Nov. 18, 2018

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Sherlock Holmes: Adventures beyond the Cannon Volume I edited by David Marcum

My thanks go out to Derrick Belanger for my copy of this book.

I am going to assume that readers of this volume will be already familiar with the Holmes canon. I am using the Holmes story abbreviations from this site.

Readers of Sherlock Holmes might often ask what happened after Holmes solved the case, or where Holmes might have crossed paths with a villain before the current case. That is the premise of this volume. Occasionally in the canon, the story seems incomplete.

This could be because there is obviously so much more to the story. The tales offer a glimpse behind the scenes. Sometimes a tale is explained, sometimes a crook is traced further, and sometimes it is a “how they met” story.

David Marcum returns with another exciting volume of great Sherlock Holmes stories. Readers of the MX series of New Sherlock Holmes adventures will find that many of the authors are familiar.

In accordance with the SPOILER WARNING on page 21, I will be more careful than usual with my detailed review. I will give little beyond what the reader will encounter on the first page of each adventure. And now, on to the stories!

  • “Gentleman’s Disagreement” by Narrelle M Harris

This is a further look into BLUE. The reader will recall that Holmes let Ryder escape at the end of the case…

  • “The Incident of the Frantic Countess” by Arthur Hall

Lord St. Simon of NOBL fame, advises his cousin to allow Holmes to solve her own case…

  • “The Ten Orange Pips” by Jayantika Ganguly

As the title suggests, this story continues FIVE. Readers will recall that the case ended rather mysteriously…

  • “The Adventure of the Spectral Menace” by Benjamin Langley

Holmes and Watson return to Stoke Moran, site of SPEC. The new owner has problems of his own…

  • “The Greek Murder” by Katie Magnusson

This is an explanation of the ending of GREE, tracing the further adventures of Sophy…  I absolutely love this story from concept to the last word! This will get “Best in Book!” honors from me!

  • “The Adventure in Nancy” by Stephen Hereczeg

Firstly, “Nancy” is Nancy, France! Victor Hatherley of ENGR fame returns for more adventure…

  • “The Shadow of Malice” by Brenda Seabrooke

This is based on BOSC. Alice Turner, now married to James McCarthy, asks for Holmes to return to Boscombe Valley…

  • “The Adventure of the Upright Man” by Nick Dunn-Meynell

This story is a further look into CROO. It is the longest story in the book. I found it to be— interesting… Frankly, I liked it the least.

  • “A for Argentina” by Mike Hogan

Continuing immediately from REDH; the arrest of John Clay sets off more problems. I would like to see in the future someone tell the story of Holmes’ previous encounters with Clay…

These stories should delight any fan of the Holmes canon! And since this is only volume one of three, more stories are to follow. According to the publisher, this may very well only be the beginning…

I give the book four stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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