Review of Sherlock Holmes: Hitler’s Messenger of Death

“…The story winds through a series of deadly encounters with Nazi agents. Holmes and Watson, accompanied by an agent of M known only as “James,” are captured and nearly killed several times over. Burning houses, speeding trains, auto chases and more bring our heroes and the Nazis closer and closer to a showdown.

The final face-off takes place aboard the doomed Hindenburg on its flight to the United States. The final reveal is a welcome surprise. Good show, Petr Macek!

I give the book five stars! It rocks!

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

Sherlock Holmes and Hitler’s Messenger of Death is available from all good bookstores including  The Strand Magazine, Amazon 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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Out this week on Audio – Return to Reichenbach

Out this week on Audio  –  Return to Reichenbach by Geri Schear

When a half-naked man is found gibbering on the moor, Sherlock Holmes uncovers a series of bizarre murders. At their heart lies a shadowy figure known only as The Sorcerer. He can talk to the dead, they say. He can bend any will to his own. Even a will as formidable as the detective’s. The investigation leads from Dartmoor to Ireland and, ultimately, back to one of the most terrifying scenes of his career. Can Holmes survive the Reichenbach Falls a second time? From the author of A Biased Judgement: The Sherlock Holmes Diaries 1897 and  Sherlock Holmes and the Other Woman, Return to Reichenbach is the third in the Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice series.

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Return to Reichenbach is also available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon 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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Released on Kickstarter – Stone of Destiny, the new Sherlock Holmes adventure from Rich Ryan

An extravagantly imagined and beautifully written Holmes story” – Lee Child reviews Vatican Cameos’

Mystery lovers will enjoy reading The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan a very suspenseful mystery” –  Michelle Stanley

It’s a delightful read as the Great Detective and his Boswell find themselves battling an unseen enemy in a foreign land. Think of it as the perfect beach book for this summer.” – review of The Stone of Destiny from  Sherlockian Scion

Released on Kickstarter – Stone of Destiny, the new Sherlock Holmes adventure from Rich Ryan. Campaign rewards include:

– Signed first edition hardbacks of Stone of Destiny and Vatican Cameos

– Pre-publication paperback copies of Stone of Destiny

– Three exclusive rewards to have characters named after you in book 3 due out next year – be immortalised in the next Sherlock Holmes adventure

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Review of Graceland Cemetery in Chicago – A Sherlockian Walk Midst the Tombstones

Brenda Rossini’s GRACELAND CEMETERY IN CHICAGO: A SHERLOCKIAN WALK MIDST THE TOMBSTONES (2017; 54pp.) provides visitors with a guided tour of the graves of Vincent Starrett and many others (accompanied by notes on their sometimes-tenuous Sherlockians connections), plus “The Story of Gina” (a lady who had a colorful life, and a thoroughly outré demise).

Reviewed by Peter E. Blau

Graceland Cemetery in Chicago – A Sherlockian Walk Midst the Tombstones is available from all good bookstores including in the USA The Strand Magazine, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon, 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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Review of Sherlock Holmes on The Roof of The World (Holmes Behind The Veil Book 1)

Glad to finally have this as a real book … .
I’ve been collecting Sherlock Holmes pastiches for over four decades. When I started, as a boy in the mid-1970’s, they were hard to find. Since then, I’ve managed to collect, read, and chronologicize literally thousands of them. I accelerated my collecting dramatically in the 1990’s, when I went back to school for a second degree in civil engineering and gained much better access to the internet, a capacity for unlimited printing at the university, and rights to use (and abuse) the school’s interlibrary loan program. I was able to track down many pastiches that I’d never even heard of before. I purchased a lot of them, but a lot more were harder to find, and I could only borrow them from various libraries around the country and then make Xerox copies, which I’ve kept in binders ever since. One of the first that I tracked down, and one that I’d never managed to replace as a real book, was Thomas Kent Miller’s “Sherlock Holmes on the Roof of the World”. Now, finally, MX has brought this rare book to the masses.

This is a tale of The Great Hiatus, when Holmes, traveling incognito, roamed the world between 1891 and 1894, letting everyone but his brother Mycroft believe that he had been killed at the Reichenbach Falls by Professor Moriarty. There have been numerous stories about what Holmes did during those three years, as he ranged from Tibet and the Far East, the Middle East, and even the United States and part of Europe. (His short summary of where he went during this time, as provided to Watson in “The Empty House”, was just a tiny fraction of all the he was able to accomplish during this period.) 

Of course, this volume isn’t narrated by Watson, who remained behind in England, believing that Holmes had died. Rather, the narrator of this tale is the engaging Leo Vincey, who encounters “Sigerson” in Tibet, and of course becomes involved in a plot of far-reaching implications. The discovery that they make has been explored in other books as well, but to my mind, having the subject matter revealed by Holmes takes it to a whole new – and much better – level. 

Mr. Miller’s other works, “The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life” and “The Sussex Beekeeper at the Dawn of Time” have also been re-released with this volume by MX as part of a handsome matching set. As with this volume, there is a heavy association in each of the stories with matters relating to Allan Quatermain. (I haven’t personally read any of those narratives, but it isn’t necessary to appreciate Mr. Miller’s works.) 

