The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street is Back!
The August Derleth Estate, Arkham House, and Belanger Books are pleased to present this authorized collection of twelve new Pons adventures by Sherlockian author and editor David Marcum. Join Pons and Parker as they venture forth into the mysterious London fogs during that murky period between the two World Wars. Along the way, meet some old friends, and discover why Pons is called “The Sherlock Holmes of Praed Street”.
Solar Pons was created by August Derleth in the 1920s as a continuation of the Sherlock Holmes canon. Derleth, who famously created Arkham House Publishing to preserve the writings of his friend, author HP Lovecraft, had corresponded with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking whether Doyle would be providing any new Holmes adventures. When Doyle said no, Derleth determined to write some himself. However, instead of writing more Holmes tales, Derleth came up with Solar Pons, a detective very similar to Holmes, and Dr. Lyndon Parker, his Dr. Watson. Eventually, between the 1920’s and his death in 1971, Derleth wrote over seventy Pons tales, set in that period between the end of World War I and 1939.
“Now, meet Solar Pons, the Pride of Praed Street . . . The Master is not too visible – that is, to the naked eye. But you will feel his dynamic presence once again . . . Yes, dear reader, but turn a page, and again – the game is afoot!” – Ellery Queen
Bestselling Sherlock Holmes author David Marcum continues The Pontine Canon with twelve new Pons adventures:
• The Adventure of the Doctor’s Box
• The Park Lane Solution
• The Poe Problem
• The Singular Affair of the Blue Girl
• The Plight of the American Driver
• The Adventure of the Blood Doctor
• The Additional Heirs
• The Horror of St. Anne’s Row
• The Adventure of the Failed Fellowship
• The Adventure of the Obrisset Snuffbox
• The Folio Matter
• The Affair of the Distasteful Society
Additionally, this volume contains a bonus Sherlock Holmes adventure, the author’s Solar Pons origin story, “The Adventure of the Other Brother”, forewords from noted Ponsians, and Appendices. Join us at 7B Praed Street, where Solar Pons and Dr. Parker are about to begin their next adventure. The game is afoot!
“[Solar Pons is] a clever impersonator, with a twinkle in his eye, which tells us that he knows that he is not Sherlock Holmes, and knows that we know it, but he hopes we will like him anyway for what he symbolizes . . . The best substitute for Sherlock Holmes known.” – Vincent Starrett
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221b Baker Street! Just the mention of those words is enough to suggest mystery and adventure and heroism. Over many years, this humble London address was the destination of so many people – clients and policemen, the rich and the poor, those needing help and those with a secret. This famed location is known all over the world, for it’s the one most associated with the legendary . . . Sherlock Holmes! But there was a time before Sherlock Holmes moved to Baker Street, before his fame had grown, when he was still learning his craft and struggling to create his unique profession – the first of its kind – Consulting Detective! Join some of the finest Sherlockian writers as they explore those early days Before Baker Street. Read about when Holmes was still a boy, learning from his older brother Mycroft, or later, when he had moved to London, living in Montague Street, just 'round the corner from the British Museum, waiting for the next adventure to begin . . . . The Game is afoot!
"Some really good stories of the Master Sleuth's early career." - The Blue Carbuncle, from 5-star Amazon review.
“If Samuel Pepys could fill nine years’ worth of journals with tales of arguments with his wife, visits to the theatres, fire and plague, then I am fairly confident I should be able to achieve a similar feat – with the exception of the plague, that is.” Thus begins Mycroft Holmes’s valiant, if irregular, attempt to chronicle his doings. Rediscovered in 1976 and now fully translated from an obscure code, Mycroft’s diaries reveal that a brother’s lot is not always a happy one, especially when that brother happens to be London’s only consulting detective. In this humorous look at the world of Sherlock Holmes through Mycroft’s eyes, between avoiding amorous cleaning ladies and eccentric family members, appeasing hopeless artists and budding novelists, keeping the peace at the Diogenes and minding doting dogs, one question always remains: will Sherlock ever get a proper job? Devon-based journalist and lecturer, S.F. Bennett has written for the Baker Street Journal and the Journal of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, amongst others.
