May. 1, 2018

The latest volume of this series which should win every award available!

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories - Part IX: 2018 Annual (1879-1895) edited by David Marcum

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book. May Undershaw stand forever!

David Marcum has put together another exciting volume that is Holmes to the last drop! This is volume 9 in this ongoing series that has brought great stories, poems and radio/stage plays to a willing and waiting fan base! This latest volume has something for every Holmes fan, from the truly dedicated reader to the neophyte!

I want to briefly touch on each story. I have no intention to give major spoilers, but if I do I apologize in advance. I will be naming a “Best in Book” and a “Least Liked.” Hopefully, my explanation as to why each was chosen doesn’t make me look bad… Now on with the show!

•         The book begins with a wonderful sestina from Amy Thomas called “Violet Smith—a Poem.”

•         “The Adventure of the Temperance Society” by Deanna Baran deals with thieves. I hate to start like this, but I liked this one the least. Sorry, Deanna. I felt that the cipher wasn’t explained well enough…

•         “The Adventure of the Fool and His Money: by Roger Riccard is a fine example of a story in the style of Doyle’s “The Musgrave Ritual.”

•         “The Helverton Inheritance” by David Marcum features a young man who inherits a strange house. Very good story!

•         “The Adventure of the Faithful Servant” by Tracy Revels is about a servant who fears his master has become bewitched. Kudos for the bear as a character!

•         “The Adventure of the Parisian Butcher” by Nick Cardillo is about Holmes taking a case for a rich Frenchman. Kudos for the mental picture of that hand!

•         “The Missing Empress” by Robert Stapleton is about a plot to kidnap the Queen during her Golden Jubilee. Bravo Mrs. Hudson!

•         “The Resplendent Plane Tree” by Kevin P Thornton features a most interesting villain. Kudos for that reveal! Loved it!

•         “The Strange Adventure of the Doomed Sextet” by Leslie Charteris and Denis Green is actually a radio play. I have listened to many of these radio plays but I never knew the creator of Simon Templar, aka The Saint was involved! Kudos for that information!

•         “The Adventure of the Old Boys Club: by Shane Simmons deals with the Diagnoses Club and is written by Wiggins, not Watson!

•         “The Case of the Golden Trail” by James Moffat features a colorful character from the American West. Kudos for putting Holmes in that world! Of course, he had adventures in America during the Great Hiatus, it makes perfect sense!

•         “The Detective that Cried Wolf” by CH Dye is a telling of the Camberwell case by Holmes himself! The Camberwell Poisoning Case is mentioned in passing by Watson in [FIVE].

•         “The Lambeth Poisoning Case” by Stephen Gasper takes place while Homes is assumed dead. Watson is helping the police. Kudos for the historical references!

•         “The Confession of Anna Jarrow” by SF Bennet deals with a woman who sends Holmes her confession just before she vanishes. Kudos for the uncertainties that made this story so interesting!

•         “The Adventure of the Disappearing Dictionary” by Sonia Fetherson deals with scholars who are making a dictionary of the Northumbrian dialect…

•         “The Fairy Hill Horror” by Geri Scher deals with Homes’ investigations into the missing Addleton family. I really, really loved this one. For me, this story is “Best in Book!”

•         “A Loathsome and Remarkable Adventure” by Marcia Wilson is the story of The madness of Isadora Persano (remarkable worm unknown to science) mentioned in [THOR.] Wild!

•         “The Adventures of the Multiple Moriartys” by David Friend deals with the fact that James Moriarty had brothers named James Moriarty…

•         The book winds up with “The Influence Machine” by Mark Mower, which is short, terse and not Mower’s best work. I am sorry, Mark.

I sincerely hope this series continues strong for many more books to come! The book is definitely worth five stars plus!

Quoth the Raven…

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