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The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes: The Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell

Norman Schatell was the leading Sherlock Holmes artist of the 1970s. ‘The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes’ is a collection of over 300 humorous cartoons and illustrations based on the characters that appear in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s’ famous stories. Many of the cartoons and drawings originally appeared in ‘The Baker Street Journal’, the British ‘Sherlock Holmes Journal’, ‘The Armchair Detective’, ‘The Baker Street Miscellanea’, and ‘The Serpentine Muse’. Murder Ink, a former New York City mystery book shop, used fifteen of the cartoons to illustrate a line of stationery. The book includes the comical ‘Arts and Crafts’ Sherlock Holmes drawings, ‘The Anthropological Holmes’ (a fanciful look at Sherlock Holmes in ancient civilizations and around the world), and many of the illustrated envelopes he mailed to his friends. The book is a must for all Sherlock Holmes buffs – and a treat for anyone who enjoys the stories, movies, and television shows.

This is a whimsical collection worthy of your Sherlockian bookspace and an acknowledgement of the contribution of a Sherlockian whose imaginative sketching keeps Sherlock Holmes alive.” – Brenda Rossini

Norman Schatell’s artwork added a great deal to the world of Sherlock Holmes fandom in the 1970s. Thankfully, due to his son Glenn’s efforts, new-wave fans can now enjoy his collection of humorous, irreverent, and delightful cartoons for years to come.” – Amy Thomas

The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleNook and Kobo.

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Review of Baker Street Beat – an Eclectic Collection of Sherlockian Scribblings

Before he created the McCabe and Cody series – [Or is it Cody and McCabe? It depends on whom you ask, and it’s an interesting point to ponder … .] Dan Andriacco had written a variety of Sherlockian items – essays, plays, and even a pastiche. Fortunately, instead of being forced to seek each of these out in their various original points of publication, they have all been collected in “Baker Street Beat”.

There’s something here for every Sherlockian. There are a couple of radio plays – one of “The Speckled Band”, and one with a more contemporary feel. For those that like Sherlockian Scholarship, the book includes several essays, including one which is of particular interest to me, “Writing the Holmes Pastiche”. Another of equal importance is “You Know My Methods, Watson”, examining the connections between Holmes and Dr. Thorndyke, another of my heroes. And then there’s “Reichenbach Pilgrimage”, which means a lot to me since I haven’t been able to get there yet – and in the meantime this essay helps to provide valuable information until I do.

As a devotee of Holmes Adventures, what I want most is MORE adventures. And this book has a real winner, Dan Andriacco’s own version of “The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden”. As much as I enjoy his McCabe and Cody [Cody and McCabe?] books, I want him to write more Holmes pastiches! Are you listening, Mr. Andriacco?

This book has been around since 2011, but it certainly hasn’t gone out of date. Add it to your Holmes collection today!

Reviewed by David Marcum

Baker Street Beat is available through all good bookstores including in the USA  Amazon USABarnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon and Waterstones, and for all other countries Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery. In electronic formats Amazon KindleKoboNook, and iTunes for the iPad. Available on Audio.

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What’s New in 2018: Top Holmes Gifts for Sherlockians

What’s New in 2018: Top Holmes Gifts for Sherlockians – by The Best of Sherlock Holmes

2018 Sherlock Holmes Books – Fiction

The year’s best fictional Holmes books published in 2018.

A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper

Jack the Ripper struck less than a year after Holmes’s debut, and many pastiches put Holmes on the Ripper case.  In a twist reminiscent of Murder Rooms, Harper has Conan Doyle and Joseph Bell investigate the Ripper murders.  They team up with socialist/feminist Margaret Harkness, who displays aspects of Irene Adler.  This mashup of real historical figures in fictionalized roles works pretty well, although Harper pushes the limits when he includes Mark Twain.  Harkness ends up as the most interesting character, and the fast pace should please thriller readers and Ripper fanatics.  ($15.95 SRP; Amazon US listing $10.97) 

Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities by James Lovegrove

With rather more than a wink and a nod to the reader, Lovegrove mixes Holmes with H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. While more of a supernatural adventure than a mystery, Holmes does make some good deductions.  It includes many references to the original Holmes tales, and we learn those are actually based on more macabre events in this alternate universe.  Like A Study in Scarlet, the second part of this book tells a separate backstory.  You don’t have to read the first book in this series to enjoy this one, and a third volume arrives on November 27.  However, it certainly helps to have a basic background on Cthulhu.  ($14.95 SRP; Amazon US listing $10.37) 

The Irregular by H.B. Lyle

Wiggins, the former head of Holmes’s band of street-urchin assistants, is a British Army veteran who reluctantly becomes a secret agent investigating a terrorist conspiracy.  Grittier than the Holmes tales, this fast-paced spy thriller offers a compelling blend of action and deduction, with vivid characters and excellent descriptions of 1909 London.  Holmes makes a brief appearance.  The book should appeal to Sherlockians as well as fans of historical mystery or espionage.  A fine start for what promises to be a fascinating series, the sequel The Red Ribbon will be released in mid-November.  ($16.99 SRP; Amazon US listing $11.55) 

Holmes Entangled by Gordon McAlpine

Conan Doyle knows that someone is trying to kill him, and turns to Sherlock Holmes for help.  By no means a traditional Holmes mystery or pastiche, this work of metafiction is imaginative with clever insights and speculations on the Canon and its characters.  It is mostly narrated by Holmes with a sophisticated style and a dry sense of humor.  Featuring a story within a story, as well as aspects of quantum physics and the multiverse, you’re more likely to enjoy this tale if you have some wider knowledge of literature and/or science.  ($13.95 SRP; Amazon US listing $10.23)

The Further Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes (Vol. 1 & 2) by Denis O. Smith

You simply cannot beat Denis O. Smith for traditional Holmes stories that capture the style and characters of Conan Doyle.  Several of the tales in this collection are excellent, and all the rest are very good.  If you’ve never read Smith, get this collection now!  You’ll also want to consider his New Chronicles and Lost Chronicles.  Smith fans should note that 6 of the 12 stories in the Further Chronicles have appeared in other books.  The paperback version  of Further Chronicles (also in Kindle format) is split into two books, with Volume 2 perhaps slightly better.  ($34.95 SRP; Amazon US listing; or $14.95 paperback Volume 1 and Volume 2.)

2018 Books About Holmes & Conan Doyle

The year’s best books about Holmes or Conan Doyle published in 2018.

The Serpentine Muse on CD-ROM 

Old issues of Sherlockian journals are often difficult to find, and even if you own copies, they typically lack cumulative indexes.  A few, such as the eBSJ v2, have been scanned, and this new CD-ROM from the archives of the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes is a most welcome addition. It contains the complete run of 134 issues of The Serpentine Muse from its inception in April 1975 through Spring 2017.  The scanned PDFs feature searchable text provided via good-quality OCR, and it includes a searchable Acrobat index.  This mix of scholarly articles and fun reading at a great price is a must-buy!  ($15 and free shipping; not on Amazon, see ASH website)

Conan Doyle For The Defense by Margalit Fox 

Conan Doyle intervened in a number of real-life crimes, including the case of Oscar Slater.   Fox excels at providing context and background for American readers, and goes well beyond the Slater affair to discuss the evolution of detection and forensics.  Even if you don’t care about Slater, people interested in history or true-crime should find this a fascinating read.  Its main weakness is an overemphasis on police bias, given later allegations that the police knew the actual murderer and covered it up.  But Fox tells this history very well indeed, and holds your interest through the entire book.  ($27.00 SRP; Amazon US listing $18.36)

Trenches by Robert Katz and Andrew Solberg (eds.)

