Shinwell Before Using
by Dean Richardson
Updated 29 JAN 2020
Shinwell Before Using note: On February 18 Kino Lorber will release on Blu-ray and standard DVD the delightful German comic mystery The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (1937). In a case of mistaken identity, people in Berlin think Morris Flint (Hans Albers) is actually the Great Detective incognito and involve him and his traveling companion, Mackie, in an investigation. He goes with the flow, to much comic effect, and proves almost as ingenious as the GD. Also released on that date is Munchausen (1940) with Albers as the legendary Baron in a German super-production. Both are great fun without a hint of propaganda, despite their origins (i.e., NAZI Germany!). (Editor Dean Richardson keeps us aware of the publishing side of Holmes.)
by the Nashville Scholars of the Three-Pipe Problem
by Dean Richardson
This year our January meeting celebrating the birthday of the Great Detective was held at our usual venue, Corky’s Bar-B-Que in Brentwood, Tennessee, on January 20. The room was packed, with several spouses in addition to the regular attendees, for a total of 28.
Chief Investigator Billy Fields called the meeting to order (more or less) and asked each person to introduce himself or herself for the benefit of visitors. Show and Tale followed, with several members presenting recent relevant acquisitions or alerting the group to forthcoming media events.
David Marcum offered an eloquent toast to Lomax the sub-librarian from “The Illustrious Client.” Then Shannon Carlisle reported on her experiences at the previous weekend’s BSI Celebration, including being invested in the BSI as "Beacons of the Future!" She passed around several items she acquired at the events and shared the cards and wooden nickels she uses to promote the Junior Sherlockian Society that she cofounded and runs via the Beacon Society.
Fellow travelers (so to speak) Marino Alvarez and Bill Mason, also BSI members, then toasted Shannon and supplemented her report. At that point the official activities were temporarily suspended while members ordered lunch, chatted, and ate.
When the repast was past, the meeting resumed with an account by charter member Gael Stahl of the beginnings of the Nashville Scholars in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Billy announced that Gael will continue to give further portions of that history in upcoming meetings. He then took a moment to remember two of our own who passed over the Reichenbach Falls this past year, Meredith A. “Nan” Ottenbacher and Michael Harper.
The gathering culminated in the investiture of six new members to our group. Each was presented by Billy with a document admirably describing the member’s background and that of his canonical namesake. Billy also promised to remember next time to bring the shilling to which each is now entitled. Newly invested members are Reece Morehead (Lomax the sub-librarian), Sam House (Sir Henry Baskerville), David Marcum (The Engineer’s Thumb), David Fields (Inspector Tobias Gregson), Tom Vickstrom (The Northumberland), and Drew Thomas (The Conductor of Light).
We closed the meeting with a group reading of Vincent Starrett’s “221B.”
Dean's Column for the 4th Quarter (2017)
Shinwell Before Using
Ironically, in reviving this column, I must first report the death of a Shinwell Johnson: Nelsan Ellis, the actor who portrayed Shinwell on Elementary, died of complications from heart failure July 8 at age 39. I liked his portrayal and his charisma, and I regretted his character’s demise as well.
As in the previous incarnation, we will cover forthcoming media here. Just one relevant film worth at the moment. “Sherlock Gnomes,” an animated feature film, will be released 3/23/18, with Johnny Depp in the title role. Sequel to “Gnomeo & Juliet” (2011). There will be several book tie-ins.
In an effort to help Holmes completists go broke, following are forthcoming English language Sherlock-related book (and one CD) releases.
“Sherlock Holmes: His Last Bow: BBC Radio 4” (BBC Books, CD, $36.95; 7/25/17). Full-cast dramatization with Clive Merrison (Holmes) and Michael Williams (Watson). The stories are "Wisteria Lodge," "The Cardboard Box," "The Red Circle," "The Bruce Partington Plans," "The Dying Detective," "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax," "The Devil's Foot" and "His Last Bow."
“From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon” by Mattias Boström, translated by Michael Gallagher (Mysterious Press, hc, $28.00; 8/1/17).
“Solving Sherlock Holmes: Puzzle Your Way Through the Cases” by Pierre Berloquin (Wellfleet Press, hc, $21.95; 8/3/17). “Author Pierre Berloquin takes readers on a whodunit investigation with cryptograms, crosswords, labyrinths, jigsaws, and riddles to keep readers on the edge and constantly thinking.”
“The Baker Street Four,” Vol. 2, by J. B. Djian and Olivier Legrand (authors), David Etien (illustrator) (Insight Comics, tpb, $16.99; 8/8/17).
“Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery” by Vicki Delany (Crooked Lane Books, tpb, $15.99; 8/8/17). Reprint (hc, 2017). Bookshop owner investigates murder involving a copy of the “Beeton’s Annual” containing “A Study in Scarlet.”
“Sherlock Holmes from Screen to Stage: Post-Millennial Adaptations in British Theatre (Adaptation in Theatre and Performance),” 1st ed. 2017 Edition, by Benjamin Poore (Palgrave Macmillan, hc, $99.99, 256 pp; 8/9/17).
“Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes” edited by George Mann (Titan Books, tpb, $14.95; 8/22/17). Anthology of original stories.
“The Further Crossovers of Sherlock Holmes” edited by Richard Dean Starr and Erin Bower (Moonstone Books, tpb, $15.95; 8/29/17). Anthology of original stories by author including David Stuart Davies and David Gerrold. SH “teams up” with other fictional detectives of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows” by James Lovegrove (Titan Books, tpb, $14.95; 9/5/17). Reprint (2016) of book 1 of The Cthulhu Casebooks. Revises meeting of Holmes and Watson.
“A Conspiracy in Belgravia” by Sherry Thomas (Berkley, tpb, $15.00; 9/5/17). Book 2 (following “A Study in Scarlet Women,” 2016) in the Lady Sherlock series. Apparently, the premis is what if Sherlock had been a woman?
“The Demon of the Dusk: The Rediscovered Cases of Sherlock Holmes Book 1” by Arthur Hall (MX Publishing, tpb, $12.95; 9/6/17)
“Sherlock Holmes and the Ley Line Murders” by Allan Mitchell (MX Publishing, tpb, $16.95, 9/14/17). SH versus ancient evil.
“The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure” by Richard T Ryan (MX Publishing, tpb, $16.95; 9/14/17). SH seeks to recover the coronation stone, stolen by Irish separatists during the funeral for Queen Victoria.
“The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life,” Holmes Behind The Veil Book 2 by Thomas Kent Miller (MX Publishing, tpb, $18.95; 9/19/17). Sherlock in Africa with Alan Quatermain (of “King Solomon’s Mines”).
“Sherlock Holmes' Rudimentary Puzzles: Riddles, Enigmas and Challenges Inspired by the World's Greatest Crime-Solver” by Dr. John Watson [sic] (Carlton Books, hc, $14.95; 9/19/17). Actual author may be Tim Dedopolos, who is credited with two other books in this format from this publisher.
“Sherlock Holmes' Cunning Puzzles: Riddles, Enigmas and Challenges Inspired by the World's Greatest Crime-Solver” by Dr. John Watson (Carlton Books, hc, $14.95; 9/19/17).
“Mycroft Holmes and The Apocalypse Handbook” Paperback – September 19, 2017
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar et al. (authors), Josh Cassara (illustrator) (Titan Comics, tpb, $16.99; 9/19/17).
“Sherlock Holmes: Cry of the Innocents” by Cavan Scott (Titan Books, tpb, $14.95, 9/19/17). Poisoned priests and a questionable candidate or sainthood (not Sherlock).
“Sherlock Holmes Wit & Wisdom: Humorous and Inspirational Quotes Celebrating the World's Greatest Detective” by Malcolm Croft (Prion, hc, $9.95; 10/3/17). Not to be confused with “Detectives Say the Darnedest Things.”
“The Tarleton Murders: Sherlock Holmes in America” by Breck England (Mango, tpb, $18.95; 10/1/17). According to Amazon, “A corking good early Sherlock Holmes story that any mystery reader will love.” Among other issues it addresses the question, “Was Uncle Remus actually Sherlock Holmes?”
“The Mile End Murder: The Case Conan Doyle Couldn't Solve” by Sinclair McKay (Aurum Press, hc, $28.00; 10/5/17). Nonfiction.
“Sherlock: The Essential Arthur Conan Doyle Adventures” by Arthur Conan Doyle, selected and introduced by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (Pegasus Books, tpb, $15.95; 10/4/17). Reprint (2016) collection.
“The Baker Street Four,” Volume 3, by J. B. Djian and Olivier Legrand (authors), David Etien (illustrator) (Insight Comics, tpb, $16.99).
“Lock and Key: The Downward Spiral” by Ridley Pearson (Harper Collins, hc, $17.99; 10/10/17). Book 2 (after “Lock and Key: The Initiation,” 2016) in a “bravely reimagined origin story of the rivalry of literature’s most famous enemies—Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty—as told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moira.” For ages 8–12.
“Unquiet Spirits: Whisky, Ghosts, Murder: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure” by Bonnie MacBird (Collins Crime Club, hc, $25.99; 10/10/17). Author of “Art in the Blood.”
“Sherlock: The Blind Banker” by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat (creators), Steven Thompson (author) (Titan Comics, tpb, $12.99; 10/10/17). Book 2 of 5 in the “Sherlock” series of graphic novels based on the BBC series.
“Sherlock Holmes—Tangled Skeins: Stories from the Notebooks of Dr. John H. Watson” by David Marcum (MX Publishing, hc, $24.95; 10/12/17). The author, who lives in Maryville, TN, visited our group last year.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Legacy of Deeds” by Nick Kyme (Titan Books, tpb, $14.95; 10/17/17). “Another case for Sherlock Holmes and his loyal chronicler, Dr. John Watson.”
“A Scandal in Battersea” by Mercedes Lackey (DAW Books, hc, $27.00; 10/17/17). Book 12 in the Elemental Masters fantasy series. Holmes in an alternate 20th century.
