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LONG FICTION (22 Items Listed)
- 1/3 "The Seven-Per-cent Solution" by Nicholas Meyer
A recognised benchmark in post-Doyle SH fiction. Cunning use of contemporous events in the life of Dr Sigmund Freud.
Later works by this author include "The West End Horror" and "The Canary Trainer".
- "Sherlock in Love" by Sena Jeter Naslund"
"A triumphant reimagining of the Sherlock Holmes canon that identifies, once and for all, the great love of the detective's life..." (Kirkus Reviews)
A theme I, for one, would like to see attempted more often - thoroughly successful.
- "The Revenge of the Hound" by Michael Hardwick
Absolutely charming in tone and characterization... and if the plot leaves a little to be desired - well so did Conan Doyle's from time to time.
- "The Last Sherlock Holmes Story" by Michael Dibdin"
"In September 1888, a series of vile and bloody murders occurs in Whitechapel, London... It will startle and amaze the reader as the ultimate stunning truth is unveiled!" (blurb)
An excellent if uneasy read.
- "The Case of Emily V." by Keith Oatley
"A terrific quasi-mystery set in Vienna and featuring a melancholic Sherlock Holmes, a smug Sigmund Freud, and an entirely engaging young classics teacher named Emily V." (Globe and Mail)
Put after "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" because it was the second to attempt the 'Freud' theme, though overall (I think) the more successful story.
- Series: "The Beekeeper's Apprentice" by Laurie R. King
"In 1915, long since retired from his observations of criminal humanity, Sherlock Holmes is engaged in a reclusive study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. Never did he think to meet an intellect to match his own - until his acquaintance with Miss Mary Russell, a very modern 15 year old ...." (blurb)
An excellent book which is lowered in my estimation by sequels (ad. naseum.) which increasingly marginalise and emasculate Holmes in favour of the female protagonist 'Mary Russell'. Mary is initially appealling for the interesting reactions she provokes in Holmes (i.e. as an alternative for Watson), but rather unreasonably modern for the setting and she eventually gets a little too Nancy Drew / Germaine Greer. The Holmesian reader, however, might find this an interesting read as long as they can resist pressing on to the later instalments when the balance is lost completely.
Sequels being: "A Monstrous Regiment of Women", "A Letter of Mary" and "The Moor".
(Having just read "Oh Jerulsalem" I must say it is a distinct return to form and I recommend it with very little reservation)
- 3/3 "The Canary Trainer" by Nicholas Meyer.
Holmes remains a little passive within the restraints of this retelling of Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera". There is a distinct lack of that famous deductive process. However the book is still amazingly engrossing. I particularly like the element of Irene Adler (natural in a case set in an Opera House).
Previously by this author "The Seven-Percent Solution" and "The West End Horror".
- "The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes" by Michael & Mollie Hardwick
A cross between a novel and an anthology but entirely enjoyable in any case. A top example of the 'continuing adventures' type.
- "The Giant Rat of Sumatra" by Richard L. Boyer
"But he made provision before he died that the story of the giant rat, one of the most bizarre of all Holmes's cases, should be held in the vaults of a London bank until all the protagonists ... were dead" (blurb)
Very traditional, but satisfyingly realised.
|"Goodnight, Mr. Holmes" by Carole Nelson Douglas|
Miss Irene Adler, the beautiful American opera singer who once outwitted Sherlock Holmes, is here given an unexpected talent: she is a superb detective, as Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker can attest. But in matters of the heart she encounters difficulty
A nice story though don't expect to see to much of Holmes or Watson. Some people don't take to Irene's 'Boswell', the rather prim Miss Nell Huxleigh, but Irene is a delight and the writing is quite canonical in tone.
- "Prisoner of the Devil" by Michael Hardwick
Displays this authors usual expertise. Nice to see an origonal topic - the Dreyfus affair (rather than endless use of the Ripper, Oscar Wilde etc).
- "Sherlock Holmes and the Thistle of Scotland" by L.B. Greenwood.
A competant adventure in the traditional mould (mold?).
When the legendary jewel, the Thistle of Scotland, vanishes from the bride's coiffure at her wedding breakfast, Sherlock Holmes is summoned -" (blurb)
- "Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon" by Larry Millet
"Hidden for a hundred years in the safe of the great railroad magnate James J. Hill, the manuscript of this remarkable advanture recounts how Hill summoned Sherlock Holmes to the parched pinelands of Minnesota - to save the Great Northern Railway from being set afire and Hill's own person from the epistolary threats of the Red Demon." (blurb)
A little too American for me, but fairly good historical tone and interesting - if eventually not particularly satisfying.
