That’s right. Another one of these! Finished this a while ago, but life got in the way so yeah, you
‘re getting it now.
From here on now, all of the Sherlock Holmes books I cover are stories not written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes is kind of a bridge to this, being written not just by American author John Dickson Carr–who was Sir Arthur’s official biographer–but co-written by Adrian Conan Doyle, Sir Arthur’s youngest son who, if the introduction is to be believed, wrote half of these 12 stories all by himself.
The neat conceit of this book is that these books aren’t just random mysteries outside of the official canon, but each story has been devised from one of the many references to non-chronicled cases that are made in the original stories. Sometimes, this is obvious, but other times, it’s a bit harder to see how the connection from the quote to the story makes sense.
Regardless, throughout, this collection is high-energy fun and Carr and Adrian Doylevo write comfortably in Watson’s voice, making it all work beautifully.
Of the 12 stories, my favorites are probably “The Adventure of the Abbas Ruby,” which involves a large jewel and a former thief-turned-butler framed for its theft and “The Adventure of the Black Baronet,” which involves murder in the countryside. Also of note is “The Adventure of the Deptford Horror,”a story with fog, canaries and a young woman afraid for her life that would make a wonderful short film.
Overall, there’s really not a bad story in this bunch. Recommended.