FURTHER ENCOUNTERS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Edited by George Mann.
Stories by Guy Adams, Lou Anders, Nick Campbell, Roy Gill, James Goss, Scott Handcock, Andrew Lane, Mark Latham, Philip Marsh, William Patrick Maynard, Philip Purser-Hallard and Justin Richards.
Published in 2014 by Titan Books.
A brand-new collection of Sherlock Holmes stories from a variety of exciting voices in modern horror and steampunk, edited by respected anthologist George Mann.
The collection includes the short story ‘The Adventure of the Professor’s Bequest’ by Philip Purser-Hallard:
‘This is a quite surprising telegram, Watson,’ Sherlock Holmes remarked without preamble, as he tossed me the slip of paper which Mrs Hudson had brought him some minutes before.
I perused it, considering.
HELP URGENTLY REQUIRED BROTHER JAMES PAPERS STOLEN YESTERNIGHT CONSEQUENCES INCALCULABLE MRS BANISTER MOST DISTRAUGHT MONEY NO OBJECT PLEASE COME SOONEST BANISTER
‘I see nothing remarkable about it, unless perhaps it is written in code,’ I replied at last. ‘Despite this Mr Banister’s evident urgency, it seems indistinguishable from a dozen similar requests since your return.’
‘And yet it is quite unique,’ he insisted. ‘Not in its substance, which is precisely as it appears, but because of its sender. Professor Redmond Banister, with whom I have had certain dealings, is not only a leading authority on the morphologies and life-cycles of annelid worms, but also one of the last people I had ever expected to approach me for help.’
‘And why’s that?’
‘Because he is also one of the few living relatives of the late Professor Moriarty, albeit by marriage. Mrs Abigail Banister, whom he describes as being so very distraught, is Moriarty’s younger sister, making our erstwhile nemesis Redmond Banister’s lamented brother-in-law.’
...Continued in ‘The Adventure of the Professor’s Bequest’.
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