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"The Adventure of the Angel's Trumpet" (1996)
Included in:
Holmes for the Holidays (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Carol-Lynn Waugh)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson; Inspector Lestrade
Other Characters: Charmian Carstairs; Kevin O'Bannion; Sir Wilfred Carstairs; Letitia Carstairs; Cyril Carstairs; Sir Bartholomew Anders; Reginald Bateson; Doctor; Servants; Housekeeper
Date: December 22nd and the following June
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Holloway Prison; A Hansom; The Old Bailey; Sir Wilfred's House near Green Park
Story: Charmian Carstairs is on trial for having poisoned her grandfather, who had recently made her his sole beneficiary, six months previously. Holmes is visited by her lawyer O'Bannion for assistance in clearing her name. After visiting Carstairs in prison, Holmes & Watson attend the trial at the Old Bailey where they hear the details of how the old man was poisoned with seeds of the angel's trumpet plant that Carstairs had brought from California, and how in a box, and on his desk were found a number of strange items, including a Cromwellian sword, a walking stick, a chalice, and a picture of the archangel Michael. A visit to Sir Wilfred's house reveals that he was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Holmes is able to reconstruct the events of December 22nd from his observations.

"The Adventure of the Rara Avis" (2002)
Included in:
Murder, My Dear Watson (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mycroft Holmes; Mrs. Hudson; Inspector Lestrade
Fictional Characters: The Maltese Falcon
Other Characters: Passers-by; Wilfred Patchford; Basil Blakeney; Hans-Josef Gutman; Sir Everard Addleton; Barnes; Magpie; Diogenes Waiter; Lestrade's Men; Cairo's Men; (Aristophanes Cairo)
Locations: The Diogenes Club; 221B, Baker Street; Addleton's Library
Story: An Egyptian statuette found in an ancient British barrow turns out to contain the legendary Maltese Falcon. Professor Gutman of Oxford pronounces the bird genuine, but is killed shortly after, when he falls under a train. Addleton, on whose land the bird was found claims that it is a fake, and that the real bird is in his possession, but he too is murdered, apparently by thieves searching for the falcon. Holmes learns something more of the bird's recent history from the fence, Magpie, and must try to track down its rightful owner, while keeping it out of the hands of Aristophanes Cairo.
"The Case of the Rajah's Emerald" (1999)
Included in:
More Holmes for the Holidays (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Carol-Lynn Waugh)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mary Morstan; Mrs Hudson; (Murray)
Fictional Characters: Tiny Tim; (Ebenezer Scrooge)
Historical Figures: Rudyard Kipling
Other Characters: Army & Navy Members; Andrew Ebenezer Scrooge; Murray; Mr Micawber; Mrs Micawber; Mr Scrooge; Cab Driver; Deckhands; Panna Scrooge; Adri Scrooge; Mermaid Waiter; Cratchit's Family; (Frederick Scrooge; Maharajah of Rampur)
Date: December
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Watson's Practice; A Cab; Army & Navy Club; Oriental Club; Isle of Dogs; East India Dock; Mermaid Inn; The Cratchit Residence
Story: Timothy Cratchit comes to Watson for help, Watson takes him to Holmes, and they learn that he is faced with the problem of having two claimants to the estate of the late Ebenezer Scrooge, one of whom must be an impostor, both sets of claimants have partial sets of documents as proof of identity, and claim that the others stole the rest of the papers. The companion of the first claimant has claimed to be Murray, but is revealed as an impostor by Watson, but the veracity of the second claimant is also called into question by Holmes. A visit to the East India docks is needed in order to discover the true heir.
"The Case of the Rival Queens" (2009)
Included in:
Sherlock Holmes In America (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; (Watson's Fiancée; Mrs Hudson)
Historical Figures: Albert Spalding; Elizabeth Spalding; Katherine Tingley
Other Characters: Coronado Bellboy; Waiter; Grace Imbler; Carriage Driver; Spalding's Servant; Children; Society Members; Jonas Imbler; (Holmes's Grandfather)
Date: 1901 or 1902
USA; California; San Diego; Coronado; Hotel del Coronado; Point Loma; Lomaland; The Spalding House; The Honey House; The Avocado Groves; Golf Course; Tingley's House
Story: Holmes, disgruntled that San Digo is not a lawless frontier town, is called on by baseball player Spalding and his wife. Mrs Spalding, a theosophist, is convinced that attacks have been made on silkworms, avocados and the queen bees belonging to the Universal Brotherhood and Theosophist Society. She suspects beekeeper Imbler, whom she believes is trying to supplant Tingley as leader of the Society. Holmes and Watson visit the Society's estate on Point Loma, and meet Tingley. Imbler gives them a tour of the apiary. Holmes spends a day marking and following bees into an oleander bush to come to a solution to the mystery.