While Conan Doyle once said that Holmes was too old to serve in WWI, he did involve Holmes as a secret agent in “His Last Bow.”  This volume examines Holmes and Conan Doyle in the First World War.  It reproduces the extant manuscript for “His Last Bow,” five original drawings by Frederic Dorr Steele for the story, and Conan Doyle’s manuscript of a poem about the war.  Transcriptions, annotations, and discussions of the origins of these items provide context for the creations.  A fine collection of essays, both historical and playing “the game,” explore many related topics.  ($39.95 SRP; not on Amazon; see BSI website)

A Chronology of the Life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Brian W. Pugh (fourth edition, 2018)

When writing about Conan Doyle, or fact-checking someone’s claim about him, Pugh’s Chronology is the place to start.  It provides a master index to more than 2,000 books, articles and select primary sources about Sir Arthur.  The chronological listing of events includes the sources for dating each event.  This 2018 edition expands the book’s main entries by 40 pages, offers citations with more detail than prior editions, and has an improved index.  Online stores might carry older editions, so be sure to get the book with “2018” in the upper right corner, as linked here.  ($34.95 SRP; Amazon US listing $34.95)

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A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes

A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes is a book for those who want to improve their thinking. It is a practical and enjoyable book that tells in a short-easy-to-read way about what we all can learn from Sherlock Holmes. Peter Bevelin has distilled Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes into bite-sized principles and key quotes. This book will appeal to both Sherlock fans as well as those who want to think better. It contains useful and timeless methods and questions applicable to a variety of important issues in life and business. We could all benefit from A few lessons from Sherlock Holmes.

A great summary of the words of advice to be found in various Sherlock Holmes related books including the canon itself. As a life-long Sherlock fan, I found this book rich in wisdom and enjoyed it very much!” –  David Malmberg

A Few Lessons from Sherlock Holmes 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 Amazon KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow — Re-Imagined

Sleepy Hollow is a quiet, isolated valley along the Hudson River in New York State. The inhabitants of this neighborhood are quite superstitious and believe in all manner of tales, stories and fables about ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night. The most famous of these legends is that of the Headless Horsemen, the apparition of a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannonball during the Revolutionary War, and who now, it is said, rides forth at night to the scene of the battle seeking his skull.
One day an awkward, yet ambitious, schoolmaster from Connecticut by the name of Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow. Shortly thereafter he sets his marital sights on Katrina Van Tassel, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Dutch farmer, who has many suiters including the hot-blooded brawler and prankster Brom Bones. One night, following a gathering at the Van Tassel farmstead, Ichabod Crane mysteriously disappears and is not seen or heard from again in Sleepy Hollow.
What befell the unfortunate schoolmaster? Did he fall victim to the Headless Horseman on one of his nighttime rides or is there a more earthly explanation?

SLEEPY HOLLOW RE-IMAGINED: In this volume, the original and unabridged text of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is accompanied by twenty-eight charming color photographic illustrations featuring custom designed models built using only LEGO® brand minifigures and bricks. This uniquely illustrated edition is sure to delight LEGO enthusiasts, as well as fans of the writings of Washington Irving, children and adults alike.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Re-Imagined is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USA,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Holmes and Watson The War Years

A special hardback edition including all three bestselling Sherlock Holmes novels from Kieran McMullen.

It was the time of Queen Victoria’s “Little Wars” and the “War to End All Wars”. It was also the time of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson. Watson, the man, would be formed by his experiences in the British “Second Afghan War”, before he ever met Sherlock Holmes in an adventure, he would record this experience as Watson’s Afghan Adventure, a tale of war and mystery. Later, Holmes and Watson would go on to not only share the problems of crime solving, Watson’s three marriages, a purported tragedy at Reichenbach, and Holmes’s return from the dead; they would also share two more wartime experiences. In Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Boer Wagon, they are called on by Mycroft Holmes and the British government to go to the battleground of South Africa. Their mission is to stop the flow of army secrets to the Boers and try to recover a King’s ransom in gold. By the time of their third great wartime adventure the two friends are retired, but Mycroft, and the government, need them once more as they are called on in Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels. Holmes and Watson had already foiled the plans of a German espionage ring at the start of the Great War in the tale Watson called “His Last Bow.” But it was not, in reality, Holmes’s last bow. Holmes and Watson are sent now to the little war within a war, the killing fields of Dublin in 1916 and the Irish Rebellion. Can they stop it? And can they stop the plans of a renegade member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police?

