Part VIII - Eliminate the Impossible: 1892-1905 features contributions by: Deana Baran, Tim Symonds, Sandor Jay Sonnen, Ben Cardall, Andrew Lane, Michael Mallory, Wendy C. Fries, Aaron Smith, Arthur Hall, Robert Perret, Nick Cardillo, Paul D. Gilbert, Cindy Dye, Tracy Revels, Derrick Belanger, William Meikle, Marcia Wilson, David Friend, Roger Riccard, Craig Janacek, Jeremy Branton Holstein, Will Murray, David Ruffle, Daniel McGachey, and David Marcum, with a poem by Christopher James, and forewords by David Marcum, Lee Child, Rand Lee, Michael Cox, and Melissa Farnham.
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring adventures set within the correct time period, and written by many of today’s leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, their popularity has only continued to grow, with six volumes already released, and now two more, Eliminate the Impossible, featuring tales of Holmes’s encounters with seemingly impossible events – ghosts and hauntings, curses and mythical beasts, and more.
In “The Sussex Vampire”, Holmes tells Watson: “This agency stands flat-footed upon the ground, and there it must remain. The world is big enough for us. No ghosts need apply.” In each of the stories presented in this massive two-volume collection, Holmes approaches the varied problems with one of his favorite maxims firmly in place: “. . . . when you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth . . . .” But what, exactly, is the truth?
2017 is the 130th anniversary of the publication of A Study in Scarlet, the first recorded adventure of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson. What an amazing journey it’s been! In addition to the pitifully few sixty tales originally presented in The Canon, published between 1887 and 1927, there have been literally thousands of additional Holmes adventures in the form of books, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies, manuscripts, comics, and fan fiction. And yet, for those who are true friends and admirers of the Master Detective of Baker Street, where it is always 1895 (or a few decades on either side of that!) these stories are not enough. Give us more!
The forty-eight stories in these two companion volumes represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found, and honor the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
And if you cannot eliminate the impossible… My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book! May Undershaw stand forever! It was Sherlock Holmes’ adage that “No ghosts need apply.” For Holmes, the supernatural and such things were against the scientific principles that he lived and worked by. He searched for solid evidence that would explain any conundrum he might come across. These stories deal with the unexplained. There are cases in this novel where the clients insist that their problems lie with the supernatural. They make a report of ghosts, banshees, and other things that go bump in the night. Holmes is ever the rational man and finds explanations to cover every problem. I am surprised at the many stories where Doctor Watson actually sees the ghost or experiences the paranormal. No matter how much Watson is convinced of what he sees and hears, Holmes insists that Watson has either made a mistake or is even delusional… I am not going to do my usual story by story rundown, but I do want to mention several authors. Among the stories that I find to be BEST IN BOOK are: “The Ghost of Dorset House” by Tim Symonds. Kudos for Watson having a larger role than usual! “The Inexplicable Death of Matthew Arnett” by Andrew Lane. Kudos for introducing a friend from Holmes’ childhood! Also for the “impossible murder” story! “The Adventure of the Highgate Specter” by Michael Mallory. Kudos for a haunted cemetery! “The Adventure of the Moonlit Shadow” by Arthur Hall. Kudos for the blending of a Holmes mystery and a beckoning specter! “In the Realm of the Wretched King” by Derrick Belanger. Kudos for a ghost story with premonitions of what is to come! “The Adventure of the Glassy Ghost” by Will Murray. He will understand when I say kudos for the Doc Savage reference many may not get at first! Good show, Will! The story I deem WORST IN BOOK is “The Adventure of the Pallid Mask” by Daniel McGachey. I find it all but impossible to read a play. I am glad to see this series continue! Every volume should be a real treasure to any Sherlock Holmes fan! I give the volume as a whole five stars plus! Quoth the Raven…