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Book Review: The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Edited by John Joseph Adams

To satisfy our craving, here are more adventures of the black hole of emotion that is Sherlock Holmes and his best (and indeed only) friend Watson.

“It’s obvious that someone is trying to contact me from the other side.”
“The other side…of Surrey? Surely it would be easier to use the post.”


This is a wonderful collection of tales that vary from mystery to science fiction.

The Doctor’s Case
This is an enjoyable tale in which Watson is the one to solve the case of the murder of a vile rich man.

The Adventure of the Field Theorem
This is a romp where Holmes, Watson and Arthur Conan Doyle investigate crop circles in the countryside.

The Adventure of the Death-Fetch
A creepy story in which an elderly Watson relates the story of a terrible crime that Holmes ordered suppressed.

The Shocking affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland
A young woman tells of how Holmes and Watson solved an assassination on the titular steamship.

The Adventure of the Mummy’s Curse
Is a curse killing people? Holmes sets out to solve the case.

The Things That Shall Come Upon Them
This is an excellent scary story of Holmes and Watson investigating a haunted house.

The Singular Habits of Wasps
Watson suspects that Holmes has gone mad.

The Specter of Tullyfane Abbey
Holmes relates how Professor Moriarty first bested him.

The Vale of the White Horse
Holmes, Watson and a local wise woman look into odd goings involving a family rumoured to be cursed.

The Adventure of the Lost World
This is a hilarious comedy in which the duo fight a dinosaur in London.

The Adventure of the Antiquarian’s Niece
Foul Lovecraftian horrors are afoot in an old dark house. Watson falls prey to them but Holmes saves the day. This is very good.

Commonplaces
Irene Adler suspects something is up after Holmes’ ‘death’ so she tracks him down. Holmes then reveals his true motives for leaving Watson. This is good and bittersweet.

The Adventure of the Pirates of Devil’s Cape
Holmes and Watson vs a dread vile pirate in the bayou. It’s better than it sounds.

The Adventure of the Green Skull
Who is killing businessmen? Holmes and Watson find out.

The Human Mystery
A woman asks Holmes and Watson for help. But nothing is as it seems, because even the great detective can be ignorant of the human heart.

A Study In Emerald
In a world long ago conquered by Lovecraftian horrors, old foes match wits under very different circumstances. This is very good.
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