"The Remarkable Worm" (2001)
Included in:
Murder in Baker Street (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon L. Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson; Mrs. Hudson
Historical Figures: John Tussaud; Joseph Tussaud
Other Characters: Tussaud's Doorman; Attendant; Cecil Flintridge; Yorkshireman & Grandson; Newsboy; Charity "Cherry" Jones; Bob; Hare and Hounds Barman; Westerleigh Butler; Mrs. Holloway; Elizabeth Westover; Dr. Marshall; Muriel; Colonel Phillips; (Malachi Westover; George Westover; Jem; Sophie Westover; Charles Westover; Daniel Westover)
Locations: 221B, Baker Street; Baker Street; Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum; Tunbridge Wells; Mount Ephraim Hotel / Hare and Hounds Pub; Westerleigh Grange; Churchyard; Nevill's Turkish Baths
Story: Holmes and Watson visit Tussaud's where a tableaux featuring Holmes is planned. On leaving the museum they learn that the George Westover the son of the reclusive industrialist Malachi Westover, whose model they had just seen, has died. A month later Cherry Jones, a maid at Westover's house, calls on Holmes, she tells him about Malachi Westover's reclusive behaviour, the dismissal of her fiancé, and that she believes he murdered his son George. Holmes and Watson travel to Kent where they learn some background history of the family from a pub landlord who is as observant as Holmes himself. They then visit the Westover's home where they learn that a son had also died of gastric fever, and now the daughter, Sophie is diagnosed with the same illness. Holmes and Watson dig up George's body and take a handful of maggots back to Baker Street. Holmes confirms that George was poisoned and travels back to Kent to unmask the killer. His investigations take him back to Tussaud's.
"A Scandal in Drury Lane, or The Vampire Trap" (2006)
Included in:
Ghosts in Baker Street (Martin H. Greenberg, Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower)
Story Type:
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes; Dr. Watson
Historical Figures: Richard Brinsley Sheridan; George IV
Other Characters: Narrator; Grandchild; Watchman; Sir Augustus Harris; Miss Dorkins; Ingenue; Mr Cubbins; Dorcas Glendenning; Cassandra Trelawney; Workmen; William Allen; (Sir Lawrence Routley)
Date: 28th February, 1809 / 1896 / A November prior to 1896
Locations: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; 221B, Baker Street; Turkish Baths
Story: In 1809 Sheridan watches the Theatre Royal burn down. In 1896 on the death of actor-manager Augustus Harris, Watson recalls Harris calling on Holmes in a Turkish bath to consult him after Glendenning, a superstitious actress refused to enter the theatre because she was convinced it was haunted by the ghost of an actor who disappeared after the fire. Holmes questions theatre staff who have all seen the ghost vanish into thin air, but it is a psychic who discovers a skeleton entombed in the theatre, and Holmes must pay a visit to the Egyptian Hall before he can bring the case to a close with another manifestation.
"Water from the Moon" (2004)
Included In:
Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years (Michael Kurland)
Story Type:
Third Person Pastiche
Canonical Characters: Sherlock Holmes (Sigerson); (Mycroft Holmes)
Historical Figures: Louis Leonowens
Other Characters: Mahout; Riflemen; Rice Farmer; Martha Stubbins; Lucy Pritchard; Khun Seng; Colonel Prothero; Prothero's Wife; Prothero's Servants; McCormick Doctor; Cemetery Workmen; Sergeant Taed Chutima; Beggar; Kyi Nanda
Date: During the Great Hiatus
Locations: Siam; Chiang Mai; The Borneo Company Offices; McCormick Hospital; Leonowen's Residence; Prothero's Residence; Cemetery; Lampang; Police Station; The Oriental Hotel, Bangkok
Story: Holmes is shot at in the jungles of Siam, where he has been sent, as a player in the Great Game, by Mycroft. Three weeks later he is in hospital in a delirious fever. Leonowens wonders whether Sigerson is the man he is supposed to pass his intelligence, destined for Whitehall, to. Holmes is unable, after his illness, to remember his mission or his past. An accident with a coffin in a cemetery reveals the signs of murder to Sigerson. An elephant hair ring, the death of a British colonel and a reference to rubies add to the mystery. Holmes is aided by a local police sergeant in solving the crime.