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"Wyllie Lochead - Detective" (1940)
Included in:
As It Might Have Been (Robert C.S. Adey)
Story Type:
Parody
Detective: Wyllie Lochead & Dr Smith
Fictional Characters: (The Little Yellow God; Mad Carew)
Other Characters: Mrs Barker; Mr Binks; (Smith's Partner; Maharajah of Katmandu; Timothy Thankerton; Titus Thankerton; Picture House Manager; Two Drunk Men; Witnesses; Glaister)
Locations: Lochead's Gibson Street Flat
Story: The murdered Dr Smith conveys a story through the ouija board: He is visiting Lochead when Binks, a lawyer, calls. Timothy Thankerton, the heir to the Thankerton Thousands, has dropped dead, drinking coffee, an hour before he was due to inherit. His recently released jailbird brother, Titus, was at the next table, and expressed satisfaction at his death. When the post mortem reveals he did not die of poisoning, Lochead makes a startling deduction.

Richard Bach

The Last War: Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed (2003)
Story Type:
Homage
Detective: Shamrock Ferret
Other Characters: Miss Ginger Ferret; Twelve Kits; Jimkin; Mikela; Hopper; Farmer Ferrets; French Artist Fieldmouse; Burrows Ferret; Miss Yvette; Museum Visitors; Avedoi Merek; Governors; Penguins; Maître d'; Waiter; Boat Captain; Nutmeg Ferret; Bergamot Ferret; Oliver Ferret; Photographer; Jillibar Ferret
(Shamrock's Mother; Shamrock's Father; Salesman; Stilton Ferret; Eliza)
Locations: Shamrock's Flat; A Mountain; Village Meeting Hall; The Museum of Ancient Times; Ferra; Merek's Rooms; Council Chamber; Ebon Mask Bookstore; The Highlands; Mustelania; Loch Stoat; Restaurant; The Starship Rainbow; Oliver's House
Story: Ferret detective, Miss Shamrock Ferret, ponders the cause of mysterious symbols appearing in cornfields. She is able to explain how the patterns are formed, but not what they mean. She gains an assistant, Burrows, and begins a search for a vase seen in a painting. Worldwide concern is expressed when the world's richest ferret risks his life to save a child's toy penguin from an avalanche. The vase is linked to the spaceship that first brought the ferrets to Earth. Shamrock witnesses the destruction of the ferret civilisation on the planet Ferra. Realising she is witnessing her people's past, she sets about saving the civilisation of both Ferra and Earth. In further visions she learns more of the war between ferrets that does not appear in the history books. An anonymous message takes Shamrock and Burrows to Loch Stoat, where on a diving expedition she learns the secret of the Loch and her own past.

Hilary Bailey

The Strange Adventures of Charlotte Holmes (1994)
Story Type:
Homage
Canonical Characters: Mary Morstan; Watson's Maid (Martha Jane); Mrs Hudson; Dr Watson; Mycroft Holmes; Inspector (Jules) Lestrade; Sherlock Holmes; (Stapleton; Sir Charles Baskerville; The Hound of the Baskervilles)
Historical Figures: Oscar Wilde; Lord Salisbury; George Bernard Shaw; Mrs Patrick Campbell; Queen Victoria; William Ewart Gladstone; (Jack the Ripper; Tsar of Russia; Polly Nichols; Annie Chapman; Liz Stride; Catherine Eddowes; Martha Tabram; Mary Kelly; Arthur Wing Pinero; Princess Alice; Edward VII; Duke of Clarence; Archbishop of Canterbury; Marcel Proust; Princess Mary of Teck; George V; Monster of Glamis)
Other Characters: Charlotte Holmes; Mrs Digby; Betsey Morpurgo; Colonel Justin; Emily Revere; Crown Prince Rudolph of Kravonia; Club Porter; Diogenes Servant; Parsifal Oblomov; Castle Guards; Servant Girl; Chancellor Ristorin; Princess Cunegonde; Princess Ulrica; Palace Boy; Servants; King Weland; Countess Seraphine; Footmen; Soldiers; Norvius Citizens; Blacksmith; Heinrich Krull; Prisoner; Coachman; Innkeeper; Jatyi Citizens; John Land / Prince Oscar; Oscar's Horsemen; Hansom Driver; Fortnum's Waitress; Constable; Lou Morpurgo; Ten Bells Customers; Mrs Wills; Flo Robinson; Young Man; Dirty Boy; Lady Henrietta de Servingholme; Oxford Mission Women; Whitechapel Residents; Flower & Dean Street Women; Albert Wilkinson; Maria Wilkinson; Stanley Wilkinson; Police Constable; Miss Cochrane; Empire Audience; Band; Violette Leduc / Nancy Flood; Stage Hands; Theatre Staff; Chorus Girls; Charlie McGinnis; O'Connor; Madame Ivy Costello; Mr Standish; Policemen; Brixton Traders; Barmaid; Bar Boy; Thomas Flood; Mary Flood; Dominic Flood; Rory Flood; Delivery Man; Charlotte's Breakfast Guests; Sidonie Liebowitz; Physician & Wife; Cordelia Johnson; The Great Marvo / Gustave Lebon; Geoffrey; Eddie; Dora; Duke of Wiltshire; Mrs Gregory; Liza; Lukie; Coachman; Scullery Hand; Male Prostitutes; Major-General Henry Fitzwaters; Shakespearean Actor; Dermot; Jack; Madame Mercury; George; Savoy Desk Clerk; Cabbie; St Paul's Verger; Domenico Gambini; Policemen; Reverend Michael Liversedge; Mrs Barlby; Thwaite's Customer; Mr Thwaite; Mrs Thwaite; Mary Thwaite; Captain Simmons; Henry Liversedge; Murray; Robertson; Moira MacGregor; Alexander; Glamis Guests; Queen's Messenger; Harvard Professor; Kravonian Composer; Lord Mortimer Thursby; House of Commons Policemen; Alexander's Nursemaid; Chelsea Constables; Standish; Mrs Fowles; Cab Driver; Len Morpurgo; Thomas Morpurgo; Mr Jameson; Old Chung; Chinese Crowd; Chinese Girl; Old Woman; Opium Smokers; Old Opium Den Chinese Woman; John Lee; Sailors; Chinese Woman; (Charlotte's Neighbours; Princess Ursula; Emily's Brother; Sir Arthur Grimmond; Sarah Smith; Robert Revere; Gypsy Friend; Grimmond's Business Partner; Lady Grimmond; Watson's Locums; Watson's Aunt; Charlotte's Librarian Friend; PC Bradshaw; Coal Merchant; Fishmonger; Jordan Crouch; Cryptographer; Club Members; Count & Countess of Holstein; Monster; Mr Pemberton-Jones; Innkeeper's Wife; Betsey's Father; Priory Maid; Ripper's Woman; Old Man; Red Paddy; Kitty; Cochrane; Mary's Washerwoman; Mr O'Bannion; Sir Patrick Hall; Wilkinson's Captain; First Mate; Crew Members; Charlotte's Charwoman; Milkman; Man of All Work; Lord Cholmondeley; Foreign Office Man; Buckingham Palace Footmen; Dave Albert; Giovanni; Gypsies; George Street Maids; Settle Policeman; False Constable; Gerald Thursby; Lady Alice Thursby; Thursby's Children; Alice's Father; Miners; Coroner; Lady Suzanna Thursby; Matthew Truscott; Coroner; Harry Bell; Sir Arnold Roper; Polly Fowles; Mr Richmond; Polly's Friends; Thursby's Servants; Club Porter; Constantina von Helle; Richmond's Brother-in-Law; Harold Chung)
Date: ? / 1888 - 1891 / June? - August, ?
Locations: Chelsea; 11, Tuesday Street; 221B, Baker Street; Watson's Club; Diogenes Club; Battersea; Watson's Home; Kravonia; Norvius; Castle Norvius; Forest; Ersting; Jatyi; Church; Fortnum & Mason; Spitalfields; The Ten Bells; The Priory, Balham; Whitechapel; Oxford University Women's Mission; 55, Flower & Dean (or Flower & Hand) Street; Russian Tearooms; Gravesend; The Hackney Empire; Brixton Market; Public House; Buckingham Palace; Mayfair; Grosvenor Square; George Street; Male Brothel; The Strand; Savoy Hotel; St Paul's Cathedral; Scotland Yard; Inn; Yorkshire; Settle; Vicarage; Thwaite's Bakery; Scotland; Glamis Castle; House of Commons; Kilburn; Limehouse; Grimshaw's Wharf; Lee's Warehouse
Story: Holmes's sister, Charlotte, during a visit from Mary Watson, is called upon by Colonel Justin with a gift from Prince Rudolph of Kravonia and an invitation to a ball. She is then visited by Emily, Mrs Hudson's grand-niece, whose brother has been charged with murder. A trip to the dead man's house solves the case.

