Date Published: 03-01-2023
Publisher: Tekrighter, LLC
Return to the streets and alleys of Victorian London, where the game is afoot once again!
The Great Detective, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, and his steadfast companion Dr. Watson are back for ten new cases, spanning the length of the quintessential detective's illustrious career. Beginning while Holmes was still a green investigator in Montague Street, this collection encompasses the 1880s and the 1890s, up to the dawn of the new century. Walk with Holmes as he puzzles over the problem of a drunken teetotaler, celebrates an old English Christmas at the Red Lion, tracks down the Camberwell poisoner, and experiences the horror in King Street. If you've been pining for new traditional, canonical Sherlock Holmes tales, Ten Steps from Baker Street is the collection you've been waiting for.
About the Author
Thomas A. Burns, Jr. is the author of the Natalie McMasters Mysteries. He was born and grew up in New Jersey, attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, earned B.S degrees in Zoology and Microbiology at Michigan State University and a M.S. in Microbiology at North Carolina State University. He currently resides in Wendell, North Carolina with his wife and son, four cats and a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. As a kid, Tom started reading mysteries with the Hardy Boys, Ken Holt and Rick Brant, and graduated to the classic stories by authors such as A. Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Erle Stanley Gardner and Rex Stout, to name a few. Tom has written fiction as a hobby all of his life, starting with Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories in marble-backed copybooks in grade school. He built a career as technical, science and medical writer and editor for nearly thirty years in industry and government. Now that he's retired to become a full-time a novelist, he's excited to publish his own mystery series, as well as to contribute stories about his second-most favorite detective to the MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.
The Wizard of Montague Street
The slender young man exited the park at Russell Square and crossed the road into Montague Street. To save a fare, he’d walked all the way from St. Pancras station, nearly a mile away, toting a carpet bag with his heavy Inverness jammed between the handles. July in London is not an overly hot month, but it was still much too warm for that garment.
At twenty-three years old, Sherlock Holmes had come down from Camford today to realize his life’s dream. Here in London, he would become the world’s first consulting detective. He would earn his bread and cheese by using his peculiar abilities to advise other investigators regarding the odd, arcane, seemingly insoluble cases they would bring to his door. The fact that he knew next to no one in the city did not trouble him greatly—a current copy of the Illustrated Police News would provide him with a plethora of mysteries to investigate, solve and build his reputation. To support him during this uncertain time, he carried a purse containing five gold sovereigns in his trousers pocket.
If I cannot establish myself before these are exhausted, perhaps I have chosen the wrong career.