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Donald Thomas

"The Case of a Boy's Honour" (2010)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mycroft Holmes; (Mrs Hudson)
Historical Figures: Sir John Fisher; (H.H. Asquith; Thomas Gurrin; Professor James Leigh Strachan-Davis)
Other Characters: Reginald Winter; Cadets; Sister Ellison; Patrick Riley; Mrs Franklin; Violet Henslowe; Freddie; Rest And Be Thankful Landlady; Samuel Wesley; R.J. Sovran-Phillips; (John Learmount Porson; Petty Officer Carter; School Governors; Mrs Riley; Arthur; Commander Portman; Schoolmasters; Mitzi)
Date: May, 1913
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Portsmouth Harbour Station; The Isle of Wight; Ventnor Station; Bradstone St Lawrence; St Vincent's Naval Academy; King Charles Hotel; Post Office; Rest And Be Thankful Inn; Aboard the Ryde
Story:
Mycroft accompanies Sir John Fisher to Baker Street. They ask Holmes to investigate the case of Patrick Riley, a young naval cadet, accused of stealing a postal order from a fellow cadet at St Vincent's Naval Academy on the Isle of Wight. He has been identified in an identity parade by the assistant postmistress, although she has also asserted that all the cadets look alike to her. The boy has since tried to kill himself by standing in the path of a train. Holmes and Watson travel to the academy, where Holmes examines tracks leading from the school to the railway line, and the area surrounding a nearby pond. Holmes interviews Riley and has him try to copy his own signature. A defaced hairbrush, a piece of elder branch, stories of bullying, school photos, and a train driver's tale lead to the solution of the case.

"The Case of Peter the Painter" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes; (Baker Street Maid (Mary Jane))
Historical Figures: Constable Piper; Sergeant Bentley; Constable Choat; Constable Tucker; Constable Bryant; Constable Woodhams; Peter Piatkoff / Peter the Painter; Winston Churchill; Major Sir Frederick Wodehouse; Captain Nott-Bower; Lieutenant Ross; Sir Philip Gibbs; Chung Ling Soo / William Robinson; Suee Seen / Olive Robinson; (Hawley Harvey Crippen; Belle Elmore; Ethel Le Neve; Max Weil; Weil's Sister; Harris; George Gardstein; Dr John Scanlon; Luba (Sara) Millstein; Sara (Rosie) Trassjonsky; Neill Cream; Octave Hamard (Hammard); John Zelin (Fedoroff); Jacob Peters; Yoserka Duboff; Fritz Svaars; William (Yoshka) Sokoloff; Secretary of State for War)
Other Characters: Mrs Hedges; Constable Loosemore; Constables; Cutlers' Arms Spectators; Hansom Passengers; Hansom Driver; Baker Street Neighbours; Baker Street Constable; Sergeant Wiley; Constable Parks; Cabby; Sergeant Atherton; Colonel; Brigadier; Alfred Jenkins; Jenkins' Colleague; Scots Guards Captain; Cabby; Commercial Road Desk Sergeant; Hawkins Street Constable; Sidney Street Police; Martin's Buildings Woman; Rising Sun Landlord; Wodehouse's Aide; Scots Guards; Old Woman; Reporters; Sidney Street Crowds; Police Inspector; Horse Artillery; Firemen; Anna; Salvation Army Matrons; (John Jervis; Louisa Hedges; Foreigners; Harry Hedges; Mr Lenkoff; Mrs Hedge's Sister-in-Law; Council Man; Hedges' Neighbour; Commissioner Spencer; Constable Piper; Black Maria Driver; Martin; Strong; Anarchists; E.M Reilly's Manager; Police Photographer; Gardstein's Landlord; Whitechapel Gunsmith)
Date: December, 1910 - February, 1911
Locations: Regent's Park; 221B, Baker Street; Houndsditch; No. 11, Exchange Buildings; Baker Street; Whitechapel; Mile End Road; Stepney; Jubilee Street; High Holborn; St James's Square; Army & Navy Club; The London Hospital; Commercial Road Police Station; Hawkins Street; Sidney Street; Martin's Buildings; Rising Sun Public House
Story:
After making a series of deductions about her as she waits on a bench in Baker Street for their appointment, Holmes receives Mrs Hedges from Houndsditch. She tells him of a Russian neighbour who asked her young daughter to buy him a canary, then on subsequent days a cage and birdseed, even though he appeared to have released the bird. More recently a drainpipe has disappeared from the back of her house. Holmes deduces that the Russians are Anarchists, but when Lestrade raids the house he finds it empty. Their discussion of the Crippen case is interrupted when a constable arrives summoning Lestrade to a safe-robbery in Houndsditch. They arrive to find that the sounds of drilling, sawing, and someone using a crowbar have been heard from No. 11, Exchange Buildings, but as they approach with the police, they find themselves engaged in a shoot-out. One of the Anarchists, Gardstein, dies as a result of wounds sustained in the battle and a painting by the Anarchist Peter "The Painter" Piatkoff is found in his room.

Piatkoff taunts Holmes from the street. Watson, who had seen him, is sent out with two police officers to try to identify him. Holmes and Lestrade liaise with Mycroft, Holmes engages in a project which seems to involve soldering, and makes contact with the magician Chung Ling Soo. Arrests are made and suspects released. Mycroft, Churchill and Wodehouse visit Baker Street with news that a mass assassination plot is being fomented, and Watson follows them to Sidney Street, where no 100 is surrounded by armed police. With the house under siege, a gun battle begins between the anarchists and the police, with a Scots Guards regiment brought in as reinforcements. Holmes enters the besieged building to rescue a girl. The siege ends in a fire. It is only some time later that Holmes reveals his full role in the events to Watson.

"The Case of the Blood Royal" (1997)
Included in:
The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Professor Moriarty; Mrs Hudson; (Mrs Watson; Colonel Sebastian Moran; Mary Morstan; Oscar Meunier; Mycroft Holmes)
Historical Figures: Lord Alverstone; Sir Rufus Isaacs; Winston Churchill; Clementine Churchill; Edward Mylius; Sir Michael Culme-Seymour; Mary Culme-Seymour; Sir Arthur Bigge, Lord Stamfordham; Charles Augustus Howell; (Daisy Countess of Warwick; Edward VII; George V; Queen Mary; Laura Culme-Seymour; Captain Trevylyan Napier; Edward Holden James; Keir Hardie; H.H. Asquith; Duke of Clarence; John Ruskin; Algernon Swinburne; Admiral Swinburne; Lady Swinburn; James Whistler; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Elizabeth Siddal)
Other Characters: Courtroom Spectators; Rotten Row Riders; Band of the Coldstream Guards; Hyde Park Strollers; Moriarty's Men; Baker Street Passers-by; Elderly Cornhill Watchwoman; Elderly Man; Middle-Aged Cornhill Couple; Cornhill Policeman; (Watson's Locum; Pawnbrokers; Portsmouth Girl; St John's Wood Girl; Howell's Client)
Date: 1st February, 1911 / 1891
Locations:
Royal Courts of Justice; 221B, Baker Street; Hyde Park; Rotten Row; St James's Street; Pall Mall; Drummonds Bank; The Mall; St James's Park; The Strand; Grindlays; Cheapside; City & Suburban Bank; King William Street; Banque Indo Suez; Camden House; Watson's Paddington Practice; Cornhill; Cornhill Vaults; Tailor's Shop; Windsor Castle
Story: Watson attends the trial of John Mylius, charged with slander for reporting rumours of King George V's morganatic marriage.

