Sherlock Holmes Society of London
The latest in the series of the MX Books of New Sherlock Holmes Stories feature ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night. Editor and contributor, David Marcum, has again assembled an impressive collection of contributors for a superb selection of fifty-eight new tales spread over three volumes. Some of those names will be familiar to readers of past offerings — Arthur Hall, Paul D Gilbert, Mark Mower, to mention a few — in addition to a host of new authors, proving that Holmes’s popularity shows no sign of waning.
As ever, the stories are spread over the course of Holmes’s career and follow his principle that “No ghosts need apply.” For every alleged paranormal problem that comes to Baker Street, the explanation proves to have a very earthly solution. Each story has something different to offer, and several favourites of mine included Marcia Wilson’s “The Monster’s Mop and Pail”, in which Holmes is on sparkling form to relate one of his early cases where a bucket of water provided the clue to the mystery, and Craig Janacek’s “The Adventure of the Restless Dead”, in which the coffins in a locked crypt have an unnerving habit of moving all by themselves.
All the volumes are available in hardcover, paperback and kindle from Amazon USA and all good bookstores.