Sherlock Holmes A detective's life

Book - 2022

The famous detective returns...A brand-new collection of twelve Sherlock Holmes short stories which spans Holmes' entire career, from the early days in Baker Street to retirement on the South Downs. Penned by masters of the genre, Sherlock stories feature a woman haunted by the ghost of a rival actress, Moriarty's son looking for revenge, Oscar Wilde's lost manuscript, a woman framing her husband for murder, Mycroft's encounter with Moriarty and Colonel Moran, and many more! --Back cover.

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  • Introduction / Martin Rosenstock
  • Prologue / Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The adventure of the spiritualist detective / Stuart Douglas
  • The adventure of the misquoted Macbeth / Derrick Belanger
  • The tragic affair at the Millennium Manor / David Marcum
  • An encounter with darkness / Amy Thomas
  • The wild man of Olmolungring / Cavan Scott
  • The adventure of the Witanhurst Ghost / Peter Swanson
  • The last Baker Street adventure / David Stuart Davies
  • The adventure of the third cab / James Lovegrove
  • The zen garden murder / Andrew Lane
  • The Prideaux monograph / Cara Black
  • The elementary problem / Philip Purser-Hallard
  • Peril at Carroway House / Eric Brown
  • About the editor
  • About the contributors
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The 12 gifted contributors to Rosenstock's outstanding second all-original anthology (after 2019's Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Seven) each depict a different chapter in Holmes's life. Standouts include the opener, Stuart Douglas's "The Adventure of the Spiritualist Detective," set so early in Holmes and Watson's relationship that the doctor is having second thoughts about continuing to share their Baker Street rooms. Those doubts are triggered by Holmes's illogical acceptance of a female client who complains that a male stranger has accessed her home, leaving behind a partially drunk bottle of beer and the odor of cooked kippers. The entries proceed chronologically from there. The last selection, Eric Brown's "Peril at Carroway House," finds a wheelchair-using Holmes abandoning retirement in Sussex in 1926 and tackling a case featuring Irene Adler's daughter. Some of the best tales are particularly faithful to the originals, such as David Marcum's "The Tragic Affair at the Millennium Manor" and Philip Purser-Hallard's "The Elementary Problem." Sherlockians will enjoy watching the beloved detective's character evolve over the years. (Sept.)

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