Sherlock Holmes the Golden Years – Five New ‘Post-Retirement’ Adventures
September 28th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Sherlock Holmes lamented, "I fear that retirement will elude me." It surely does in this five story chronicle. The saga begins with The Bonnie Bag of Bones that lead the infamous duo on a not-so-merry chase into the mythical mountains of Scotland and ultimately to the "the woman" who is tangled within a mystery that has haunted Holmes for a quarter century. Curse of the Black Feather continues the adventure in which Holmes teams up with the Irregulars and a gypsy matriarch, to expose a diabolical "baby-farming" enterprise. Their quest arouses a vicious adversary, Ciarán Malastier, who has Holmes struggling for his very life. Maestro of Mysteries begins with a summons to Mycroft's office and ends with a deadly chase in Undertown, far beneath the streets of London. Malastier escapes, but only into the next adventure. The Cure that Kills sees Holmes and Watson in hot pursuit of Ciarán Malastier, racing across America and pitting them against the largest detective organization in the world. In the final story, The Kongo Nkis Spirit Train, Holmes and Watson travel to the Dark Continent to derail a "spirit train" that ensnares people's spirit, and enslaves their bodies. In the end, this historically accurate chronicle sheds new light on greatest mystery of all, Sherlock Holmes himself.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (November 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780926715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780926711
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces

Customer Reviews

This collection of five novellas is one of the finest sets of Sherlockian fiction I have seen

15 people found this helpful.
 on November 15, 2014
By Philip K. Jones
The description on the back of this book caused me to worry that I was in for a set of tales steeped in the supernatural, but all such fears were put to rest by the first story. Eventually, all five proved to be based firmly in reality, with only a few nods at another orientation in the final tale. This collection of five novellas is one of the finest sets of Sherlockian fiction I have seen. The author has a good grasp of Nineteenth Century British politics and thought and each of the tales looks at seldom seen sides of that world. The author also plans to continue this set of tales in future.

How will Sherlock get out of this one?@!

9 people found this helpful.
 on November 12, 2014
By Frederic Wiedemann
I thoroughly enjoyed these five Sherlock Holmes stories. Holmes may have been "forced out of retirement," but he is as brilliant as ever. Each story's plot twists and unexpectedly turns, with the screw getting tighter -- how will Holmes get out of this one?@! How can he possibly do to solve this one? And in one brazen story -- how will he escape with his life? Besides being totally engrossed in the mysteries, I love the fine art of detail that the author graces the stories with -- for example "his body was thin, and his movements began with an almost imperceptible hesitation that made him appear awkward. He sported a compact mustache that did not dare ported beyond the edge of this mouth. His brow bent in a grim fashion." Delicious prose! Delicious stories.

A great read, with historical backgrounds for each story

8 people found this helpful.
 on November 12, 2014
By sara ferguson
A great read, with historical backgrounds for each story. Holmes and Watson meet “real” people from the past: President Theodore Roosevelt, Harry Houdini, G.K. Chesterton, even creator Conan Doyle.

Conan Doyle is reincarnated as Kim Krisco!

6 people found this helpful.
 on December 24, 2014
By Doc
I read Holmes as a young man and loved him. Basil Rathbone was the supreme Holmes. Now we find an author who comes closest to edging out Conan Doyle. Wow! What do we get here that we could not find before in Holmes pretender authors. We find an author who equals Doyle and, at times, outdoes him. He outdoes because he humanizes Holmes. Note this quote from the book, " Holmes was always droll, but this playful demeanor was something new." When was Doyles' Holmes playful? Or, " what about heart, Watson? Shouldn' t justice come from the heart?". No Doyle Holmes here. And that is what makes this collection stand out. Holmes is Holmes, but he is a new and improved Holmes!!

Doyle Would Be Proud!

4 people found this helpful.
 on March 8, 2015
By HP Doyle
Kim Krisco’s Sherlock Holmes The Golden Years is an excellent new collection of stories that would make Doyle proud. The novel consists of five novellas that interconnect to form a consistent, cohesive narrative. This is why I call the book a novel instead of a short story collection. Although some of the tales in this collection could be read on their own, for the most part, the stories should be read together and in sequential order. The story follows a later Holmes and Watson and even Irene Adler and her daughter. While Holmes purists may scoff at some points of this anthology, I believe had Doyle continued writing Holmes for an additional ten years, he may have written a narrative similar to the one in this book. The Watson is excellent, the historical research accurate, and some of the quirky rituals such as that of The Golden Dawn and the Kellogg Battle Creek Sanitarium I found quite entertaining. There is also a worthy opponent to Holmes in Ciaran Malastier, a villain in the mold of Professor Moriarty. The final tale in the anthology leaves the door open for a sequel, which I hope Mr. Krisco publishes in the near future. I look forward to more Sherlock Holmes pastiches from this talented writer.

A Page Turner

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 13, 2014
By Drstatz
This is a marvelous set of stories. Although presented as a series of short stories, they build upon one another and the author admonishes readers to go in the order presented. The accounts cover large amounts of territory and settings and do a nice job reminding readers that horrible crimes are not limited solely to the impoverished living in squalor but terrible acts may be committed by the highest nobility. The plots are engrossing and fast paced. This is Mr Krisco's first outing in the Holmes/Watson and I look forward to seeing many more.

Age never trumps Holmes!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 12, 2016
By Raven
Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Years by Kim H Krisco

To Go Where It Is Always 1895

One person found this helpful.
 on April 28, 2016
By Professor Matthew Novak, PhD
Well, as someone who fell in love with Holmes as a boy, and now--as an old man--these books take us all back to a more innocent, more formal, more predictable time. As a better writer than I am once said, "we are always in the London of 1895."

Breathing New Life and Adventure into Holmes!

One person found this helpful.
 on May 1, 2016
By Laura Lane
Kim Krisco is a gifted writer - weaving five new Sherlock Holmes stories for us in a bright new way.

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