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Out today – The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Jim French Imagination Theatre Scripts

Radio legend Jim French was already well known for producing excellent radio dramas, as well as creating Imagination Theatre and its “Movies for your mind” when, in March 1998, the first episode of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was broadcast, with adventures steeped in the finest of old-time radio tradition while presenting the true Canonical Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. In the following years, Jim French wrote an astonishing 50 original Holmes episodes for the series – and now these are collected together in three companion volumes.

In 2017, MX Publishing released Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes, a volume featuring scripts from the show that were contributed by Mr. French, as well as each of the other fifteen writers who had written the 130-plus Holmes episodes for the show. All author royalties were donated to the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sadly, Mr. French passed away in early 2018, soon after the book’s publication, but his legacy lives on.

Now, in honor of both Jim French and his Sherlockian legacy, we present The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Jim French Imagination Theatre Scripts, a three-volume set containing all fifty of Mr. French’s Holmes scripts.

Hopefully you were lucky enough to hear these adventures when they were broadcast by Imagination Theatre. Now they are offered in text form as well. These scripts are some of the finest Holmesian storytelling to be found, with stories about the Canonical Sherlock Holmes, the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest … whom I have ever known.”

Fifty Original Sherlock Holmes Scripts by Jim French with forewords by Lawrence Albert (Imagination Theatre’s “Dr. Watson”) John Patrick Lowrie (Imagination Theatre’s “Sherlock Holmes”) and David Marcum

All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out today – Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Legacy

Following the success of the earlier volume, The Baker Street Case-Files, we have another collection of previously unknown Holmes and Watson tales that will excite the interests of readers across the globe – The Baker Street Legacy.

A decade before his death, Dr Watson let it be known that with his passing he wished his nephew, Christopher Henry Watson MD, to be the executor of his will and guardian of all his personal and pecuniary affairs. One of the tasks he sanctioned was that his nephew should use his discretion in selecting for publication some of the three dozen or so cases involving Holmes and Watson which had not already seen the light of day.

The eight stories in this volume are more overlooked gems. The first in the collection, A Day at the Races, is set in 1880, before Dr Watson had become the chief chronicler of the Great Detective’s work. The French Affair is a fascinating tale set in that period beyond 1891 when the world was led to believe that Holmes had died at the Reichenbach Falls grappling with the villainous Professor Moriarty. From the allure of The Fashionably-Dressed Girl to the operation of The Influence Machine, there is, as always, much to entertain and enthral us.

As before, all of these tales are designed to contribute in some small part to the lasting memory of two extraordinary men who once occupied that setting we have come to know and love as 221B Baker Street. Once again, ‘The game is afoot!’

The Baker Street Legacy is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out today – Sherlock Holmes These Scattered Houses

A client forsworn, a threatened town, and a Goliath of unimaginable proportions . ….Sherlock Holmes has survived a three-year vendetta against him by Moriarty’s remaining henchmen. Wounded and bleeding, with Mycroft’s help he clandestinely boards an Atlantic steamship.  At the close of his great hiatus, Holmes finds sanctuary at Vassar Women’s College.

This radical challenge entangles him in the web of a nefarious mystery. Its unraveling involves New York’s most revolutionary residents: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. To pluck his client from danger, he drafts the twenty-year-old Harry Houdini in outrageous sleight of hand. Four villains embroil the plot. The lives of everyday citizens inexorably rise to heroism.

And it all begins when a twelve-year-old girl matches wits with Sherlock Holmes on Market Street.

These Scattered Houses is a daring adventure in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As Professor Sigerson the pansophic gentleman of justice, Holmes is confronted by the evil that lurks within the smiling and beautiful countryside.

Sherlock Holmes These Scattered Houses is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Also available on Audio.

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Review of Mrs Hudson’s Olympic Triumph

As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m a fanatic for the traditional and authentic and Canonical Sherlock Holmes. As a rule I avoid anything with parody, or that presents Holmes as anything but a hero. I simply ignore most of these Alternate Universe tales, while other I actively despise. (Hint: I’m referring to the BBC show “Sherlock”.)

