In a stunning follow-up to the acclaimed In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger present a brand-new anthology of stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon.
In this follow-up to the acclaimed In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, expert Sherlockians Laurie King and Les Klinger put forth the question: What happens when great writers/creators who are not known as Sherlock Holmes devotees admit to being inspired by Conan Doyle stories? While some are highly-regarded mystery writers, others are best known for their work in the fields of fantasy or science fiction. All of these talented authors, however, share a great admiration for Arthur Conan Doyle and his greatest creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
To the editors’ great delight, these stories go in many directions. Some explore the spirit of Holmes himself; others tell of detectives themselves inspired by Holmes’s adventures or methods. A young boy becomes a detective; a young woman sharpens her investigative skills; an aging actress and a housemaid each find that they have unexpected talents. Other characters from the Holmes stories are explored, and even non-Holmesian tales by Conan Doyle are echoed. The variations are endless!
Although not a formal collection of new Sherlock Holmes storieshowever some do fit that moldinstead these writers were asked to be inspired by the Conan Doyle canon. The results are breathtaking, for fans of Holmes and Watson as well as readers new to Doyle’s writingindeed, for all readers who love exceptional storytelling.
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About the Author
Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories. She has won or been nominated for a multitude of prizes, has been chosen as the guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar Award and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010.
Leslie S. Klinger is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The first two volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar for “Best Critical/Biographical” work. He is also the editor of the hugely successful The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction Laurie R. King Leslie S. Klinger ii
Holmes on the Range John Connolly 1
Irregular Meg Gardiner 29
Where There Is Honey Dana Cameron 45
Before A Bohemian Scandal Tasha Alexander 79
The Spiritualist David Morrell 91
Mrs. Hudson Investigates Tony Lee Bevis Mussan 109
The Adventure of the Dancing Women Hank Phillippi Ryan 119
Raffa Anne Perry 149
The Crown Jewel Affair Michael Scott 171
Understudy in Scarlet Hallie Ephron 203
Martin X Gary Phillips 221
The Painted Smile William Kent Krueger 241
The First Mrs. Coulter Catriona McPherson 259
The Case of the Speckled Trout Deborah Crombie 271
The Adventure of the Empty Grave Jonathan Maberry 283
Limited Resources Denise Mina 309
The Adventure of the Extraordinary Rendition Cory Doctorow 319
About the Contributors 339
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another winning collection of Holmesian delight. I find it fascinating to see the variety of approaches these authors have for the Holmes canon. Great diversity. Some more amazingly well done than others, but an over-all treat. Do yourself a favor an read all of the anthologies by King and Klinger.
Echoes of Sherlock Holmes : -- stories inspired by the Holmes canon / -- edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger. When reading anthologies, I generally start with authors I know and then read on discover new-to-me authors’ work. I started this book with Hank Phillippi Ryan's "The Adventure of the Dancing Women" and LOVED it! I get special delight in figuring out the mystery just a half-step before the reveal . . . too far in advance and I get impatient for the character to get it. I loved the elegant plotting and delightful characters, and Emojis vs. real communication is a most relevant issue. Afterward, I read Doyle’s original "The Dancing Men" and enjoyed tying the two together. I enjoy connections to my own life and found them here. I took geology in college (so I wouldn't have to take biology and dissect things) and am still fascinated with rock strata and fossils. The dance studio scenes resonated as well. A friend threw herself into dance after a terrible breakup, and our group of friends regularly danced on Saturday nights until closing time. I loved reading in the bio of the author as a child disappearing to the barn to read the complete Sherlock works. I used to climb a tree to read, but didn’t read mysteries until later in life, and haven’t systematically read the entire Canon. It might be time to sequester and read them all myself, after I finish this anthology, or perhaps a few more, alternating with the new stories. ;-)