Bestselling editors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger collect stories here inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries, written by the world's top writers—Peter S. Beagle, Rhys Bowen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Jamie Freveletti, Alan Gordon, Gregg Hurwitz, Toni L. P. Kelner, William Kotzwinkle and Joe Servello, Harley Jane Kozak, D. P. Lyle, Weston Ochse, Zoe Sharp, Duane Swierczynski, and F. Paul Wilson.
There are 13 stories plus one ringer, an engaging comic set in a bug world and featuring Inspector Mantis, complete with deerstalker and calabash pipe, bringing down the evil Spangleworm. The others vary a bit in quality, with the best being Zoë Sharp’s 'Hounded,' a retelling of the Baskerville story by a PI who was on the moor for her own reasons. It honors the source, and so, curiously, does Inspector Mantis, sounding most Holmesian as he denounces the 'miscreant' and tells Watson (called Hooper here) that he remains alone because, 'My courtship is with crime.'
With their fourth Sherlock Holmes short story collection, authors Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger have put together something special ... Being a huge Holmes fan myself, I was especially wowed by the last story, 'Hounded' by Zoë Sharp... This is a terrific final entry in a worthy collection that should please all Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts far and wide.
King and Klinger’s entertaining fourth Holmes-themed anthology...features well-known authors representing genres ranging from cozy to horror ... This volume contains something for every fan of the Baker Street sleuth.