“The House at Baker Street: A Mrs. Hudson and Mary Watson Investigation” by Michelle Birkby (Harper Perrenial, tbp, $15.99; 10/24/17). First in a series first published in Great Britain.
“Kid Sherlock,” Volume 1, by Justin Phillips (author), Sean Miller (artist) (Action Lab Entertainment, tpb, $9.99; 10/24/17). Collects first four issues of a comic book.
“The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure” by Richard T Ryan (MX Publishing, hc, $28.95; 11/7/17). Pope Leo XII asks SH to locate several stolen cameos originally commissioned by Pope Alexander VI. Apparently, it’s a two-pope problem.
“The Cthulhu Casebooks: Sherlock Holmes and the Miskatonic Monstrosities”by James Lovegrove (Titan Books, hc, $19.99; 11/14/17). Moriarty at Miskatonic U. studying the “Necronomicon.” Can the Doylean duo foil his evil scheme?
“In Unhallowed Rest: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure” by John Sutton (MX Publishing, tpb, $10.95; 11/25/17). The boys and Lestrade investigate “a satanic cult of vampirism.”
“Lock & Mori: Final Fall” by Heather W. Petty (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, hc, $18.99; 11/28/17). Third in a trilogy (“Lock & Mori,” 2015; “Lock & Mori: Mind Games,” 2016). Not to be confused with “Lock & Key” by Ridley Pearson (despite the similarities). The Amazon tag: “In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James ‘Mori’ Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.” More progeny of “Sherlock” and “Elementary.”
“Sherlock Holmes & The Green Lama: The Heir Apparent” by Adam Lance Garcia (author), Mike Flyes (artist) (Moonstone Books, tpb, $10.99; 1/9/18). I think this is a graphic novel (i.e., comic book).
“Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation” by Brad Ricca (St. Martin’s Griffin, tpb, $16.99; 1/9/18). Reprint (2017) nonfiction/true crime.
“Body on Baker Street: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery” by Vicki Delany (Crooked Lane Books, tpb, $15.99; 1/9/18). Reprint (2017) in which bookshop owner investigates the murder of an author of Sherlock pastiches (which should be tough considering the huge number of pastiche haters).
“The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Haunting of Torre Abbey” by Carole Bugge (Titan Books, tpb, $12.95; 1/23/18).
“Sherlock Gnomes” by Mary Tillworth (adapter) (Simon Spotlight, pb, $6.99; 2/6/18). Novelization of movie, for ages 8–12.
“Gnome, Sweet Gnome” by Tina Gallo (adapter), Jenny Yoon (illustrator) (Simon Spotlight, pb, $3.99; 2/6/18). Tie-in to “Sherlock Gnomes” movie, for ages 3–7.
“Juliet Saves the Day!” by A. E. Dingee (adapter), Kelly Kennedy (illustrator) (Simon Spotlight, hc/pb, $16.99/$3.99, 2/6/18). Tie-in to “Sherlock Gnomes” movie, for ages 5–7.
“On the Case” by A. E. Dingee (author), Elsa Chang (illustrator) (Simon Spotlight, pb, $5.99; 2/6/18). Tie-in to “Sherlock Gnomes” movie, for ages 3–7.
“The Cat of the Baskervilles: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery” by Vicki Delany (Crooked Lane Books, hc, $26.99; 2/13/18). Owner of the bookshop investigates murder of the actor portraying SH in a theatrical production of “Hound.”
“Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA” by Bridget Heos (Balzer & Bray, tpb, $9.99; 2/20/18). Reprint (2017) of nonfiction for grades 8 and up.
“Stolen Identity” by Franklin W. Dixon (Alladin, hc/pb, $17.99/$6.99; 2/20/18). A new Hardy Boys adventure involving a stolen Sherlock Holmes manuscript.
“The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter” by Theodora Goss (Saga Press, tpb, $14.99; 2/27/18). Reprint (2017) of novel about Dr. Jeckyll’s daughter enlisting Holmes and Watson’s aid in searching for Mr. Hyde.
“The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes” by Lindsey Faye (Mysterious Press, tpb, $17.00; 3/6/18). Reprint (2017) of collection of short story pastiches.
“The Case for Jamie” by Brittany Cavallaro (Katherine Tegen Books, hc, $17.99; 3/6/18) Third in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, following “A Study in Charlotte” (2016) and “The Last of August” (2017). Teen descendants of Holmes and Watson
“Holmes Entangled: The Final Endeavor of Sherlock Holmes” by Gordon McAlpine (Seventh Street Books, tpb, $15.95; 3/6/18). In a parallel 1920s London, Sherlock is hired by historical and science fiction novelist (but not mystery writer) Arthur Conan Doyle.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Red Tower” by Mark A. Latham (Titan Books, tpb, $14.95; 3/13/18).
“The Baker Street Four,” Vol. 4, by Olivier Legrand and Jean-Blaise Djian (authors), Etien Etien (illustrator) (Insight Comics, tpb, $16.99; 3/20/18). The Irregulars help Holmes against Moriarty and Moran.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Four-Handed Game” by Paul D. Gilbert (Crowood Press, hc, $?; 6/1/18). SH juggles four cases simultaneously.
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