Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Early Adventures
There is a persistent and incorrect idea, reinforced by countless film misrepresentations, that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were always staid and dull British chaps of middle years (or older), with Holmes a spry, cranky, and impatient eccentric, and Watson a white-haired and portly Boobus Brittanicus, a la Nigel Bruce. Students of the true and Canonical Sherlock Holmes know this to be a falsehood.
When we first meet them on January 1st, 1881, Holmes is still 26 years old (although he will turn 27 in just a few days), and Watson, already a wounded war veteran, is only 28. During the three year period between early 1881 and late 1883, through all of the early adventures which cemented their lifelong friendship, Holmes was still in his twenties, with Watson just a little over a year older. This idea is difficult for many to accept as they cling to the image of Our Heroes as senior citizens.
This three volume anthology, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Early Adventures, is an amazing collection of some of Holmes and Watson’s fascinating cases that occurred during those first three years in Baker Street, when Holmes was creating his unique profession of consulting detective, while Watson was still recovering from the war wounds that he’d received in Afghanistan and slowly returning to the business of being a civilian doctor.
Included are 31 new stories in three companion volumes by some of today’s best Sherlockian pasticheurs, as well as an excerpt from the beginning of A Study in Scarlet, detailing the initial meeting of Holmes and Watson in early 1881, as well as possibly the most famous Canonical tale, “The Speckled Band” (occurring in April 1883) and “The Resident Patient”, with its original restored opening text, as it first appeared in The Strand magazine, indicating that this adventure occurred toward the end of the first year of Holmes and Watson’s residency at 221b Baker Street.
Join us as we climb the seventeen steps to Our Heroes’ sitting room. You’ll find that they haven’t lived there quite as long in these early days, and possibly they aren’t as quite as old as you might have pictured them . . . .
A Study in Scarlet(An Excerpt) – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Persistent Pugilist – Thomas A Burns, Jr.
The Two Bullets – David Marcum
Brother’s Keeper – Robert Perret
Bad Blood at Barts – Harry DeMaio
The Adventure of the Villainous Victim – Chris Chan
The Cable Street Mummy – Paula Hammond
The Piccadilly Poisoner – Roger Riccard
The Adventure of the Modest Inspectors – Derrick Belanger
The Case of the Melancholic Widow – Deanna Baran
The Inside Men – M.J.H. Simmonds
Angelique – Mike Hogan
The Adventure of the Resident Patient – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Substitute Detective – I.A. Watson
The Mystery of MacLean House – Kevin P. Thornton
The Locked-Room Mystery – D.J. Tyrer
The Adventure of the Missing Shadow – Jayantika Ganguly
A Diplomatic Affair – Mark Mower
The Doctor’s Tale – David Marcum
The Finding of Geoffrey Hobson – David B. Beckwith
The Adventure of the Last Laugh – Tracy J. Revels
The Penny Murders – Robert Stapleton
The Disappearing Debutante – Stephen Herczeg
The Adventure of the Three Fakirs – Annette Siketa
The Adventure of Percival Dubois – Ian Ableson
The Distressing Matter of the Missing Dispatch Box – Will Murray
The Disappearance of the San Sebastiano – S.F. Bennett
The Adventure of the Speckled Band – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Mystery of the Missing Will – Tim Gambrell
The Case of the Missing Waistcoat – Emily J. Cohen
The Adventure of the Persecuted Accountant – Arthur Hall
The Bizarre Challenge of Strange Mr. K – GC Rosenquist
The Broken Watch – M.J.H. Simmonds
The Colchester Experiment – David Marcum
Additional Books Included in Rewards
This anthology, with twenty-nine brand new stories spread over three volumes, reveals some sequel investigations to the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are stories ranging from Holmes’s early days in Montague Street, through the legendary Baker Street years, and well into his retirement. We meet former clients with new problems, and former adversaries too. Sometimes we find that the published Canonical version of a story was only the beginning, while other tales in this collection reveal what was really going on during the original narratives.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
"This volume of "sequels" to the Sherlock Holmes canon are exciting, very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will be treated to hours of compelling and imaginative stories and a few poems about The Greatest Detective. A must have for any Sherlockian." - 5 star Amazon review
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.
The World's Greatest Detective in the Realms of the Master of Science Fiction! Imagine Holmes trying to solve the case of an invisible man attacking London - matching wits with a traveler from out of time - tracking down a human/feline hybrid - using his deductive skills to help fight Martian and lunar invaders! These are just some of the stories included in Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells. This one-of-a-kind two volume anthology features traditional Sherlock Holmes stories blended with one or more tales from H.G. Wells including:
•The War of the Worlds
•The Island of Dr. Moreau
•The First Men in the Moon
•The Time Machine
•The Invisible Man
•The New Accelerator
•The Man Who Could Work Miracles
•The Country of the Blind
•And many more!!
"I was pleasantly surprised with both books in the series. The stories were well written and entertaining." - M. Sobie, from Amazon 5 star review
Imagine Holmes trying to solve the case of a fire breathing dragon lurking in the skies above London - matching wits with a sentient mechanical man with the power to destroy the world - soaring in the skies with airship pirates - using his deductive skills to help stop Professor Moriarty from attacking alternate Earths! These are just some of the stories included in the new two volume anthology Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk.
Tales of a Retro Future - Volume one of the anthology features stories with a focus on steampunk inventions. See airships cloud the skies, robotic swans attack, and apparatuses appear to raise the dead.
Mechanical Men and Otherworldly Endeavours - Volume two of the anthology features stories with a focus on robotic creatures and otherworldly adventures. See Holmes team up with intelligent animals from an alternate Earth, switch bodies with Dr. Watson, and travel to another dimension.
"Belanger books put out a sure fire winner with this collection. If you are a die-hard fan of Holmes, you will be happy. If you are a casual fan, you will be happy. If you are a steampunk fan, you will be happy." - Vine Voice 5 Star 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
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 crisscrossing 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.
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 is Everywhere! What makes Sherlock Holmes so special? Why is he one of the most recognizable characters in all of literature? How do people throughout the world connect to the character? Why is Sherlock Holmes embraced by the LGBTQ+ Community? Why do people collect Sherlock Holmes memorabilia? Why do people experience Sherlock Holmes in everything from Science Fiction to Martial Arts?Find out the answers to these questions and many more in Sherlock Holmes is Everywhere! a collection of essays on how people throughout the world embrace the great detective.All proceeds from the essay collection will be donated to the Beacon Society, a scion society of the BSI which provides scholarships to schools, libraries, and Sherlock Holmes groups for educational purposes.
"Derrick Belanger, Sonia Fetherston, BSI, and David Marcum are editing this volume that includes contributions from a variety of Sherlockians new and old from across the globe. Forty essays...capture the essence of why we love Sherlock Holmes." - Scott Monty, I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere
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.
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.
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