In the fourth book of the Skull of Kohada Koheiji series, Holmes and Watson are engaged by Lady Elizabeth de Gascoigne to find an Egyptian mummy that escaped from its case in the British Museum, injured an attendant and is on the loose in London.
All is not well at the great Japanese Native Village Exhibition at Humphrey’s Hall in Knightsbridge, West London in 1885. A ghostly apparition has frightened the Japanese artisans whose wares, pastimes and arts are exhibited, and a powerful Samurai leads a faction who hate being the object of stares from the gaijin customers and who are determined to return to Japan. The impresario Tannaker Buhicrosan turns to Sherlock Holmes for help. Available on Kindle and other ebook and on paperback in a compilation from MX Publications or Amazon.
In this, the third novelette in the Skull of Kohada Koheiji series, Holmes is called in to rid a Royal Navy battleship of a vampire that has attacked a member of the crew. He finds a troubled ship, under the command of an irascible acting-captain, and all is not as it seems. Available on Amazon and other ebooks.
A compilation of five novelettes – about 12,000 words each – told in the traditional style by Doctor Watson. Available from April 22 2013 0n ebook, and in paperback from MX Publications on April 30. Click the cover below to order the paperback.
‘This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghost need apply.’
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire.
Despite Holmes’ injunction, clients troubled with vampires, apparitions, mummies and disembodied skulls did mount the seventeen steps at 221B Baker Street and apply to his agency, and he was reluctantly obliged to investigate their claims.
In this series of five novelettes, narrated in traditional style by Doctor Watson, Holmes and he pit their skills against supposedly unearthly predators, and probe evidence that suggests ghouls and ghosts are behind the macabre, uncanny and eerie happenings at the Japanese Village Exhibition in Knightsbridge, in a grimy house in Stepney, on board one of Her Majesty’s men o’ war in the Thames, at the British Museum and at a séance in a genteel villa in West London.
Have ghosts the temerity to challenge Sherlock Holmes, or can Sherlock Holmes uncover human agencies behind the supernatural?
One Little Maid from School
In this, the third in the series, Holmes and Watson are called to a girls’ finishing academy in a country town south of London to investigate the disappearance of an heiress. They find that a rival investigator is already on the job, that mysterious sightings of the girl occur and that an entity has stolen the Cook’s sausages.
Just found this letter from young Winston to his mother in the Jubilee year in the Churchill Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge. He mentions his desire to see the Jubilee procession and the Wild West Show, with Buffalo Bill, as in my Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage. Life imitates art? My bet is that he never got an answer from Jenny. Click to visit my publisher. Transcript below.
A Sherlock Holmes Story a Week
Collection available on Kindle, ebooks and paperback on April 30!
I have set myself the challenge of writing at least ten 12,000 word stories featuring Holmes and Watson, one a week from March 15. They will be available on Kindle initially, then other ebook types and finally as paperback compilations.
I’m calling the series Sherlock Holmes: The Skull of Kohada Koheiji and Other Stories, with a sort of ghostly theme (I do not promise actual ghosts!) As Holmes put it in The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire:
“This Agency stands flat-footed upon the ground and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghost need apply.”
I’m not sure whether Holmes will uncover any actual ghosts, but I seriously doubt it.
The first group in the series are the following:
5. The Reckoning of Kit Marlowe
A second series will feature a Gilbert and Sullivan theme. The first book in the Sherlock Holmes: One Little Maid from School and Other Stories is available on Kindle and ebook. The paperback collection will be published by MX Publishing in May 2013.
Covers will be designed by the talented Filipino designer Richard C Plaza. His ideas will be featured here as we go along.
I found an article in a little-known periodical from the turn of the century that offered its readers A Day with Dr Arthur Conan Doyle. Imagine my astonishment when I saw that the lead photo showed Doyle and his wife aboard a Humber trike of exactly the same design as I have Holmes, Watson and Winston Churchill ride in the latest Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Jubilee Plot. Can you tell the difference?
Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston: The Jubilee Plot is now available on ebook and as a paperback from MX Publications. Click the image below for US Amazon.
Holmes and Watson team up once more with the schoolboy, Winston Churchill in a dark tale of politics and political uprising and plotting. As with his previous outing, Mike Hogan’s own plotting is second to none. the pace is leisurely at times and then grips hard when required. The book opens with a gorgeous scene between Holmes and Watson in which Watson is trying to do the ‘household’ accounts. he fails to bring home the importance of frugality to Holmes and that becomes a recurring theme of the tale. ‘Take the underground’, cries the good Doctor. The result: a cab! The dialogue in this opening scene displays the warmth of the characters to each other and Mr Hogan’s unerring way with dialogue which is witty without ever being forced. This scene is closely followed by one involving Lord Salisbury which matches the opening scene in its splendid dialogue. The novel goes from strength to strength after that, plots and sub-plots fly by all deftly handled. Moriarty makes an entrance, still the Napoleon of crime that we know him to be, but with the saving grace of being an Englishman! This is the kind of pastiche that gives pastiches a good name. I am inclined to think it’s the one of the best pastiches of the last twenty years. [Mr Ruffle's emphasis]
The celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 are coming to a climax. She will take part in a great procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, and there join the peers of the Realm, foreign monarchs and heads of state in a service of thanksgiving.
In that turbulent year, it is unlikely that Ireland will gain her independence from Britain except through violent rebellion. Blood-oath Irish Republican fanatics vow to wipe out the Queen and her family; Fenian assassins prepare bombs of terrible potency using the new explosive, dynamite.
Sherlock Holmes and his companions Doctor Watson and Winston Churchill are called in not only to prevent a dynamite outrage against the Queen, but to avert a catastrophic war that might bring down the Empire. But, is all as it seems, or is one of their clients humbugging the other?