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"The Adventure of the Anonymous Author" (2001)
Included in:
Murder in Baker Street (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; Tobias Gregson
Other Characters: Rutherford Wilson; Roddy Wilson; Postmen; Jenny Crider; Jane Austin / Catherine Crider; Neighbour; William Knox; (John Milne)
Date: April, 1902
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Croydon; A Teashop; The Crider House; Cemetery
Story: Wilson, a sub-editor of the Strand, asks Holmes to trace an anonymous author whose work for the magazine a publisher is interested in bringing out in book form. Holmes sets Wilson's young son, Roddy, to watch the post office where the author's mail is directed to. When they find the woman she appears reluctant for the book to be published. The following week a man is killed in the cemetery adjoining her house.

"The Adventure of the Cipher in the Sand" (2000)
Included in:
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (February 2000); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Inspector Lestrade; Mrs. Hudson
Other Characters: a pair of bobbies; hansom cab driver; Jerry Helmsphere; Frances Poole; Tim Thaw; Sean Drexel; Police officers
Date:
Late September 1899
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Wapping; Parkleigh's Casino; Westminster Wharf; The Thames
Story: Lestrade calls at Baker Street to tell Holmes of a body, stabbed in the back, found in the Thames at Wapping, and a coded message in the sand by the body. Holmes identifies an ivory disc found on the body as a roulette chip. Visiting Parkleigh's Casino, Holmes uncovers a link to a horse-racing fraud. Holmes, Watson & Lestrade take a police launch down the Thames in order to bring the case to a conclusion.
"The Adventure of the Dying Ship" (1998)
Included in:
The Confidential Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (Marvin Kaye); The Adventure of the Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes (Loren D. Estleman)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Historical Figures: Jacques Futrelle; May Futrelle; Titanic Orchestra; Captain Edward John Smith
(J. Bruce Ismay)
Other Characters: Margo Collier; Franklin Baynes; Pierre Glacet; Ship's Officer; Passengers; (First-Class Steward)
Date: April 10th - 15th, 1912
Locations:
The Boat-Train; Southampton; The Titanic
Story: Holmes accepts an invitation to sail aboard the Titanic, which he does under the alias of Mr Smith. He meets the Futrelles on the boat-train. On board he meets Collier who tells him of a man who has been following her since before she boarded the ship. When confronted by Holmes the man says that he is Collier's husband. The Futrelles encounter the spiritualist, Baynes. Holmes learns the strange circumstances of Collier's marriage and that her husband is a consulting detective. When the man is found dead on the same night that the ship strikes the iceberg, Holmes and Futrelle attempt to solve the murder and Futrelle sacrifices himself to save Holmes' life.

"The Adventure of Vittoria the Circus Belle" (1997)
Included in:
The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (Mike Ashley)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Vittoria the Circus Belle; Mrs. Hudson
Other Characters: Diaz; Edith Everage; Charles Rover; Philip Rover; acrobats; Milly Hogan; clowns; ringmaster; audience; Reading police; animal trainer
Date: 1886
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Paddington Station; a train; reading; Reading station; Rover Brothers Circus; The Railroad Hotel
Story: Vittoria Costello, who won a beauty competition organised by the Rover Brothers, and is now part of their circus, tells Holmes and Watson of two recent attempts on her life, the last leading to the death of Diaz the knife-thrower. Holmes and Watson visit the circus in Reading, and while they are there, Vittoria's body is found in the tiger cage, mauled beyond recognition. Holmes soon deduces that she was murdered before being thrown into the cage.
"The Christmas Client" (1996)
Included in:
Holmes for the Holidays (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Carol-Lynn Waugh)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; Inspector Lestrade; Professor Moriarty
Historical Figures: Lewis Carroll
Other Characters: A Beggar; A Boy; Passersby; Police Driver; Bobbies; Bank Robbers
Date: December 25th, 1888
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Westminster Bridge; Big Ben; Scotland Yard
Story: Lewis Carroll calls on Holmes on Christmas Day. He is being blackmailed by Professor Moriarty over his photographic activities. When he arrived in London to pay the Professor the money he demanded, he was attacked and left with a cryptic note, which he has brought to Holmes for decoding. Holmes manages to thwart a bomb attack at the Houses of Parliament, but quickly realises that this was intended as a diversion, and that Moriarty has bigger plans afoot.
"The Christmas Conspiracy" (1999)
Included in:
More Holmes for the Holidays (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Carol-Lynn Waugh)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson
Historical Figures: Erskine Childers; Mary Childers; (Henry Childers)
Other Characters: Baker Street Children; Elvira Ascott; Dobson's Guests; William Ascott / Samuels; Footman; Edgar Dobson; Jules Blackthorn; Monica Selfridge; Waiters; Constable Wallace
Date: 24th December, 1899
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Victoria Station; Rochester; Cliffe
Story: After being persuaded to play Father Christmas for the neighbourhood children by Mrs Hudson, Watson calls in on Holmes who has been consulted by Ascott, whose husband is away fighting the Boers. She is concerned over her neighbour Dobson's attempts to buy her property on the Kent marshes, and the identity and motives of Blackthorn, who claims to be a solicitor. Holmes invites Watson to accompany him to a Christmas party thrown by Dobson. Among Dobson's guests is Erskine Childers who tells them of a sailing holiday in the Frisian Islands and his observation of the German presence there. While dressing as Father Christmas again, Watson discovers a body, and Holmes a notebook full of figures. A conspiracy dating to before Mrs Ascott's marriage is uncovered.
"The Manor House Case" (1996)
Included in:
Resurrected Holmes (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type:
Pastiche in the style of Ellery Queen
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mycroft Holmes
Other Characters: Haskin Zehn; Butler; Elizabeth Stacy White; Sir Patrick Stacy White; Madeline Oaks; Maxwell Park; Dr Prouty; Dorothy Prouty; Agnes Baxter; Cook; Local Constable; Scotland Yard Men; Sergeant Wegand; James Adams; (Oscar Rhinebeck)
Date: Summer, 1888
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Reading; Stacy Manor; Reading Station; A Train; Diogenes Club
Story: Holmes is invited to African explorer White's manor house near Reading where a mysterious death has occurred. The victim was White's publisher, beaten to death with a poker. The dead man was clutching a ten of spades. They meet the rest of White's guests and are shown his private zoo while the others go riding. Another victim clutching another card is found in the house. A third is found in the lion's cage. When Holmes learns the victim's name he is able to bring the case to a close.
"The Return of the Speckled Band" (1987)
Included in:
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Martin H. Greenberg, Carol-Lynn Rössel Waugh & Jon L. Lellenberg)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; Stoke Moran Blacksmith (Henry Dade); Roylott's Cheetah; Stoke Moran Gypsies; Roylott's Baboon; (Helen Stoner; Grimesby Roylott; The Speckled Band)
Other Characters: Trap Driver; Ramon Dade; Manuel; Constable Richards
Date: September, 1883
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Stoke Moran; Gypsy Camp; Crown Inn; Blacksmith's Shop
Story: Holmes is visited by Henry Dade, the gypsy-turned-blacksmith from Stoke Moran. His brother Ramon, who objects to his marriage and turning from the gypsy way of life, bought Roylott's cheetah and baboon, and found a second swamp adder in an outhouse at Roylott's mansion. Henry believes Ramon intends to use it against him or his wife. Holmes and Watson return to Stoke Moran. They talk to Dade's brother and wife, but are unable to prevent his murder, the marks of a serpent's fangs on his neck. Of course, all is not as it seems.