The following day, Mary discovers that Rudolph has spent the night at Charlotte's house, and some days later Charlotte travels to Kravonia. While she is gone, Holmes suffers a breakdown. Mary and Watson get Mycroft to decode Charlotte's letters to Holmes: Arriving in Kravonia, Charlotte learns from Ristorin that Russian troops are massing along its borders, and of the events, including a monster in the palace, that led to the cancelation of Rudolph's wedding to Ursula of Holstein. Meanwhile an Anarchist bomb explodes in the city, Charlotte poses as governess to two evil young princesses, the King's sister-in-law acts increasingly suspiciously, and strange noises are heard from the dungeons. Charlotte resolves to avoid "the Bad Thing" and seek out Land, leader of the Kravonian People's League in the bandit-infested region of Ersting. On her arrival back in England she tells of her exploration of the dungeons, and her journey to Ersting.

Lestrade sends Charlotte evidence from the murder of Annie Chapman to analyse, and together they visit the East End. After Mary Kelly's murder, Charlotte receives an anonymous message which, despite Holmes forbidding her from going to Whitechapel, leads her to a Flower and Dean Street lodging house, accompanied by her friend, Lady Henrietta. Their quest leads to Gravesend, and from there to the Ripper's downfall.

Charlotte leaves London and travels the world, returning two years later. Attending the Music Hall with Lestrade, she witnesses the shooting of the "Little Cockney Nightingale". Holmes goes to France in search of a missing magician who may be connected to the crime. Charlotte comes up with a solution. The man arrested as the Ripper escapes from jail along with the dead woman's Fenian brother, and Charlotte hosts a fashionable party. She tells the Watsons that she believes the wrong man was arrested for the Ripper murders, and of her involvement in the jail break.

A new cook wreaks havoc in Charlotte's household, while Charlotte is called to Buckingham Palace. Mary finds herself working as a servant in a male brothel, assisting in a case of national importance. Although Charlotte is unable to tell Mary exactly what it concerns, she is looking for a missing clergyman's son. After being fired by the brothel-keeper, Madame Mercury, Charlotte visits the boy's father in Yorkshire, who is threatening a lawsuit against the Duke of Clarence. The case would be a threat to some of the highest of the land. Charlotte and Lestrade eventually locate the boy. Mary goes to Glamis Castle and devises a game to discover the hiding place of the Monster of Glamis and another prisoner.

Mary is expecting a baby, and Charlotte is investigating the murder of Lord Thursby, an investigation which Holmes takes over. It is revealed that Charlotte has secretly married Rudolph and that they have a son, Alexander, who is later abducted. With Charlotte bedridden, Holmes vanished, and Lestrade taken off the case, Mary takes it upon herself to carry out investigations which solve both the murder and the abduction, and exacts her own form of justice.

Sir Arthur Cannon Ball

"Hurlock Shoams - One of His Adventures" (1905)
Also published as "Sherlock in Oklahoma!"
Included in:
A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press)
Story Type:
Parody
Detectives: Hurlock Shoams & Dr Squatson
Characters Based on Historical Figures: (Sir Arthur Cannon Ball)
Other Characters: Cortwright; Cortwright's Son; (Mrs Cortwright)
Locations: Beaker Street; Shoams's Rooms; Cortwright's House
Story: Shoams is visited by Cortwright, a manufacturer. A pink-ribbon-tied cigar has gone missing from a box of six given to him as a present by his wife, to be followed that morning by the disappearance of another. At Cortwright's house, Shoames discovers a half-smoked clue, and returns that evening with Squatson, in disguise to unmask the culprit.

NOTE: Although Charles Press has titled this "Sherlock in Oklahoma!", it having originally appeared in Sturm's Oklahoma Magazine, there is no internal evidence in the story to indicate in which state, or indeed which country, the story is set.

Brian Ball

"The Case of the Captive Clairvoyant" (1983)
Included in:
The Baker Street Boys (Brian Ball)
Story Type:
Children's Story / Extra-Canonical Adventure of the Baker Street Irregulars. Narrated by Stanley Hopkins. (Based on the TV series The Baker Street Boys)
Canonical Characters: Stanley Hopkins; The Baker Street Irregulars (Sparrow; Rosie; Queenie; Beaver; Shiner); Wiggins; Inspector Lestrade; Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Other Characters: Mr Trump; Bert; Madame Pompadour; Mary Ashley; The Amazing Marvin; Gorgeous Gertie; Stage-hands; Audience; Man with Note; Signor Maccarelli; Constables; Thug; O'Neill
Locations: Trump's Music Hall; Irregulars' Derelict House Home; Kidnappers' Hideout
Story: Sparrow befriends Mary Ashley the assistant and stepdaughter of the magician, Marvin. She tells him that she hates her stepfather, and Sparrow sees him hypnotising her. The Irregulars help Mary escape from the theatre, and Queenie takes over her job with Marvin. After reacting strangely to a note from an audience member, Marvin is murdered and Queenie abducted. Lestrade and Hopkins are called to investigate. Wiggins finds the paper handed to Marvin, which has a single spot of blood on it. O'Neill, a Pinkerton's agent tells the Irregulars that he's been on to Marvin, a member of the Iron Fist Gang, for some time. They realise that Mary holds the key to Marvin's stashed loot, and decide to use her as bait to draw out Queenie's abductors. Wiggins performs a mind-reading act, and Holmes and Watson arrive just in time to save the day.

NOTE: A version of the same story has been novelised by Anthony Read, from his screenplay for the BBC TV series The Baker Street Boys.

"The Case of the Disappearing Despatch Case" (1983)
Included in:
The Baker Street Boys (Brian Ball)
Story Type:
Children's Story / Extra-Canonical Adventure of the Baker Street Irregulars. Narrated by Stanley Hopkins. (Based on the TV series The Baker Street Boys)
Canonical Characters: Stanley Hopkins; The Baker Street Irregulars (Sparrow; Rosie; Queenie; Beaver; Shiner); Dr Watson; Inspector Lestrade; Wiggins; Mrs Hudson; (Sherlock Holmes)
Other Characters: Sir Alfred Connyngham; Big Red-Bearded Bloke; Old Woman; Mr Merriman; PC Boot; Carpet-bag Man; Bert; The Great Orlov; Bukovsky; Constable; Park Lane Constables; Euston Ticket-Clerk; Newgate Porter; Yates; Roberts; Freddie Connyngham; Railway Workmen; Foreign Ministers; Senior Policemen; Politicians; Archduke Alexander of Rosnia
(Chambermaid; Under-Butler)
Date: Midwinter
Locations: Merriman's Tobacconist; Irregulars' Derelict House Home; Alhambra Music Hall; Orlov's House; 41, Park Lane; The Wheatsheaf; Euston Station; Hertfordshire; Newgate Village; The Chimneys; Railway Bridge; Dover
Story: The Irregulars help an old woman being attacked by a thug outside Merriman's tobacconist. Sir Alfred Conyngham comes to their aid and is injured in the fight. Afterwards Sir Alfred discovers that his despatch case is missing. Watson is called to tend to the injured. The old lady disappears and Lestrade arrives. The Irregulars return to the shop to find Merriman dying. Sparrow follows up a clue at the Alhambra Music Hall. He solves the mystery, but finds himself trapped in a cupboard. Before he is rescued he hears of a plot to blow up an Archduke. When Lestrade doesn't believe them, the Irregulars are summoned to Baker Street. Holmes, who has been poisoned by Moriarty and is recuperating in Switzerland, has sent a telegram urging them to follow up their clues. Wiggins and Sparrow take a trip out to Sir Alfred's country home to save the Archduke with the aid of Sir Alfred's son Freddie, finding themselves in a railway shoot-out with the anarchists.

John Ball

"The Case of the Elderly Actor" (1959)
Included in:
Baker Street Journal, October 1959
Story Type:
Homage
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Other Characters: Teddy Fairchild; Ed Grant; Sherlock Holmes Society Members; Train Conductor; Baggageman; Re-write Man; Roger Fry
Locations: New York; London; Eastbourne; The Sussex Downs; Holmes's Sussex Villa
Story: Reporter Fairchild, is sent to England to stage an interview in Sussex with an actor hired to play Holmes, as part of a gag arranged with the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. He travels to Eastbourne, where he is directed to Holmes's cottage, and interviews the old man he finds there, who presents him with a copy of his book on beekeeping. When he returns to New York he is admonished by his publisher for failing to turn up for the interview that had been arranged. The question is raised of just who it was, then, that he did interview.