More than twenty years earlier: Holmes is called on by Sir Arthur Bigge. Prince George and the Duke of Clarence are being blackmailed over correspondence to "women of a certain kind". The blackmailer is working through an agent, Charles Augustus Howell. Holmes meets Howell in Hyde Park and sets Watson the task of following him, giving Watson his first sighting of Professor Moriarty. He and Lestrade set up watch from Camden House while Holmes meets with the blackmailers at 221B. Moran enters the fray, and Holmes carries out a burglary.

"The Case of the Camden Town Murder" (1997)
Included in:
The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson
Historical Figures: Frederick Edwin Smith; Sir Edward Marshall Hall; Robert MacCowan; William Westcott; Ruby Young; Walter Sickert; Inspector Arthur Neil; (Lady Ethel Hall; Emily Dimmock / Phyllis Shaw; Bertram Shaw; Robert Wood; Joseph Lambert; John Corlett; Sir William Grantham; Sergeant Page)
Other Characters: Cab Drivers; Ruffianly Callers; Crowds Outside Central Criminal Court; (Liverpool Ruffian; Young Lady on Tram; V.V. Bread Company Gatekeeper)
Date: One evening in the very last months of the nineteenth century / September-October, 1907
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Euston Road 225; Hampstead Road; Camden Town; St Paul's Road; Camden Town Station; Central Criminal Court; Café Royal; Sickert's Studio
Story: Holmes advises F.E. Smith after he accidentally kills a man in Liverpool. Over the ensuing years, Smith sends Holmes a number of cases. In 1907, Holmes is called upon by Arthur Newton, whose client, Robert Wood has been accused of the murder of Emily Dimmock in Camden Town.

"The Case of the Crown Jewels" (1997)
Included in:
The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Inspector Lestrade
Historical Figures: Sir Arthur Vicars; Lady Gertrude Vicars; Captain Moonlight; Peirce Mahony; Lord Aberdeen; Countess of Aberdeen; Frank Shackleton; Detective Officer Owen Kerr; Mary Farrell; William Stivey; Superintendent John Lowe; Cornelius Gallagher; Edward VII; Queen Alexandra; Chief Inspector John Kane; (David Lloyd George; Lord Halsbury; George Burtchaell; Lady Ormonde; Duke of Argyll; Lord Castletown; Lord Ronald Sutherland-Gower; Molly Malony / Robinson; Sir Patrick Coll; Captain Richard Gorges; Inspector Cooper; Charles Thoroughgood; Sergeant Askew; Detective Constable Alfred Young; George V; Baron William James Pirrie; Queen Mary)
Other Characters: Vicars' Maidservant; Estate Manager; Moonlight's Men; Vicars' Servants; Dublin Castle Sentries; Hussars; Dubliners; Police Officers; Knights of St Patrick; Dublin Landlady; Page Boy; Kingstown Sightseers; Royal Marine Band; Spiritualist Medium; (Lestrade's Officers; Jeweller; Vicars' Dublin Servants; Special Branch Officers)
Date: April 14th, 1921 / Sunday, 27th June 1914 / February-July, 1907 / November 1912
Locations:
Ireland; Kilmorna House; Grange Con; Scotland Yard; Dublin; Dublin Castle; Cork Hill; Dame Street; College Green; Trinity College; Herbert Park; The Bedford Tower; 221B, Baker Street; A Train; Holyhead; The North Wall; Sackville Street; St Stephen's Green; Kingstown; Victoria Wharf; Grosvenor Street Post Office
Story: Sir Arthur Vicars is murdered by IRA raiders at his home, Kilmorna House in 1921. The incident reminds Watson of the death of Peirce Mahony, Vicars' nephew, in a shooting incident. Holmes believes both incidents to be linked to the theft of the Irish crown jewels in 1907.

In 1907 Lestrade asks Holmes to travel to Dublin to check the security arrangement's for Edward VII's upcoming visit. While he is there, he views the security arrangements at the Bedford Tower, where the Irish crown jewels are kept. He and Watson return to Dublin two months later after hearing that a key to the Tower has gone missing. Shortly thereafter, the crown jewels are stolen.

"The Case of the Ghosts at Bly" (2010)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Baker Street Irregulars; Mrs Hudson's Maid; Billy; Tobias Gregson; (Chief) Inspector Lestrade; (Mrs Hudson; Mary Morstan)
Fictional Characters: (The Honourable Hereward) Douglas; The Governess (Victoria Temple); Mrs Grose; Housemaid; Miss Jessel; Inspector Alfred Swain; (Maria Shelley Jessel); (Douglas's Sister (Louise); Miles (Mordaunt); Flora (Mordaunt); The Children's Uncle (Major / Dr James Mordaunt); The Children's Parents (Colonel Charles & Lady Mordaunt); Peter Quint; The Headmaster (Dr Austen Clarke))
Historical Figures: (Henry Maudsley; William Shaw)
Other Characters: Dr Annesley; Broadmoor Inmates; Hackney Cab Driver; King Alfred's Porter; William Spencer-Smith; Train Passengers; Carriage Driver; Tom Rathbone / Professor Hermann; Clarissa Rathbone; Manservant; Maid; Seance Guests; Madame Rosa; Madame Rosa's Assistant; Photographer; Police Driver; Police Matrons; Scotland Yard Constable; Eaton Place Policemen; Eaton Place Crowd; Smiler Hawkins; Fregson's Sergeant; Mail Train Workers; Liverpool Street Station Master; Mail Train Guard; Abbots Langley Station Master; Abbots Langley Policemen; Sergeant Acott; Labourers; Superintendent Truscott;
Dr Roderick Allestree; Dining Car Steward; Mr Mossop; Jurors; (Thurlow & Marston; Two Carters; Doctor; Judge; Earl of Crome; Mr Ballantine; Physicians; Galahad Douglas; Lancelot Douglas; Mair Loftus; Schoolboys; Chaplain; Senior Master; Mill-Owner; Robbers; Chest Specialist; Lady Camerton; Charles Alfred Jessel)
Date: Spring, 1898
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Broadmoor Asylum; A Train; Somerset; Blackdown; King Alfred's School; Bly House; Kensington; Sambourne Avenue; Scotland Yard; Eaton Place; Liverpool Street Station; Abbots Langley
Story:
Douglas brings Holmes Victoria Temple's diary. She has been found insane and imprisoned after the death of the young boy, Miles Mordaunt, while she was governess to him and his sister Flora. He tells Holmes and Watson of the appearance of the ghosts of Quint and Jessel, and the death of the two children, leading to Victoria's trial and incarceration.

Holmes and Watson travel to Broadmoor to interview Victoria. After the interview they visit King Alfred's School to learn the reason for Miles's dismissal. They learn of the murder of a mill-owner and theft of his gold near a circle of standing stones close to Bly House. At Bly, they talk with Mrs Grose, the housekeeper. A visit to Somerset House confirms Victoria's innocence for Holmes, but he announces that there is still a murder to be solved and turns to a study of occult texts. He lays a trap at a seance with a severed head illusion.

Holmes teams up with Gregson and Swain. A dead greyhound, a train journey and a night-time stakeout on the lake at Bly bring the case to an end.

