"As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m a fanatic for the traditional and authentic and Canonical Sherlock Holmes. As a rule I avoid anything with parody, or that presents Holmes as anything but a hero. I simply ignore most of these Alternate Universe (AU) tales, while others I actively despise. (Hint: I’m referring to the BBC show “Sherlock”.)
One AU method that some authors use is to make Holmes something of a straw man in front of the “true” detective. This was the premise of the film “Without a Clue” (1988) starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, where Watson is actually the Great Detective. Another series by M.J. Trow has Lestrade as the true brains while Holmes is a defective idiot. There is currently a really unappealing series in production for Netflix (at this writing) in which the Irregulars will be the heroes, and Holmes simply a drug addict who takes all the credit from them.
There have been a number of post-Canonical tales regarding Mrs. Hudson. MX author Barry Brown has written an excellent and respectful AU series where she is the brains. A few others have written about a more traditional landlady – Sidney Hosier, and Wendy Heyman-Marsaw, and Martin Davies. And now joining those ranks is a really excellent writer, Susan Knight. She presents a truly interesting case for Mrs. Hudson – not a woman who is supposed to be the true detective, but rather the Mrs. Hudson that we know and love, stepping into help a young woman in need while Holmes and Watson are away. The case begins simply enough, and as it grows in complexity, it grows on the reader as well. From there, it’s no wonder that she proceeds to her next case, and another after that – seven in all in this collection. And I hope that there will be more.
In addition to this story, Ms. Knight has written a first-rate Holmes story for one of the later volumes of “The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories”, and I hope to see a great deal more by her in the future."
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A distraught young woman arrives at Baker Street urgently requesting the assistance of Mr Sherlock Holmes. But the great man and his assistant Dr Watson are away. What to do? She confides in Holmes's landlady, Mrs Hudson, who over the years has developed certain powers of deduction from observing her tenant at work. The young woman, responding to this, begs her for help. Reluctantly, Mrs Hudson agrees...
Thus begins a series of adventures, recounted engagingly by Mrs Hudson herself. Adventures and investigations which take her across the country, from the Midlands to Sydenham, from Eastbourne to Edinburgh. Her warmth and down-to-earth practicality are brought to bear on a range of strange and startling crimes that occasionally lead even Mrs Hudson herself into mortal danger.