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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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Sherlock Holmes e l’avventura dell’ultima lettera di Boz – Formato Kindle

Sherlock Holmes e l’avventura dell’ultima lettera di Boz

Una lettera forse scritta da Dickens con informazioni scottanti scompare misteriosamente…

Holmes e Watson ricevono una visita da parte di un cliente: il banditore d’asta Rathham ha bisogno dell’aiuto del famoso investigatore per venire a capo di un furto. In uno degli scrittoi che saranno venduti alla prossima asta, infatti, è stata ritrovata una lettera che sembrerebbe essere stata scritta da Dickens il giorno stesso della sua morte, in cui si rivelerebbe il finale che aveva progettato per il suo ultimo romanzo, rimasto incompiuto. La lettera però è scomparsa e, insieme a lei, le informazioni scottanti sul finale a sorpresa che “Boz”, pseudonimo del celebre autore inglese, avrebbe scelto per una grande uscita di scena…

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Out today – The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XVI – XVIII: Whatever Remains … Must Be the Truth

In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring adventures set within the correct time period, and written by many of today’s leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, their popularity has only continued to grow. And now we present a new three-volume set. Like 2017’s two-volumes set, Eliminate the Impossible, this new collection, Whatever Remains … Must Be the Truth features tales of Holmes’s encounters with seemingly impossible events – ghosts and hauntings, cults and curses, mythical beasts and mediums, angels and demons, and more.

In “The Sussex Vampire”, Holmes tells Watson: “This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply.” In each of the stories presented in this huge three-volume collection, Holmes approaches the varied problems with one of his favorite maxims firmly in place: “… . When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth … .” But what, exactly, is the truth?

A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson, was first published in 1887. What an amazing journey the years since then have been! In addition to the pitifully few sixty tales originally presented in The Canon, published between 1887 and 1927, there have been literally thousands of additional Holmes adventures in the form of books, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies, manuscripts, comics, and fan fiction. And yet, for those who are true friends and admirers of the Master Detective of Baker Street, where it is always 1895 (or a few decades on either side of that!) these stories are not enough. Give us more!

The forty-eight stories in these three companion volumes represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honor the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest … whom I have ever known.”

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

This is a must-have for all Sherlockians….catnip for fans of stories faithful to Conan Doyle’s originals.” – Publishers Weekly

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories are available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, for free shipping worldwide Book Depository and in ebook formats.

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Sherlock Holmes e il curioso caso dell’uomo con la capra – Formato Kindle

Sherlock Holmes e il curioso caso dell’uomo con la capra – Formato Kindle

Quale mistero si nasconde dietro lo strano caso del vecchio con il carretto trainato da una capra? Le doti deduttive di Holmes dovranno sciogliere un enigma per nulla semplice…

Quale mistero si nasconde dietro lo strano caso del vecchio con il carretto trainato da una capra? Sherlock Holmes dovrà ricorrere alla sua vasta conoscenza della scena criminale, nonché alle sue doti deduttive, per sciogliere l’enigma di una storia che si intreccia con le indagini del nostro eroe per assicurare il suo arcinemico, il malvagio professor Moriarty, alla giustizia.

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