"The Case of the Greek Key (2007)
Included in:
The Execution of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; Baker Street Maid; Inspector Lestrade; Tobias Gregson; Baker Street Irregulars; (Mycroft Holmes)
Fictional Characters: Alfred Swain
Historical Figures: Admiral Sir John Fisher; Viscount Esher; James Leigh Strachan-Davidson; (Edward VII; Lewis Carroll; Superintendent William Melville; Admiral Von Tirpitz)
Other Characters: Naval Officers; Whitehall Dignitaries; Coachman; Annie Constantine; Paddington Crowds; Charles Henshaw / Karl Henschel; Ashmolean Visitors; Dr Gross; Mitre Page Boy; Mitre Concierge; Billy; (Mr Lethbridge; Constantine's Maid; Preston; Draftsmen; German Intelligence Officer)
Date: October, 1908 / October - November, ? / 1914
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Dorset, St Alban's Head; Diogenes Club; Paddington Station; A Train; Oxford; Beaumont Street; Ashmolean Museum; Mitre Inn; Balliol College; Charing Cross Hotel; Scotland Yard
Story: Holmes and Watson attend a demonstration of a newly built Dreadnought battleship. Some time later they are visited by Fisher and Esher who ask him to break a German code being used by a spy in the Admiralty. Each time he cracks the code, it is changed. Lestrade brings Annie Constantine to 221B, who tells them of an explosion that caused no damage in her lodger's room. This leads Holmes and Watson to the Ashmolean Museum and a collection of Linear B tablets from the Minoan Palace on Crete, about which he consults the scholar, Strachan-Davidson. After the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Holmes is consulted by Superintendent Swain of Special Branch over the still unidentified Admiralty spy to identify the lines of communication between him and those already identified as his confederates and use them against the Germans.

NOTE: Alfred Swain is a character in a series of books by Donald Thomas.

"The Case of the Hygienic Husband" (2001)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
; Mrs Hudson; Inspector Lestrade; (Mycroft Holmes)
Historical Figures: Constable John Kitchingham; Rutley Mowll; Alfred Hogbin; Dr Frank Austin French; (George Joseph Smith; Charles Burnham; Alice Burnham; Edith Pegler; Beatrice Mundy; Sarah Tuckett; Adolphus Hill; Carrie Rapley; Sir Edward Marshall Hall; Thomas Pierrepoint; John Ellis)
Other Characters: William Maxse; Lieutenant-Commander Holmes-Derringer; Telegraph Clerk; Rollerskaters; Promenade Pedestrians; Mr Jackson; Elderly Herne Bay Couple; Lily O'Sullivan; (Mrs Maxse; Constance Maxse; Henry Howes; Mr Collins; Errand Boy; Mr Littlington; Dr L'Estrange; Maidstone Prison Governor; Chaplain; Warders)
Date: Autumn, 1913
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Bristol; Telegraph Office; Weston-Super-Mare; Grand Atlantic Hotel; Herne Bay; Royal Hotel; Herne Bay Police Station; 80, High Street; The Old Bailey; Chelmsford Gaol
Story: Holmes and Watson are called upon by Maxse
, a Buckinghamshire Methodist preacher, whose daughter, Constance, has married George Joseph Smith. His daughter's friend, Alice Burnham, had also been married to Smith, but died in a swimming accident. They learn that Smith is a bigamist who has recently taken yet another wife, and trail him to Weston-Super-Mare and then Herne Bay, where they gather together officials involved in the inquest into the death of Beatrice Mundy, and carry out a graphic demonstration of murder.

"The Case of the King's Evil" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; (Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes)
Historical Figures: (King John)
Other Characters: Alice Chastelnau; Reverend Roderick Gilmore; Inspector Albert Wainwright; Wainwright's Constable; Roland Chastelnau; Dr Rixon; Corpse Carriers; Freiston Shore Relief Beacon Keeper; Gilmore's Maid; Bridge Hotel Waiter; Openshaw Maid; Abraham Chastelnau; (John Chastelnau; Alice's Mother; Alice's Step-Mother; Miss Openshaw; Sutton Cross Sexton; Mrs Armitage; Replacement Keepers; Collier Skipper; Tinker)
Date: October, 1884
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Lincolnshire; Sutton Cross; Old Light Beacon; St Clement's Church; A Train; Cambridge; Ely; Norfolk; King's Lynn; Sutton Cross Station; Bridge Hotel; Sutton Cross Rectory; The Mud Flats; Mablethorpe; Book-in-Hand Inn; Openshaw Academy for Young Ladies
Story: Watson is called on by schoolteacher Alice Chastelnau, whose brothers have disappeared, leaving only a letter addressed to an unnamed doctor in which Abraham writes of an evil affliction, and a pebble wrapped in paper. The brothers are keepers of the lighthouse beacon on the river estuary at Sutton Cross on the Wash. Their disappearance was discovered when the light failed. The Rector and Sexton of Sutton Cross had noticed two men figting on the mud-flats as the tide was coming in. Holmes examines the pebble, waking the house with the screams of his grinding wheel, and identifies it as a sapphire. They travel to Lincolnshire and interview the rector, a university contemporary of Mycroft's. Holmes makes a connection between the events in Lincolnshire and those in a play by Shakespeare. They examine the beacon, and witness the discovery of the body of one of the brothers. In the evening they venture onto the mud-flats to view the site of the brothers' argument, and their lives are put in danger by the incoming tide, a danger that helps them deduce the fate of the other brother, and locate the source of the argument. Holmes again interviews the rector, to learn more about local history. They visit Miss Chastelnau, and Holmes disproves Watson's theory and reveals the truth, and the nature of the "King's Evil" that afflicted Abraham Chastelnau.
"The Case of the Matinee Idol" (2010)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; Inspector Bradstreet; Stanley Hopkins;
Historical Figures: (Arthur Munby)
Other Characters: Messenger Boy; Cabbie; Regent Street Crowd; Carnaby Jenks; Theatre Constables; Madge Gilford; William Gilford; Sir Henry Caradoc Price; Sergeant Witlow; Constable Royston; Mr Roscoe; Garrick's Head Patrons; Roland Gwyn; New Year Revellers; (Dr Worplesdon; Dr Hammond; Lady Myfanwy Price; Actors; Harry Squire; Cafe Boucherat Waiter; Monsieur Boucherat; Alfred Cranleigh; Molly)
Date: New Year's Eve
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Regent Street; The Strand; Royal Herculaneum Theatre; Bow Street; The Garrick's Head
Story: Holmes and Watson are called to the Herculaneum Theatre by Jenks to investigate the murder of the actor-manager Caradoc Price. He had apparently been poisoned during the final scene of Hamlet, and died, locked in his dressing room, before the final curtain call. Cigar ashes and a puzzle on a torn piece of newspaper provide clues, but Holmes's client, Jenks, seems intent on convicting himself of the murder. Holmes's solution involving an unlatched theatre door, presented to Hopkins and Bradstreet, skirts around the truth.
"The Case of the Missing Rifleman" (1997)
Included in:
The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: Annie Bella Wright; Ronald Light; George Measures; Dr Edward Williams; Constable Alfred Hall; Sir Edward Marshall Hall; Valeria Craven; Muriel Nunney; Henry Clarke; (Archie Ward; James Evans; Archibald Bowker; Enoch Whitehouse; Joseph Cowell; Robert Churchill)
Other Characters:
Date: 5th July, 1919-March, 1920
Locations:
Leicestershire; Stoughton; Gaulby; Gartree Road; 221B, Baker Street; 3, Temple Gardens; Leicester Castle
Story: Holmes is summoned by Marshall Hall regarding his client Rponald Light, who has been accused of the murder, in Leicestershire, of Bella Wright in the notorious Green Bicycle Murder case. He has been identified as the last person seen with Wright, and his bicycle, and a gun holster and ammunition have been found in a canal. Holmes and Watson travel to Leicestershire to examine the scene of the crime. Holmes presents his findings to Marshall Hall, and he and Watson attend the trial at Leicester Castle courtroom.
"The Case of the Naked Bicyclists" (2001)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
; Inspector Lestrade
Historical Figures: Henry Pilgrim; Samuel Herbert Dougal / Sydney Domville; Inspector Alfred Marden; Inspector Eli Bower; Camille Cecile Holland; (Mrs Dougal; Thomas Hensler; Francis Ashwin; Edmund Holland; Edmund's Daughter; Inspector Henry Cox; Bank of England Clerk William Lawrence; Bank of England Secretary Ronald Dale; Constable Padghorn)
Characters Based on Historical Figures: William Coote (George Coote)
Other Characters: Miss Pierce; Bicyclists; Pierce's Servant Girl; Sally; Agnes; Telegram Boy; Police Constables; Labourers; Police Sergeant; Tradesman; (Hare & Hounds Landlord; Villagers; Dr Cardew)
Date: May, 1903
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Bishop's Stortford Station; Coldhams Farm / Moat Farm; Miss Pierce's House; Quendon; Saffron Walden Police Station; Cambridge; The University Arms; King's Parade; Bank of England; Frederick's Place
Story: Holmes is approached by Coote, solicitor to the National Vigilance Association, and his client Miss Pierce, who has been disturbed by the activities of her neighbour, Captain Dougal of Coldhams Farm near Saffron Walden, after naked women on bicycles have been seen in one of his fields. The case seems ridiculous until Holmes is told of a missing woman associated with Dougal, and takes up lodgings at Dougal's farm to investigate further.
"The Case of the Peasenhall Murder" (2007)
Included in:
The Execution of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; Inspector Lestrade
Historical Figures: Constable Eli Nunn; Rose Harsent; Dr Charles Lay; Sir Ernest Wild; Arthur Leighton; William Gardiner; William Crisp; Georgeanna Crisp; William (George) Wright; Alfonso Skinner; (Mr Guy; Georgina Gardiner; Henry Rouse; Mr Justice Grantham; Thomas Gurrin; Jury; Sir Charles Gill; Sir Edward Clarke; Mr Justice Lawrence; Sir Edward Carson; Mr Smyth; Rose's Brother; Rosanna Dickenson; Gardiner's Children; Amelia Pepper; Dr Stevenson)
Other Characters: Bell Hotel Landlady; Prison Governor; Prison Guards; (Bank Examiners; Waxworks Proprietor)
Date: June - January, 1904
Locations: Saxmundham, Saxmundham Church; Bell Hotel; Peasenhall; Providence House; Great Yarmouth; 221B, Baker Street; A Train; Ipswich Station; Ipswich Prison; The White Hart; The Doctor's Chapel, Peasenhall
Story: On an archaeological holiday with Holmes in Saxmundham, Watson is called upon to examine the body of a young woman, Rose Harsent, six months pregnant, found dead in nearby Peasenhall. Holmes accompanies him. The girl has been stabbed twice in the neck, and attempts appear to have been made to burn the body. A local chapel official, Gardiner, had been the subject of local gossip in regard to his relationship with the girl, and is charged with the murder. Six months later, Wild, his defence lawyer, consults Holmes, asking him to work with Scotland Yard to prove his client's innocence. Holmes and Lestrade visit Gardiner in prison and question him over his relationship with Harsent. Holmes and Watson return to Peasenhall to test the reliability of his accusers at the local chapel.

