This is a Golden Age of Sherlockian Adventure, and this collection is a prime example of why. With an interest in Sherlock Holmes, and being knowledgeable on the subject as well, Herczeg began writing Holmes pastiches, submitting them to various anthologies, such as “The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories”. After a while, and a few years of repeating the process and accumulating a sizeable collection of published adventures, we now have this set of fifteen superb narratives.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d choose “The Adventure of the Sugar Merchant” – what starts as an interesting case takes a truly unexpected turn, and when I first read it, I was truly surprised – and having read literally thousands of pastiches since the mid-1970’s, that doesn’t happen too often anymore. Herczeg continues to write, and his stories continue to appear in Holmesian anthologies. Hopefully it won’t be long at all until he’s ready with his next volume. I cannot wait!
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An eclectic mix of eight stories drawn from the annals of the MX Series of New Sherlock Holmes stories and the many Holmes anthologies of Belanger Books, all from the pen of emerging pastiche author Stephen Herczeg.
Holmes is presented with a dishevelled and confused man that appears to be from another century. Time travel, or something more mysterious?
Several years after the mystery of the Engineer’s thumb, Victor Hatherley is again at odds. Will Holmes discover his whereabouts and save him? And what is the connection to Holmes’s greatest foe of all?
Death from the venomous bite of a rare Gila Monster. An accident or is the innocent looking herpetologist not what he seems?
A bomb appears beneath the floor of Parliament, along with a threat from Sudanese terrorists. Will Holmes make sense of the warning and identify the culprit?
Holmes must solve the mystery of a dead body found in an alleyway in a retrofuture of steam power.
Bodies appear to leave the morgue of their own accord. A mysterious fire draws Holmes to one conclusion. Zombies.
On the night of her arranged engagement to a German industrialist, a young woman disappears.
A derailed train, and a dead professor sees Holmes befriend an adventurous young woman to solve the mystery and foil the robbery of a priceless relic.
Author: Stephen Herczeg