"A Scandal in Montreal" (2008)
Included in:
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (John Joseph Adams)
Story Type:
Homage
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Irene Adler; (Mrs Hudson; Holmes's Sussex Housekeeper; Godfrey Norton)
Historical Figures: Stephen Leacock; Mrs Leacock; (Leacock's Son; Leacock's Parents)
Other Characters: Carriage Driver; Hotel Desk Clerk; Students; Faculty Members; Rob Gentry; Jean Leblond; Ralph Norton; Monica Starr; (Fritz Faber; Police Officer; Monica's Family; Bartender)
Date: August, 1911
Locations: Sussex; Holmes's Villa; Canada; Montreal; Quay; Rue Sherbrooke Ouest; Hotel; McGill University; Leacock's Office; Sûreté de Québec; Irene's Home; Windsor Station; A Train; Orillia; Leacock's Cottage; Old Brewery Bay
Story:
Watson visits Holmes in Sussex bringing a telegram from Montreal, which had been delivered to 221B. It is from Irene Adler. Her son Ralph is missing from McGill University, and suspected of murder. Holmes and Watson travel to Montreal where Irene meets them at their hotel. Ralph is accused of stabbing Faber, a fellow student, and his rival for the affections of Monica Starr, who has also disappeared. They visit Leacock, whom Ralph was friends with, and who tells them that Ralph is staying at his cottage in Orillia. They travel there the next day with Leacock and his assistant, Gentry, after Watson has read, and been shocked by, Leacock's story of the Great Detective. There, they find Ralph and a pregnant Monica. Faber's dying word gives Holmes a clue to the murderer.

"The Theft of the Persian Slipper" (1976)
Included in:
The Game Is Afoot (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type:
Homage
Fictional Characters: Nick Velvet
Other Characters: Bonoto's Bodyguard; Joe Bonoto; Felix Cottonwood; Annette DuFrois; Resort Employees; Resort Guests; Police; (Richard DuFrois)
Locations: Rome; Rome Airport; Bonoto's Hotel; Switzerland; The Reichenbach Falls; Meiringen; Ski Resort; The Sherlock Holmes Room; DuFrois's Car; A Roadside; An Inn; Cottonwood's Room
Story: Nick Velvet is commissioned by gangster, Bonoto, to steal the Persian slipper from the Sherlock Holmes room at the new ski resort at Meiringen. As he attempts to do so, he is interrupted by DuFrois, who has followed him from Rome, and wants revenge on Bonoto for her brother's death. She leaves Velvet unconscious by the roadside, where Bonoto finds him. He makes another attempt at the robbery, but the slipper has disappeared. When he comes out of the Holmes room he discovers that Bonoto and his bodyguard have both been shot. Velvet tracks down DuFrois, but his encounter with the real murderer ends in another death at the Reichenbach Falls. When he finally finds the slipper he discovers that it contains a highly valuable Sherlockian item.