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"The Adventure of the Agitated Actress" (2002)
The Adventure of the Ectoplasmic Man (1985)
Lestrade comes to Holmes with a tale of the crime of the century which, he says, could only have been committed by the magician, Houdini, who had earlier demonstrated his ability to escape from the cells at Scotland Yard. While Lestrade believes Houdini to have spiritual powers, Holmes is able to deduce the secrets of Houdini's tricks. Bess Houdini later comes to Baker Street asking Holmes to watch over her husband who has received a threatening letter from a man he exposed as a fraud some years earlier. Holmes refuses, but Watson attends Houdini's show that night and causes a disaster in the middle of the performance, after which Houdini is arrested by Lestrade, accused of stealing Government secrets. Mycroft warns Holmes off the case.
Holmes visits the site of the crime and learns of the involvement of a German Countess, the Prince of Wales, and some compromising letters. Watson visits Houdini in jail, and the Countess Valenka at her hotel, who initially pleads illness. Holmes and Watson break into the Savoy Theatre where they discover a woman's body. Holmes sends Watson to Brighton to investigate Houdini's rival, Kleppini. The murdered woman's spirit speaks at a séance run by Kleppini. Holmes believes Kleppini to be involved in the theft, but that there is someone else controlling things. Watson helps Houdini escape from Scotland Yard in order that he might assist Holmes in a burglary which ultimately leads to Watson being shot, a horseback chase and a final airborne confrontation with the villain, before the letters are recovered.
|"The Adventure of the Second Violet" (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; Violet Hunter; (Mrs Hudson; Jephro Rucastle)
Historical Figures: (O. Henry)
Other Characters: Henry Oldershot; (Mr Harker)
Date: Tuesday in the second week of December, 1899
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; (Walsall)
Story: Holmes is visited by Violet Hunter's new husband, Oldershot, who is concerned over her safety after she encounters a man resembling Jephro Rucastle and cuts off her hair. When he has confronted her about it she has babbled about Madame de Maintenon and mutton chops. Holmes brings the couple together in Baker Street.
|"The Second Treaty" (1999)
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; Annie Harrison; Baker Street Maid; Percy Phelps; (Mrs Watson; Joseph Harrison; Lord Holdhurst)
Fictional Characters: The Maltese Falcon; (Sam Spade)
Other Characters: Todor Melak; Anthony North; Mr Fortas; Dr William Clayton; Sergeant Clarey; Inspector Dawes; (Algernon Mailey)
Date: January, 1902
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Woking; Briarbrae
Story: After deducing that Watson has been reading about spiritualism in the newspaper, Holmes is visited by Annie Harrison, now married to Percy Phelps. She tells him that a second naval treaty has been stolen. Members of the delegation from Valletta were staying at Briarbrae, one was found suffering from head wounds, and the treaty was missing from his room. She herself has been attacked by a man who says he has been sent by her brother Joseph. They travel to Briarbrae, where Holmes inquires into the sporting interests of those present, and sets Watson to guard the injured man, while he sets about recovering the treaty, and reveals the criminal's true intents.
|"Selden's Tale" (2006)
Included in: Ghosts in Baker Street (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type: Canonical Re-visioning narrated by Selden
Canonical Characters: Selden; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Mrs (Eliza) Barrymore; Sir Charles Baskerville; (John) Barrymore; Stapleton; Sherlock Holmes
Historical Figures: Arthur Conan Doyle
Other Characters: Henry Stallworth; Doctors; Orderly; Prison Guard
Locations: Dartmoor; South Africa; Hospital; Notting Hill; Dartmoor Prison; Stone Hut; Baskerville Hall; The Yew Alley
Story: In a letter to his sister, Mrs Barrymore, Selden tells of his service in South Africa, his injuries received there, a doctor in the hospital who held spiritualist beliefs, a strange visitation from an injured colleague, and the circumstances that led to him becoming the Notting Hill Murderer. He tells of his escape from prison, and his realisation about the true nature of the beast that haunts the moors.
|"The Seven Walnuts" (2009)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes In America (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type: Homage
Canonical Characters: (Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson)
Fictional Characters: (Lieutenant Murray)
Historical Figures: Dash Weiss; Harry Houdini; Cecilia Weiss; Bess Houdini
Other Characters: Gideon Patrell; Patrell's Troupe; Mr Grader; Snake Charmer; Mathilda Horn; Emma Henderson; Nigel Kendricks; Benjamin Zalor; Addison Tate; (Mrs Arthur; Tate's Mother)
Date: October - December, 1898
Locations: New York; East 69th Street; Seventh Avenue; 14th Street; Patrell's Wonder Emporium
Story: Sideshow entrepreneur Patrell arrives at Houdini's mother's apartment and slowly regurgitates six walnuts. He wants to hire Houdini as a magician, having been shot by the last one he employed, Tate. Houdini, a Holmes fan, decides to investigate the shooting. Tate had tried to persuade Patrell to give him the entire week's takings for an operation for his mother. Patrell, who didn't believe his mother was ill refused, so Tate shot him, although Patrell does not think he intended to. He has since disappeared with the money. Houdini, Bess and Dash join Patrell's troupe. Houdini questions the other performers, examines Tate's gun, and sends a letter to Holmes. The letter is returned unread, but it gives Dash the clue he needs to solve the case. Houdini gathers the troupe together to restage the shooting.