Authors – Various
Publisher – MX Publishing
The Blurb –
64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes Stories making up the latest three volumes in the world’s largest collection of Sherlock Holmes Stories – XIX, XX and XXI.
In 2015, the first three volumes of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories arrived, containing over 60 stories in the true traditional Canonical manner, revisiting Holmes and Watson in those days where it is “always 1895” . . . or a few decades on either side of that. That was the largest collection of new Holmes stories ever assembled, and originally planned to be a one-time event. But readers wanted more, and the contributors had more stories from Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box, so the fun continued.
Now, with the release of Parts XIX, XX, and XXI, the series has grown to over 450 new Holmes adventures by nearly 200 contributors from around the world. Since the beginning, all contributor royalties go to the Stepping Stones School for special needs children at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes, and to date the project has raised nearly $60,000 for the school.
As has become the tradition, this new collection of 64 adventures features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes’s retirement. Along the way they are involved in some fascinating mysteries – some relating Untold Cases, others sequels to Canonical adventures, and a number progressing along completely unexpected lines.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
Featuring – Roger Riccard, Matthew White, Kevin P. Thornton, Chris Chan, Nick Cardillo, MJH Simmonds, Craig Stephen Copland, Will Murray, Ian Ableson, Thomas A. Turley, David Marcum, Dick Gillman, David Friend, Arthur Hall, Brenda Seabrooke, James Moffett, Robert Stapleton, Andrew Bryant, Will Murray, Andrew Bryant, Peter Coe Verbica, Sean M. Wright, and Tim Gambrell, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by John Lescroart, Roger Johnson, Lizzy Butler, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum
Today is my stop on the Sherlock Holmes blog tour. Many thanks to Caroline Vincent for the chance to read and review.
My thoughts – I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes whether it be the books, television adaptations or film versions. So I was excited to be able to review this series of books. I have chosen to read the first three books in Part XIX (1882 – 1890).
The books starts with an editor’s foreword by David Marcum and a foreword by John Lescroart. Also it contains information about the Stepping Stones School, situated in one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s old houses. MX Publishing have raised over $60,000 for this school that helps children with learning disabilities.
The stories are:
A Case of Paternity by Matthew White
A man is desperate to find out who his father is after his mother dies. For all his life, his mother and uncle would not divulge the identity of the man. After being hired, Holmes and Watson travel to Birmingham to try and uncover the truth. After some brilliant deducing by Holmes, a sad story is unveiled.
The Raspberry Tart.
A man is desperate for Holmes to stop his son fraternising with an up and coming actress. Historically being an actress was seen as being as a less than savoury career. This isn’t the case Sherlock usually takes but he has discovered something about the man he wishes to investigate. Watson makes the acquaintance in the young actress and realises that the girl is charming and she as a doctor she introduces him to her sick mother. Watson is keen to help the mother while Sherlock discovers a family secret that changes everything.
The Mystery of the Elusive Bard
A publisher wishes to find a prolific poet to give him an award, but whenever he makes contact he is met with silence. He travels to the poet’s home village but again can not find him. The town has been reborn through the success of the poet’s work, but no trace of him can be found. Where is the poet? The publisher enlists Holmes and Watson to find him so he can claim his award, but when the pair visit the village they find an interesting reason as to why the man shuns publicity.
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