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The Sensible Necktie and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes

3 Jan

“The Sensible Neckties and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes” is the second volume of Sherlock Holmes short stories from Peter K. Andersson, published by MX Publishing. The quality of the stories are quite on par with the first book.

Peter Andersson writes excellent traditional Holmes short stories. Every story was a good read.

Two stories really stood out for me. The first was “The Adventure of the Hobnail Boots”. His Lestrade is robust and entertaining.

The second story was the delightful “The Remarkable Experience of Professor Parkins”. This story is a retelling of M. R. James classic ghost story “Oh Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad.” Turning Holmes’s logical eye onto a story of sheer illogical and terror made for a great read.

As in the previous collection, the friendship between Holmes and Watson is strong.

Highly recommended.

The book is available directly from MX Publishing: https://mxpublishing.com/products/the-sensible-necktie-and-other-stories-of-sherlock-holmes?_pos=1&_sid=8dda48904&_ss=r

Maybe check out my books whilst you are there: https://mxpublishing.com/collections/sherlockian-author-profile-margaret-walsh

The Casebook of Carnacki the Ghost Finder

21 Dec

Originally published in 1913, this edition by Wordsworth was published in 2006 with an introduction by David Stuart Davies.

“The Casebook of Carnaki the Ghost Finder” comprises stories written by W. H. Hodgson and originally published in magazines including the Idler, where at least one story came with a warning to readers!

This edition comprises nine stories of greater and lesser appeal. Several, including ‘The Gateway of the Monster’ and ‘The Horse of the Invisible’ are downright terrifying.

The longest story in the book is ‘The Hog’. It is also quite possibly the weirdest story I have ever read. It possibly also holds the record for the most time the words ‘grunting’ and ‘squealing’ have been used in a single story.

If you haven’t ventured into the world of Carnack the Ghost Finder, I highly recommend doing so. The stories are most definitely worth a read.

Dead Ringers: Sherlock Holmes Stories

25 Jun

50609507._SY475_“Dead Ringers” (published by MX Publishing) is a volume of short stories from the pen of noted Sherlockian Robert Perret and is quite a treat.

The stories have all been published in a wide variety of publications and it is nice to have them all collected together in one volume.

Robert Perret’s style is tight and firm and the stories fairly bounce along. Perret’s Holmes rarely jars, and the relationship between Holmes and Watson is solid gold.

Writers sometimes concentrate so hard on Holmes and Watson that other canonical characters suffer. Not in these stories: Lestrade, Gregson, Mrs. Hudson, and others are all as well rounded, and the original characters solid and believable.

With any anthology there will be stories of greater and lesser appeal to each reader. For me, the absolute stand out stories were:

The Mystery of the Change of Art
The Adventure of the Pharaoh’s Tablet
The Adventure of the Twofold Purpose.

The latter story was my favourite; its gothic overtones making for quite a chilling tale.

An excellent volume of stories to while away a cold winter’s evening. Highly recommended.

Link to Book: https://mxpublishing.com/products/dead-ringers-sherlock-holmes-stories?_pos=2&_sid=3471def3a&_ss=r

Writing Update

19 Mar

I haven’t done a blog post for a wee while.  Sorry about that.  For two reasons.  The first is that I haven’t been reading as much, and the second is the reason for the first.  I have been writing.

A few of you may remember that I had a short story published a few years ago.  Well that got the writing fire well and truly going.

I have an essay being published in the anthology “Finding Sherlock Holmes” edited by Chris Redmond and published by Wildside Press, due for release in the Northern hemisphere fall of this year.

Also being published this year is an essay in the anthology “Spark: How Fic Can Set Your Writing On Fire” edited by Atlin Merrick and published by Improbable Press, also due for release later this year.

On top of that I am in the process of editing my completed Sherlock Holmes pastiche that I will be attempting to find a publisher for.

As you can see I’ve been very busy.

Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes

29 Jan

This book, the fourth anthology volume of Gaslight Sherlock Holmes stories, is simply delicious.

