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Review of A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet

I have to admit that I’ve never before seen Mr. Macaluso’s other books, portraying various Holmes stories with Lego-based illustrations, but I’ve always found the concept amazing and admirable. Now I’ve obtained a copy of his latest work, a modest little book recreating scenes from The Canon, one for each letter of the alphabet.

I suspect that each of the illustrating photos first appeared in one of his previous Lego books, but I don’t know for sure. I do know that this is a fascinating little volume, and each simple photo, lovingly recreating a scene from one of the original stories, is great fun. Each time I looked at one of them, I was prompted to recall the events of the story, and to admire how cleverly the author made use of the Legos.

I recall playing with Legos as a small child in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. (My sister and I inexplicably called them “toddle”, a word that’s still on the tip of my tongue today when I encounter a piece of Lego.) Once when I was very small, crying with frustration as a Lego wall that I was attempting to build kept pulling apart and falling, my dad – fresh home from work – showed me how bricks should overlap to provide strength. In those days, all we had were the bricks, and maybe a few windows. Later, in the 1990’s, my son had fancier Lego sets, but nothing like what would eventually be available. Seeing the illustrations in this book, I have to wonder if one can buy Holmes Lego figures, and top hats, and lamp posts, and Napoleon hats, and Hell Hounds, and all the other items that make these so amazing. If so, I want them. If not, and if Mr. Macaluso made them, I’m extremely impressed.

I think, having written this, I’ll glance through this fun little book one more time. Excellent stuff!

Reviewed by David Marcum

A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet is available for pre order 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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Review of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part IX: 2018 Annual (1879-1895)

David Marcum has put together another exciting volume that is Holmes to the last drop! This is volume 9 in this ongoing series that has brought great stories, poems and radio/stage plays to a willing and waiting fan base! This latest volume has something for every Holmes fan, from the truly dedicated reader to the neophyte!… I sincerely hope this series continues strong for many more books to come! The book is definitely worth five stars plus!

Read the full review here.

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part IX is available for pre order from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Also available on Kindle.

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Publishers Weekly reviews The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VII: Eliminate the Impossible

Marcum continues to impress with the quality of his selections, many from little-known authors, in his seventh anthology of traditional pastiches (after The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part VI: 2017 Annual). The 23 entries all contribute to this volume’s goal, as Marcum states in his introduction, of assembling “what seemed to be supernatural tales, but with real-world endings.” Consistent with Conan Doyle’s depiction of his hero as a hard-headed rationalist, these stories pit Holmes against ghosts, vampires, and fairies. Apart from the clever solutions to puzzles involving a seemingly haunted clock (Gayle Lange Puhl’s “The Case of the Cursed Clock”) and spirit photographs (James Moffett’s “The Blank Photograph”), contributors have not hesitated to deepen the depictions of Holmes and Watson. Some entries focus on minor characters and relatively trivial concerns. For example, Mike Hogan is open to the idea that not all of Mrs. Hudson’s cuisine was appealing in “The Tranquility of the Morning.” The standout, Thomas A. Turley’s “A Ghost from Christmas Past,” offers moving insights into Watson’s tragic family life. Sherlockians eager for faithful-to-the-canon plots and characters will be delighted.

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Eliminate The Impossible is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository – volume VII is also available in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone) formats.

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Review of The Demon of the Dusk

This is a truly great Holmes story! Kudos are given for the remarkable final reveal. I found the book to be fast paced but the characters very well developed. Action adventure, mystery and a hint of a ghost story combine to create a tale well worth the reading!

I give the book five stars…

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

The Demon of the Dusk: The rediscovered cases of Sherlock Holmes Book 1 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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Review of The Criminal Mastermind of Baker Street

Let us suppose that Holmes was not the consulting detective of the canon and bitter enemy to Professor Moriarty. Picture him instead as a “consulting criminal,” head of a vast criminal empire spreading its wings over London, Britain, and creeping into the rest of the world. Moriarty is a rival, trying to push Holmes out as “the Napoleon of Crime.”

That is the premise of this book. Nunn has taken the entire canon, including the cases mentioned in passing by Watson, but unrecorded.  He even brings in one of the stories from Doyle’s Tales of Mystery and Horror, The Lost Special!” Each adventure is woven into the story from the viewpoint that Holmes masterminded them with Watson as a Lieutenant in Holmes’ operation…

It really is a well thought out plot and the inclusion of some many cases doesn’t stop the flow of the story at all! Nunn has been extremely successful in his makeover of the Holmes canon.

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

The Criminal Mastermind of Baker Street 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). Available on Audio.

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Review of Seventeen Minutes to Baker Street

“This novel is a retelling of “The Problem of Thor Bridge.” The tale is expanded and has a slightly different slant than the original. J. Neil Gibson, The Gold King is accompanied to 221B by Samuel Clemens, AKA “Mark Twain.” In fact, Twain has recommended Holmes to his friend, and when the man bolts from Baker Street it is Clemens that brings him back…

This makes for a really strong story! That the ending changes don’t affect Holmes’ triumph at all and makes perfect sense with the evidence given! I doubt that even a Holmes purist could find much fault with the story. I am not saying that because Mark Twain is my favorite author—he is, by the way—but because this is truly an amazing story!

I give this book five stars!“

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

Seventeen Minutes to Baker Street 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). Available on Audio.

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Review of Sherlock Holmes and the Baron of Brede Place

“This is volume two in this series paring Holmes with various American authors… The character of the twisted blackmailer, already known to be dark and pitiless, is shown to be even more of a devil than any reader already knows! The book is packed with action and drama! The characters are well developed and the pacing is superb!… I give the book five stars!”

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

Sherlock Holmes and The Baron of Brede Place (Sherlock Holmes and the American Literati Book 2) is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone). Available on Audio.

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