Holmes and Watson Return in These New Detective Fiction Stories
“Sometimes a brief zap of great writing is just what you’re in the mood for or have time for. That’s when anthologies like his are ideal....intellectually outstanding.”—New York Journal of Books
Recognized as “the best short mystery and crime fiction of the year” by Leonard Carpenter, Maxim Jakubowski presents a collection of never before seen fiction short stories from some of the best mystery and thriller writers today.
Your favorite sleuths return. An icon of detective fiction, readers have come across Sherlock Holmes and his mythical stories of crime and adventure for generations. In this new short story anthology, literature reunites with the beloved British detective, his powers of deduction, and his unerring quest for the truth.
A cornucopia of British detectives, dark deeds, and derring-do. Collected by one of the genre's eminent editors, The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories features the timeless detective alongside favorite Sherlock Holmes characters, like Moriarty, Holmes, and Watson. Bringing together some of the most renowned American and British authors of crime today, this bumper volume of short stories for adults features:
Jon Courtenay GrimwoodLavie TidharDavid Stuart DaviesJohn GrantRose BigginsDavid N.SmithO'Neil De NouxRhys HughesCatherine LundoffMark MowerMatthew BoothMartin DaleyJan EdwardsAshley ListerKeith BrookeNaching T.KassaPhillip VineBev VincentKeith Morayand Nick Sweet
If you’re looking for British historical mysteries, detective mystery books, or anthology bookss—or enjoy Anthony Horrowitz novels, The Complete Sherlock Holmes or The Best American Mystery Stories 2019—then you’ll love The Book of Extraordinary New Sherlock Holmes Stories.
The good far outweighs the bad among the 15 Sherlock Holmes pastiches in this solid anthology from Jakubowski (Invisible Blood), mostly featuring authors new to the genre. Lavie Tidhar provides a tantalizing puzzle in "The Adventure of the Milford Silkworms," in which a female client appeals for help understanding the connection between an assault on a botanist and goats acting oddly. Bev Vincent's "Bloody Sunday" posits a clever plot behind one of the most notorious real-life riots of the Victorian era. Ashley Lister's atmospheric "The Case of the Cursed Angel Tears" asks Holmes to unravel a series of seemingly supernatural deaths connected to a valuable jewel. Another standout is Matthew Booth's "The Lancelot Connection," which involves a stolen newly discovered Shakespeare play and murder. The stories with science fiction or fantasy elements fall short, and in general the contributors tend to be stronger on plotting than on recreating Watson's narrative voice. Fans of MX Publishing's New Sherlock Holmes Stories series will want to check this out.