The tales continue…
The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part V: Christmas Adventures edited by David Marcum
My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book. Long may Sherlock Holmes and Undershaw House live and prosper!
Volume V of this amazing series contains thirty-one short works of Holmes fiction. Giving a line or two to each would take up more lines of review than the average reader would be willing to peruse. Overall, the book is awesome! The major reason I am now in possession of Volume VI is a statement to the quality of the stories in this series! All are gems of value; like all gems, some worth more than others.
For me there were two entries I simply could not read. This is not a stain on the authors’ reputation, but my own taste. I find it nigh impossible to read plays. I would love to see them performed or listen to the radio play, but I just cannot read them…
I especially enjoyed “A Perpetrator in a Pear Tree” by Roger Riccard and it gets my vote for “Best in Book!” A man is killed in a locked room. The solving of this seemingly impossible crime and the method of dispatching the victim totally fit into the theme of this book! Hats off to the author!
Readers of this series will be glad to see familiar authors returning for another story. Dennis O Smith, Amy Thomas, Derrick Belanger, David Marcum, Molly Carr, Hugh Aston, and Peter K Andersson are known for their ability to channel the spirit of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They join a flock of new writers to bring the reader into Christmas no matter what day it actually is!
I am truly sorry, Peter K Andersson, but your story “The Adventure of the Improbable Intruder” was “Worst in Book” for me. The story felt a bit unfinished somehow. It just didn’t work for me.
Given the incredible amount of talent shining in this MX series, how could I give the volume anything except FIVE STARS PLUS!
Quoth the Raven…