I highly recommend this book, and I’m glad to have it as a real book now, after having re-read it for so long in the binder where the old Xerox copy resides. Thanks, Mr. Miller and MX!

Reviewed by David Marcum

Sherlock Holmes on The Roof of The World is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.



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Out today – The Adventure of the Dancing Men–The Return of Sherlock Holmes Re-Imagined

SHERLOCK HOLMES RE-IMAGINED: In this book series, the original stories penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and his devoted friend and biographer Dr John H. Watson have been amusingly illustrated using only LEGO® brand minifigures and bricks. The illustrations recreate, through custom designed LEGO models, the composition of the black and white drawings by Sidney Paget that accompanied the original publication of these adventures appearing in The Strand Magazine. Paget’s iconic illustrations are largely responsible for the popular image of Sherlock Holmes, including his deerstalker cap and Inverness cape, details never mentioned in the writings of Conan Doyle.

This uniquely illustrated collection, which to date includes this volume and the twelve short stories comprising The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, is sure to delight LEGO enthusiasts, as well as fans of the Great Detective, children and adults alike.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN: Mr. Hilton Cubitt of Norfolk seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes in deciphering strange coded messages, consisting of little dancing figures, which have unsettled his peaceful marriage.A short time later, Cubitt is found dead and his wife Elsie suffering a grave bullet wound to the head. Inspector Martin thinks it is a case of murder and attempted suicide, but using information garnered from the coded messages, Holmes sets a trap for the true culprit.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies. The LEGO Group has not been involved in nor has it in any other way licensed or authorized the publication of this book.

Following in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, can you decode the encrypted text on the front and back covers of this book using the cipher from the story?

Sherlock Holmes Re-Imagined returns 

The Adventure of the Dancing Men–The Return of Sherlock Holmes Re-Imagined is available from all good bookstores including  The Strand MagazineAmazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.





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Review of The Stone of Destiny

Sherlock Holmes has been to Ireland before – but never for stakes as high as this.

Over the course of his professional career, Sherlock Holmes has visited Ireland on numerous occasions. Although none of these sojourns were chronicled by the first Literary Agent, who only wrote a paltry 60 stories, other “editors” of Watson’s notes have provided quite a few details about some of Holmes and Watson’s other trips to The Emerald Isle.

A few of these cases – but not all – include: “The Matter of the Sudden Death of Cardinal Tosca” in “My Dear Watson” and “The Abergavenny Murder” in “The Vital Essence”, both by Sherlockian scholar David Hammer; “The Irish Professor” in “Sherlock Holmes: The Tandridge Hall Murder”  by Eddie Maguire; and “The Case of the Mysterious Painting”, an excellent Fan-Fiction by Don Conlan. But perhaps none of his visits across the Irish Sea have such great consequences as in “The Stone of Destiny” by Richard T. Ryan.

The book opens with the death of Queen Victoria in February 1901. Irish nationalists see this an opportunity and steal the Stone of Scone, whose long history includes its traditional use in the coronation of new kings and queens of England.

The Stone has been stolen before, of course. In late 1950, it was taken by a group of Scottish students. And before that, it was stolen in late 1930, and subsequently recovered by Solar Pons, “The Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street”, as related in the Pons tale, “The Adventure of the Stone of Scone”. It’s good to know that Holmes was able to help when it was stolen even earlier. (One has to wonder if Solar Pons, when investigating the later theft, knew of Holmes’s involvement nearly three decades earlier.)

After the Stone is taken, Holmes and Watson travel to Ireland, wherein Holmes gains great practice on something of a trial run for the years 1912-1914, when he will again be undercover, then taking on the identity of the Irish-American Altamont in an affair covered in the Canonical story, “His Last Bow”. No doubt, his experiences in this narrative gave him great insight as to how to portray an Irishman a decade later.

It’s fun in this story to see Holmes and Watson revisit sites where they have traveled in previous adventures. For instance, in this tale Watson visits Blarney Castle, the same place where he and Holmes had already solved a case in March 1896, as related in the radio episode, “The Adventure of the Blarney Stone” (“The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, March 18, 1946, by Denis Green and Anthony Boucher), and also in the text version of the same adventure, included in “The Lost Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Don Greenwald.

Like in his previous book, “The Vatican Cameos”, Ryan alternates between Watson’s part of the story, and an equal amount of time given over to a third-person narrative chronicling the actions of the criminals. In “The Vatican Cameos”, the alternating non-Watson chapters were set hundreds of years before Holmes and Watson’s part of the story, and could have been removed and never missed, as they only served to provide some background details. In this case, the alternating chapters are concurrent with Holmes’s investigation.

There were a few errors in the book, as in chapter titles with dates that don’t quite match up with the chronology of what’s happening in the text, and some London-related issues, such as when the third-person narrative indicates that Edgware Road is a short distance from Liverpool Street Station, and that one catches a train for Liverpool from Liverpool Street Station. (To get to Liverpool, one departs from Euston Station.) However, these issues, while a bit jarring, don’t take away from the overall quality of the story.

The Holmes that I admire most is the capable figure who has all the threads in hand, and is one step ahead of his opponents – or if he doesn’t have all the threads quite yet, he can at least make the other side think that he does. I really enjoyed that aspect of this book, and when you read it, you’ll understand what I mean and agree with me.

Reviewed by David Marcum

The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure is available for from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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