"The Case of the Phantom Chambermaid" (2007)
Included in:
The Execution of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Tobias Gregson; (Mrs Hudson; Baker Street Page)
Historical Figures: Edmund Gurney; (Comte Henri-Gratien Bertrand; Napoleon)
Other Characters: Reverend James Milner; Mrs Deans; Effie Deans; Royal Albion Waiter; Professor Joshua D. Chamberlain; Aquarium Audience; Madame Elvira; Charles Smith; Chamberlain's Assistant; Royal Albion Night Porter; Pageboy; Hotel Manager; Steamer Passengers; Hansom Drivers; Policeman; Library Clerk; Jobson; Hotel Guests; (Hotel Porter; The Todgers; Alf Deans)
Date: Midsummer, 1887
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; A Train; Brighton; Royal Albion Hotel; Brighton Aquarium; Chain Pier; Brighton Station; Victoria Station; Haymarket; Messageries Maritimes; Pall Mall; St James's Street Library; Kentish Town; Fortress Road
Story: Holmes bemoans the fact that his only case in hand is of little interest, until he hears its full details: A chambermaid, Effie Deans has been dismissed from her job at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, after reportedly being seen entering Edmund Gurney's room during the night. Her mother claims that on the night in question, Effie was at home. Gurney had been investigating a pair of spiritualists, Chamberlain and Elvira, performing at the aquarium. Holmes and Watson take rooms at the Royal Albion, and attend Chamberlain's demonstration of mesmerism and mind-reading. Holmes takes an interest in the pair's imminent departure in the middle of a successful run. He uses Gurney's chloroform addiction as a ruse to enter his hotel room. A search reveals a letter from Chamberlain that may not be all it seems. A pursuit to London becomes a race to save Gurney's life.

"The Case of the Portuguese Sonnets" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Tobias Gregson; The Boy in Buttons; (Mrs Hudson)
Fictional Characters: (Jeffrey Aspern; Tina Bordereau)
Characters Derived from Fictional Characters: (Juanita Bordereau (Juliana Bordereau))
Historical Figures: Robert Wiedemann Penini Browning; Fannie Cornforth Browning; (Charles Augustus Howell; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Rosa Corder; Howell's Landlord; Algernon Swinburne; Admiral Sir John Swinburne; Lady Jane Swinburne; Pawnbroker; Sydney Morse; James McNeill Whistler; William Alexander Chapman; L.H. Myers; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Robert Browning; Isa Blagden; Julia Wedgwood; Lord Byron; William Beckford; Margherita Fiori)
Other Characters: Venice Station Porters; Fever Hospital Officials; Angelo Fiori; Gondolier; Tina's Housekeeper; Florian's Waiter; (Home Hospital Duty Constable; Juanita's Scouts)
Date: 24 April - 8-? May, 1890
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Italy; Venice; Railway Station; Danieli's Hotel; Grand Canal; Casa Aspern; St Mark's Square; Florian's
Story: Gregson Brings news that the blackmailer Howell has been found murdered in a gutter. Holmes tells him of Howells exploits, and his previous "deaths". Gregson tells them that a copy of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets was found in Howell's pockets, and that the last words he uttered were "leaves of grass". Some time later they are called upon by the son and daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. Browning tells them that he had been in negotiation with Howell to buy back papers of his parents, and goes on to tell them of the manuscripts, rare editions and private documents kept by the late poet, Jeffrey Aspern, and said still to be in his Venetian residence. Among the Aspern papers are compromising documents relating to his parents. Howell had been acting as agent of Tina Bordereau, who had possession of the papers after her sister's death.

Holmes and Watson accompany the Brownings back to Venice, where the lawyer, Fiori, arranges for them to examine the remaining papers. He closely examines the handwriting of a Byron manuscript and declares it genuine, but endeavours to find proof that a manuscript of Don Juan in the New World is a forgery by Howell. In order to do so he sends a telegram to a vacuum cleaner company. He next sets about establishing the provenance of papers supposedly written by Browning. An examination of the rare editions in the collection provides him with much of his evidence. He also reveals the true facts of Howell's death.

