Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street Volume 1
Oct 23rd, 2015 by Aldouspi

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In 1893, Dr. Watson and Conan Doyle published what they believed was the last Sherlock Holmes story, 'The Final Problem'. The world was stunned, and The Strand Magazine rushed to fill the vacuum. Readers were soon introduced to a new detective, Martin Hewitt, as presented by Arthur Morrison. Although initially different than Holmes, Hewitt also showed a number of interesting similarities as well . . . . For many years, Martin Hewitt has been mostly forgotten, except in some Sherlockian circles, where it has long been theorized that he was a young Mycroft Holmes. However, recent evidence has come to light that Hewitt's adventures were in fact cases undertaken by a young Sherlock Holmes when he lived in Montague Street, several years before he would take up his legendary rooms in Baker Street with Watson. These volumes are the Complete Martin Hewitt Stories, taking Arthur Morrison's original publications and presenting them as Sherlock Holmes adventures. If you are a fan of Holmes, enjoy! And by all means, seek out the original Hewitt stories and enjoy them as well. The Game is afoot!

Sherlock Holmes As A Pipe Smoker
Oct 22nd, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Numerous general references to Holmes' cigar, cigarette, and pipe smoking habits have been published in the past. In addition, a few thoroughly researched articles on single aspects of Holmes' pipes or tobaccos are available. This monograph, in contrast, presents a complete analysis of all pipe smoking references relating to Sherlock Holmes, as given in the fifty-six short stories and four novels of the canon, as well as in its original illustrations. By original illustrations we mean illustrations for first English editions. References to Holmes' tobacco consumption using cigarettes, cigars, and snuff tobacco are not discussed. In addition, references to pipe smoking of persons other than Sherlock Holmes in the canon, except for Dr. Watson's "Arcadia" tobacco mixture which Holmes smoked at least once, are not examined. Based on the strict definition given above, 62 text references in regard to pipes and 19 text references in regard to tobacco in 42 cases of the canon, as well as 22 original illustrations of 19 cases, have been identified. Our search has been done manually without any computer-aided search tools. However, all references have been double checked with relevant internet search engines. Our analysis of these references is divided into four parts: pipes, tobaccos, place and daily time of smoking. For all references to pipes in the original illustrations showing a sufficient clear picture of a specified pipe, a close existing pipe model is presented. For the reader's convenience, all pipe-related references in the canon's text and its original illustrations are listed in the appendix. Tobacco smoking was introduced to England by colonist captains and sailors during the second half of the sixteenth century. They brought with them pipes, tobacco seeds and plants, as well as finished products, thus making tobacco smoking more widely known in English society. Several monographs and articles discussing tobacco smoking can be found in the Victorian era. These treatises on tobacco culture and fashion, also frequently referred to in contemporary popular novels, made tobacco smoking more popular among the growing middle- and lower class in English society. During the historical period in which the Sherlock Holmes tales are set, pipe smoking was already well established.

A Taste for Honey (Mr. Mycroft Commemorative)
Oct 22nd, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Horror strikes when killer bees swarm amok in the seemingly idyllic hamlet of Ashton Clearwater. Even more sinister is the discovery that the angry swarms were programmed to kill by a mad, ingenious apiarist named Heregrove. Leave it to one of the village’s honey addicts—the hapless, reclusive Sydney Silchester—to stumble unwittingly onto Heregrove’s diabolical scheme. Silchester’s sweet tooth leads him to the indomitable Mr. Mycroft, a retired beekeeper possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of bees and a Holmesian penchant for sleuthing. By matching wits and strategies, the persnickety Silchester and the determined Mycroft seek to thwart Heregrove and his stinging minions before they strike again. “We may know whodunit, but the question of ‘why’ is altogether more disturbing,” writes Stacy Gillis, Ph.D., who contributes a new foreword to this reissue of the 1941 detective-fiction classic, A Taste for Honey. Listed among the Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones of essential mystery fiction, H. F. Heard’s masterpiece became a runaway bestseller, provoking Baker Street Irregulars founder Christopher Morley to declare it “the most original and enchanting crime story of the year.” Loosely adapted into the 1967 movie, “The Deadly Bees,” A Taste for Honey is required reading for all Sherlockian aficionados. “More than 30 years before Nicholas Meyer’s The Seven Percent Solution opened the floodgates of Sherlockian imitation, H. F. Heard’s A Taste for Honey was the first significant book-length Sherlock Holmes pastiche, and it remains one of the very best. This new edition should be welcomed by all lovers of classic detective fiction.” —Jon L. Breen, noted mystery writer “H. F. Heard’s ... Mr. Mycroft tales ... encompass the style of the ‘old-fashioned’ mystery. A delightful read.!” —Paul D. Herbert, member Baker Street Irregulars H.F. Heard (1889–1971) lived several fascinating lives. Using the name Gerald Heard, this remarkable polymath published a number of ground-breaking books that infl uenced thinkers of his generation. When writing under the name of H. F. Heard, his fertile mind produced several imaginative and well-received mysteries, including a huge bestseller, A Taste for Honey, now reprinted in this commemorative Blue Dolphin edition. Acclaimed by Boris Karloff , Christopher Morley, and Rex Stout, A Taste for Honey is sure to produce spine-tingling moments of terror for a new generation of mystery lovers.

Sherlock Holmes and The July Crisis: 2nd Edition
Oct 17th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is brought back to life in this new story created by Dr. Carlopio using the words of the original master in his unique editorial fiction method. The incomparable Sherlock Holmes is involved in the build-up to WWI ... we have a stolen treaty, an attempted robbery of millions of French Gold, German spies and a brush with the incomparable Irene Adler all within the historically accurate context of the July Crisis.

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