May. 17, 2018

The tenth collection of fabulous stories!

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories part X 2018 Annual edited by David Marcum


The tenth collection of fabulous stories!

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

It is totally amazing that this exciting series has reached ten volumes! This means over 140 stories, articles and words of wisdom from the world of Sherlock Holmes’ finest! David Marcum has pulled all the stops out on continuing to deliver volume after volume of sterling work. We sincerely hope that this volume is not the last!

I’d like to touch on each story briefly. I have no desire to ruin the stories for anyone. I give hints, no spoilers, however; people have shown appreciation for warnings!

  • The stories start with a very nice poem by Derrick Belanger entitled “A Man of Twice Exceptions.” Lovely!
  • Next comes the story, “The Horned God” by Kelvin Jones. This is a very unusual story about an ancient barrow…
  • “The Coughing Man” by Jim French features Holmes refusing to take a case!
  • “The Adventure of Canal Reach” by Arthur Hall features Mycroft sending one of his employees to Holmes…
  • “A Simple Case of Abduction” by Mike Hogan deals with Doctor Watson being attacked on the way to the Strand to deliver a manuscript. Kudos for the choice of the manuscript! It would explain a lot!
  • “A Case of Embezzlement” by Steven Ehrman features Inspector Hopkins bringing his prisoner to Holmes hoping to track the money. Kudos for Holmes’ reaction, as it is very canon!
  • “The Adventure of the Vanished Diplomat” by Greg Hatcher is quite a story. Mycroft has vanished! ‘Nuff said!
  • “The Adventure of the Perfidious Painter” by Jayantika Ganguly features Holmes’ giving aid to three young people in a manner most strange …
  • “A Revenge Served Cold” by Maurice Barkley deals with a locked room mystery! Kudos for the method, it is quite ingenious!
  • “A Brush with Death” by Dick Gillman has Mycroft sending Holmes and Watson to investigate the death of Sir Charles Fort. Neat title-twist!
  • “The Case of the Anonymous Client” by Paul A Freeman features a client who is attacked right on Baker Street just down from 221B!
  • “Capitol Murder” by Daniel D Victor is about a Pinkerton Agent who is asking help of Holmes and Watson. Kudos for the surprise of the villain! The story is at least partially real history! Congrats, this is “Best in Book!”
  • “The Case of the Dead Detective” by Martin Rosenstock is my least favorite in this volume. A young man is discovered dead, and he seems to be basing his career on Holmes’ work. There’s a weird note here on page 249. Watson says he is wary of quoting Scotsmen. Watson was Scottish, from Stranraer, Scotland according to the bio given on page 29. Why would Watson be wary of quoting his own countrymen, or am I missing something?
  • “The Musician Who Spoke from the Grave” by Peter Coe Verbica deals with a dead man and a very strange code…
  • “The Adventure of the Future Funeral” by Hugh Aston is in vogue with Aston’s usual stories from the Deed Box of Doctor John H Watson. This is the story of Wilson, the Notorious Canary Trainer, mentioned in BLAC…
  • “The Mystery of the Change of Art” by Robert Perret deals with a lady whose necklace apparently been replaced with a fake and an artist who draws portraits at a hotel…
  • “The Problem of the Bruised Tongues” by Will Murray has the pulp author taking on Holmes! A man is discovered dead, his tongue an awful bruised color. And he is only the first! Kudos for the remarkable twist in the tale!
  • “The Parsimonious Peacekeeper” by Thaddeus Tuffentsamer deals with a flower-seller and other street people who find themselves being arrested and fined over and over!
  • “The Case of the Dirty Hand” by GL Schulze deals with Crown affairs. The Boer Wars are over and there will be a meeting of kings hosted by King Edward. The story is told by Holmes, not Watson…
  • “The Mystery of the Missing Artifacts” by Tim Symonds is about a case Holmes refused to take that may be coming back to haunt him. Kudos for the opening segue, but Holmes seems to be acting totally out of character…

All I can say, David Marcum, is keep them coming! The book is definitely five stars plus!

Quoth the Raven…

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