"The Case of the Racing Certainty" (2001)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
; Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes; (Tobias Gregson)
Historical Figures: William Abrahams; Inspector George Clarke; Sergeant John Meiklejohn; Frederick Adolphus Williamson; Harry 'Poodle' Benson / Marquis Montmorency / Major Hugh Montgomery; William Kurr; Henri Regnier; (Comtesse de Goncourt; Henry Matthews, Lord Llandaff)
Other Characters: Ferry Pilot; Scotland Yard Desk Sergeant; Drunkards; Pickpockets; Night-Inspector; Holmes's Landlady; Westminster Flunky; Westminster Officials; Villiers Street Crowds; Burly Tout; Dapper Man; Newsboy; Elderly Woman in Black Velvet; James Lester Valence; Hotel Manager; Card Players; Regnier's Shopman; Hotel Desk Clerk; Page-boy; Canonbury Police Officers; Henri Regnier; (Inspector Carter)
Date: 1876 - October, 1877
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Westminster Road; 8, Northumberland Street; Scotland Yar
d; Palace of Westminster; Villiers Street; King William Pub; Charing Cross Station; Charing Cross Hotel; Pall Mall; St James's Street; Piccadilly; Bond Street; Regnier's; Mycroft's Office; The Strand; Clerkenwell; Canonbury; Canonbury Police Station; The Laurels; Central Criminal Court
Story: Holmes allows Watson to read his report of the case which first introduced him to Inspector Lestrade:

Holmes is approached in his Westminster Road rooms by Abrahams, the Comtesse de Goncourt's English lawyer. His client has been sent a proposition by British gambler Major Montgomery, asking her to place bets on horse races on his behalf. Holmes comes under attack when he breaks into the premises where the Comtesse has been sending her money, but his assailants are not who he expected them to be. Mycroft arranges an interview with Superintendent Williamson, and tells Holmes about the City of Paris Loan fraud and the suspected involvement of Scotland Yard officers. Holmes asks for Lestrade to work with him in uncovering the conspiracy.

"The Case of the Sporting Major" (2001)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
; (221B Maid; Billy; Mrs Hudson)
Historical Figures: Sir Edward Marshall Hall; Comrie Thomson; Major Alfred Monson; Sheriff; John Blair; John Cowan; David Stewart; Ardlamont House Butler (James Wright); Dr Henry Littlejohn; (Lady Hall; Cecil Hambrough; Hambrough's Father; Edward Scott / Edward Davis / Edward Sweeney; Captain Beresford Tottenham; Dr John Macmillan; Witness: James Dunn; Professor Matthew Hay)
Other Characters: Police Inspector; Trongate Crowds; (Witnesses; Telegram Boy)
Date: September, 1893
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Scotland; Glasgow; High Court Buildings; Aboard the Duchess of Montrose; Ardlamont House; Argyle Hotel
Story: Holmes is approached by Marshall Hall on behalf of his Scottish colleague, Thomson, over the case of Alfred Monson, a military tutor, accused of murdering one of his pupils, Cecil Hambrough, in a supposed hunting accident. Holmes and Watson travel to Scotland where they attend the first day of Monson's trial, then travel to Ardlamont House, the scene of the shooting.
"The Case of the Talking Corpse" (2001)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
; Baker Street Maid; Inspector Lestrade; Mrs Hudson; Billy
Historical Figures: Ellen 'Nellie' Donworth; James Styles; Johnson; Mabel Edith Scott, Countess Russell; Frederick Smith; William Slater; Eliza Masters; Elizabeth May; Dr Thomas Neill Cream / H. M. Bayne / A. O'Brien / William H. Murray / Dr Thomas Neill / M. Malone / Juan Pollen; Emma Phillips / Emma Vowles; Lucy Rose / Louisa Harvey; Constable George Cumley; Constable William Eversfield; Dr Thomas Stevenson; Matilda Clover; Laura Sabbatini; Emily Sleaper; Walter H. Harper; (Ernest (Fred) Linnell; Dr Thomas Herbert Kellock; John Francis Stanley, Earl Russell; Lady Selina Scott; Louisa Harvey; Sir George Lewis; Patrick Macintyre; George Percival Wyatt; Francis Coppin; Dr McCarthy; Dr William Broadbent; Chief Inspector George Clarke; Dr Joseph Harper; Daniel Stott; Jonathan Wild)
Other Characters: Waterloo Road Crowds; Market Trader; Styles's Assistants; Mrs Avens; Smith's Coachman; Identification Parade Men; Post Office Boy; Police Constable; Metropole Guests; Porters; Page-Boys; Hotel Manager; Cabman; Hercules Road Girls; Stamford Street Constable; Gravediggers; Cemetery Urchins; Cemetery Observers; Lestrade's Men; Maisie; Baker's Roundsman; Milkman; Cat's Meat; The Groundsman; Music Hall Audience; Music Hall Waiter; Police Matron; Sally Martin; Jenny Frere; (Fowler; Osborne; Scott; Mrs Hudson's Sister; Reardon; Arthur Carrez; Cream's Cabbie)
Date: October, 1891- 15th November, 1892
Locations: Waterloo Station; Waterloo Road; 8, Duke Street; 221B, Baker Street; Bow Street Police Station; Trafalgar Square; Northumberland Avenue; Metropole Hotel; 27, Lambeth Road; Hercules Road; 118, Stamford Street; St Thomas's Hospital; Tooting; Lambeth Municipal Cemetery; Victoria Station; Lambeth Palace Road; The Embankment; Scotland Yard; Westminster Bridge; Canterbury Music Hall
Story: Returning from a dinner with military friends, Watson encounters Nellie Donworth, in agony, having been poisoned. The following day, he learns of her death. Holmes is visited by Lady Russell who has received a blackmailing letter from the barrister H. Bayne, accusing her husband of murder. This is followed by a visit from Frederick Smith, who has also received letters from Bayne accusing him of the murders, with Donworth's name among those of the victims. When Lestrade brings a further letter, Holmes notices that all the correspondence has been written by different individuals, some of who are women. Watson is visited by the American Dr Neill, who shows him a blackmailing letter accusing Neill of the murder of Matilda Clover. Further Blackmail threats and murders occur as the net slowly closes on the murderer.

"The Case of the Tell-Tale Hands" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; (Inspector Lestrade)
Fictional Characters: Jane Percy's Father (The Venerable Doctor Josephus Percy); Lord Arthur Savile; Septimus R. Podgers; (Lady Clementina Beauchamp; Lord Surbiton (Blagdon's Wife's Brother); Duchess of Paisley; Sir Mathew Reid; Herr Winckelkopf (Dealer in Greek Street); Parker; Savile's Valet (Crayshaw))
Other Characters: Raymond Ashley Savile, 3rd Earl of Blagdon; Mrs Rowley; Palace Yard Policeman; Parliament Officials; MPs; Spectators; Speaker; Joseph Keighley; Home Office Junior Minister; Tellers; (Blagdon's Valet; Lady Blagdon; Blagdon's Close Friend; Lady Clementina's Nurse; Blagdon's Servants; Percy's Housekeeper; Chichester Inspector & Constables; Beauchamp's Maid; Savile's Friend; Door-Keeper; Clinic Attendant)
Date: May & August-September, 1901
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Berkshire; Priorsfield Halt; Priorsfield House; Chichester; The Deanery; Lancaster House; The House of Commons
Story: The Earl of Blagdon consults Holmes over his cousin, Lord Arthur Savile's inclination to "collecting oddities", and of a recent incident where Savile had burgled the Earl's own home, Priorsfield, but stealing nothing. He has also recently taken to wearing gloves for the majority of the time. Holmes and Watson travel to Priorsfield where Holmes examines fingerprints on the piano keyboard and a bonbon dish he believes contained poison. He learns of Savile's trip to Venice with Lord Surbiton, and Lady Clementina Beauchamp's death, but an autopsy reveals no trace of the poison in her body.

