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The Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part IX and X, 2018 Annual

“These two latest volumes maintain the high standard set three years ago by editor and publisher. Parts IX and X between them contain thirty-seven new stories, all as faithful as possible to the canonical tradition and style. The authors include Sonia Fetherston, S.F. Bennett, Mark Mower, Kelvin Jones, Jayantika Ganguly, Daniel D Victor, Hugh Ashton, Tim Symonds and David Marcum himself. There’s also a play by the late Jim French, and another by Leslie Charteris and Denis Green – a nice addendum to Sherlock Holmes: The Lost Radio Scripts. Nicholas Meyer, whose novel The Seven-per-Cent Solution effectively began the age of quality Holmes pastiche, contributes a foreword. Neither editor nor authors will benefit financially, as all royalties go towards the conservation of Undershaw, Conan Doyle’s former Surrey home, which now houses Stepping Stones School. The books are treasurable and the cause is admirable.

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories are available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Available on KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Out today: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part IX and X

Once again, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson continue in this acclaimed anthology series, with thirty-seven new tales presented in two companion volumes – more Holmes than could fit into one book!
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories was first published, a huge three-book set featuring over sixty new traditional Holmes exploits, all set within the correct time period. Soon, the demand for even more traditional Holmes adventures led to further volumes. The next year brought Part IV: 2016 Annual, and then Part V: Christmas Adventures. In spring 2017 there was Part VI: 2017 Annual, and that fall revealed the massive two-volume set, Parts VII and VIII: Eliminate the Impossible. Now we present another two simultaneous volumes, Parts IX and X: 2018 Annual (1879-1895) and (1896-1916).
There can be no argument that Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous and recognizable figures in the world. There were only sixty narratives brought to us by the original Literary Agent, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Clearly that is not enough.
Watson once wrote that he kept his unpublished cases in his old Tin Dispatch Box. Now, with the publication of these latest volumes, that box has again been explored by some of today’s best Sherlockian writers, all of whom are donating their royalties from these anthologies toward the restoration of Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s houses, and the location where The Hound of the Baskervilles and many later Holmes stories were completed.
Climb the seventeen steps to the sitting room at 221b Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are waiting…
The game is afoot!

It is totally amazing that this exciting series has reached ten volumes! This means over 140 stories, articles and words of wisdom from the world of Sherlock Holmes’ finest! David Marcum has pulled all the stops out on continuing to deliver volume after volume of sterling work. We sincerely hope that this volume is not the last!” – Raven’s Reviews

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Parts IX and X are available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Available on Kindle.

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No Better Place: Arthur Conan Doyle, Windlesham and Communication with The Other Side (1907-1930)

Following his second marriage in 1907 Arthur Conan Doyle was looking to the future. The years ahead would see the birth of three children, fresh literary success and the discovery of his new faith. Those same years would also see the First World War, the final adventures of Sherlock Holmes and ridicule from the religious and scientific communities for his beliefs.

I think that the strength of Duncan’s book is that instead of looking at Doyle’s entire life, it is focused on a specific period. This allows the author to bring up things less likely to be included in other biographies. For example, it mentions George Newnes’ passing and Arthur Twidle’s illustrations for The Strand. In not attempting to be comprehensive, it instead is a more directed thorough. Many are not delved into, but it gives a fuller look at what occupied Doyle’s time and attention at the time… In reading No Better Place, one is impressed at just how active Arthur Conan Doyle was. He was constantly “doing something” or involved in some activity or other. Dunan’s book really conveys this sense of busyness. I’ve got a quite a few books about Doyle himself and I learned quite a bit from this one, which makes it a good addition to your library.” –  Robert A. Byrne

No Better Place 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 KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Kickstarter – The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Volumes 9 & 10

Last week to support on Kickstarter – The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Volumes 9 & 10

“The MX New Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories” collection has over 100 of the world’s leading Sherlock Holmes authors participating.

The anthology includes only traditional stories set in the original Sherlock Holmes period. Between them, these authors have sold millions of books, and they come together for a common cause – Undershaw.

This is Volumes IX and X – The 2018 Annual bringing 37 new stories spread across the two volumes. Full list of participating authors is below.

“No historical material here. This is all new, and it’s beyond impressive, in quantity (more than 60 stories in three handsome volumes) and in consistent quality. Here are some — most — of the best, most dedicated Holmesian authors working today” – Sherlock Holmes Society of London review of Volumes I-III  

The authors are donating the royalties to projects at Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home, Undershaw. The building was in terrible disrepair and was saved from destruction by the Undershaw Preservation Trust (patron Mark Gatiss). Today the building is the new home of Stepping Stones (a school for children with learning difficulties) and has being lovingly restored to its former glory. Royalties will go to Stepping Stones for specific projects such as the new literary program.

Volume IX: 2018 Annual (1879-1895) features contributions by: Deanna Baran, Roger Riccard, David Marcum, Tracy Revels, S.R. Bennett, Nick Cardillo, Robert Stapleton, Kevin Thornton, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Shane Simmons, James Moffett, C.H. Dye, Stephan Gaspar, Marcia Wilson, Sonia Featherston, Geri Schear, David Friend, Mark Mower, and a poem by Amy Thomas.

