Holmes and Young Winston
Holmes Short Stories
Holmes and the Ripper
Mike Hogan writes novels, novellas and short stories on Sherlockian themes. He aims for authenticity, keeping within the bounds of Conan Doyles' canon and the historical context of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, but with a tinge of dry humour.
His vision is augmented by the art of Richard C Plaza, a long-time collaborator with a sharp eye for period detail.
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A trilogy of novels in the classic style in which teenaged Winston Churchill joins the master sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his friend Doctor Watson in investigating crimes in London, France and in the foul haunts of the Giant Moles of Herefordshire. Their clients range from the lowest to the highest in the Realm.
The Irregulars are on the trail of a murderer from Natal, Inspector Lestrade is stumped by the theft of a box of papers and a single hotel curtain, Mrs Hudson is put in grave danger, and Moriarty weaves his evil schemes through ruthless minions.
Although the tone is light-hearted, the team investigate some of the most dastardly crimes devised by the dark heart of man, including an attack on Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. It doesn't get darker than that.
Please note that the audiobook version of this book was unauthorised by me - it's one-star garbage so don't buy it!
Sherlock Holmes: The Scottish Question, or Sons of the Thistle by Mike Hogan … starts with the reported theft of the Coronation Stone from Westminster Abbey (but is it the real Stone of Destiny?), leading Holmes to uncover a plot by Scottish nationalists to destroy the Union. In the shadows, behind the plot, is a foreign power whose aim goes beyond the dismantling of the United Kingdom. Terrorism, espionage, danger and hair’s-breadth escapes make The Scottish Question a political thriller rather than a detective story – and why not? There’s also wit, and a pinch of satire in the mix. Mr Hogan writes well too.
Review from The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
Short Stories & Novellas
in traditional form and narrated by Doctor Watson - with a dash of humour. Illustrations by Richard C Plaza.
In this collection of five traditional novelettes, Holmes and Watson pit their skills against unearthly predators and probe evidence that suggests ghouls and ghosts are behind the macabre, uncanny and eerie happenings at the Japanese Village Exhibition, in a grimy house in the East End, on board one of Her Majesty’s men o’ war in the Thames, at the British Museum and at a séance in a genteel West London villa.
Have ghosts had the temerity to challenge Sherlock Holmes, or will Holmes and Watson uncover human agencies behind the supposed supernatural?
The final short story in the collection gives Holmes a light-hearted chance to face an ‘actual’ ghost or two, or even three.
Five novelettes on theatrical themes.
In the first story, set in the very early months of his friendship with Watson, Holmes is challenged to a duel by an unlikely antagonist.
Then, Mr D’Oyly Carte of the Savoy Theatre engages Sherlock Holmes to investigate mysterious incidents that occur during a Gilbert and Sullivan play.
Holmes is arrested for murder in the third story, ‘Trial by Jury’, but he finds himself arraigned on another charge.
In ‘The Moving Finger Writes’, Holmes and Watson are summoned in the Queen’s name to investigate the strange case of Prince Albert and John Brown at Windsor Castle.
Lastly, in ‘One Little Girl from School’, a young heiress about to star in The Mikado disappears from her private school.
Who is the gentleman found dead in a first-class compartment of the London to Brighton express? The victim has a fortune in jewels and a fabulous painting in his luggage. Who killed him? Holmes tackles the Murder on the Brighton Line case despite the obduracy of the police sergeant in charge of the official investigation.
In the second novella, the Amateur Mendicant Society is in turmoil as two deaths occur in their secret clubhouse. Are the deaths connected with a mysterious discovery in the basement?
The short story finds Holmes and Watson at the Crystal Palace where Holmes has arranged a rendezvous with a mysterious, and murderous, lady. Holmes has but a few days before she must submit to a fate worse than death. Or is all as it seems?
Is Lady Margaret Hutton, of Hutton Hall in Surrey being slow poisoned, as the evidence seems to indicate, or is an even more convoluted and murderous plot being hatched to gain control of the family property? Christmas at the Hall is marred by tragedy and Sherlock Holmes pits his wits not only against the perpetrators of murder and attempted murder, but against wily Inspector Baynes of the Surrey constabulary.
In the second novella, the theft of certain intimate objects de chambre may have consequences of serious, even global moment. If certain very exalted persons were to be confronted with the object belonging to the other, armies would mobilise and Europe might be set aflame!
In the Tranquility of the Morning, Holmes is called in to rid the Coulteney mansion of a troublesome spirit.
Two novellas and a short story written in the traditional style and narrated by Dr Watson.