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!
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Sherlock Holmes In Montague Street Volume 1 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Perhaps some things are best left alone… My thanks to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my review copy of this book. You guys rock! I will admit to a lot of disappointment in this book. I really wish I had read a few reviews before requesting this book and its two sequels. Then I would have probably not cost my sponsors at MX Publishing the cost of the trilogy. Sherlock Holmes is far from the only sleuth to be written about in Victorian London. There were many contemporaries. Some did build on the foundation laid by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I am reminded here of 1 Corinthians 3: 10, the Apostle Paul speaking:  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. There was Solar Pons, written at first as Sherlock Holmes stories before August Derleth was asked by Doyle to change the hero. Pons became an enduring detective in his own right, with Basil Cooper continuing the tales. There was Sexton Blake, and I am unsure of just how many stories have been written about him, but the volumes I have do not touch the stories written! Then there was Martin Hewitt, written by Arthur Morrison, which had the advantage of gracing the pages of the Strand when a Holmes story was not available. Hewitt a man who solved by logic the problems presented, but also depended on his personality, being quite the people person while maintaining his status as a loner. Hewitt was not the man who would find a lifelong friend and roommate. He would be friendly to all, but his home was HIS castle. That said, despite the cleverness of David Marcum in recreating the Hewitt stories as early cases of Sherlock Holmes, I feel it doesn’t really work that well. The stories were fine on their own, and that will be the way I remember the twenty-five stories over three volumes—tales of Hewitt, not Holmes. Now I concede that other readers may be fine with the changes. I am certainly not going to be as abrasive as some reviewers and cry “plagiarism!” I just think the stories do not translate well as Holmes stories. I give the books only two stars… Quoth the Raven…
Nothing against Arthur Morrison's stories, but leave them alone! This is the lazy man's way of generating Sherlock Holmes pastiches. We have more (to put it mildly) Sherlock Holmes pastiches than we need. Quit mangling another writer's stories (this also goes for a similar volume in which another individual deforms stories by Sax Rohmer into Sherlock Holmes adventures). Do not encourage this nonsense. If David March wants more Sherlock Holmes adventures, he should write them himself. Think of creating a new Philip Marlowe mystery by rewriting The Maltese Falcon.... Detestable.