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The Mammoth book of new Sherlock holmes adventures (original 1997; edition 2009)

by Mike Ashley (Editor)

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Title:The Mammoth book of new Sherlock holmes adventures
Authors:Mike Ashley
Info:Philadelphia, PA : Running Press, 2009.
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The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures by Mike Ashley (Editor) (1997)



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A very large volume of relatively recent pseudo-Holmes stories, by a wide variety of authors. Some are experienced competent mystery authors in their own right, such as H.R. F. Keating and Edward D. Hoch. or fantasy writers sch as Michael Moorcock. A few i have a low opinion of, notably Peter Tremayne. Many others are unfamiliar to me. ( )
  antiquary | Oct 28, 2016 |
I have to admit that Peter Tremayne's story with Holmes as a Galwegian and he got his start in college in Dublin University Trinity College, there may be some bias from the writer there, but it entertained me vastly.

Set of stories that interweave with existing canon and are not too bad, a book to dip in and out of. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Nov 13, 2014 |
An excellent collection of stories based on incidents and other stories mentioned in Conan Doyle's original tales of the great detective. While not all of them are individually great, they are woven very satisfyingly into the narrative of Holmes and Watson's lives. Some of them involve future technology and I found these a little too prescient to feel fully authentic as Holmes stories. But overall, an excellent and absorbing collection of stories. 5/5


The Bothersome Business of the Dutch Nativity

Theft of an old painting to cover the fact that it is a fake.

The Affray at the Kildare Street Club

Mundane theft case but very early appearance of Moriarty and Colonel Moran.

The Case of the Incumbent Invalid

A much more substantial story involving several twists. Good one, based on one of the stories mentioned in passing by Conan Doyle.

The Adventure of Vittoria, the Circus Belle

Short murder substitution case. Quite good.

The Darlington Substitution Scandal

Theft and copying of artworks. Feels very genuine.

The Adventure of the Suspect Servant

This is a case, not really an adventure and the servant makes no actual appearance. Short and another case of theft to cover debts.

The Adventure of the Amateur Mendicant Society

Rather an implausible tale.

The Adventure of the Silver Buckle

How can a buckle have an adventure? Theft on a remote Scottish island and another extrapolation from a line by Conan Doyle. Quite enjoyable.

The Case of the Sporting Squire

Unusual poisoning case that could alarm book lovers.

The Vanishing of the Atkinsons

Colonial disappearance of two brothers with a shocking and tragic twist.

The Adventure of the Fallen Star

The worst story in this collection so far, an implausible plot around scientific rivalry that reminded me more of a second rate Jules Verne story. Holmes's deductions here are just too far fetched for words. Also spotted a couple of crass grammatical errors.

The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger

This one didn't ring quite true to me. I guessed the sex change by the murderer. But it didn't feel like a Sherlock Holmes story really.

The Mystery of the Addleton Curse

Interesting story looking to the then immediate scientific future. Not typically Holmesian but this worked.

The Adventure of the Parisian Gentleman

Political assassination in France against the backdrop of the notorious Dreyfus case. Good one, albeit brief.

The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor

Sherlock Holmes meets H G Wells. Such a scientific story does not convince as an authentic Holmes story but this was better handled than one or two of the other similar stories in this collection. Stephen Baxter has written a sequel to The Time Machine.

The Adventure of the Touch of God

Grisly story about a series of Ripper-like murders in Yorkshire. But this did not feel like a Holmes story and some of the dialogue did not ring true. This Holmes is a caricature, saying "elementary, my dear Makinson" and smoking a Meerschaum pipe.

The Adventure of the Persecuted Painter

Quite good, authentic seeming story set in remote Dorset.

The Adventure of the Suffering Ruler

A classic Holmes plot, with the difference that he gets it totally wrong! The ending is laugh out loud for this.

The Repulsive Story of the Red Leech

The Adventure of the Grace Chalice

Very short story of an insurance scam and murder. Fairly unremarkable.

The Case of the Faithful Retainer

Scandal surrounding the very highest in society, i.e. Queen Victoria herself, though absurdly get name cannot even be mentioned at a closed meeting, despite the obvious context. Links to The Devil's Foot.

The Case of the Suicidal Lawyer

Mistaken identity between two brothers. Wry story with some amusing comments about authors.

The Legacy of Rachel Howells

A marvellous tale, a sequel to The Musgrave Ritual. I found RH's diabolical ingenuity a bit hard to believe, though. Also mentions David Copperfield's Mr Dick and a crafty in joke reference to the first publication of A Study in Scarlet in a downmarket Christmas journal.

The Adventure of the Bulgarian Diplomat

Excellent story with an international cast where Holmes averts a world war from breaking out in the Balkans in 1903.

The Enigma of the Warwickshire Vortex

Seems to have a science fiction air, though there is a rational, if not plausible explanation. Interesting things about early cinema, but one of my least favourite stories in this collection.

The Case of the Last Battle

A suitably sombre end to the collection with Holmes deciphering a code to bring about peace at the end of the First World War. Not great as an exercise in deduction per se. ( )
1 vote john257hopper | May 5, 2012 |
An interesting collection with the usual mix of great and not so great stories. ( )
  barpurple | Dec 1, 2011 |
A decent collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, including some by high profile Science Fiction writers like Michael Moorcock, and a selection of Sherlockians. The quality is variable, but more than acceptable. It has a rather useful Holmes timeline in the back, along with a bibliography of other pastiches. Someone complained in another review that this collection is 'overlong'. It might seem that way if you were reading it in one sitting, but I read it spread out over a few weeks a couple of stories at a time, and had no problem with it. Pastiche Candy for Sherlock Holmes fans. ( )
  cosmicdolphin | Aug 1, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ashley, MikeEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baxter, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Betancourt, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, EricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, SimonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Copper, BasilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowther, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davies, David StuartContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doyle, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, MartinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erzinclioglu, ZakariaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenwood, L.B.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gresh, Lois H.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Griffen, ClaireContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hoch, Edward D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keating, H.R.F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langford, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacIntyre, F. GwynplaineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moorcock, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Myers, AmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, BarrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roden, BarbaraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Denis O.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Guy N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"The game is afoot..."
"A matter of deduction my dear dear fellow..."
I suppose many here are fans and/or sometime readers of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) stories with many of them being favorites good to read again and again [Hound of the Baskervilles, Speckled Band, Red-Headed League].
Here is a collection of 'new' stories by these detective writers based on unrecorded/abandoned cases, sometimes called pastiche characters. I had never read any until I dipped into this volume enjoying The Case of the Faithful Retainer by Amy Meyers.
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After Arthur Conan Doyle created the detective, Sherlock Holmes, many writers borrowed him to be the hero of their stories. The anthology offers a selection, old and new.

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