Holmes and Watson return in new detective stories by David Stuart Davies, Lavie Tidhar, Mark Mower, and more: “Highly recommended.” —Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels
This cornucopia of dark deeds, deduction, and derring-do contains never-before-published stories featuring Sherlock Holmes and other favorite Conan Doyle characters—written by some of today’s best mystery and thriller writers and collected by one of the genre’s eminent editors. Contributors include:
Jon Courtenay Grimwood * Lavie Tidhar * David Stuart Davies * John Grant * Rose Biggins * David N. Smith * O’Neil De Noux * Rhys Hughes * Catherine Lundoff * Mark Mower * Matthew Booth * Martin Daley * Jan Edwards * Ashley Lister * Keith Brooke * Naching T.Kassa * Phillip Vine * Bev Vincent * Keith Moray * Nick Sweet
“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.” —Publishers Weekly
“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
“The best short mystery and crime fiction of the year.” —Leonard Carpenter, author of Lusitania Lost
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.