Volume X: 2018 Annual (1896-1916) features contributions by: Mike Hogan, Kelvin Jones, Jim French, Arthur Hall, Steve Ehrman, Greg Hatcher, Jayantika Ganguly, Paul Freeman, Dick Gillman, Maurice Barkley, Daniel D. Victor, Martin Rosenstock, Peter Coe Verbica, Hugh Ashton, Will Murray, Robert Perret, Thaddeus Tuffentsamer, G.L. Schulze, Tim Symonds, and a poem by Derrick Belanger …

and Forewords in volumes IX and X by Nicholas Meyer, Roger Johnson, and David Marcum.

For more information click here.

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Released today – The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part VI: 2017 Annual

2017 is the 130th anniversary of the publication of A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. What an amazing journey it’s 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!

In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring stories 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, the popularity has only continued to grow. Two more volumes were released in 2016, and this the first of two planned for 2017 – with no end in sight! The thirty-five stories in this volume – now bringing the total number of narratives and participating authors in this series to well over one-hundred! – 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.

Part VI: 2017 Annual features contributions by: Bob Byrne, Julie McKuras, Derrick Belanger, Robert Perret, Deanna Baran, G.C. Rosenquist, Hugh Ashton, David Timson, Shane Simmons, Stephen Wade, Mark Mower, David Friend, Nick Cardillo, Roger Riccard, S. Subramanian, Carl L. Heifetz, Geri Schear, S.F. Bennett, Jennifer Copping, Jim French, Carla Coupe, Narrelle Harris, Arthur Hall, Craig Janacek, Marcia Wilson, Tracy Revels, Molly Carr, Keith Hann, David Ruffle, David Marcum, Thomas A. Turley, Jan Edwards, C. Edward Davis, Tim Symonds, and Daniel D. Victor, with a poem by Bonnie MacBird, and forewords by David Marcum, Nicholas Utechin, Roger Johnson, Steve Emecz, and Melissa Farnham.

Available in Hardback and Paperback.

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part VI: 2017 Annual is available from all good bookstores including in the USA The Strand Magazine, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon, Waterstones, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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Kickstarter Project for The Diary of Young Arthur Conan Doyle – First Three Diares

Kickstarter Project for The Diary of Young Arthur Conan Doyle – First Three Diares

The Diaries of Young Arthur Conan Doyle follow the adventures of Conan Doyle and Dr. Joseph Bell. These first three diaries cover the first three years of the forensic deductive detective team:

Adventures in the Wild West 1878, Adventures in Russia 1881, Adventures in America 1883.

REVIEWS

“Think Sherlock Holmes meets Huck Finn with a bit of Treasure Island and Peter Pan thrown in for good luck. What a fun read and a great adventure. I loved all three and couldn’t put them down.” Robert Rotenberg, author of the best-selling novel, Stranglehold

“These “lost” diaries of the young Arthur Conan Doyle are a must read for all mystery lovers, and destined to be an important part of the Sherlock Holmes canon. Prepare to tear through the pages and enjoy trying to figure out what is fictional and what is fact. What a riveting story!“Layton Green, author of the best-selling Dominic Grey series

Exclusive – Special Edition Hardback

All three adventures in one special hardcover with exclusive additional content about Joseph Bell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Will be released in December 2017 but available as part of this Kickstarter.

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A wonderful history of Doyle’s former home – review of Welcome To Undershaw

The story of Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s house from 1897 to 1907, is complicated. Doyle built the house for his first wife, Louisa, who was in ill health. It was there that he assisted Dr. John H. Watson in finalizing both “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” for publication. After his wife died, Doyle remarried and moved away. He owned the house for a while longer, but then sold it. For many decades, it was a hotel, becoming more and more run-down and abused. After the hotel was closed, the house sat empty for years, a victim of both the natural elements and vandalism.

When the house was threatened with unsuitable development, a group of people banded together to save it, and they were successful. But after the house was saved, there was disagreement as to what to do with it. Some wanted it to be a private house, completely restored and lived in by someone who would keep it in an original 1890’s style. Others hoped for some sort of museum. However, in the end, the house was purchased and restored by the DFN Foundation, to be used as the Stepping Stones School for special needs children.

Today, the house has been lovingly rebuilt. Broken stained glass has been restored to perfection. Plaster, which had sloughed off due to water damage, was replaced using historic methods. Rotting floor joists, and some that were cut completely through by the hotel, were fixed. Additionally, other facilities, such as a modern building with classrooms, a pool, and a small fully functional theatre, were built. The cost was much more than had originally been anticipated, but the DFN Foundation graciously stepped up and saved the building after it had first been saved from destruction.

What Like Kuhns has done is to provide both a history of the building, as well as aspects of Doyle’s life leading up to when he built it, lived in it, and then moved away. Additionally, he has documented the sometimes contentious history of the site over the last few years as groups worked together – and sometimes squabbled – over the best way to make use of the historic treasure. Now the house is being wonderfully used by the Stepping Stones School, which would have certainly made Doyle very happy and proud.

This is a handsome book that friends of Undershaw will be glad to own.

Reviewed by David Marcum

Welcome To Undershaw is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA,Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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