz. Before we get into that though, tell us a little about yourself.


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Review of Sherlock Holmes and The Folk Tale Mysteries Volume 1

“These adventures of Sherlock Holmes are set in similar situations to Folk Tales such as ‘The Three Little Pigs’ or ‘Red Riding Hood.’ Placing Holmes in this world makes for some terrific stories.

This isn’t the world of Fairy Tales. The stories are not full of magical beings fairy godmothers, or The Wizard of Oz. The author states that the stories do not contain this element because ‘magic is illogical.’ And yet there is an undercurrent of people and events that could be interrupted as ‘magical.’

Folk Tales were invented to make children aware of dangers in the world. There was a true fear of wolves, witches, devils, demons and such. To let children remember the danger, stories were written, often with a moral, to teach caution.

These tales are meant to teach people about Sherlock Holmes!…

Logic and deduction take the place of magic and heroes. And it all is well written and great fun.

I give this volume of stories five stars…”

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

Sherlock Holmes and The Folk Tale Mysteries – Volume 1 is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UKand for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nookand Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).



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Book Giveaway For Sherlock Holmes and the Jeweller of Florence

It is summer 1895 and a lost play by William Shakespeare is discovered. While being authenticated by scholars in Oxford there is a break-in at a college and the three hundred year old quarto is stolen. Holmes is engaged in the most unusual of circumstances and together with the faithful Dr Watson, they are soon on a trail which takes them from the Epsom Derby to Epping Forest and the great city of Florence itself.
But this is not the only case brought to 221b Baker Street during this eventful year. Any number of singular problems demand Holmes’ attention including the terrifying schemes of an injured army captain, a spate of strychnine poisonings and a dancing bear suspected of murder in the East End. What bearing do these seemingly unrelated adventures have on the search for the lost play? Who is the woman haunting Dr Watson and what is the mysterious Society of Lucius?
With stilt walking chases, a swimming race across the River Thames and an explosion at the former site of Shakespeare’s Globe, this is set to become Holmes’ most dangerous and memorable adventure yet.

Sherlock Holmes and The Jeweller of Florence is available for pre order from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.



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