A few months later they are visited by archdeacon Percy, who has been sent an exploding clock. Blagdon arrives shortly after and asks them to take up the Savile case again. Holmes believes that Savile is involved in cheiromancy. Blagdon tells him of a party given by the Duchess of Paisley at which Savile had his palms read by Septimus Podgers. Holmes and Watson attend Parliament where Savile is due to speak on an act targeted at fortune tellers. They resolve to keep watch on Savile, but another death occurs to end the case.

"The Case of the Unseen Hand" (1997)
Included in:
The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas); The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (Otto Penzler)
;
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; (Inspector Lestrade)
Historical Figures: Alphonse Bertillon; Marguerite Steinheil; Louis Le Gall; Cardinal Richard; Albert I, Prince of Monaco; Abbé Renault (Prison Chaplain); Octave Hamard; (Félix Faure; Alfred Dreyfus; Colonel Max von Schwartzkoppen; Colonel Hubert Henry; Lemercier-Picard; Major Count Ferdinand Walsin-Esterhazy; Sir Francis Galton; Herbert Asquith; Colonel Picquart; Adolphe Stenheil; Kaiser Wilhelm II; émile Loubet; Georges Clemenceau; Rémy Couillard; Madame Japy; Adolphe Steinheil; Dr Victor Balthazard; Comte de Balincourt; De Valles)
Other Characters: Hotel Manager; Messenger; Hotel Page-Boy; Paris Passers-by; Presidential Chamberlain; Cab Driver; (Bertillon's Assistants; Baptistin; Marius Longon "The Gypsy"; Monstet de Fontpeyrine; Hamard's Subordinates; Jurors)
Date: January 1899 / May-November 1908
Locations:
Aboard the Lord Warden; France; Paris; Boulevard Raspail; Hôtel Lutétia; Closerie des Lilas; Montparnasse; Avenue de la Grand Armée; Aubervilliers; Place de la République; Place de la Concorde; Rue de Vaugirard; Impasse Ronsin; Boulevard des Invalides; Pont Alexandre III; Elysée Palace; Gare de l'Est; 221B, Baker Street; Hamard's Office
Story: Holmes and Watson travel to Paris to meet Bertillon. After an argument with him regarding the Dreyfus case, Holmes resolves to prove Dreyfus's innocence. He persuades President Faure to order a review of the evidence, on condition that, in return, Holmes remains in Paris to guard the manuscript of Faure's Secret History of France Under the Third Republic. Details of his task are brought to him by Marguerite Steinheil. The death of Faure gives them reason to leave Paris. Holmes returns to Paris later, when Steinheil is arrested for the murder of her husband and mother, to settle a score with Bertillon.

"The Case of the Yokohama Club" (1997)
Included in:
The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; (Inspector Lestrade)
Historical Figures: Dr Jacob; George Scidmore; James Troupe; Mr Rentiers; Rachel Greer; Hanauye Asa; Mary Esther Jacob; Mr Justice Mowat; (Walter Raymond Hallowell Carew; Edith Mary Porch Carew; Harry Vansittart Dickinson; Carew's Doctors; Carew's Nurse; Elsa Christoffel; John Frederic Lowder; Professor Edwin Divers; Annie Luke; Mr Maruya; Julia Ferret; Josef Vanek; Ah Kwong; Ambassador Sir Ernest Satow)
Other Characters: Cab Driver; Hercules; Mazeppa; Yokohama Club Members; Chinese Waiter; Japanese Girls; Jugglers; Librarian
Date: End of 1896-1897
Locations:
221B, Baker Street; Egyptian Hall; Euston Station; Aboard the Parisian; Canada; St Lawrence River; Montreal; A Train; Kicking-Horse Pass; Vancouver; Aboard the Empress of India; Japan; Yokohama; The Bluff; The Yokohama United Club; British Naval Prison; 160, The Bluff
Story: Holmes is consulted by Dr Jacobs, whose sister Mary has been accused of poisoning Walter Carew, her employer, and supposedly her lover, in Yokohama. Holmes travels to Japan. After interviewing the Carews' servants and meeting with Mary in prison, Holmes visits the murder site, Carew's bedroom. A perusal of the Club library gives Holmes his final piece of evidence.
"The Case of the Zimmermann Telegram" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs Hudson; ((Chief) Inspector Lestrade)
Historical Figures: Sir John Fisher; Edward VIII; Queen Mary; George V; Count Alexander Benckendorff; Lord William Cecil; Sir Reginald Hall; Edward Bell; Sir Henry Jones; (Arthur Zimmermann; Count Bernstotff; Von Tirpitz; Wilhelm Wassmuss (German Vice-Consul in Persia); Admiral Beatty; Woodrow Wilson; Bethmann-Hollweg; Kaiser Wilhelm II; General John H. Pershing; Pancho Villa; Venustiano Carranza; Robert Lansing; James Gerard; Arthur Balfour; Heinrich von Eckhardt; Captain Guy Gaunt; Dr Page; Obidiah Jones)
Other Characters: Watson's Spinster Cousins; Ball Guests; Footmen; Stout Young Man; Cyclist; Plain Clothes Sergeant; Watchers; Readers; Cab Driver; Rotterdam Hotel Hall-Porter; Rotterdam Cab Driver; Admiralty Staff; Mr Varney; Miss Varney; (Swiss Watch-Repairer; Swedish Bank Courier; Spanish Restaurateur; Tobacco Importer; Neutrals with German Sympathies; Daily Mail Editor; Coldstreams Officer; Danish Captain; Naval Attaché; Mexican Ambassador; British Minister in Mexico; Mexican Telegraph Functionary)
Date: 1914-1917
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Buckingham Palace; Baker Street; St James's Library; Piccadilly; Old Admiralty Yard; The Admiralty; Room 40; Holland; Rotterdam; Hotel; Quayside Brasserie; Restaurant; Naval and Military Club; Mexico City
Story: Fisher uses a court ball as a cover to recruit Holmes and Watson into war work breaking German codes. They soon realise they are being followed as Holmes maintains the imposture of continuing his work on Lassus. Holmes arranges for Watson to be the main player in a plan to let Germany steal British ciphers from his hotel in Rotterdam. Holmes's task becomes more complex as the United States and Mexico become increasingly embroiled in Germany's plans for its U-boat fleet. A past case involving a printer, Varney, and counterfeit Mexican currency, gives Holmes an agent in Mexico. It is through Varney that the Zimmermann telegram comes into British hands. Holmes sets to decoding the encrypted message. His work leads to America entering the war. Holmes assists Sir Henry Jones in the matter of a mysterious postcard.

