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"The Case of the Last Battle" (1997)
Included in:
The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (Mike Ashley)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: Prince Max of Baden; (Woodrow Wilson; Kaiser Wilhelm II)
Other Characters: Dead Soldier; Jackson; Ailing Soldiers; Dr. Ostenborough; British Sergeant; Train Attendant; Berlin Crowds; Chancellory officers; Hans; Count Hoffenstein; Guard
Date: November 10th, 1918
France; A Field Dressing Station; Ypres; A French Taxi; A Train; Germany; Berlin; A Limousine; The Chancellory
Story: Beset by an outbreak of influenza, Watson is summoned from his field station at Ypres by Holmes and taken to Berlin to attend to the ailing German Chancellor, Prince Max. The prince has just received a coded message from President Wilson that could mean an end to the war, but the key to the code has been stolen by Von Bork's cousin, Count Hoffenstein. Holmes must work through the night to break the code.
"Darkest Gold " (2001)
Included in:
Murder in Baker Street (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Dr. Watson; Sherlock Holmes; Mary Morstan; Anstruther
Other Characters: Cabbie; Watson's Medical Acquaintance; Lord John Ashley; Mrs. Hiram Jones; Turka Hotel Porter; Karl Barker; Native Lad; Waiter; Watson's Host; Rough Riders; Lady Julia Ashley; Pygmies; (Pygmy Girl; Girl's Father & Brothers; Nawga)
221B, Baker Street; The Queen's Star; The Congo; Leopoldville; Turka; Hotel; Pygmy Village
Story: Watson arrives at Baker Street to find Holmes dressed in safari gear. Barker, an explorer is planning an expedition to the Congo in search of gold. Lord John Ashley is trying to stop the expedition, because of the threat it poses to the Congolese Pygmies, and fears that Barker will try to kill him. Holmes is to travel with Ashley, posing as his brother to protect him. Watson, in disguise, follows Holmes to the Congo. He is pestered on the voyage by the widowed Mrs. Jones. In the Congo, Barker is sent off on a false trail and Watson meets up with Holmes and Ashley with the aid of Mrs Jones, who is not what she appears to be. The journey through the jungle incurs strained relationships, but they are able to warn the pygmies of Barker's coming. After visiting the pygmy village they encounter Barker, but learn that the pygmies really do not need their help.
"The Music of Christmas" (1999)
Included in:
More Holmes for the Holidays (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Carol-Lynn Waugh)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Dr. Watson; Mary Morstan; Sherlock Holmes
Other Characters: Mrs Carmichael; Hampton Carmichael; Emily Carmichael; Vicar; Choir; Verger; Congregation; Organist; Wilkins; (Wilkins' Grandmother)
Date: Christmas Day
Locations: Bayswater; St Goddard's Church
Story: The Watsons are invited by Mrs Carmichael to hear her son Hampton sing at St Goddard's Church. At the cjurch, they meet Holmes, who has come to hear the rarely-performed cantata the boy is singing. At the end of the service the collection is discovered to have been stolen. With the finger of suspicion pointing at the verger, Holmes's solution rests on the final note of the cantata, two pins and a whispered "damn".

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Sabina Hall (1988)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Dr. Watson; Sherlock Holmes; (Mary Morstan; Mrs Cecil Forrester)
Other Characters: Schoolboys; Burton Station Boy; Chemist; Dr Arnold Fielding; Old Neb; Agnes Meredith; Aubrey Tyson; Joel Harper; Silas Andrews; Bertha Garth; Belle Harper; Sally Kipp; Mr Winterspoon; Station-master; Tap Boy; Stowe Station Boy; Burton Police; (Mrs Spencer; Spencer; Dr Felix; Holmes's History Student Friend; Winterspoon's Servant Girl)
Date: February
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Burton; Stowe; Sabina Hall; The Beach; Stowe Mine; The Church; The Station; The Inn
Story: Holmes receives a letter from Tyson, an old university colleague, asking him if he can recommend a doctor to take up residence with his ailing, miserly uncle Silas at Sabina Hall. Believing the man only has weeks to live, Watson agrees to take the post. Holmes, intrigued by the letter and the motives behind the presence of the Hall's other residents, decides to accompany him. They learn that the old man was a mine owner who lured his workers with promises of high wages, but forced them into debt and hazardous working conditions. Arriving at the hall, they find the old man dead: Holmes believes he was poisoned.

