A short story collection of Sherlock Holmes pastiches over the years. Many of these have magical or supernatural aspects so Holmes purists will likely not care for them but I liked most of them.

Publication year: 2010
Format: Audio
Publisher: Audible
Narrators: Simon Vance and Anne Flosnik
Running Time: 21 hrs and 27 minutes

List of the stories:
“A Sherlockiana Primer”, © 2009 by Christopher Roden
“The Horror of the Many Faces”, © 2003 by Tim Lebbon
“The Case of the Bloodless Sock”, © 2001 by Anne Perry
“The Adventure of the Other Detective”, © 2003 by Bradley H. Sinor
“A Scandal in Montreal”, © 2008 by Edward D. Hoch
“The Adventure of the Field Theorems”; © 1995 Vonda N. McIntyre
“The Adventure of the Death-Fetch”, © 1994 by Darrell Schweitzer
“The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland”, © 2005 by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Adventure of the Mummy’s Curse”, © 2006 by H. Paul Jeffers
“The Things That Shall Come Upon Them”, © 2008 by Barbara Roden
“Murder to Music”, © 1989 by Anthony Burgess
“The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor”, © 1997 Stephen Baxter
“Mrs. Hudson’s Case”, © 1997 Laurie R. King
“The Singular Habits of Wasps”, © 1994 by Geoffrey A. Landis
“The Affair of the 46th Birthday”; © 2009 by Amy Myers
“The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey”, © 2001 by Peter Tremayne
“The Vale of the White Horse”; © 2003 by Sharyn McCrumb
“The Adventure of the Dorset Street Lodger”, © 1993 by Michael Moorcock
“The Adventure of the Lost World”, © 2004 by Dominic Green
“The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece”; © 2003 by Barbara Hambly
“Dynamics of a Hanging”, © 2005 by Tony Pi
“Merridew of Abominable Memory” © 2008 by Monkeybrain, Inc.
“Commonplaces” © 2008-2009 by Naomi Novik
“The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil’s Cape”, © 2009 by Rob Rogers
“The Adventure of the Green Skull”, © 2008 by Mark Valentine
“The Human Mystery”, © 1999 by Tanith Lee
“A Study in Emerald”, © 2003 by Neil Gaiman
“You See But You Do Not Observe”, © 1995 by Robert J. Sawyer.

Two of the stories, Gaiman’s and Roden’s are based on the Chtulhu mythos and I enjoyed them a lot. I’ve read Gaiman’s story before and was fascinated by the world building where the nobles are not human but a mix of human and monsters. Queen Victoria is one of the Ancient Ones. In Roden’s story, Watson sees Sherlock Holmes himself committing a murder and finds out that something inhuman is roaming the streets of London

In Anne Perry’s story a child has been kidnapped and then returned without a ransom demand and Dr. Watson is conviced that only Moriarty could do such a thing.

I have an inordinate fondness for alternate universe stories so I was delighted to find that “The Adventure of the Other Detective” is exactly that. Dr. Watson gets lost in a thick fog and returns to 221B Baker Streer where people are somewhat different than whom he remembers them to be. In fact, I wouldn’t mind reading more about the alternate universe characters.

“A Scandal in Montreal” reunites Irene Adler and Holmes, but not as lovers. Irene has been married for decades, to another man, and her adult son is in trouble.

A couple of stories have Conan Doyle as a character and I found that very jarring. Holmes commenting on his author’s habits and gullibility? That’s so wrong.

“The Adventure of the Mummy’s Curse” is fun and deals with Egyptology, as the name implies. I found Holmes’ knowledge about the Egyptology to be a bit out of character, though. A similar thing happened with another story where Holmes is fan of the opera. While Holmes played the violin I don’t remember him being enthusiastic about music in any other way. For example, I don’t remember him admiring famous violinists or opera singers.

Overall, fun stories and mostly enjoyable ones.

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