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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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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Mark Mower

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Mark Mower.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

My passion for tales about Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson began at the age of twelve, when I watched an early black and white film featuring the unrivalled screen pairing of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Hastily seeking out the original stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and continually searching for further post-Canonical stories, this has been a lifelong obsession of mine.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

My story features in Part XVI of the anthology and is entitled, ‘The Spectral Pterosaur’. I wanted to relay a story that had a supernatural feel but wasn’t about human ghosts or vampires. As part of a school project, my daughter happened to be researching the life of Mary Anning, the pioneering amateur fossil collector who spent her life discovering ‘curiosities’ like the head of an ichthyosaur and contributed much to the developing science of palaeontology. Fascinated by her work and reading more about nineteenth century dinosaur discoveries, the story emerged quite naturally.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place?

The tale is set in the 1880s. Holmes and Watson receive an unexpected visit from Inspector Stephen Maddocks of Scotland Yard. The weary detective claims to have seen a terrifying and “unearthly vision” while on guard duty at the British Museum’s Natural History building. When the dutiful inspector then succumbs to an immediate and fatal heart attack, our heroes are prompted to investigate what has given rise to ‘The Spectral Pterosaur’.

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale?

The story has many period details and is set primarily within what is now London’s Natural History Museum – an atmospheric location for any Victorian tale. As well as explaining the early history of palaeontology, the narrative has a good plot twist and something of a red herring (in this case not fossilised).

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

It has to be ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ for its brooding, visual portrayal of Dartmoor and epic storyline. In my first non-fiction book, ‘Suffolk Tales of Mystery & Murder’, I wrote a chapter about the regular reports of mysterious big cats being seen in the county. When doing some media interviews for the book launch, I was asked about the possible connection between the legend of ‘Black Shuck’ (an infamous East Anglian Devil Dog that was seen in Suffolk during the sixteenth century) and more contemporary sightings of anomalous big cats. It occurred to me then that Black Shuck has a lot more in common with my favourite fictional hound…

Any upcoming projects?

My third collection of pastiches, ‘Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Legacy’, will be published in November 2019 and is already available for pre-order! Beyond that, I’m working on a fourth book with more intriguing tales that 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.

Click here for more details on the Kickstarter campaign.

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The Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews The Druid of Death – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

“As an unashamed fan of new Sherlock Holmes stories, I am discomfited to admit that I had not read any of Richard T Ryan’s earlier novels. This is his third, and a splendid book it is. The plot revolves around some mysterious deaths, bearing the hallmarks of ritualistic sacrifice or cult murder. Scotland Yard is baffled, and Inspector Lestrade invites Holmes and Watson to assist. Our heroes are drawn into the mysterious lore of ancient druidic symbols and Celtic mythology to face a race against time in unravelling the case and preventing further bloodshed. The pace is well-judged, and it is a gripping and colourful tale from the offset. Ryan’s style is reassuringly familiar, and he clearly has a respect for the Canon, demonstrated in the many neat references and affectionate nods to the characters, stories and intrigues of the original texts. Another fine touch is the inclusion of the Revd Sabine Baring-Gould, real-life grandfather of the celebrated Sherlockian, William S Baring-Gould. Ryan demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of British history and there is good attention to detail throughout this tale. It is a great story told with skill and affection.” – Mark Mower

The Druid of Death – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle. Available on Audio.

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The Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Case-Files

Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Case-Files by Mark Mower. MX Publishing, 2017. 182pp. (pbk) 

Mower’s name should be familiar as a regular contributor to the MX Anthologies of New Sherlock Holmes stories. This handsome book of seven adventures gathers together five of his tales from those volumes with two new stories. Beginning with a case from the pre-Watson years, these stories span Holmes’s career, ending with a mystery that takes place in the wake of the First World War. Mower has an engaging, readable style, carrying the reader along with convincing dialogue whilst combining a good eye for period detail with well-paced plotting. My favourite story has to be “The Manila Envelope”, which showcases Holmes’s methods in a virtuoso display of observation and deduction. Overall, an impressive collection.

Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Case Files is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Available on Kindle and Audio.

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