Oct. 30, 2018

Now they can be told!!

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XII edited by David Marcum

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book. Keep the stories coming!

This is volume XII in this ongoing series. Much like volume XI, the stories a based upon cases Watson mentions in the canon. There are a surprising number of these cases throughout Doyle’s written cases. Many readers will be familiar with the cases these stories recount. Most of these stories are very good indeed!

I must say I have enjoyed this entire series! I will give a short word on each story as usual. I really do try to avoid major spoilers, but be warned anyway. I use the four-letter abbreviations as listed here.

Let us begin:

  • “The Shanghaied Surgeon” by CH Dye

The title probably explains anything I could add. The story is based on a case mentioned in NORW.

  • “The Trusted Advisor” by David Marcum

Holmes has only recently returned to Baker Street following his encounter with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls. Who is this mysterious “Sherlock Holmes of the Business World?” This story is based on a premise from BRUC rather than a specifically mentioned case. Nice one, David!

  • “A Shame Harder than Death” by Thomas Fortenberry

This case is mentioned in passing in GOLD. The contents of an old English barrow cause concerns for archeologists who are studying the ancient site. Holmes is called in on a case where at least one official believes it might have supernatural causes. The story has a sad but absolutely ingenious twist!

  • “The Adventure of the Smith-Mortimer Succession” by Daniel D Victor

The case is noted in GOLD. I must give Daniel kudos for a truly original twist!

  • “A Repulsive Story and a Terrible Death” by Nik Morton

Much like the title, the story combines parts of the red leech and Crosby the banker, both mentioned in GOLD. I award kudos for a remarkable job of fitting the cases together! Other authors I have read make two cases—The Red Leech and Crosby the Banker.

  • “The Adventure of the Dishonorable Discharge” by Craig Janacek

The story is based on a case mentioned in WIST. Even to mention the case might give away too much. I give kudos for a most remarkable garden!

  • “The Adventure of the Admirable Patriot” by S Subramanian

The story is based on notes from VEIL. Mentioning any more might give away a great twist! Kudos for the unique way of presenting this case!

  • “The Abernetty Transactions” by Jim French

This one is based on a case from SIXN. The story is presented as a play. I always wonder how an author will bring the parsley and butter into the story!

  • “Dr. Agar and the Dinosaur” by Robert Stapleton

The tale is mentioned in DEVI. A villain from Watson’s past and an ancient dino skull make a good story.

  • “The Giant Rat of Sumatra” by Nick Cardillo

This case is mentioned in SUSS. This is the second Giant Rat story in this series, and around the eighth version that I have read. This tale has what a lot of Giant Rat stories lack, a real reason why the “world is not yet prepared” to read it! The author deserves kudos for the build-up to the awesome encounter! Well done! Best in Book!

  • “The Adventure of the Black Plague” by Paul D Gilbert

The story of Wilson the Notorious Canary Trainer is mentioned in BLAC. I think this is the most entertaining version of this story I have read! Bravo!

  • “Vigor the Hammersmith Wonder” by Mike Hogan

The case is mentioned in SUSS. I didn’t like this one very much. I found the phrase “packaged by white women of a Quaker character” on page 268 to be off-putting. I suppose as a relic of the times it is apt, but I didn’t like it. This one gets the last place ribbon…

  • “A Correspondence Concerning Mr. James Phillimore” by Derrick Belanger

The case is referenced in THOR. I have read another author’s version that has the same principle, but the ins and outs of getting to that end are widely different. The aftermath of the disappearance is also different. Overall, a nice little solution to the case!

  • “The Curious Case of the Two Coptic Patriarchs” by John Linwood Grant

The case is based on a note from RETI. You might want to look up Coptic in Wikipedia prior to reading this one. It isn’t necessary, per se, but it puts the story in better perspective…

  • “The Conk-Singleton Forgery Case” by Mark Mower

Based on a case mentioned in SIXN, this one has a very singular bit of forgery! It seems this man has a unique collection…

  • “Another Case of Identity” by Jane Rubino

Of course, the title references IDEN, but the notes about the story are in PRIO. I must give kudos for the returning villain and a truly great cover identity!

  • “The Adventure of the Exalted Victim” by Arthur Hall

The story is referenced in LADY. This is the tale of old Abrahams, whose fear for his life was used as an excuse to send Watson to France. Despite the claim that “he could not leave the country” Holmes tailed Watson, something that still makes no sense to me! This story is good, not great, but good.

Now we have come to the end of another volume of MX New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I give this volume 4.5 stars!

Quoth the Raven…

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