"The Ripe Moment" (1968)
Included in:
Baker Street Journal, September 1968
Story Type:
Extracanonical Adventure of James Phillimore
Canonical Characters: James Phillimore
Other Characters: Narrator; Jerry; Yamaguchi; Jerry's Assistants
Locations: Jerry's Lab
Story: At their lab in the desert, Jerry and the narrator discuss the moral implications of scientific advance. Jerry reveals that he is working on a time machine that is able to bring living things from the past to the present. After several attempts to demonstrate the machine, Jerry causes a very angry James Phillimore to appear.

H.H. Ballard

"Sherlock Holmes' Daughter" (1905)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches II: 1905-1909 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; (Dr Watson)
Historical Figures: (Alfonso XIII)
Other Characters: Narrator; Dr 'Billy' Brown; Thomas Vanderpool; Elsie Venner. Holmes; Passengers; Sergeant Bateson; (Dr Bancroft; Ship's Purser; Vanderpool's Fiancée; Vanderpool's Father; Anarchist)
Date: August-September, 1893
Locations: USA; The Mediterranean; Aboard the Normannia; Spain, Barcelona; Palace
Story: At
a tenth anniversary reunion of old school-friends, banker Vanderpool tells of his encounter with Sherlock Holmes's daughter.

Having originally trained as a doctor, and sidelining in archaeology, Vanderpool is sailing back from Greece, when he is approached by Elsie V. Holmes, in disguise, who asks him for help with her father, whom Vanderpool finds lying in a stupor in their cabin. The following day, she asks Vanderpool to take her away from her father. Some weeks later, Vanderpool receives an explanatory letter from Watson.

John Kendrick Bangs

Deanna Baran

"The Case of the Vanishing Stars" (2015)
Included in:
The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part I: 1881-1889 (David Marcum)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Other Characters: Mrs Hughes; Bill's Waiters; Bill's Customers; Violinists; Pianist; Vocalist; Juggler; Cabmen; American Comedian; Scotsmanl Forward Woman; One-Legged Dancer; Aoede Patrons; Mr Munby; Aoede Waiters; Wall-Paperers; (Jimmy Hughes; Acrobat; Conjuror; Prowlers; Dog Act; Drapers; Gasfitters; Mr Jacobs; Unknown Admirer; William Ferguson; Philip Tull; James Gray; Sevastyanov; Barzotti Brothers; Henry Jones; Tull's Colleagues; Jewelers; German Sheet Music Seller)
Date: Early December, 1885
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Mile End; Bill's Cyder Cellar; The Aoede
Story: Holmes is called on by Mrs Hughes, owner of a Music Hall in Mile End.
Since she turned down a bid to buy her premises, she has received three proposals of marriage, disrupted performances, the arrival of unexpected tradesmen, and now the the entire cast of her Christmas pantomime has disappeared.

Don W. Baranowski

Sherlock Holmes The Adventure of the Frankenstein Monster (2006)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; King of Bohemia; Mrs Hudson; Inspector Lestrade; (Mary Morstan; Irene Adler; Billy)
Fictional Characters: Victor Frankenstein; The Frankenstein Monster; Henry Clerval; Elizabeth Lavenza; Magistrate; Justine Moritz; Baron Alphonse Frankenstein; (M. Waldman; William Frankenstein; Cemetery Caretaker)
Historical Figures: (Mary Shelley)
Other Characters: Cabbies; Jailer; Jail Woman; Rosenlaui Innkeeper; Fitzhugh Jeffreys; Fishing Boat Crew; Dover Magistrate; Wedding Guests; Frankenstein Maid; Pembroke Maid; Duty Watch Mate; Captain; (Burgomaster; Constable; Townspeople; Dover Inn Desk Clerk; Frankenstein Servants)
Date: Immediately after SCAN
Locations: Castle Frankenstein; 221B, Baker Street; Strasburg; Switzerland; Geneva; Magistrate's House; Jail; Riverbank; Inn; Rosenlaui; Reichenbach Falls; The Alps; A Glacier; The Monster's Cave; Germany; Belgium; Brussels; France; Croydon; Tower; Hastings; English Channel; Small Town Outside Brighton; Telegraph Office; Dover; Courthouse; Pembroke; Lavenza Mansion; A Ship
Story: An old dictionary discovered in an attic is found to contain a Watsonian manuscript along with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein manuscript.

Frankenstein creates his monster. At the end of the Irene Adler case, Holmes and Watson are stopped in the street by Clerval. He has come to consult with Watson, concerned about Frankenstein's health. Some weeks later he arrives back at Baker Street, this time with Frankenstein, in a state of terror. Frankenstein's young brother, William, has been killed, and he is talking about a monster being responsible. Holmes has already visited the castle and seen the body. When a servant is charged with murder and Frankenstein has a further relapse, Holmes and Watson travel to Geneva. As they near the castle, Watson sees a tall figure in the trees. While Holmes examines the river bank where the body was found and encounters the monster, Watson visits Justine in prison. After a lynch mob hangs Justine, Holmes returns to London, leaving Watson in Geneva. When he returns, he, Watson and Frankenstein pay a visit to the Reichenbach Falls and travel on into the Alps.

They encounter the monster again, and it orders Frankenstein to create a mate for it. They return to London and find a deserted tower-like building for Frankenstein to begin his work in. Lestrade arrives with news of a series of grave robberies. Holmes and Watson go to the tower and witness the results of his work, and Holmes assists Frankenstein in covering up the events of the night, but Holmes finds himself adrift in the English Channel without a boat. He summons Baron Alphonse and Elizabeth to Baker Street, and they arrive with news that Clerval has been murdered. Frankenstein and Elizabeth are married, and a plan is made to lure the monster into a trap when they reach their final honeymoon destination in Pembroke, but more deaths ensue, and they pursue the monster back into the Alps, where, on an ice-locked ship, Holmes and Watson are left to deal with the monster alone.

Maurice Baring

"From the Diary of Sherlock Holmes" (1911)
Included in:
A Sherlock Holmes Compendium (Peter Haining); Seventeen Steps to 221B (James Edward Holroyd); The Game Is Afoot (Marvin Kaye); The Misadventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Sebastian Wolfe)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Inspector Lestrade; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Turner
Other Characters: Lady Dorothy Smith; Client; Bill
Date: January
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Eaton Square
Story: Holmes's diary tells of the case of Lady Dorothy's stolen ring, which was recovered by Lestrade despite Holmes's seemingly accurate deductions; of an incident where his deductions went astray because his client was wearing someone else's clothes; and of Mrs. Turner's nephew, Bill's part in the appearance of a carbuncle in the Christmas pudding.

David Barnett

"Woman's Work" (2013)
Included in:
Encounters of Sherlock Holmes (George Mann)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Mrs Hudson / Martha; Inspector Lestrade; Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Baker Street Irregular
Other Characters: Herbert; Highfield's Shop Assistant; White Horse Clerk; Eliza Ramsbottom; George Morris; Lady Morris; (Melvin Jacobs; Lord Morris of Fife)
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Billingsgate Market; Covent Garden; Highfield's; White Horse Transport & Travel Offices; Mayfair; Lady Morris's Townhouse
Story: Martha Hudson is attending to her scrapbook when Lestrade arrives with a dead fish stuffed with jewels. Mrs Hudson remembers a news story about the theft of Lady Morris's jewels in Paris. After putting the information in Holmes's way, she goes to Billingsgate Market and Covent Garden to inquire into the origins of the fish, and checks Lady Morris's travel manifest. After passing the information along, she visits her friend Eliza, who works for Lady Morris, and the truth is revealed. Watson writes a fictionalised version of the story for the Strand.

Joseph Baron

"The Man who "Bested" Sherlock Holmes" (1894)
Included in: My Evening with Sherlock Holmes (John Gibson & Richard Green); Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Other Characters: Narrator; Anderson; Dog-cart Driver; Anderson's Servant; Captain J.H. McDonald; Poll the Parrot; General Servant; (Mrs McDonald; Kate McDonald; Cook)
Date: July 5th, 1892
Locations: Anderson's Rooms; Luton Square; McDonald's House
Story: After an argument about whether Sherlock Holmes's name will go down in posterity, private detective Anderson tells his friend how he received a summons to investigate a burglary at the Luton Square home of retired army officer J.H. McDonald. He arrives to find Holmes has also been hired to investigate the theft, of a jewelled brooch. The investigation is accompanied by an ongoing commentary from McDonald's pet parrot.