This impressive collection of Kieran McMullens work was worth every penny!! A beautiful book, never mind the brilliance that is written inside! You really feel like you’re there with the infamous duo on the frontline in these war torn countries. Mysteries, action, my rift and tension all adds up to create a trio of enigmatic brilliance!” – Ben Cardall

Holmes and Watson The War Years is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USABarnes and Noble USA,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository .

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Orlando Pearson and The Redacted Sherlock Holmes – Author interview

Orlando Pearson has published fifteen new Sherlock Holmes stories in the first three books of his series, The Redacted Sherlock Holmes.

Volume IV, with five more stories, is being published in October. His stories have been described as marvellously entertainingclever, thought provoking, terrific fun by the Church Times and they have started to appear in German and Italian.We caught up with him at his home in South West London.

Mr Pearson, why is your series called The Redacted Sherlock Holmes?

The stories cover cases that were too scandalous to publish in Holmes’s life-time and had to be held back or redacted– so they cover political events, Holmes’s espionage work in both World Wars including his involvement with the code breakers at Bletchley Park, and human activities which Watson was unable to set before the conservative public of his lifetime.

We are fortunate that the embargo on their publication can now be lifted

What can you tell us about the latest book in the series?

As with Volumes I to III, there is a mixture of inspirations.

There is the true story of a 1930’s tennis player imprisoned by the Nazis and also featuring Hermann Göring, price comparison websites, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Brexit, and a sequel to The Hound of the Baskervilles set twenty years after the original story.

Brexit? Price comparison websites? Arent they a bit anachronistic?

I think Sherlock Holmes is a bit like the Bible and Shakespeare – relevant at all times and in all places.

That applies in particular to the Brexit story where, after a vote to leave the Entente Cordiale in 1904, Holmes tries to negotiate the union of the United States and the United Kingdom which he proposed in The Noble Batchelor first published in 1892.

Maybe involving Holmes in events with a modern-day parallel is to invite criticism, althoughThe Alcock Report, a story about an investigation into a war in the Middle East, was hugely popular in Volume II.

Personally, I welcome controversy as that means that people have read my work! I am amused that the two reviews on Amazon of A Study in Red, White and Blue express diametrically opposed opinions of it.

And price comparison websites?

For the price comparison websites story, the great economist, John Maynard Keynes, plays a starring role in Holmes’s investigation of what price comparing publications were up to in the first decade of the 20th century.

The practices described in On Constant Luck are entertaining but obviously have no relevance to the better ordered second decade of the 21st century in which we are lucky enough to live.

And the Hound is back?

My sequel is set in 1909 – so twenty years after the events in the original story.

I think my approach to Sherlock Holmes in this story is much more iconoclastic than that in the two stories with modern inspirations, as The Hounding of Peers Baskerville calls into question Holmes’s handling of the original Baskerville case.

And there is a music story?

I am a big Classical music fan and so each of the books published by MX has a music story – one on Bach and Vivaldi, one on Mozart, and in Volume IV one on Holmes’s role in the composition of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations.

Holmes was a superb violinist and wrote a monograph on the motets of the 16th century Dutch composer, Orlando de Lassus, said by experts to be the last word on the subject.

He is thus well suited to conduct a musical case.

What are you doing to launch your book?

There will be a launch party at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start on 28 November at Truckles in London WC1A 2JR and launch events at The Haselmere Bookshop – only a few miles from Undershaw – on 2 December and at Barton’s Bookshop of Leatherhead on 9 December.

There is also a prize of a free copy of Volume IV for the first person who can identify all the faces on the cover above. Write to me at OrlandoDLPearson@gmail.com.

What else have you been doing?

All the stories from Volumes I to III are now available as audio books in about thirty different voices read by the brilliant Steve White. It has been fantastic working with him and we are busy on Volume IV.

I am also writing stories for what I hope will be a Volume V next year.

The Redacted Sherlock Holmes (Volume IV) is available for pre order from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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