Nov. 29, 2018

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Sherlock Holmes: Adventures beyond the Cannon Volume III 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 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 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. Be sure not to skip the Holmes poem by Phoebe Belanger!

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!

  • “The Unsettling Matter of the Graveyard Ghoul” by Will Murray

I cannot mention the canonical story this one is based on without spoiling the story! Great stuff!

  • “The Adventure of the Star-Crossed Lovers” by Daniel D Victor

This story continues YELL, and not favorably… Perhaps it is too true, but really shouldn’t go there…

  • “The Pearls of Great Price” by Deanna Baran

Violet Smith of SOLI fame needs Holmes again.

  • ‘The Adventure of the Crown Jewel” by Sir Author Conan Doyle and Ann Margaret Lewis

It is more like adding footnotes to MAZA. I realize that Doyle had the story written by Holmes, not Watson. It should have stayed that way…

  • “The Adventure of the Gnarled Beeches” by Robert Perret

The story continues COPP. This one really gels with the original story. I think it is “Best in Book!”

  • “A Ghost from the Past” by Nick Cardillo

More from the people involved in ILLU, it doesn’t help the original at all. I like it least…

  • “Another Problem at Thor Bridge” by Geri Scher

I am at a lost for words. Really? I mean really?

  • “The Pegasus Affair” by Tim Symonds

Holmes and Watson return to the scene of SHOS. It follows well with the original. Good show.

  • “The Brook Street Mystery” by David Marcum

Doctor Trevelyan of RESI fame needs a hand forty years after the original story. Not bad!

Some winners for sure and some I didn’t like at all. I give the book as a whole three stars…

Quoth the Raven…