Robert Barr

"The Great Pegram Mystery" (1892)
Included in:
I Believe in Sherlock Holmes (Douglas G. Greene); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler); Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel); A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press); The Misadventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Ellery Queen)
Story Type:
Parody
Detectives: Sherlaw Kombs & Dr. Whatson
Story: Kombs & Whatson are called upon by Wilber Scribbings of the Evening Blade, to investigate the death of Mr. Barrie Kipson, found shot through the head in a first-class compartment of the Scotch Express. Kombs' solution is radically different from that ultimately arrived at by Scotland Yard.

Note: Scotland Yard is represented by Gregory in this story, originally published in The Idler in May 1892. The canonical Gregory did not appear (in "Silver Blaze") in the Strand until December of the same year. It is interesting to note, however, that Doyle was a contributor to The Idler at this time, and on friendly terms with Barr.

See also: Luke Sharp

Kevin David Barratt

"The Haunting of Sherlock Holmes" (2015)
Included in:
The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part I: 1881-1889 (David Marcum)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; Watson's Brother; (Inspector Lestrade; Helen Stoner; Grimesby Roylott)
Other Characters: Pawnbroker; Watson's Sister-in-law; Shopkeepers; Passers-by; Carol Singers
Date: October - December 25th, 1883
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Scotland
Story: Watson receives a letter from his sister-in-law in Scotland, saying that his brother is in poor health.
A letter from Mrs Hudson, detailing strange behaviour on the part of Holmes draws him back to London, where he finds Holmes reduced to a state of terror, believing that he is being haunted by the ghost of Grimesby Roylott.

Tracy Barrett

The 100-Year-Old Secret (2008)
Story Type: Homage
Canonical Characters: (Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson)
Other Characters: Xander Holmes; Xena Holmes; Honeymooners; Gardener; Ballet Dancer; Doormen; Dancing Men Patrons; Dancing Men Waitress; Leroy Brown; Mary Watson; Andrew Watson; Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives; Mr Batheson; Mrs Holmes; Bus Driver; Gallery Patrons; Gallery Attendant; V&A Guide; Mr Holmes; Mansion Guide; Tea Shop Waitress; Woman in Churchyard; Church Caretaker; Emily Emerson; School Students; Headmaster; Spanish Teacher; Coach Craig; Simon; Soccer Players; Zafir; Café Waitress; Fat Man; Mary Selden; Mr Georgescu; Sarah; Annie; Woman with Tattoos; Man with Piercings; Exhibition Opening Guests; Jack Batheson; Worthington Students; School Custodian; Mr Nolan; Fraser; Worthington Headmaster; V&A Guard; Louis Fontaine; (Nigel Batheson; Marguerite Sawyer Batheson; Abner Batheson; Cedric Batheson; Robert Batheson; Cyril Batheson; Sophie Batheson; Nigel Batheson (II); Miss Bailey; Beggar Boy)
Date: Early 21st Century
Locations: Dulcey Hotel; The Dancing Men Pub; Gallery; Victoria & Albert Museum; Hertfordshire; Taynesbury; Henry VIII's Mansion; Tea Shop; Church of St Freda; Lilac Lane; The Willows; International School; Café; Annie's Gallery; Library; Worthington School; South Kensington
Story: Xena and Xander Holmes have moved from America to London. While playing their game of guessing information about passers-by, they are given a message written in disappearing ink. They follow its instructions and find themselves amongst the members of the Society for the Preservation of Great Detectives, and learn that they are the great-great-great grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes. They are given a book containing records of Holmes's unsolved cases.

Realising that one of the cases relates to a painting by an artist, Nigel Batheson, who is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, they decide to try to pick up the investigation and find the missing painting Girl in a Purple Hat. Visiting a gallery that has Batheson sketches, Xander sees a girl in a purple hat like that in the painting. Their mother takes them to Batheson's home village, Taynesbury, but they are lumbered with the company of Watson's great-great-great grandson, Andrew.

From clues in the churchyard, they trace Mrs Emerson, a descendant of Batheson, but learn little from her. Xander sees the girl in the purple hat again, and when the children follow her, she leads them to a room full of copies of the painting. After Xander has deduced who the original model was, the trail leads swiftly to the missing painting.

The Beast of Backslope (2009)
Story Type: Homage
Canonical Characters: (Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson)
Other Characters: Xander Holmes; Xena Holmes; City Boy; Mr Holmes; Adeline "Lina" Roberts; Mrs Holmes; Nigel Roberts; Emma; Katy; Woman; Sheep Farmer; Librarian; Harold Tuttle; Bookshop Customer; Trevor; Shepherd; Post Office Clerk; Mr Whittaker; Ian Backslope; Auction Preview Viewers; Ian's Mother; Middle-Aged Women; Chemist's Shop Assistant; Boy with Spiked Hair; Young Couple; Man with Flyer; Woman with Stroller; Mayor; Whittaker's Crowd; Tourist; Tourist Agency Man; George Backslope, Lord Chimington; Waitress; Andrew Watson; Maggie; Cameraman; Susan; Derek; Technician; Head of Film School
(The Hendersons; Lord Chimington; Chimington's Cook; Cousin Kelly; Old Fred; Lady Chimington; Flower Show Visitors; James Daniels; Adeline Daniels; Farmers; Young Man; Doctor; Philip Backslope; Gilder; Joseph; Lady Periwinkle, Circus People)
Date: Autumn Break, Early 21st Century; Library
Locations: Backslope; Town Square; Park; Bed and Breakfast; Tuttle's Antiquarian Books; Druidic Temple Ruins; Woods; Stationers; Post Office; Backslope Manor; General Store; Chemist's Shop; Ruined Castle; Restaurant; Café
Story: Xena and Xander are on vacation in the village of Backslope, when they hear a strange howling noise. Xander remembers a case in Sherlock Holmes's notebook concerning the Beast of Backslope. Holmes was called to Backslope by Lord Chimington to investigate a strange creature, but never discovered what it was. When they try to investigate at the local library they discover that the local newspapers from the time of Holmes's investigation have disappeared.

They learn from Mr Tuttle, the bookseller, that the Beast's first appearance was linked to the disappearance of Adeline, the cook at Backslope Manor, who had claimed that her husband James had put a curse on her. Xena sees the Beast in the garden, and they meet Ian, the son of the Lord of the Manor, whom they beleve is trying to put them off the scent.

Sir James M. Barrie

"The Adventure of the Two Collaborators" (1893 (first published 1923))
Included in: The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle - Oxford Edition); The Adventure of the Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes (Loren D. Estleman); The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes (Richard Lancelyn Green); Murder In Baker Street (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower); The Final Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Peter Haining); A Sherlock Holmes Compendium (Peter Haining); The Game Is Afoot (Marvin Kaye); Imitations Of Immortality (E.O. Parrott); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler); Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel); A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press); The Misadventures Of Sherlock Holmes (Ellery Queen); Sherlock Holmes: My Life (Lawrence R. Spencer); Sherlock Holmes: The Published Apocrypha (Jack Tracy)
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: James M. Barrie; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Date: 1893
Locations: 221B, Baker Street
Story: Holmes deduces that two men Watson has seen walking along Baker Street are collaborators on an unsuccessful comic opera. The two men (Doyle & Barrie) have come to Holmes's rooms to find out why their comic opera is not a success. Holmes refuses, despite threats, to go to see the show, a decision which ultimately leads to his disappearance in a cloud of smoke.

"My Evening with Sherlock Holmes" (1891)
also published as "An Evening with Sherlock Holmes"
Included in: My Evening with Sherlock Holmes (John Gibson & Richard Green); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler); A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press); Sherlock Holmes Victorian Parodies and Pastiches: 1888-1899 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes
Historical Figures: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Other Characters: Mr Anon; (Italian Restaurant Waiter; Restaurant Customer; Hairdresser; Banker)
Date: Thursday, 1891
Locations: Doyle's House
Story: Mr Anon persuades Conan Doyle to invite him to dinner at his house to meet Sherlock Holmes, and annoys Holmes with his deductions, and his indifference to Holmes's own.

Dr. Hill Barton

"The Adventure of the Brimstone Chalice" (1959)
Included in: The Baker Street Journal Christmas Annual 1959
Story Type: Homage
Canonical Characters: Professor Moriarty; Ricoletti's Abominable Wife; Morgan; Colonel James Barclay; Charles Augustus Milverton; Enoch Drebber; Jack McGinty; Culverton Smith; John Clay; Grimesby Roylott; Jack Stapleton
Folkloric Characters: Lucifer
Other Characters: Morgan's Secretary
Date: April, 1891
Locations: Enterprises Ltd. Headquarters (Hell)
Story: Moriarty returns to headquarters having failed, at Reichenbach, in a mission, for the first time in over fifty centuries. Morgan takes him to the Chief for punishment. As he waits, he recalls his achievements over the centuries. Finally he comes before the chief and the board. He tells of other plans to conquer Holmes, but is forced to drink from the brimstone chalice for his failure and insubordination, or to develop his E=mc2 formula in such a way as to ensure the mass destruction of humanity. Moriarty thinks over his duel with Holmes and makes his choice.

