The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures

Language: English

Pages: 512

ISBN: 0762436263

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

“Unrecorded” cases of the world’s greatest detective are found in this collection of original fiction by Stephen Baxter, Michael Moorcock, H.R.F. Keating, and more. The stories are linked by a running biography of Sherlock Holmes, identifying the “gaps” in the canon.

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“There’s a fresh pot of tea made and it’ll take but a minute to do you some toast. Inspector Makinson will be along presently. Perhaps you’d be kind enough to wait in here, gentlemen,” he said, ushering us into a small, square room ringed by chairs around a circular table. He rested our bags on one of the chairs and proceeded to help us off with our coats and hats, which he then placed on a hatstand next to a blazing fire. “Tea’ll be along in a minute. Will you be having toast?” “That would be

hours I could endure no more and retreated to my bed for what remained of the night. I left Holmes surrounded by newspapers, now in untidy heaps all around him, and occasionally scribbling a note on a pad. When I awoke in the morning, he was still where I had last seen him, red-eyed but still alert. “I have it, Watson.” He pushed the pad towards me. I stared at his work in horror. It consisted merely of childish doodles; circles, squares, dots, crosses, and pin men and women. “Holmes, my dear

no recurrence.” “Did he give any reason for the difficulties that had occurred?” “With hindsight, I recognize that he was vague. He referred to a minor health problem which had caused him trouble in sleeping and said he had obtained more suitable medication from his doctor. I have to admit that I did not regard his answers as entirely plausible, but I was hopeful that I had made my point and that there would be no need to pursue the complaints any further.” “Yet in the event you were

first pages of the book in silence and then, before I could ask his reaction, lapsed back into his dream-like state. Suddenly he sat bolt upright. “I have been obtuse, Watson! Quick, we need to call on the younger Abergavenny at once!” “But Holmes, what can we hope to achieve that his brother cannot?” His strong-set features were twisted with pain. “We must strive to prevent a terrible crime. Yet I fear that already we may be too late.” “I don’t understand,” I said. “What crime are you

that Leonticles knew of his past, Simeonov would try to silence him. If a Greek is murdered during this meeting, suspicion would immediately fall upon the Turks. If Simeonov was killed, suspicion would still fall upon the Turks. Either way, he could use the event as an excuse to forment trouble and urge the Czar to declare war against the Sultan. His plan could not fail. He waited downstairs outside the library so that he would be able to rush upstairs when someone else appeared – in the event it

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