A horse that throws its rider, a bottle of tonic, someone who washes seaweed, footprints in a mineshaft, a contested will, a doctor's bag, blackberry wine, and the complex web of relationships among those at the Hall complicate matters, and Miss Garth, Silas's heir, seems set on alienating the remainder of the family and servants. Her death soon follows, another soon after, and Holmes and Watson find themselves victims of a mine cave-in before the case is resolved with Holmes's own form of justice.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Raleigh Legacy (1986)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Dr. Watson; Sherlock Holmes
Historical Figures: (Sir Walter Raleigh)
Other Characters: Alexander Raleigh; Ivor Moseley; Cart Driver; Janet; Winnifred Hepworth; Library Attendants; Dan Thatcher; Wrinehill Stationmaster; Doctor; Dr. Leckie; Mrs. Andrews; Police; Stonemason's Lad; Countrymen; Innkeeper; Railway Porter; Wrinehill Stationmaster's Wife; (Dr. Abernathy; Mr. Roundtree; Mrs. Roundtree; Gypsy Violinist; Innkeeper; Policeman; Mr. Thatcher)
Date: October 29th (Prologue) / The August after Holmes & Watson met
221B, Baker Street; Watson's Lodging House; Reading; Swindon; Country Stations; The Cotswolds; Nightsead's Village; Nightsead; Roundtree's House; Raleigh's House; Raleigh's New House; A Train; Wrinehill; A Horse & Trap; A Train; The British Museum Reading Room; Bart's; Leckie's Surgery; An Inn; An Alley; Devon; Stonemason's Shop; An Inn; Broxley; A Train; Another Train
Story: Holmes is approached by Moseley, an old acquaintance of Watson's, to help with a family mystery. During his student days, Watson spent a summer with Moseley's stepson, Alexander Raleigh, at his home, Nightsead, in the Cotswolds. A descendant of Sir Walter Raleigh, Alexander had inherited access to a letter on his coming of age. Moseley has brought a copy of the letter for Holmes to decipher. Holmes's inquiries reveal a number of people showing interest in the letter, and he and Watson break into Nightsead. Having examined the house they return to London, where Watson spots a man who has been posing as Raleigh, at the British Museum.
Raleigh falls sick and is admitted to Bart's, and Holmes suspects that he has been poisoned.

Holmes's deductions and research lead to his discovery that Nightsead was originally a monastery, dating back to the time of Henry VIII. Raleigh brings Holmes a full copy of the letter, which seems just as inexplicable as Moseley's partial copy. Investigations seem to find more and more people who have strong connections to the Raleigh legacy. Raleigh's wife is attacked in an alley. Holmes becomes convinced that the solution to the legacy lies with a carved frog at Nightsead. While Holmes and Watson are researching Raleigh in Devon, the Nightsead housekeeper is murdered. On one last visit to Nightsead, Holmes reveals the true nature of the treasure, the family history and the treachery attached to it.

Sherlock Holmes and the Thistle of Scotland (1989)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Mary Morstan; Watson's Maid; Mrs Hudson; Wiggins; Baker Street Irregulars; (Anstruther; Mycroft Holmes)
Historical Figures: (Mary, Queen of Scots; Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley; Willie Douglas; Henry Irving; Ellen Terry)
Other Characters: Watson's Patient; Boodle's Members; Carrington Fitzgerald; Cab Drivers; Policemen; Rogers; Earl Mowbray; Inspector Frederick Macready; Will Seeton; Essie Harris; Countess Mowbray; Lady Caroline Mowbray; Eustace Mowbray; Wade Torbram; Special Messengers; Stanley's Manservant; Adolphus Stanley; Chestnut Seller; Apple Woman; Samuel Griffiths; Honoria Powle; Police Sergeant; Millbank Street Crowds; Charity Rooms Women; Agnes Marshall; Esther; Clothes-seller; Oyster Seller; Firemen; Overturned Carriage Driver; Footman; Mother; Daughter; Drayman; Mowbray Station-master; Mowbray Park Servant; Mrs Hardy; Mowbray Arms Landlord; Mowbray Arms Customers; Gerrard's Employee; Arthur Manning; Jane; King Street Landlady; Bobs Gilder; Gilder's Chum; Muzzie; Mr Jenkins; Petticoat Lane Traders; Pickpocket; Ginger-Beer Vendor
(Lady Helen Picton; Lord Mowbray's Lawyer; American Railway Man; Viola; Wedding Breakfast Guests; Lady Louise Eglington; Major Charles Epwell; Marchioness of Hartford; Mountford Ashley; Lady James Harley; Lord Withringham; Miss Ashley; Sir James Harley; Colonel Edward Brice; Coachmen; Mowbray's Servants; Hawkins; Lady Cynthia Arnley; Mellenberg; 'Dodge' Jackson; Man with Goatee; Clogger; Mrs Grogan; Watson's Patients; Bengie Daniels; Sweep)
Date: Summer - November, 1890
Locations: Watson's Home; Boodle's; The Strand; Sinuleron Street; Lambeth; Mowbray House; Bloomsbury; Stanley's House; 221B, Baker Street; 46, Garden Row; Mayfair; The Powle Home; Sussex Street; Police Station; Millbank Street; Charity Rooms; Tottenham Court Road; Edgeware Road; Waterloo Road; Charing Cross Station; Kent; Mowbray; High Street; Mowbray Park; The Mowbray Arms; Baker Street; Gerrard's; St Paul's Churchyard; King Street; George Street; Pall Mall; Traveller's Club; Millbank Street Warehouse; Horseferry Road; Petticoat Lane; Mowbray Crescent
Story: Mary reads Watson an account of the Thistle of Scotland, a jewel given by Mary, Queen of Scots to the laird who helped her escape Lochleven. On the death of Lady Picton, the jewel is inherited by Lady Caroline Mowbray. Watson later hears of Lady Caroline's marriage to city man Stanley, and the interest of an American railroad magnate in the jewel, which will be sold to provide the bride's dowry.
Some time later, Holmes takes an interest in the night-time frolics of the reprobate Fitzgerald, recently returned from overseas, and his young companion.

The following month, Holmes is called on to investigate the theft of the jewel on the day of Lady Caroline's marriage, it having vanished from her hair during her wedding breakfast. The footman's involvement with a criminal gang, a fleeing gambler and a chimney-sweep, and Caroline and her brother Eustace's strange comings and goings come under consideration, but spilled champagne, abandoned clothing, a gutta-percha head, damaged books, and a stained dress prove vital clues in the search for the jewel.