The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XIII: 2019 Annual (1881-1890 edited by David Marcum, MX Publishing 2019 trade paper short story anthology
Anyone familiar with my reading habits, though not always reflected on this blog, knows I’m a fan and reader of both the Sherlock Holmes Canon (that is, the original novels and stories), and the many pastiches written about the Arthur Conan Doyle characters over the years. Over the years I’ve read a great many pastiches set in a wide variety of times and places with varying success in presenting the original beloved characters to readers.
The strict guideline for the stories in the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories series is thus: The stories must be absolutely traditional. They have to be set in the correct period (1850-early 1900s), of equivalent Cannonical length and with no aspects of parody, anachronisms or supernatural encounters.
You may think “My goodness, there are thirteen of these anthologies???” Well, yes, and more. As you see on the cover, this is the first third of a set totaling 66 stories, parts 13-15. As of this writing, there are so far over thirty parts! If you’re a Holmes reader, you won’t want to miss these.
As in all anthologies, some stories are better, some weaker, but all are very readable and enjoyable.
Part XIII Contents:
- Editor’s Introduction: “The Great Holmes Tapestry” by David Marcum
- “The Folly of Age” by Derrick Belanger
- “The Fashionably-Dressed Girl” by Mark Mower
- “The Odour of Neroli” by Brenda Seabrook
- “The Coffee House Girl” by David Marcum
- “The Mystery of the Green Room” by Robert Stapleton
- “The Case of the Enthusiastic Amateur” by S.F. Bennett
- “The Adventure of the Missing Cousin” by Edwin A. Enstrom
- “The Roses of Highclough House” by M.J.H. Simmonds
- “The Shackled Man” by Andrew Bryant
- “The Yellow Star of Cairo” by Tim Gambrell
- “The Adventure of the Winterhall Monster” by Tracy J. Revels
- “The Grosvenor Square Furniture Van” by Hugh Ashton
- “The Voyage of Albion’s Thistle” by Sean M. Wright
- “Bootless in Chippenham” by Marino C. Alvarez
- “The Clerkenwell Shadow” by Paul Hiscock
- “The Adventure of the Worried Banker” by Arthur Hall
- “The Recovery of the Ashes” by Kevin P Thornton
- “The Golden Star of India” by Stephen Seitz
- “The Mystery of the Patient Fisherman” by Jim French
- “Sherlock Holmes in Bedlam” by David Friend
- “The Adventure of the Ambulatory Cadaver” by Shane Simmons
- “The Dutch Impostors” by Peter Coe Verbica
- “The Missing Adam Tiler” by Mark Wardecker