But there are a very few non-traditional versions that I acknowledge for being very well done, even if they aren’t about The True Sherlock Holmes. For instance, I truly enjoy watching and re-watching the film “Without a Clue” (1988) starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley. It isn’t the True Holmes, but it’s excellent nevertheless. The same can be said for M.J. Trow and his skewed and wrong (but funny) look at a very defective Holmes through the eyes of his series hero, Inspector Sholto Lestrade. And another Alternate Universe version of The World of Holmes that I can recommend is the Mrs. Hudson series by Barry S. Brown.

There have been a number of other Mrs. Hudson adventures over the years. For instance, Sydney Hosier wrote four books in his own Mrs. Hudson series – but what makes those different from Barry Brown’s is that she is still the landlady of 221 Baker Street who just happens to become involved in mysteries. Barry Brown’s books are something different … .

The premise is simple: It’s Mrs. Hudson who is the true sleuth of Baker Street, rather than Holmes. Through the entire series of books, she leads the way, with Holmes, Watson, and even Mycroft in support. In some ways, these books mimic the scheme of “Without A Clue”, with Mrs. Hudson as the behind-the-scenes brains instead of Dr. Watson. Still, it’s a very fresh perspective on the Holmesian world.

In “Mrs. Hudson’s Olympic Triumph”, the fifth in Barry Brown’s series, the Baker Street Triumvirate – Hudson, Holmes, and Watson – travel to Greece at the behest of Mycroft Holmes – the only man who is in-the-know about their unusual arrangement – in time for the 1896 Olympics, the first to be held since ancient times. Of course, as is the way of these things, their mission is immediately complicated by murder. They each play their parts, and the truth is revealed in a most excellent manner!

I’m glad that MX Publishing is issuing these volumes anew, and in handsome uniform editions. MX is the premier Sherlockian publisher in the world, and can give these books the home that they deserve.

Reviewed by David Marcum

Mrs Hudson’s Olympic Triumph is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.  In ebook format it is in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone). Also available on Audio.

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Sherlock Holmes e l’omicidio di Gower Street – Formato Kindle

Sherlock Holmes e l’omicidio di Gower Street

Un misterioso caso che coinvolge il detective più famoso al mondo all’inizio della sua carriera…

L’incontro fortuito fra Watson e Wiggins, che venti anni prima era stato a capo dei piccoli aiutanti di Holmes, diventa l’espediente per narrare un misterioso caso che coinvolse il detective in gioventù, all’inizio della sua carriera. Il racconto, in parte narrato da Holmes stesso, getta nuova luce sulla sua personalità e su tutti quegli amici e conoscenti a cui ha cambiato la vita.

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Sherlock Holmes e la matassa aggrovigliata a Birling Gap – Formato Kindle

Sherlock Holmes e la matassa aggrovigliata a Birling Gap

Una duplice avventura per il Dr Watson e Sherlock Holmes, che in questo racconto riflette sulla vita con un velo di malinconia

Sherlock Holmes, ormai in ritiro nella sua residenza sulle Downs nel Sussex, chiede l’aiuto del suo fidato collega per risolvere un caso di rapimento. Ma una volta insieme, Holmes e Watson si ritroveranno a svolgere un’ulteriore indagine. Una duplice avventura per il Dr Watson e Sherlock Holmes che in questo racconto riflette sulla vita con un velo di malinconia.

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Out today – Mrs Hudson Investigates

A distraught young woman arrives at Baker Street urgently requesting the assistance of Mr Sherlock Holmes. But the great man and his assistant Dr Watson are away. What to do? She confides in Holmes’s landlady, Mrs Hudson, who over the years has developed certain powers of deduction from observing her tenant at work. The young woman, responding to this, begs her for help. Reluctantly, Mrs Hudson agrees…

Thus begins a series of adventures, recounted engagingly by Mrs Hudson herself. Adventures and investigations which take her across the country, from the Midlands to Sydenham, from Eastbourne to Edinburgh. Her warmth and down-to-earth practicality are brought to bear on a range of strange and startling crimes that occasionally lead even Mrs Hudson herself into mortal danger.

Mrs Hudson Investigates is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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