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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.

Back this project here.

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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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The Mystery of the Scarlet Homes of Sherlock

Several Sherlockians have claimed “The Mystery of the Scarlett Homes of Sherlock”, the first of the lost diaries of Arthur Conan Doyle ,  is a blatant hoax. I have embarked on a series of investigations to determine  the veracity of the diaries. I started the enquiry in Edinburgh on a Sunday morning at number one Picardy Place, the birthplace of Arthur Conan Doyle. There, across the street, was Sherlock Holmes on a pedestal wearing his deerstalker hat.  Not far away I found the Conan Doyle Pub which served the exact same type of meat pie and beverages, [single malt whiskey and ale, that ACD mentioned in his diary. Next, on a dark, moonless night, with the aid of a hooded bulls-eye lantern, I jimmied the locks on a rear door to the Royal College of Surgeons on Nicholson Street and entered the archives. There, hidden away in a locked box was the original correspondence between Dr. Joe Bell and ACD. These letters, written by hand confirmed the close relationship between Dr. Bell and the young ACD. and the fact that ACD modelled Sherlock Holmes on his friend and teacher, Dr. Joe Bell. My investigation led me to the museum of the RCS. There, midst skeletons, dissected anatomical specimens and vicious surgical instruments I found a small alcove, almost hidden from view, with  a portrait of Dr. Bell and a movie clip of ACD, in person discussing the origins of the famous detective.  Thus far, my investigations confirm the truth of the opening pages in ACD’s lost diaries. These investigations prove beyond the shadow of doubt, the first scenes mentioned in “The Mystery of the Scarlett Homes of Sherlock”.  I intend to study steamship  passenger lists as well as the files of the Rush Medical School in Chicago for discussions of Dr. Bell’s lectures while he was an invited consultant.

John Raffensperger, MD, Author of The Mystery of the Scarlet Homes of Sherlock

The Mystery of The Scarlet Homes Of Sherlock 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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Welcome To Undershaw – out on October 10th

“WELCOME TO UNDERSHAW is subtitled as “a brief history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: the man who created Sherlock Holmes” and offers a well-illustrated examination of Conan Doyle’s early life, the history of the house, and an interesting exploration of what happened while he was living there. It’s nicely done indeed, and will be welcomed by anyone who has visited or plans to visited Undershaw.” Peter Blau, Scuttlebutt, Sept 16.

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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What’s Your Favorite Sherlock Holmes Story?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the “most portrayed literary human character in film & TV.”   He fascinated the world when Conan Doyle’s stories first appeared, and today he’s still calling “the game is afoot” to Dr. Watson as they hail a hansom cab on the foggy streets of London, ready to right a wrong and catch a criminal.

Conan Doyle wrote fifty-six Sherlock Holmes short stories and four novels, and everyone seems to have a favorite tale. Even Conan Doyle himself made a list of his personal twelve favorite short stories:

  1. “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” 1892
  2. “The Red-headed League” 1891
  3. “The Adventure of the Dancing Men” 1903
  4. “The Final Problem” 1893
  5. “A Scandal in Bohemia” 1891
  6. “The Adventure of the Empty House” 1903
  7. “The Five Orange Pips” 1891
  8. “The Adventure of the Second Stain” 1904
  9. “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot” 1910
  10. “The Adventure of the Priory School” 1904
  11. “The Musgrave Ritual” 1893
  12. “The Reigate Squires” 1893

Read the full article published in The Strand Magazine by Diane Gilbert Madsen here.

 

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Peter E. Blau reviews Welcome To Undershaw

Luke Benjamen Kuhns’ WELCOME TO UNDERSHAW (London: MX Publishing, 2016; 107pp., hardbound) is subtitled as “a brief history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: the man who created Sherlock Holmes” and offers a well-illustrated examination of Conan Doyle’s early life, the history of the house, and an interesting exploration of what happened while he was living there.  It’s nicely done indeed, and will be welcomed by anyone who has visited or plans to visited Undershaw.

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

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