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: The Major Stories with Contemporary Critical Essays (Bedford Series in History & Culture)
Oct 20th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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The fifteen Sherlock Holmes stories reprinted in this volume are generally held to be the most significant, innovative and influential tales featuring Arthur Conan Doyle's archetypal detective. Drawn principally from the first three Holmes collections, these selections are each followed by a concise commentary on its relation to Doyle, other Holmes tales, and the genre of detective fiction. The nine accompanying essays, which reflect the recent critical interest in Holmes, examine the stories from a variety of contemporary critical perspectives. The first five essays (by Martin Priestamn, Peter Brooks, Gian Paolo Caprettini, John A. Hodgson , and Alastair Fowler) focus in questions of narrative, deduction, and plot; the next four (by Stephen Knight, Catherine Belsey, Rosemary Hennessey and Rajeswari Mohan, and Audry Jaffe) social, historical, ideological, and gender issues. Each critical essay is preceded by a headnote that discusses the essay's critical approach. An introduction by the editor discusses the relation of Sherlock Holmes to Doyle's own life, reviews the history of the stories' publication and reception, and provides a brief overview of the contemporary critical essays. Additional sources of enrichment and direction for further study are provided by the four appendices: a chronology of Doyle's life; a note on Doyle's favorite Holmes stories; an annotated bibliography of aholmes collections and critical studies; and a list of film and video versions of the stories in the book.

Encounters of Sherlock Holmes
Oct 14th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, including James Lovegrove, Justin Richards, Paul Magrs, Guy Adams and Mark Hodder. Edited by respected anthologist George Mann, and including a story by Mann himself.

Introduction by George Mann
The Loss of Chapter Twenty-One by Mark Hodder
Holmes and the Indelicate Widow by Mags L Halliday
The Demon Slasher of Seven Sisters by Cavan Scott
The Post-Modern Prometheus by Nick Kyme
Mrs Hudson at the Christmas Hotel by Paul Magrs
The Case of the Night Crawler by George Mann
The Adventure of the Locked Carriage by Stuart Douglas
The Tragic Affair of the Martian Ambassador by Eric Brown
The Adventure of the Swaddled Railwayman by Richard Dinnick
The Pennyroyal Society by Kelly Hale
The Persian Slipper by Steve Lockley
The Property of a Thief by Mark Wright
Woman’s Work by David Barnett
The Fallen Financier by James Lovegrove

The Secret Documents of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes Collection)
Oct 10th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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This collection of stories, allegedly written by Doctor Watson, includes the theft of the Vatican cameos, the arrest of Huret the Boulevard assassin, and the terrible death of Crosby the banker.

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