ffb: Enter the Lion

enter the lion

slightly wonky image from the ‘net

Enter the Lion by Michael P. Hodel and Sean M. Wright, Hawthorn, 1979, hardcover, mystery featuring Mycroft & Sherlock Holmes This is a pretty fair pastiche, starring Mycroft Holmes rather than Sherlock, and told in the first person. In this tale, Mycroft is a clerk in the Foreign Office and is visited by a group of men and women presenting themselves as representatives of the State of Alabama. In fact it is their intent to gain the help of England to overthrow the Yankee government and reestablish slavery. At this point in his career, Mycroft is working for Jerrold Moriarity, father of the infamous professor who becomes Sherlock’s nemesis. As expected, plans are dashed and the plot overthrown, while a young Mycroft begins to fall – or thinks he is – in love with one of the plotters. The seeds of enmity between Professor Moriarity and Sherlock Holmes are sown here. A good read and nice to see so much of Mycroft.

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12 Responses to ffb: Enter the Lion

  1. I enjoy Mycroft Holmes pastiche adventures.Wish Doyle had written more about Mycroft but glad he accomplished what he did with the character.

  2. This sounds like my kind of pastiche! I’ll track down a copy online. Like David, I like stories about Mycroft.

  3. I was only vaguely aware of the existence of Mycroft. Never read anything featuring him.

  4. Evan Lewis says:

    A truly Forgotten Book. I have and Forgot I did.

  5. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I used to read pastiches of Holmes but haven’t done so in some time, except for short stories of course.

  6. John says:

    This was very easy to sell back in my bookselling days since its one of the few pastiches that feature Mycroft in a leading role. I remember I had five copies at one time and now I only have the one for me. Still haven’t read it.

  7. Richard, I haven’t read pastiches of any kind though I have read reviews of Holmes pastiches.

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