Sunday, June 14, 2009

Murder in Baker Street edited by Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg, and Daniel Stashower

After many disappointing reads (started this before the Mystery Read-a-thon), I felt I should go back to the beginning, sort-of-kind-of, not-really, but close enough, because these stories did have to be approved by Doyle's estate before they could be published. Most of them were very nostalgic, there were a few I could have done with out and one of them had the annoying habit of switching from "said he" to "he said" and a Sherlockian will understand my frustration over this trivial point. Otherwise, a great read and what I needed after those dismal failures I released.

"The Man from Capetown" by Stuart M. Kaminsky. There's a murder plot afoot, but who's? Sherlock Holmes figures out the charade.
"The Case of the Borderland Dandelions" by Howard Engel. Holmes gets down to the case of a rash of poisonings before an innocent man is hanged.
"The Siren of Sennen Cove" by Peter Tremayne. Seamen beware of the siren, but Holmes ignores the warning and uncovers the truth about it.
"The Case of the Bloodless Sock" by Anne Perry. Moriarity keeps kidnapping a little girl, but how and why? Holmes figures things out in time to save the girl for good.
"The Case of the Anonymous Author" by Edward D. Hoch. The Strand wants to publish a story, but the author is reluctant. Holmes figures out why, but not before murder rears its ugly head.
"The Case of the Vampire's Mark" by Bill Crider. A little boy is being attacked by a vampire, or is he? Holmes reveals the truth between fact and fiction.
"The Hansom for Mr. Holmes" by Gillian Linscott. A hansom cab driver makes the mistake of turning down Baker Street and is unfortunate enough to have the Sherlock Holmes as his passenger. Perhaps my least favorite as it's written through the rather verbose hansom cab driver, though he does get what he deserves, maybe more than he deserved.
"The Adventure of the Arabian Knight" by Loren D. Estelman. Priceless documents go missing, but thanks to Holmes, all is not lost or is it?
"The Adventure of the Cheshire Cheese" by Jon L. Breen. Holmes solves a murder from across the pond.
"Darkest Gold" by L. B. Greenwood. There's danger in the jungle, but for whom?
"The Remarkable Worm" by Carolyn Wheat. After a trip to Madame Tussaud's for Holmes's immortalization, they solve the murder of a recluse and his son thanks to a remarkable worm.


hamilcar barca said...

Martin Greenberg and Sherlock Holmes - this has got to be a good read!

Amber said...

I wonder how the Doyle estate goes about approving or disapproving stuff.