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.

The Magic Bullet: A Locked Room Mystery Featuring Shadwell Rafferty and Sherlock Holmes (Minnesota Mysteries)
Oct 15th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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St. Paul, Minnesota. October 1, 1917. High above the city, a renowned local financier named Artemis Dodge lies facedown on the floor of his armored penthouse sanctuary, a single bullet hole in his head. Thirty stories up, in the city’s tallest building, and not a shred of evidence or sign pointing to anyone having broken into the wealthy man’s fortress. It is—to all appearances—an impossible crime.

Enter Shadwell Rafferty: Irishman, St. Paul saloonkeeper, sometime detective, and old friend of the celebrated sleuth Sherlock Holmes. Summoned by Louis B. Hill—son of railroad magnate James J. Hill—to investigate, Rafferty descends into a world dominated by greedy tycoons and awash in political intrigue and wartime fearmongering. Suspects lurk in every corner of the city—including Dodge’s beautiful young widow, his slippery assistant, and a shadowy anarchist—and Rafferty pursues them from the streets of Ramsey Hill and the rooms of the Ryan Hotel to the labyrinthine caves under the Schmidt brewery. Matching wits with his foes at the police department and his unsavory rival, the St. Paul detective Mordecai Jones, Rafferty knows that in order to bring a killer to justice he must first unravel the riddle of a single bullet fired in a locked room, three hundred feet above the streets of St. Paul.
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Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)
Oct 12th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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In the summer of 1994, a workman at the historic mansion of railroad baron James J. Hill in St. Paul, Minnesota, stumbles on a long-hidden wall safe. When experts arrive to open the safe and examine its contents, they make an astonishing discovery. There, inside, is a handwritten manuscript bearing the signature of John H. Watson, M.D.
The manuscript contains the story of how Sherlock Holmes and Watson traveled to Minnesota to track a murderous arsonist—known only as the Red Demon—who is threatening both Hill and his Great Northern Railway. Set against the backdrop of the real, devastating Hinckley forest fire of 1894, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon is the tense and atmospheric first novel in Larry Millett’s classic series of adventures that brought Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to Minnesota.

Dreaming Spies: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
Oct 9th, 2015 by Aldouspi

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Laurie R. King’s novels of suspense featuring Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, are critically acclaimed and beloved by readers for the author’s adept interplay of history and adventure. Now the intrepid duo is finally trying to take a little time for themselves—only to be swept up in a baffling case that will lead them from the idyllic panoramas of Japan to the depths of Oxford’s most revered institution.
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