"S.F. Bennett shares The Secret Diary of Mycroft Holmes with us so that we can learn about both Mycroft and Sherlock. Mycroft's insights about his life and his younger brother are enlightening and entertaining. Mycroft's observations and his proof that Sherlock has found a friend in Dr. Watson will be enjoyable to all devoted fans." - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere Review
Imagine a Holmes Without his Boswell... Or, as is the case with the volume you now hold in your hands, imagine a Holmes without the voice of Watson. Is there a difference? After all, we have learned about the great detective not through his own voice and eyes, but through that of his loyal companion, his dear friend, his Boswell. What might we be missing? Who else could tell of the great detective’s feats? Find out as today's best Sherlock Holmes authors including Derrick Belanger, Luke Kuhns, Kieran Lyne, David Marcum, Jack McDevitt, Richard Paolinelli, David Ruffle, Geri Schear, Don Smith, Elizabeth Varadan, Daniel Victor, and Marcia Wilson tell stories from the perspectives of: Sherlock Holmes Mrs Hudson Colonel Sebastian Moran Raymond Chandler Inspector Lestrade Winston Churchill Violet Hunter Henry Mencken and many others... Experience Holmes like never before as you go Beyond Watson! Includes a special introductory toast from Mark Levy, BSI
"Beyond Watson is a very interesting anthology or Sherlock Holmes themed short stories. Most Holmes anthologies have interesting tales in them but this one has a very cool twist. None of the stories are told in the voice of Doctor Watson." --Cameron Greatorex, from 5-Star Amazon review.
Sherlock Holmes! The very name of the world’s greatest detective conjures up images of Victorian London, gaslit streets, hansom cabs, and dense fogs. But there was a time, a dark three-year period, when London had to make do without Sherlock Holmes. From 1891 to 1894, he was presumed to be dead, having perished during the epic struggle with that infamous Napoleon of Crime, Professor Moriarty, atop the Reichenbach Falls. But unknown to most, even his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes survived. During those three years, he roamed the world, acting as an agent for the British Government and using his very special skills along the way. In Volume 1 of Holmes Away From Home, the incredible two-volume collection of new traditional Holmes adventures, we find Our Hero criss-crossing the world – Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. During this period known as The Great Hiatus, Holmes may have been in disguise, but there is no mistaking the person that Watson described as “. . . the best and wisest man whom I have ever known.” The game is afoot!
"Given its quality, one might justly consider Holmes Away from Home the last word on these “lost years” of Sherlock Holmes’ career." --Thomas Turley, from 5-Star Amazon review.
London 1901. The city is in the grip of 'Monkey Man Mania'. Intrepid explorer, Drake Patterson has caused a media storm following his astonishing discovery of a frozen ancient man in the remote Himalayan mountains. This 'Primal Man' has been triumphantly transported back to England as proof of the 'missing link' in evolutionary theory. The upcoming auction of the specimen causes a stir amongst academics and the board of the British Museum. Whilst many are excited about bidding for this 'yeti', or 'mi-go', there are some with a more sceptical viewpoint. The story of the find just doesn't add up – neither does the fact that no one is prepared to insure the beast. Enter the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr Watson. Sherlock is in no doubt about the Primal Man's authenticity and takes great pleasure in enlisting the assistance of his cousin, Professor Ellington Dynamo to prove the case. The fraud investigation takes a dark turn when it becomes one of murder, and Sherlock's powers of deduction and skill are once again put to the test in this exciting adventure. Full of the skulduggery and surprises you would expect from a Sherlock story, and with the fearsome Professor Dynamo and his delightful inventions to boot, The Adventure of the Primal Man will not fail to please.
"I have to say that this was one of the best Sherlock Holmes pastiches that I have read, and I read a lot of them. It was very much in the Conan Doyle style. At times it was amusing. I really enjoyed the respect that Lestrade had for Holmes in this story. Two thumbs up." --Michael Todd, from 5-Star Amazon review.
Winter, 1890. A deep freeze has fallen upon London, and its citizens remain huddled indoors. But the cogs of the criminal underworld never stop turning, and Holmes and Watson find themselves embroiled in a crime that rocks the centre of the art world. Sir Wellington is disturbed in the middle of the night, apprehending a thief attempting to steal his rare and valuable 14th portrait of King Edward III. In the kerfuffle that follows, the painting is set ablaze and the thief escapes. When the police track down the criminal to take him to the station, he is fatally shot by an unknown assailant. But the labyrinth of deceit grows even more impenetrable, as the painting’s provenance is called into question and Holmes and Watson find themselves in the midst of a vast conspiracy. It seems that this incident is just one of many at the hands of a powerful crime syndicate, duping the London’s wealthy into buying imitation artwork – with the renowned National Portrait Gallery supposedly at the centre... With usurped identities, shootings, chases and conspiracies, Holmes and Watson find themselves enmeshed in a tangled web of theft, forgery and murder. Can the famous duo untangle the mystery and expose the criminal network before it is too late? Or will this case prove too complex for even their brilliant minds? "... well-paced, with just enough action to balance the domesticity and deduction, and the plot is cleverly executed." -- I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere
"This is one of those rare pastiches that is well plotted and truly written in the style of A.C. Doyle. I found the story both exciting and "page turning" and any devoted Holmes fan will enjoy it." --Vizier, from 5-Star Amazon review.
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