Death on a Pale Horse (2013)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Murray; Stamford; Mrs Hudson; Retired Sergeant of Marines (Albert Gibbons); Baker Street Maid (Molly); Inspector Lestrade; (William) Mycroft Holmes; Silver Blaze; (Professor Moriarty; Colonel Sebastian Moran; Sir Augustus Moran; Mrs Stewart of Lauder; Tobias Gregson; Von Herder; Billy; Colonel (Sheffield) Ross; Baker Street Irregulars; Colonel James Moriarty; Charles Augustus Milverton; Giuseppe Gorgiano; The Red Circle; Hugo Oberstein; Captain James Calhoun; John Clay; Mary Morstan; Farquhar)
Fictional Characters: (Siger Holmes; Sasanoff Shakespeare Company)
Historical Figures:
Lord Chelmsford; Colonel Henry Pulleine; Colonel Anthony Durnford; Captain George Shepstone; Lieutenant Charlie Pope; Lieutenant Nevill Coghill; Major Francis Russell; Quartermaster Edward Bloomfield; Lieutenant Horace Smith-Dorrien; Captain Reginald Younghusband; Lieutenant Teignmouth Melvill; Major Thomas Burton Vandeleur; Lieutenant Hector Maclaine; Sir Melville Macnaghten; Prince Napoleon-Jerome; General Georges Boulanger; (Queen Victoria; Lord Rosebery; Cetawayo; Duke of Cambridge; David Lloyd George; Lord Beaconsfield; Lord Lytton; Sir Henry Bowler; Ayub Khan; Brigadier George Burrows; Lord Roberts; Louis Napoleon; Dr Thomas Smethurst (William Smethurst); Isabella Bankes; Captain Jahleel Brenton Carey; Prince Louis Napoleon; Annie Carey; General Sir Evelyn Wood; Major Francis Grenfell; Trooper George Rogers; Trooper William Abel; Colonel Redvers Buller; Dr Henry Littlejohn; Sir Edward Marshall Hall; Dr Neill Cream; Marie Luise, Comtesse de Flandre; Prince Ferdinand of Coburg; Leopold II of Belgium; Otto von Bismarck; Heinrich VII, Prince Reuss of Köstritz; Cora Pearl; Baron Brunet; Marguerite, Comtesse de Bonnemains; Isabella Young; Meliora G Jenkins)
Other Characters: Colonel Rawdon Moran; British Soldiers; Natal Volunteers; Zulus; Pulleine's Batman; Sergeant-Major Tindal; Captain Spencer; Regimental Band; Boss Strickland; Boy Bugler; Captain Bonham; Portsmouth Crowds; Young Army Captain in Cape Town; Irish Major; Captain Joshua Sellon; Lieutenant Jock; Lieutenant Frank; Brigade Major Anstruther; Major Henry Putney-Wilson; 109th Albion Fusiliers Subalterns; Colonel Tommy; Captain Learmont; Captain Canning; Military Farrier; Watson's Orderlies; Afghan Troops; Dressing Station Casualties; Stretcher Bearers; Officers' Servants; Maiwand Soldiers; Peshawar Medical Officers; Medical Board Officers; Medical Attendants; Captain Coombes; Watson's Medical Colleague; Dordona's Cabbie; Carlyle Mansions Porter; Police Sergeant; Constable Nichols; Sergeant Haskins; Macnaghten's Men; Diogenes Club Porter; Diogenes Members; Dining Room Steward; Steward's Assistants; Diogenes Club Waiters; Life Guards; Horse Guards Passers-By; Treasury Porters; Mycroft's Secretaries; Racegoers; Pearly King; Pearly Queen; Lobster Seller; Rifle Range Barker; Barker's Assistant; Moran's Racetrack Companions; Juggler; Archie; Madame Palmeira; Gypsy Woman; Mirror Maze Family; St James's Park Crowds; Roebuck; Marylebone Road Foreman; Workman; Monsignore; Schoolgirls; Chaperones; Belgian Policemen; Comtesse de Flandre Crew; Porter; Guards; Post-Boy; Comtesse de Flandre Purser; Comtesse de Flandre Stokers; Napoleon-Jerome's Party; Ostend Dock Onlookers; Comtesse de Flandre Passengers; First Mate; Foremast Hand; Ship's Boy; Lieutenant Theodore Cabell; Ship's Engineers; Donkey-Man; Captain Legrand; Helmsman; Ship's Officers; Second Mate; Princesse Henriette Crew; Princesse Henriette Captain; Moran's Underlings; Princesse Henriette Chief Steward; Inquiry Witnesses; Sergeant Tregaron; Constable Blount; Regent's Circus Loungers; Bagatelle Members; Bagatelle Doorman; Croupier; Master of the Premises; (Permanent Secretary for Cabinet Affairs; Picket Captain; Private Dai Morgan; Captain George Wardell; Cape Colony Provost Marshal; Lord Worsley; Emmeline Putney-Wilson / Emmeline Bancroft; Andreis Reuter; Seraphina Heyden; Assistant Surgeon Mackintosh; William Sigismund Holmes; Carey's Fatigue Party; Surgeon-Major Callaghan; Callaghan's Orderly; Bettington's Light Horse Troopers; Basuto Riders; Native Guide; Blood River Zulus; 98th Subalterns; Trooper Pierre Le Brun; Melvill's Servant; Private Arnold Levens; Private Moss; Police Surgeon; Landor Mansions Commissionaire; Mr Ramon; Reverend Samuel Dordona; Milkman; Ravenswood Hotel Maid; Transvaal Township Police; Transvaal Doctors; Transvaal Judges; Westminster Coroner; Mrs Standish; Shipping Line Clerk; Gas Company Workmen; Diogenes Club Committee; Sir Cloudesley Clutterbuck; Attorney General; Woolwich Arsenal Artificers; Lieutenant Halliwell; Prince Napoleon-Jerome; Augustus Newton; Colonel Armitage; Earl of Craigavon; Seth Boyd; Skiver Jenkins; Shipping Office Messenger Boys; Brussels British Military Attaché; Brussels Post Office Clerk; Aldershot Senior Chaplain)
Date: 20 August, 1894 / February, 1879 / 22 January, 1879 / June, 1878 - 29th March 1889
Locations: South Africa; Natal; Isandlwana; Cape Town; Zululand; Blood River; Upoko River Camp; Transvaal; England; Portsmouth; India; Bombay; A Train; Lahore; Peshawar; Afghanistan; Kandahar; The Helmand; Maiwand; London; Piccadilly; Coventry Street; Criterion Bar; St Bartholomew's Hospital; Evans's Supper Rooms; 221B, Baker Street; Regent's Park; Park Lane; Hyde Park Corner; Grosvenor Place; Carlyle Street; Carlyle Mansions; Southampton Row; Ravenswood Hotel; Landor Mansions; Pall Mall; Diogenes Club; Horseguards Parade; Downing Street; The Treasury; Mycroft's Office; Surrey; Epsom Downs; Baker Street Station; St James's Park; St James's Square; Army & Navy Club; Kensington Gallery; Clifton Gardens; Regents Park Canal; Marylebone Road; Regent's Circus; Bagatelle Club; Lancaster Gate; English Channel; Belgium; Ostend; Hotel de Plage; Aboard the Comtesse de Flandre; Aboard the Princesse Henriette
Story: Having infiltrated the Natal Volunteers, Colonel Rawdon Moran observes the British camp at Isandlwana, where the regimental mascot, the mummified head of an Abyssinian sharpshooter, has disappeared.

Holmes sends details of Rawdon Moran's career, which closely resembles that of his brother Sebastian, to Sir Melville Macnaghten.

After qualifying as a military surgeon, Watson stops briefly in Cape Town en route to Afghanistan. In India, on the train to Lahore, he hears of Rawdon Moran's subaltern's court martial over his treatment of Emmeline Putney-Wilson. He lives through the Battle of Maiwand and returns to England, where he is introduced to Holmes.

Watson receives a press clipping through the post, about the death of Captain Carey in India. Its sender, Reverend Dordona, calls at Baker Street, and tells Holmes and Watson of Carey's last hours, and his account of the death of Prince Louis Napoleon in Natal, and of a horseman, seen observing the killing from a kraal above.

An early arrival at their assigned meeting with Dordona, the following day, reveals Lestrade in the midst of a murder investigation. Watson recognises the dead man from his time in India.

An unpleasant surprise appears in Watson's bedroom. Mycroft reveals more background to the case and its links to the illegal arms trade to Africa. Holmes and Watson attend the Surrey and Suburban Stakes at Epsom to watch Silver Blaze run, and Watson has an encounter there with Moran. The case culminates aboard a cross-channel paddle-steamer, with Holmes and Watson attempting to prevent an attack on the heir to the French throne.

NOTE: The reference to "Sir Henry Bowler" (P.55) should read "Sir Henry Bulwer".

