Oct. 15, 2017

Volume VII in this exciting series from MX Publishing!

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part VII: Eliminate the Impossible edited by David Marcum

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book.

This is the latest in this ongoing series. In this volume, the stories often will deal with things that should be impossible. As Holmes always stands solidly on science and reason, he needs to dig deep to eliminate the impossible!

I will put a ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** here, though I am only trying to make the readers thirst for more with the tidbits I hand out. I also will be marking best and worst story in the book according to me, along with any other pertinent information.

 

  • The book begins, as these volumes usually do, with a poem. This one I don’t really like.
  1. “The Melancholy Methodist” by Mark Mower, is a change-up for Mower whose previous novels have been written in verse. A dead man seems to be haunting a Methodist minister…
  2. “The Curious Case of the Sweated Horse” by Jon Edwards tries to discover what is riding the horses during the full moon on a rich estate…
  3. The Adventure of the Second William Wilson” by Daniel D Victor deals with the supposed son of Poe’s enigmatic William Wilson…
  4. “The Adventure of the Marchindale Stiletto” by James Lovegrove tells of the loss of a family heirloom. This story is “Best in Book!” from me…
  5. “The Case of the Cursed Clock” by Gayle Lange Puhl deals with a cursed clock and Voodoo…
  6. “The Tranquility of the Morning” by Mike Hogan is the investigation of a possible poltergeist…
  7. “A Ghost of Christmas Past” by Thomas A Turly is a story of Watson’s first wife Constance ( according to William Stuart Baring-Gould)
  8. In “The Blank Photograph” by James Moffet, Holmes takes on a Spirit Photographer…
  9. “The Adventure of a Rat by Adrian Middleton is a mixture of several mentioned in passing cases from the Holmes canon. The problem is there are too many factors to make a good story. Unfortunately, this one gets “Worst in Book”…

10.“The Adventure of Vanaprastha” by Hugh Ashton deals with a man who robbed a religious cult in India…

  1. In “The Ghost of Lincoln” by Geri Scher, John Wilkes Booth’s brother-in-law seems to be haunted by President Lincoln…

12. “The Manor House Ghost” by S Subramanian is a version of The Manor House case mentioned in GREE…

13. In “The Case of the Unquiet Grave” by Jon Hall, the Squire and Vicar of the village of Roundham have a problem in the church graveyard…

14. “The Adventure of the Mortal Combat” by Jayantika Ganguly finds Holmes challenged to a duel to the death…

15. “The Last Encore of Quintin Carol deals with a ghostly singer in an apartment house…

16. In “The Case of the Petty Curses” by Stephen Philip Jones, a man suspects his wife of placing a curse on him…

17. “The Tuttman Gallery” by Jim French is a play. I do not read plays.

18.The Second Life of Jabez Salt” by John Linwood Grant deals with a woman haunted by her recently hanged husband…

19. “The Mystery of the Scarab Earrings” by Thomas Fortenberry deals with an archeologist and a mummy’s curse…

  1. “The Adventure of the Haunted Room” deals with a woman whose house is recently haunted…

21. In “The Pharaoh’s Curse” by Robert V Stapleton, Miss Beatrice Venton comes to Baker Street about a missing mummy…

  1. In “The Vampire of the Lyceum” by Charles Veley and Anna Elliot, Bram Stoker is attacked at the Lyceum, apparently by a character from his unfinished manuscript, “Dracula”…
  2. “The Adventure of the Mind’s Eye” has one of Watson’s patients involved with a spirit medium…

These books in this series just keep getting better! I give this volume Five Stars Plus!

Quoth the Raven…

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