Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for MX Publishing’s latest Sherlock Holmes Short Story collections. Thanks to Caroline Vincent for the invitation and the digital arcs. Before I share my review here’s what the books are about.
About Volumes XI & XII
“Throughout the original Holmes Canon, there were hints and teases of other intriguing cases – The Giant Rat of Sumatra . . . The Abernetty Tragedy . . . The Manor House Case. Watson mentions well over one-hundred of these, which have collectively come to be known as The Untold Cases. Now, the latest MX anthologies present thirty-four of those adventures in two simultaneously published volumes, with all royalties going to support the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
Each volume contains forwards by Lyndsay Faye, Roger Johnson, Melissa Grigsby, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum.”
I do enjoy short stories and I love Sherlock Holmes stories, so I was delighted when I was invited to join in with this blog tour for such a fantastic cause. I grew up watching the old Basil Rathbone films and then the Jeremy Brett series on ITV. I also loved listening to the BBC Radio 4 series with Clive Merrison and Michael Williams, and of course the new incarnations with Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Downey Jr (I preferred RDJ’s version to BC, but that’s another story.) I’m not a super fan, but I do consider that I know a little bit about Conan Doyle’s famous detective and how I personally prefer him to be portrayed.
I must admit I was a little bit wary of reading new Sherlock stories, but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by how good these are. I really did feel that I was reading stories that Conan Doyle himself could have written. I particularly enjoyed The Singular Adventure of the Extinguished Wicks, and The Trusted Advisor. What I liked about these stories is the clever way that they are taken from cases that Dr. Watson alluded to in Conan Doyle’s originals.
If you enjoy short story collections I recommend you give these a try.
About MX Publishing
MX Publishing is a social enterprise focussing on publishing the very best in Sherlock Holmes fiction and related historical works. We also have a division working on coach , NLP and business book. We run MX alongside our day jobs with the help of a team of supporters and volunteers. We’re involved in a number of projects, but have two main organisations we support both logistically and financially. One in the UK and on in Kenya.
Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Sharon and Steve volunteer there every Xmas, fund raise, work on special projects etc). Happy Life rescues abandoned babies in Nairobi and works to get as many children as possible adopted. The remainder stay with the project through to school age and the program has about 110 children (having saved around 500 in total). In 2014 Sharon and Steve wrote the book ‘The Happy Life Story’ which the team use for fund-raising and awareness around the world – especially in the USA where a lot of the fund-raising comes from. In additional to sponsorship and general fund-raising we also do special projects. In 2016 we funded two table tennis tables and all the associated equipment to set up a new indoor sport for the older children at the Juja Farm site. As a former county player Steve was able to then teach the teachers and children last Christmas.
Stepping Stones School is one of Europe’s leading schools for children with learning disabilities of which Steve is now a patron. Their new home since September 2016 is Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home and where he wrote many of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Our main project with them is The MX New Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories. Inspired by editor David Marcum, it was originally planned to be one volume of around thirty stories in October 2015, but this quickly snowballed into a huge ongoing project.
MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories have come out with over 100 authors taking part. With at least 2 volumes a year, it’s the largest collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories in the world by far. All authors donate their royalties to Stepping Stones school. It’s been licensed into India and Japan too. The latest project at Undershaw we are helping funding is the creative writing centre.
Don’t forget to check out the other stop on the blog tour