William Barton & Michael Capobianco

"The Adventure of the Russian Grave" (1995)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (Mike Resnick & Martin H. Greenberg)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Watson; (Sebastian Moran; Professor Moriarty; Mycroft Holmes)
Other Characters: Nadya Filipovna Dolgoruky; Prince Vorontsov; Vassily; Borya; Gortov; Tengiz; (Nikolai Dolgoruky; Nadya's Father)
Date: May, 1908
Locations: Watson's Home; Holmes's Sussex Villa; Belgravia; Russia; Siberia; Krasnoyarsk; Aksenovo; Tunguska
Story: Nadia Dolgoruky tells Holmes of her family's history, and the amassed wealth hidden by her great-great-grandfather in Siberia. She also tells him of her father's involvement with Moran & Moriarty. She has received a much delayed letter from him, along with a ring, on which are coded directions to the treasure. Holmes and Watson travel to Russia, and then by train, boat and on horseback into the Siberian hinterland, only to find that they have fallen victim to a posthumous plot by Moriarty, founded on his Dynamics of an Asteroid, that could lead to their destruction in Tunguska.

Jacques Barzun

"Prolegomena to Dr Watson's Ninth Marriage" (1955)
Included in: The Baker Street Journal, January 1955
Story Type: Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Professor Moriarty; Mrs Watson
Historical Figures: (John Maynard Keynes)
Other Characters: Giovanni Antipasto; Alla Breve Customers; Young Lady; Ray Umberto; (Antipasto's Father; Greengrocer; Signor Morteanoi)
Date: Shortly before Holmes's Retirement
Locations: Soho; Alla Breve Restaurant
Story: Antipasto, head-waiter at the Alla Breve restaurant in Soho, observes Watson dining with a young lady. Holmes arrives to join them. Watson asks Holmes to deduce whether the young lady would be a suitable ninth Mrs Watson.

Dana Martin Batory

"The Captive Bride" (1984)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: Peter Kirk
Other Characters: Hextor; Gunnar Magnusson; Tritosians; American's Palace Clientele; Hornblende; Blainville; Professor Gray Wood; Mrs. Magnusson; Magnusson's Son; (Doctors; Sragis)
Locations: Memory Alpha; The Magnetic Lady; Gunnar's Planet; Starwound House; The American's Palace; Magnusson Crater
Story: Kirk's nephew, Peter, calls on Holmes. He believes that Magnusson, his employer is keeping his new young wife a prisoner in a tower. A number of doctors have been called to tend to the illness he claims she is suffering from, but have been sent away as soon as they arrive at the door. A botanist, who turned his face away, so that Peter could not see it, arrived and was taken out to Cenotaph Island, which Magnusson has now proclaimed out of bounds. He has since been making weekly trips to the island and returning with bulky black plastic bags. Holmes and Watson visit Gunnar's Planet posing as archaeologists and hear tales of monsters from the locals. Holmes begins to understand what is happening when he sees the plants that are growing on the island. But Magnusson's reaction when he learns Watson's true identity is completely unexpected.

"The Chalice of Skorr" (1985)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; (Professor Moriarty)
Fictional Characters: Captain Joshua Thales; Martin Todd; Worshippers; Half-Lama Hydatis; Monk-Guards; Monks; Trypanon; (Soran; High Lama Cestos)
Other Characters:
Locations: U.S.S. Mensa; Ornis;
Story: After telling Watson that Moriarty has entered a partnership with the renegade Vulcan Soran, Holmes is visited by gemmologist, Todd, who wishes him to recover a stolen chalice, the theft of which could lead to an interplanetary holy war. The ship that Holmes is travelling home on is diverted to the planet Skorr so that he may investigate. After witnessing the daily temple rituals, and the squalor outside, Holmes is able to recover the chalice, but has his own reasons for not bringing the thief to justice.
"The Color of Death" (1983)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: Samuel T. Cogley
Other Characters: Theatre Crowd; Patrolman Legolas; Inspector Irene Von Buch; Professor Ray Goldfuss; Sebastian Burtin; Brian Fischer; Bruce Burtin
Locations: Epsilon Canaris III; Cyanos Acron
Story: Holmes and Watson are intercepted leaving the theatre, and taken to Von Buch to assist in investigating the murder of antiquities professor Goldfuss, found dead in his study by his nephews. After searching through the books lying around the room, Holmes is unable to reach a solution. He is later approached by Cogley to defend Sebastian Burtin, the dead man's nephew who has been charged with the murder. A set of broken corrective lenses and a staged stumble lead to the truth about the murder.
"Everything Comes in Circles" (1980)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; (Professor Moriarty)
Fictional Characters: Commodore Stone; Dr. Leonard McCoy; Captain James T. Kirk; Mr. Spock; Montgomery "Scotty" Scott; Mira Romaine
Other Characters: Construction Workers; Scholars; Sir Meion; Lieutenant Sigars; Security Men; Senoj; Zetetic Thief
Locations: Starbase 11; U.S.S. Enterprise; Memory Alpha
Story: Stone sends Holmes and Watson, aboard the Enterprise, to Memory Alpha, the library planet, where they can carry out the research they need to work effectively in the future. A book, on loan from the Tellarites is stolen by a Zetetic, and Holmes uses Watson's newly acquired knowledge of Zetetic anatomy to trace the thief. He detects the hand of Moriarty in the theft.
"The Fairy Thieves" (1991)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters:
Other Characters: Julia Orrey; Jeff Llewellyn; Felix Munster; Jacob Prevost; Baron James Hornfels; George Karst; Professor Albert Von Bergstrom; Edward Buckland
Locations: Memory Alpha; Lincoln III; John Deere
Story: Orrey, a chemist, tells Holmes that a ring has been stolen from her country home by a fairy. Holmes learns that there have been a series of similar thefts from the planet's main city, and when the disappearance of a tank full of fish is reported, he begins to see the method behind the thefts. He and Watson go undercover as diplomat art collectors to trap the thief and its trainer.
"The Interrupted Game" (1991)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: Cyrano Jones
Other Characters: Captain Anne Boue; Boue's Crew; Tarmin; Henry Tarboy; Dnaa; Jason Broderip; Emys Blandingi; Beala; Vopoulos; Bok; Hotel Staff; Maintenance Man
Locations: The Robert E. Lee; Tark's Asteroid, The Argentum Hotel
Story: To avoid an ion storm, Holmes and Watson's ship puts in at a newly-built hotel carved into the rock of an asteroid. There, Boue, the captain, recognises a ship belonging to the "worst gang of 'businessmen' in the Federation". The concierge discovers three dead poker players, the 'businessmen', and asks Holmes to investigate. One of the dead men is clutching a jack of diamonds. All the hotel guests seem to have reasons for wishing the men dead, and Holmes has to think in base eight to solve the murder, the roots of which lie in planetary pollution.
"The Mechanical Pup " (1984)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; (Mrs. Hudson Robot)
Other Characters: Jules Bakewell; Spot; (August Bakewell)
Locations: Memory Alpha
Story: Bakewell calls on Holmes to rid him of the family curse, a robot dog programmed to follow and haunt him with its howling by his uncle who had never forgiven him for his criticism of his acting abilities. When the dog follows Bakewell to Holmes's rooms, Holmes's Shakespearean knowledge enables him to deduce the words that will shut the dog down.
"A Nostalgic Country of the Mind" (1978)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Professor Moriarty; Sherlock Holmes; (Dr. Watson)
Fictional Characters: Captain James T. Kirk; Mr. Spock; Pavel Chekov; Commodore Stone; Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Other Characters: Ensign Robert Peel; Captain Doug Synder; Cameron Timor; Jeff Stewart; Miss Stark; Security officer; (Amusement Planet Caretaker; Claudia)
Date: Stardate 4136.4
Locations: U.S.S. Enterprise; Starbase 11; (The Amusement Park Planet)
Story: A robot replica of Moriarty is created from Peel's imagination on the Amusement Park Planet. It obtains a Starfleet computer manual, steals Peel's phaser, and launches an intergalactic criminal empire. Spock constructs a robotic Holmes and Watson to track it down.
"A One Pipe Problem" (1983)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Other Characters: Raymond Lyell; Harvey (Security Guard; Bill Brown; Dave Ridilla; Janx Greene)
Locations: Memory Alpha
Story: A pair of gem miners force their way into Holmes's rooms and ask him to investigate the theft of the entire haul of gems from their mine. Their chief suspect has a cast-iron alibi - he was at a party, attended by many leading citizens and recorded. Holmes sets out to prove that the man at the party was an android double.
"Quadrumvirate" (1980)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy
Other Characters: Matthew Dieffenbach; Professor John Dieffenbach; Site Workers; No-Grav Driver; Android Butler; Karl Charpentier; (Antony Brocchi; Thomas Studer; Terry Hugi)
Locations: Memory Alpha; Dieffenbach's Supply Ship; M-113; Centauri VII
Story: Matthew Dieffenbach consults Holmes at his new quarters on Memory Alpha. His archaeologist father has received a blackmail letter accusing him of plagiarism. They travel to the professor's base camp, but find him dead, his book beside him. After studying the surrounding terrain, Holmes returns to Memory Alpha to contact the professor's closest friends. He learns that three of them have died in the last few days. The cause seems to go back to their service together in the Dome Wars. A computer search leads Holmes to his most likely suspect on Centauri VII, where Watson runs into McCoy, while a disguised Holmes is carrying out enquiries.
"Watson Comes Through" (1987)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Dr. Watson; Sherlock Holmes
Other Characters: Captain King Cole; First Mate; Mr. H. the Borogrovian; Oliver Shaw; Vernon Hibbert; Crewman; Dick Rosenmuller; Arthur Beaumont; William Geoffroy; Memory Alpha
Locations: U.S.S. Mithril; Delving; The Freighter Polestar
Story: Watson is returning home when his ship has to put in for repairs at a mining colony on an otherwise uninhabited moon. When a survey leader's ship crashes, Watson is taken out to view the body. Watson reallises that the man has been murdered, and begins to look for his murderer.
"Xenolith" (1980)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; (Mrs. Hudson Robot)
Other Characters: Brevis; Alan Clift; Inspector Omalius; Inspector Konig; Guards
Locations: Memory Alpha; Stratos City
Story: When an historic statue is stolen from the studio of the artist responsible for making a copy of it, Holmes is taken to the floating Stratos City to investigate. A close examination of the studio and his knowledge of human ears allow him to discover the statue's fate.
"Zindernuff's Treasure " (2001)
Included in:
The Federation Holmes (Dana Martin Batory)
Story Type:
Science Fiction Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Other Characters: Gardeners; Zindernuff; Bem/9/Weir; Clive Lamb; Maintenance Man; Ground Crew
Locations: Memory Alpha
Story: A valuable stamp has been stolen from Zindernuff and it can only have been taken by one of two friends. Zindernuff wants Holmes to investigate, rather than the police, in order to discover what could be troubling his friend enough to drive him to theft. While Watson observes the suspects, some cross-threaded screws solve the case for Holmes.

