An Autumn Filled with Sherlock Holmes
Summer is a very busy time as a publisher trying to create a stellar line-up for Autumn - and boy do we have an amazing raft of new Sherlock books on the way. There has never been a better time to be Sherlock Holmes fan – and the appetite for more new fiction featuring Holmes and Watson continues to grow.
9th September - sees us off to a flying start with Sherlock Holmes and The Scottish Question from Mike Hogan. Mike is one of our most successful Holmes authors with the ‘Young Winston’ trilogy and several short story collections under his belt. This novel asks the question - What if the most celebrated consulting detective in the world, at the height of his powers in 1897, were put on the trail of the fabled lost Crown of Scotland?
10th September - has David Marcum’s next set of his controversial re-workings of the Martin Hewitt adventures - ‘Sherlock Holmes In Montague Street – Volume 2’. Volume one has received glowing reviews including from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London who said “these [stories] are remarkably convincing in their new guise.” and it was our best-selling title during June – especially in the USA.
12th September - sees the launch one of the most eagerly awaited projects of the year. ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’ – A Graphic Novel. Petr Kopl’s multi-award winning graphic novel was voted #1 Comic Book in the Czech Republic in 2013 and this is the English translation. It’s the first of four graphic novels from Kopl and we’ve been contacted by many fans, who say they are that good that they have sought out the originals as collector’s items even though they don’t speak Czech!
17th September - is the turn of another Petr (Macek) with a traditional Sherlock Homes thriller‘The Adventure of the Cold-Served Revenge’. Prague based Macek is an experienced crime writer and he applies that flavour to his first Holmes novel. Europe 1911. The Great Powers vie for influence and are divided by political quarrels. War is in the air. For retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who has just suffered a coronary, these distant matters are of little concern. But politics are about to turn his quiet country life upside down. Mycroft, the detective’s politician brother, has asked Holmes to investigate the murder of a powerful industrialist and the mysterious kidnapping of the King’s nephew. Could these two cases be connected?
19th September - brings Kieran Lyne’s ‘Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes’ and his take on the return of Sherlock Holmes. In the dawn of 1891 Holmes is locked in a deadly game of wits with the sinister Professor James Moriarty; but events will soon transpire which will question the very outcome of Reichenbach. With Holmes presumed dead, the streets of London are panic-stricken, as a resurrected terror takes hold of the city; whilst in the upper-echelons of Government, a singular, undetectable force can once again be felt manipulating the criminal underworld.
22nd September - has us smiling with the first in a very unusual five book series. Harry DeMaio is a retired professor who has created a delightful parallel universe where humans are long extinct and the world is populated by highly evolved animals (due to radiation exposure from ‘The Big Shock’). In ‘The Open and Shut Case’ the parallel Sherlock Holmes is none other than the bee keeping, mead consuming, OctaviousBear with his Watson (MauryMeerkat). This tounge-in-cheek series of novels mix in element of Holmes, Nero Wolfe, Tom Clancy, Fu Manchu, Jasper Fforde, and Clive Cussler poking gentle fun and sending-up of the detective hero-police procedural-tech genres.
24th September - comes the first in a two part series ‘A Study In Terror – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Revolutionary Stories of Fear and The Supernatural’. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of those authors whose literary creation is much more famous than the man himself. There is so much more to the man who revolutionized the writing not just of detective fiction but also of the genre of horror and the supernatural. This two part anthology both shares his lesser known works, and through articles from modern day scholars shows how revolutionary his works are even today.
6th October – we kick of the month with the fourth in the hugely popular LEGO Sherlock Holmes series. Artist James Macaluso’s genius concept to re-illustrate the original Conan Doyle stories with custom-created LEGO pieces continues with the ‘The Boscombe Valley Mystery – Lego – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’.
10th October – Dan Andriacco is well into double figures with Sherlock Holmes books and delivers a real treat with the short story collection ‘Rogues Gallery’ which is a casebook of mysteries featuring McCabe and Cody his modern day Holmes and Watson. Hollywood screenwriter Bonnie MacBird (TRON) comments that “You’re in the hands of a master of mystery plotting here. Rogues Gallery is a delightful read, hard to put down, and highly recommended. And did I say fun?”.
24th October – in ‘A Biased Judgement – The Sherlock Holmes Diaries 1897’ brings a female lead opposite Holmes. Sudden knife attacks, being stalked, and facing a network of assassins present little more than a cheery break in the monotony. But the enigmatic Lady Beatrice presents danger of a different kind. Is she a murderer or a potential victim?
3rd November. In the summer of 2013 the performance biography ‘Benedict Cumberbatch In Transition’ became the world’s #1 selling, and highest rated Cumberbatch biography with thousands of fans buying the book in multiple languages (3,000+ in Japan in the first few months alone). 18 months down the line and Cumberbatch’s prolific career has delivered plenty for the follow-up – ‘Benedict Cumberbatch, Transition Completed. Films, Fame, Fans’. Lynnette Porter delivers another meticulously researched review of all his performances. Stunning cover art courtesy of Jules from Sherlockology once again.
10th November and it’s LEGO time again with book five – ‘The Five Orange Pips – Lego – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’.
12th November – Kim Krisco brings Sherlock Holmes out of retirement for a set of five short stories called ‘Sherlock Holmes The Golden Years’. Working with a leading UK Sherlockian author as editor, Kim has Holmes older and wiser with stories very much in the original Conan Doyle style.
19th November – more supernatural tales from Conan Doyle in ‘A Study In Terror – Volume 2’.
26th November – the third and final instalment of the Martin Hewitt adaptations –‘Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street Volume 3’.
2nd December - a very traditional new collection of stories from Leslie Coombs - Sherlock Holmes Plays The Game.
8th December - book six in the Sherlock Holmes LEGO series - ‘The Man With The Twisted Lip – Lego – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’.
12th December - 'The Hound of The Baskervilles - A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel' is the second graphic novle from Petr Kopl.