The standard of the stories is very high. Usually in every anthology you get at least one story that falls flat. It’s a tribute to the joint editing skills of J. R. Campbell and Charles Prepolec  that every story is a winner.

“Gaslight Gothic” combines the fog shrouded mysteries of Sherlock Holmes with the sort of plots that the likes of M. R. James and William Hope Hodgson excelled at.

As I said, every story is a winner, but three really stood out for me:

The Cuckoo’s Hour, by Mark A. Latham
The Strange Case of Dr Sacker and Mr Hope, by James Lovegrove
The Strange Adventure of Mary Holder, by Nancy Holder.

All three stories were creepy to an extremely high level.

“Gaslight Gothic: Strange Tales of Sherlock Holmes” now has a place in my permanent Sherlock Holmes collection, alongside my editions of the canon and one or two others.

Highly recommended.

Tales from the Stranger’s Room Volume 3

31 May

This isn’t a book review, more of a gentle book nudge, not to mention a touch of “I can’t believe this is actually happening”.

“Tale from the Stranger’s Room – Volume 3” an anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories and essays is due for publication on 3rd August 2017.  The volume is compiled and edited by noted Sherlockian David Ruffle, and published by MX Publishing.

I have my very first published piece in this book.

All royalties from the sale of the book will be going to Stepping Stones, the school in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home, Undershaw, where he wrote the iconic “Hound of the Baskervilles”.

“Tales from the Stranger’s Room – Volume 3” can be preordered directly from the publisher:

http://www.mxpublishing.co.uk/product/9781787051676/Sherlock+Holmes%3A+Tales+From+The+Stranger%27s+Room+-+Volume+3

I am very excited about this.  My first professional Sherlock Holmes story.

A Murmuring of Bees

9 Apr

“A Murmuring of Bees”, edited by Atlin Merrick, is the latest offering from Improbable Press, the gay romance/erotica Sherlock Holmes imprint.

The stories in this anthology revolve around bees, and, of course, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.  As with any anthology, the stories go from not very good, to mediocre, to excellent.  And, of course, it’s always a matter of personal taste.  My favourite stories were:

“Tales from the Riverbank” by Kim Le Patourel;
“The Secret Diary of Dr John Watson MD” by Kerry Greenwood; and
“The Love of Apiology” by Amy L. Webb

Some stories are straight out romance, but others are most definitely erotica.  So if man on man sexual intercourse offends you, then do not read.

A pleasant way to while away an autumn afternoon.  Recommended.

New release: A Murmuring of Bees — Mortal words

24 Nov

Improbable Press has a new anthology of Holmes/Watson romance stories, celebrating the celebrated sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his biographer, friend and (in these stories) lover John Watson. Some stories are sweet, others steamy. Many involve cases. Some are set in the Victorian era while others take place in 21st century London. In some they are […]

via New release: A Murmuring of Bees — Mortal words

The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty

3 Jul

An excellent book of short stories involving Sherlock Holmes arch enemy Professor James Moriarty, edited by Maxim Jakubowski.

Some stories also feature Colonel Sebastian Moran, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and Mycroft Holmes.

Some stories propose a reversal of canon where it is Moriarty who survives the Reichenbach Falls.  Moriarty as a child, as a young man, as a very old man.  The possibilities are endless, and also entertaining.

Unusually for an anthology, the story quality was high through out.

My favourite stories were by:
Priscilla Masters
Keith Moray
David Stuart Davies

All in all an excellent anthology.  Highly recommended.

MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part II: 1890-1895

31 May

This book is part of a series of three anthologies edited last year by David Marcum.  Part II is a pretty good anthology.  The mix of stories is well balanced.  Most of them good, a few mediocre, but no really terrible ones.

For my money the most interesting stories were those written by

– Ann Margaret Lewis;
– Lyndsay Faye; and
– Wendy C. Fries (aka Atlin Merrick).

There was at least one sly BBC Sherlock reference tucked away inside a story.  I’ll let you look for it when you read the book.

The anthology is an excellent addition to the body of Sherlock Holmes pastiches.

Recommended for all lovers of Sherlock Holmes, and Victorian crime.

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