- "Enter the Lion" by Michael P. Hodel & Sean M. Wright
Subtitled "A Posthumous Memoir of Mycroft Holmes". I admit I am still reading it, but it seems rather intriguing.
- 2/3 "The West End Horror" by Nicholas Meyer
Rather pale by comparison with its precursor (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution), but still readable. Surpassed by the authors third effort "The Canary Trainer".
- "Exit Sherlock Holmes, The Great Detectives Final Days" by Robert Lee Hall
"Aided only by the Baker Street Irregular, can Watson ever pin down the true identities of Holmes and Moriarty and the true meaning of their lifelong duel?" (blurb)
Starts well but becomes increasingly strange, not a very Holmesian solution to the puzzle.
- "An East Wind Coming" by Arthur Byron Cover
"An immortal Sherlock Holmes: a deathless Jack the Ripper! in a fantasty duel through the corridors of time." (cover)
An excessively bizarre sci fi/ fantasy/ mystery book.
- "The Return of Moriarty" by John Gardiner
Meant to be complicated and intriguing, but actually just complicated.
- "The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" edited by Peter Haining
A various and highly entertaining collection with a foreword by Jeremy Brett.
- "More Exploits of Sherlock Holmes" by Adrian Conan Doyle & John Dickson Carr
Has its moments, written in the authentic style and intended to fit with the existing Doyle 'canon'. The tone is certainly 'true' but I found my interesting waning after the first few stories - personally I prefer the modern writing style to a recreation of the Victorian one. That said, the stories in general make more use of sensational elements than ACD (the 1st) would.
- "The Baker Street Dozen" edited by Pj Doyle and E W McDiarmand.
Thirteen from the canon with some excellent commentary and trivia from a variety of sources.
SHORT STORIES AND NOVELLAS
This section included SH stories in volumes with a more generic theme, collected plays and the novellas of Allen Sharp which are published seperately but noticabley short of traditional book length.
- "The Ghost of Sherlock Holmes" by Leslie Halliwell
In a book of the same name, subtitled "Seventeen Supernatural Stories"
"How can there be a ghost of a man who didn't really exist?"
The answer isn't spectacularly clever, but the overall effect is very nice.
- "The Case of the Baffled Policeman" by Allen Sharp
- "The Case of the Frightened Heiress" by Allen Sharp
- "The Case of the Gentle Conspirators" by Allen Sharp
- "The Hound of the Baskervilles and Other Sherlock Holmes Plays" by Michael & Mollie Harwick
Including the final problem, The Hound of the Baskervilles and the Empty House. These are short plays probably of most use to schools - but elements have been added to the retelling which might be of interest to the Holmesian reader.
Yes, I know there are many of these including quite vintage material - but most of mine are in storage at the moment...
- "Baker Street" by Guy Davis and Gary Reed
"Baker Street, the center of England's punk movement inn a London few would ever know, a life even less would ever see. Where being different is the rule, "ratting" the gambling vice of a city's underground, and death is often around the next corner. Here is where mystery, intrigue and suspense are more than a game to the residents of Post Victorian London, it's a way of life." (blurb)
A punk ex-policewoman solves crimes in that community. from the point of view of a mainstream student who becomes a sort of Watson. Excellent. Collect in two volumes; "Children of the Night" and "Honour Among Punks".
- "A Puzzle for Sherlock Holmes" by Robert Newman
"London at the turn of the century seemed a terrifying place to Andrew who had lived in Cornwall throughout his thirteen years... Before long, Andrew too was working with Holmes, investigating a series of dramatic crimes ... and being drawn ever deeper into the murky dangers of London's criminal underworld." (blurb)
- "Sherlock Holmes in Tibet" by Richard Wincor
"Being an astonishing account of Holmes' hitherto unknown years, now revealed in amost extraordinary narrative from his own notebook"
Well no actually. It is a long discourse on Tibetan philosophy prefaced by a short story of Holmes attending a lecture on the same - very little about any 'hidden years'. Still interesting in obliquely suggesting that Holmes may be a 'tupla'. A being brought into existence by the beliefs of others.
- "The Annotated Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthuer Conan Doyle and William S. Baring-Gould
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