Matthew Baugh

"The Adventure of the Ethical Assassin" (2012)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook (Howard Hopkins)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; King of Bohemia; Clotilde von Saxe-Meningen; (Lord Saltire; Francois Le Villard)
Fictional Characters: The Assassination Bureau; Ivan Dragomilov; Herr Haas; (Zaroff)
Other Characters: King's Manservant; Queen's Servants; Sylvie; King's Men; King's Girl; Four-Wheeler Driver; (Carruthers; Blankenship; Czech Police; Milena Jebavyová)
Date: January, Three years after SCAN
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Regent Street; Langham Hotel; Dragomilov's Office
Story: Watson reads of a wave of assassinations, including that of Lord Saltire. Holmes receives a note from the King of Bohemia summoning him to a meeting at the Langham Hotel, where he reveals that an attempt was made on his life in Prague three days previously. Another attack is made during their interview. Holmes departs for the continent, leaving Watson to guard the royal couple. After conferring with Le Villard, Holmes discovers that Dragomilov and the Assassination Bureau are behind the attacks, and commissions them to carry out his own assassination, but cannot prevent the final attempt on the King's life.

NOTE: The assassinated Lord Saltire is presumably the man from whom the young Lord Saltire of The Priory School inherited the title.

Louis Baury

"As They Would Have Told It: After Conan Doyle" (1909)
Included in:
A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches (Charles Press)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Biblical Characters: Eve; (Adam; The Serpent)
Other Characters: (Lynx of Eden Yard)
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Garden of Eden
Story: Eve comes to Baker Street to ask Holmes to prove that it was not her who gave the apple to Adam. Holmes goes to Eden to finish the investigation begun by Lynx of Eden Yard.

Stephen Baxter

"The Adventure of the Inertial Adjustor" (1997)
Included in:
The Mammoth Book Of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (Mike Ashley); The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (John Joseph Adams)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: H.G. Wells
Other Characters: Ralph Brimicombe; Tarquin Brimicombe; Jack Bryson; Jane Brimicombe; Barman
Date: October or November, 1894
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Paddington Station; A Train; Wiltshire; The Brimicombe Residence; Chippenham; The Little George Inn; Another Train
Story: H.G. Wells asks Holmes to investigate the death of Ralph Brimicombe, an inventor who claimed to have built an inertial adjustor, a device capable of manipulating the forces of gravity, in which he said he had flown to the Moon. He died when his brother Tarquin cut the main supporting cable of the machine, on the instructions of Ralph's engineer, Bryson, and it crashed to the ground with Ralph inside it. Bryson claims that Tarquin cut the wrong cable. Looking in the machine, Watson sees that the ceiling is covered with blood, but there is little anywhere else. Wells shows Holmes a photo of a giant red leech, and around the Brimicombe residence they see other giant insects including an ant, and mis-shapen mice. Ralph's wife's dog is suffering from a bone disease after being used in his experiments. Eventually it is the properties of the inertial adjustor itself that lead Holmes towards identifying the true culprit.

Peter Beagle

"Mr. Sigerson" (2004)
Included in: Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years (Michael Kurland)
Story Type: Humourous Pastiche narrated by Floresh Takesti
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes (Sigerson)
Other Characters: Floresh Takesti; The Greater Bornitz Municipal Orchestra; Volodya Andrichev; Lyudmilla Plaschka; Grigori Progorny; Dr. Nastase; Beggar; Stable Owner; Constables; Warder; (Lyudmilla's Cook; Magistrate; Widow Ridnak; Ridnak's Sons; Lyudmilla's Cousin; Lawyers)
Date: Spring - Autumn, 1894
Locations: St. Radomir, Duchy of Bornitz, Selmira; Takesti's Residence; Ilyagi; Andrichev's House; Livery Stable; Police Station; The Ridnak Farm
Story: Sigerson arrives in the town of St Radomir in Selmira with a letter of introduction as a violinist to Takesti the concertmaster of the Municipal Orchestra. When the orchestra's cellist discovers that his wife is unfaithful he appears to take refuge in his music. Later in the year, when his wife becomes ill, he sells his cello to pay for treatment. His purchase of an inferior cello has disastrous effects on the orchestra. His wife's worsening condition forces Andrichev to sell more of his possessions. Sigerson visits Andrichev's house in disguise and discovers that all is not as he has been led to believe. With the aid of the concertmaster and some locally recruited Irregulars, Sigerson sets about putting matters to right and preventing a flight to America, but his solution still leaves him with doubts about the case.

Elizabeth Bear

"Tiger! Tiger! " (2003)
Included in: Shadows Over Baker Street (Michael Reaves & John Pelan)
Story Type: Fantasy Adventure
Canonical Characters: Irene Adler; Colonel Moran
Fictional Characters: Hastur the Unspeakable
Other Characters: Magnus Larssen; Rodney; Graf Baltasar von Hammerstein; James Waterhouse; Northrop Waterhouse; Dr. Albert Montleroy; Conrad Waterhouse; Count Kolinzcki; Mahouts; Beaters; Afghan Shaman
Date: July, 1882
Locations: India; The Malwa Plateau; Kanha; Jabalpur; The Jungle
Story: The shikari, Larssen, is taking a group of Europeans, and the American, Irene Adler, on a hunting trip in India, which coincides with the appearance of a maneater around the village of Kanha. On their first day out they are attacked by, and kill, a tiger, but soon realise that it cannot be the maneater. Three of their beaters do not return from the jungle, from which a noise like drumbeats is heard. In the night Larssen hears a quarrel between Irene and her companion, the Lithuanian Count Kolinzcki, but is uncertain if it is merely a lovers' tiff or something more. The following day a ragged man, who they take to be an Arab emerges from the jungle into their camp and they are attacked by a beast, similar to, but larger and more ferocious than a tiger. Moran arrives on the scene in the middle of the attack and is able to drive the beast away. They learn that the Arab is really an Afghan shaman, and Moran's prisoner. They set off again through the jungle with the beast in pursuit.