"The Execution of Sherlock Holmes" (2007)
Included in:
The Execution of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Charles Augustus Milverton; Milverton's Murderess; Inspector Lestrade; Tobias Gregson; Captain James Calhoun; Jabez Wilson; (Lady Eva Brackwell; The Earl Of Dovercourt; Colonel (Captain Alexander) Dorking; The Hon. Miss (Clementina) Miles; Countess d'Albert; Mrs Hudson; Hugo Oberstein; Giuseppe Gorgiano; Mycroft Holmes; Colonel James Moriarty; Harold Latimer; Wilson Kemp; Baker Street Irregulars; Billy)
Historical Figures: (Henry Williams; Dr John Tyndall)
Other Characters: Henry Caius Milverton; Petty Officer Alker; Crellin; McIver; Carters; Costermongers; Fothergill; Organ Grinder; Constable; Pall Mall Beggars; Diogenes Club Porter; Pall Mall Watcher; Eagle Customers; Flower Girl & Sister; Post Office Clerk; Post Office Customers; Refreshment Stall Customers; Lounger; City Road Crowd; Underground Passengers; (American Treasury Agent)
Date: January, 1899 / Spring - mid-April, 1902
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Hampstead; Appledore Towers; Hampstead Heath; Newgate Prison; Newgate Street; Trafalgar Square; Pall Mall; Diogenes Club; The East India Club; The City Road; Denmark Square; Shepherdess Walk; The Eagle Tavern; Oculist's Shop; Baker Street; Post Office; Refreshment Stall; Kensington Station; Hyde Park; Rotten Row
Story: Three years after Milverton's death, Holmes finds himself a drugged prisoner of the blackmailer's son, who plans to put him "on trial" and execute him before an audience of old adversaries. Watson spends weeks searching for him. Holmes realises he is in Newgate Prison, and begins battling the drugs he is given and planning an escape. After his escape he communicates with Watson through coded messages in the press, and with the aid of Jabez Wilson, to finish off the rest of the gang.

"The Ghost in the Machine" (1997)
Included in:
The Secret Cases of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: Louisa Bankes; Inspector Robert McIntyre; Dr Thomas Smethurst; Dr Bird; Dr Robert Bentley Todd; Mr Parry; Dr Richardson; Dr Rodger; Sir Frederick Pollock; Jurors; Hardinge Giffard, 1st Earl of Halsbury; Dr Alfred Taylor; Sir George Lewis; (Isabella Bankes; Mrs Smith; Dr Lane; Susannah Wheatley; Dr Frederick Gilder Julius; Mary Durham Smethurst; Mrs Wheatley; George Bankes; Mr Barwell; Sir Benjamin Brodie)
Other Characters: Mrs Harris; Battersea Church Clerk; Smethurst's Maid; Old Bailey Spectators
Date: A Sunday at the end of May - late August, 1859
Locations: Lambeth Palace Road; Battersea Church; Kennington; St Mark's Church; Piccadilly; White Horse Cellar; Richmond; 10, Alma Villas; The Old Bailey; St Thomas's Hospital; The Home Office; 221B, Baker Street

Story: While lodging in Lambeth Palace Road, the young Holmes is called on by Louisa Bankes, a friend of his landlady, Mrs Harris. She tells him that she believes that her sister Isabella is being slowly poisoned by her husband, Dr William Smethurst. She cannot go to the police because her sister's marriage is a bigamous one. After gathering evidence of Smethurst's two marriages, he goes to visit him, but finds he has been arrested, and Inspector M'Intyre is on the scene. Holmes attends Smethurst's trial, but realises that a miscarriage of justice has been carried out, and sets out to right it.

"The Queen of the Night" (2007)
Included in:
The Execution of Sherlock Holmes (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Alexander (Lord) Holder; Mycroft Holmes; Inspector Lestrade; Colonel Moriarty; (Arthur Holder; Tobias Gregson; Professor Moriarty; Jabez Wilson; Stationmaster Moriarty; Captain James Calhoun)
Fictional Characters: (Count Fosco)
Historical Figures: Edward VII; Queen Alexandra; George V; Queen Mary; Muzaffar al-Din; (William IV; Major Georges Piquart; The Lord Mayor (Sir Joseph Dimsdale))
Other Characters: Inspector Jago; Jago's Men; Lord Adolphus Longstaffe; Luncheon Guests; Shah of Persia; Dressers; Provost Guards; Captain; Lord Mayor's Chamberlain; City of London Police Superintendent; Constable; Police Driver; Charing Cross Passengers; Ticket Collectors; Telegraph Office Manager; Hotel Lift Boy; (Lord Alfred Longstaffe; Lady Adeline Longstaffe; Raoul Grenier; Major Robert Moriarty; Henrietta Jane Moriarty; Young Girl; Girl's Father; Mary Jeffries; Earl of Dorset; Colonel Lemonnier)
Date: Early 1902
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; The Mansion House; Charing Cross Station; Charing Cross Hotel
Story: Holmes is consulted again by Alexander, now Lord, Holder. His client, Lord Adolphus Longstaffe, herald to the Prince of Wales is owner of the ceremonial Queen of the Night diamond, to be worn at the upcoming Coronation. Holder has learned that a copy has been commissioned and fears that a theft is planned. Holmes reveals that he is already aware of this, and later tells Watson of Colonel Moriarty's involvement, and the role of Moriarty family history in the plot. Mycroft and Lestrade call on Holmes to protect the Crown Jewels during the Coronation, but he refuses. Later he condescends to view the route of the Coronation procession, and rooms at the Mansion House where the Lord Mayor's luncheon will be held some days after the main event. Holmes deduces that Moriarty will make his move at the luncheon, and makes arrangements with Jago to prevent the theft, but all does not go according to plan and a chase across London ensues.

"Sherlock Holmes: The Actor" (2010)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Stanley Hopkins; Inspector Bradstreet
Fictional Characters: Sasanoff Shakespeare Company

Historical Figures: (Henry Irving; Edward VII; Sir Josiah Guest; Queen Victoria; Prince Albert; Thomas Edison; Oscar Wilde)
Other Characters: Roland Gwyn; Stage Hands; Actors; Sir Henry Caradoc Price; ("Captain" Carnaby Jenks; Lady Myfanwy Price)
Date: 1879-1881
Locations: Royal Herculaneum Theatre
Story: Watson finds mementoes of Holmes's theatrical career in a trunk in the attic. He tells the life story of the actor-manager Caradoc Price.
"The Two 'Failures' of Sherlock Holmes" (2001)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes and the Running Noose (Donald Thomas)
Story Type:
Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
; (Inspector Lestrade; Mycroft Holmes; Mrs Hudson)
Historical Figures: Arthur Newton; Hawley Harvey Crippen; Oscar Wilde; Sir George Lewis; (Archibald Bowker; Sir Edward Marshall Hall; Cora Crippen; Ethel Le Neve; Walter Dew; Herbert Bennett; Mary Jane Bennett; Oscar Slater; Marion Gilchrist; Havelock Ellis; Sir George Young; Dr Benjamin Jowett; Marquess of Queensberry; Lord Alfred Douglas; Albemarle Club Porter; Charles Humphreys; Sir Edward Carson)
Other Characters: (Mrs Clatworthy)
Date: October after Holmes's Retirement / August, 1910 / February, 1895
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Bart's; Pentonville Prison
Story: Having returned to Baker Street from his retirement in Sussex, Holmes shows Watson his records of two failed cases, kept in his tin box in the lumber room. Watson recounts Holmes's involvement in the Crippen case, and the trial of Oscar Wilde.