NOTE: The "Baltic nobleman" for whom Irene is trying to retrieve the dagger is presumably the future King of Bohemia (pp.32, 45-46).

H. Bedford-Jones

"The Affair of the Aluminium Crutch" (1936)
Included in:
The Baker Street Journal, January 1946
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; Peter Jones
Other Characters: Dr. Findlay; Lucy Wigmore; Shoreham Green Constable; Mullins; Benito Ghiberti; (Sir Oswald Wigmore; Wigmore's Cook; Wigmore's Gardener; Lady Wigmore; Count Arnaldo Ricci; Mr. Antonio)
Date: The third year of Watson's marriage
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Surrey Commercial Docks; The Calabria; Charing Cross Station; Shoreham Green; Kelmcote Manor
Story: Holmes is consulted by the daughter of Sir Oswald Wigmore because a case that Holmes was involved in fifteen years previously has come to life again. Sir Oswald has been found, apparently after suffering a paralytic stroke in his garden. His gardener has been murdered, and his aluminium crutch, involved in the earlier case, is lying, broken, by his side. In the earlier case, Sir Oswald and his wife had witnessed the murder of a one-legged man, the former owner of the crutch. Holmes had been unable to identify either murderer or victim, but deduces the nature of his man from a spent match. He believes that the murderer has returned to retrieve something hidden in the crutch, and he learns from the butler about an elderly Italian gentleman who had died at the manor prior to the earlier incident. It soon becomes apparent that the events are linked to a forgery case cracked by Peter Jones years before, and that the murderer is still in the house.

Max Beerbohm

"At the St James's Theatre" (1905)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches II: 1905-1909 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Parody / Theatre Review
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson
Fictonal Characters: Mrs Chilcote; John Chilcote; John Loder (The Impostor)
Other Characters: Baker Street Servant;
Date: 1905
Locations: 221B, Baker Street
Story: Holmes and Watson are called upon by the wife of the rising Member of Parliament, John Chilcote.

Beerbohm explains how events in the play John Chilcote, M.P., turned his mind to Sherlock Holmes during a performance at the St Jame's Theatre.

Holmes investigates Chilcote's strange behaviour and provides a happy ending for his wife.

NOTE: In his review of the play, Beerbohm seems to be under the impression that it was based on a novel by E. Temple Thurston. John Chilcote, M.P. was, in fact, written by Katherine Thurston.

Derrick Belanger

"The Case of the Vanished Killer" (2015)
Included in:
The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part I: 1881-1889 (David Marcum)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr Watson; Mrs Hudson; Baker Street Irregulars; Inspector Lestrade; (Mary Morstan)
Historical Figures: Buffalo Bill Cody; Old Charlie; Annie Oakley; Buck Taylor; (Red Shirt)
Other Characters: Cabbie; Police Constables; Sergeant Rousseau; Daniel Spitzer; Tavern Customers; Growler Drivers; Wild West Show Audience; Wild West Show Performers; John "The Ranger" Billings; Show Hands; Constable Holly; Constable Tiller; Constable Fowler / Wendell Finke; (Mary's Mother; Olivia Smith / Mary Corbin; Donald Smith / Roger Corbin; Constable Stevenson; Old Montague Street Residents; Whitechapel Police Officers; Abe Bruder; Melvin Brady; Fincke's Mother; Building Supervisor)
Date: Saturday 1st - Sunday 2nd October, 1887
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Whitechapel; Old Montague Street; Smith's Tenement Building; Tavern; Earl's Court
Story: When Lestrade arrests his Native American Wild West Show performers after the hatchet murder of a brother and sister in Whitechapel, Buffalo Bill goes to Holmes for help.
At the murder scene, they doiscover that the police were able to follow a set of bloody footprints to the roof, where they mysteriously vanished. Holmes, Watson and the Irregulars attend the Wild West Show, where Holmes has arranged for an extra act to be added to the programme.

Sam Benady

"The Abandoned Brigantine" (1990)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes in Gibraltar (Sam Benady); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; (Mycroft Holmes)
Historical Figures: Captain Benjamin S. Briggs; Sarah Briggs; Sophia Matilda Briggs; James H. Winchester; Albert C. Richardson; Narcis Monturiol i Estarriol; Amadeo I of Spain; Queen's Advocate Frederick Solly Flood; (Arthur Conan Doyle; Dei Gratia Crew; Admiralty Advocate; Queen Maria Victoria; Isaac Peral; Judge Advocate)
Other Characters: Luca D'Este; Republican Kidnappers; Bianca Bernini; Holmes's Irish Landlady; Cab Driver Genoese Carabinieri
Date: December / November 1872
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; New York; Pinkerton's Office; Kidnappers' Apartment; Briggs's Lodging House; Aboard the Mary Celeste; Aboard the Ictíneo III; Spain; Madrid; Gibraltar; Genoa
Story: Holmes deduces that Watson is thinking about the Mary Celeste and, after challenging him to solve the case, tells Watson of his involvement in the mystery. Taking time abroad after university, Holmes secures an unfulfilling post with Pinkerton's in New York. There he encounters an old Italian schoolfriend, D'Este, who has been sent by his cousin, the King of Spain, to find a missing lady-in-waiting, kidnapped by Republicans. They rescue the girl, Bianca, and arrange to smuggle her back to Spain on the Mary Celeste. The captain and his wife are murdered before the ship can sail, but Bianca swears to look after their daughter. The ship is intercepted by a Spanish submarine in the Azores, and pursued by a brigantine, believed to be carrying their enemies.

"The Gibraltar Letter " (1990)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes in Gibraltar (Sam Benady); The Game Is Afoot (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type: Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mycroft Holmes; (Mrs Hudson; Ricoletti; Ricoletti's Abominable Wife)
Historical Figures: Robert Napier; Lord Napier of Magdala; Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught; (Queen Victoria; George I; Philip V of Spain; Edward VII; Lady Napier)
Other Characters: Convent Servants; Barker; Pepe Ansaldo; Conchita Demaya; Pedro Real; Ana Pedroz; Pedro's Wife; (Guardia; Elderly Banker)
Date: 1876
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Diogenes Club; Gibraltar; The Convent; Gaucín; Hostal Inglés; Ricoletti's House; Ruined Castle of Gaucín
Story: Holmes tells Watson the story of the Gibraltar letter after Watson finds a gold ring in the Persian slipper:

Holmes is summoned to the Diogenes Club by Mycroft because a letter written by George I, which would cede Gibraltar back to Spain has disappeared, along with its finder, the Duke of Connaught. Holmes is sent, at the Queen's request, to Gibraltar, where he learns that the Duke was visiting his lover, who has also disappeared. Having managed to reveal what was written on a missing page of the Duke's diary, he sets up vigil in the Duke's room. When the letter is recovered, the Duke is still to be found, and Holmes learns of the involvement of Ricoletti and his abominable wife. A search of their house reveals nothing, but the trail leads to the cellars of a ruined castle.

D.R. Bensen

Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)
(Adapted from the screenplay by Alvin Sapinsley)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Professor Moriarty; Mrs. Hudson; Inspector Lestrade; Irene Adler; (Colonel Moran; Moriarty Gang)
Historical Figures: Tom Mix; O. Henry
(W.H. Kendal; G.P. Huntley; Nellie Campbell; Louis Sherry; May Robson)
Other Characters: Cunard Clerk; Liverpool Porters; Moriarty's Men; Pavonia Passengers; Card Players; Napper, Nice Ned; Purser; Ship's Doctor; Miss Jacobs; Dockside Crowd; Hansom Driver; Drab; Four-wheeler Driver; New York Crowds; Subway Labourers; Empire Theater Ticket Clerk; Zimmer; Cab Drivers; Empire Audience; Daniel Furman; Heller; Frau Reichenbach; Inspector Lafferty; Mortimer McGraw; Sandwich-board Men; Landau Driver; Algonquin Waiter; Loafer; Telegraph Office Manager; Sully; Haymarket Proprietor; Nicole Romaine; Algonquin Desk Clerk; Arnold Bozeman; A. Hannzähne; Pawnbroker's Customers; Treff; Treff's Owner; Brynie; Riley; Zoo Man; Zoo Boy; Boy's Brother; Viemeister's Waiter; Vallence's Engineers; Charles Nickers; Policeman; Algonquin Doorman; Lafferty's Driver; Moriarty's Driver; Constables; Exchange Employees; German Bank Representative; Italian Bank Representative
(Adelspate; Stryker; Bethune; Bill Nickers; Ashby; Spinnerton; Lord Brackish; Mr East; Call Boy; McVay; The Twickenham Toffs; Anatole Romaine)
Date: 19th, March - September, 1901
Locations: Victoria Docks; Moriarty's Warehouse; 221B, Baker Street; Cunard Offices; Waterloo Station; A Train; Liverpool Docks; Aboard the Pavonia; The United States; Hoboken; New York; Manhattan Docks; Empire Theater; East River Waterfront; Moriarty's Lair; Algonquin Hotel; Fifth Avenue; Delmonico's; 4 Gramercy Park West; Madison Avenue; 44th Street; Fifth Avenue; Telegraph Office; Haymarket Hotel; Windsor Arcade; Haberdasher's; Third Avenue; Central Park Zoo; Eighteenth Street; Viemeister's Tavern; Lafferty's Office; Bouwerie National Bank; Thomas Vallence & Co Offices; Stuyvesant Square
Story: Holmes insists that seventy-five years should pass before Watson's account of his adventure in New York is released to the public.

A meeting with Moran does not go as Moriarty planned, and he swears vengeance on Holmes. A few days later, Watson reads of Irene's stage appearance in New York, and the receipt of torn theatre tickets in that morning's post makes Holmes resolve to sail there immediately. En route he breaks up a crooked card game and accompanies Tom Mix on the violin. Arriving in New York, Holmes realises that Moriarty was also aboard their ship, in disguise. Irene fails to arrive at the theatre for her performance, and at her home, Holmes learns that her son, Scott, has been abducted. Holmes receives a note warning him not to cooperate with the police, a warning he reluctantly heeds when they consult him over the theft of all the gold from the vaults of the International Gold Exchange, a crime which threatens world peace. Holmes believes that both crimes are part of Moriarty's revenge, but decides that if he can rescue the boy without Moriarty finding out, he will be free to work on the gold theft. His investigations take him to the room of a ballet dancer in a theatrical boarding-house. Meanwhile, Watson explores the city, buys a tie, visits a pawnbroker and the zoo, witnesses the rescue of a dog, and encounters O. Henry. With Scott restored to his mother, Holmes examines the bank's elevator and deduces that the appearances of the robbery may be deceptive. Scott is abducted again, and Holmes faces Moriarty in his headquarters once more.

E.F. Benson & Eustace H. Miles

"The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Lord Watson" (1903)
Included in:
As It Might Have Been (Robert C.S. Adey); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler); Sherlock Holmes Edwardian Parodies and Pastiches I: 1900-1904 (Bill Peschel)
Story Type:
Parody
Canonical Characters: Dr. Watson; Mrs Watson; Sherlock Holmes; Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meningen; (Professor Moriarty; Hound of the Baskervilles; Watson's Brother; Mycroft Holmes; Mrs Hudson; King of Bohemia)
Fictional Characters: (Sir Richard Calmady)
Other Characters: (Watson's Servant; Mrs Smith; Sir Richard's Mother; Paris Jeweller)
Date: Some two years after Holmes's disappearance
Locations: 221B, Baker Street;
Story: Lord Watson is sitting in the Baker Street rooms, reading his unpublished accounts of Holmes's cases and regretting having killed him off in The Final Problem. When a woman client arrives, he pretends to be Holmes, but she reveals that she is Holmes in disguise. Holmes makes a series of deductions about Watson and tells him what really happened in Switzerland. He then goes on to tell Watson what it is about him that makes him such an annoying companion, but why, even so, he has returned. The Queen of Bohemia calls, in search of a diamond.

Arthur Asa Berger

Durkheim Is Dead! (2003)
Story Type:
Sociological Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Watson; Watson's Maid; Inspector Lestrade
Fictional Characters: Cecily Cardew (Lady Cecily Bracknell); (Algernon 'Ernest' Moncrieff)
Historical Figures: Marianne Weber; Emile Durkheim; Max Weber; Sigmund Freud; Georg Simmel; V.I. Lenin; W.E.B. Du Bois; Beatrice Potter (Webb); Sidney Webb; (Weber's Father; Martha Freud; Karl Marx)
Other Characters: Vittorio Settembrini; Policemen; Waiters; Desk Clerk; (Hotel Detective; Cook; Barmaid; Roughs; Salvation Army Woman; Congregation; Preacher)
Date: Late December, 1910
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Watson Residence; Claridge's Hotel
Story: Holmes is consulted by Marianne Weber, who is concerned over her husband's depression, threats made against him, and the possibility that he will do violence to someone. He is also visited by Durkheim who fears that Weber is suicidal, and goes on to explain his theories on the subject. The following day Lestrade brings news that at a gathering of sociologists, during a fight between Weber and Durkheim, Lady Bracknell (presumably, the former Cecily Cardew) had a diamond stolen, and Durkheim has since disappeared.

At Claridge's, Lady Bracknell explains that all those present, except Freud and Lenin, had put in applications for funds for their research to her charitable institution. Weber explains the theoretical differences that led to his fight with Durkheim. Freud describes to them his consultations with Weber. Simmel expounds on the relation between the individual and society. Lenin fears that one of the hotel workers will be blamed for the theft. Du Bois explains his common interests with Durkheim. Beatrice Webb explains her views on suffrage and invites them to a party at which all the sociologists will be present. Durkheim reappears at the hotel and relates his overnight adventures. At the party, Holmes reveals the jewel's location.

Anthony Berkeley

"Holmes and the Dasher" (1925)
Also published as by A.B. Cox
Included in:
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (Ellery Queen); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler)
Story Type:
Parody (in the style of P.G.Wodehouse)
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. ("Bertie") Watson
Story: Cissie Crossgarters has been let down by Freddie Devereux who proposed to her, only, on the following morning, to recant on account of the proposal having been made under the influence of "the demon rum". Cissie wants Holmes to sort things out.

Ruth Berman

"Sherlock Holmes in Oz" (1971)
Included in:
The Game is Afoot (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type:
Fantasy Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Fictional Characters: Dorothy Gale; Ozma; Prince Inga; The Scarecrow; The Wizard of Oz; Ruggedo; The Wizard of Wutz; The Sawhorse; Jack Pumpkinhead; Scraps, The Patchwork Girl; Tik-Tok; The Tin Woodman; The Cowardly Lion; The Hungry Tiger; Kaliko; (Jellia Jamb)
Other Characters: Children; A Hopper; A Horner; The Court Recorder; Ozites
Locations: Oz; The Throne Room; The Banquet Hall
Story: The Rainbow Pearl has been stolen, so the Wizard conjures up Holmes & Watson to help find it. Inspecting the Banquet Room, Holmes discovers that the cactus that used to be Ruggedo, the Nome King, has also vanished. He arranges for it to be announced that the jewel has been found, and as everyone gathers in the Throne Room his subterfuge helps him to uncover the thief and the real reason for the disappearances.

Adrian Berry

"Elemental, My Dear Watson" (1986)
Included in:
Ice With Your Evolution (Adrian Berry)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: (Rupert Murdoch; Arthur Scargill)
Locations: 221B, Baker Street
Story: Having followed the stories of the disputes between Murdoch and the print unions, Holmes suggests a solution to the problem of bogus news stories being telephoned in to the Times.

John Gregory Betancourt

"The Adventure of the Amateur Mendicant Society" (1996)
Included in:
The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (Mike Ashley); Resurrected Holmes (Marvin Kaye)
Story Type:
Pastiche (in the style of H.G. Wells)
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; The Amateur Mendicant Society; Inspector Lestrade
Other Characters: Colonel Oliver Pendleton-Smythe; Nellie Coram; Dr. Jason Attenborough; Rag Merchant; Dean of Eton; Dickie Clarke; The Secret Mendicant Society; Policemen; Rear Admiral
Date: Tuesday, 24th April, 1887
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Baker Street; Mrs. Coram's Rooming House; Eton College; Piccadilly Circus; The London Docks; Kerin Street; The Amateur Mendicant Society's Clubrooms; Harley Street
Story: Mrs. Hudson announces the arrival of Colonel Oliver Pendleton-Smythe, whose disappearance the newspapers reported a few days previously. Holmes refuses to see the Colonel, but follows him to his rooming-house. He tells Watson that he suspects the Colonel of being involved in a secret organisation known as The Amateur Mendicant Society. They visit the Colonel the following day, and learn the truth about his involvement with the society, and its links to his schooldays at Eton. Returning to Baker Street they realise they are being watched. Holmes soon uncovers not one, but three secret societies.

NOTE: Two slightly different versions of this story exist in Resurrected Holmes and The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures.