A Sandal from East Anglia
Archeological excavations at the ruined Abbey of St. Edmund unearth a sealed canister. In it is a document that has the potential to change the course of the British Empire and all of Christendom.
There are some evil young men who are prepared to rob, and beat and even commit murder to keep its contents from ever becoming known. There is a strikingly beautiful young Sister, with a curious double life, who is determined to use the document to improve the lives of women throughout the world.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called upon to protect the young woman, catch the killers, and trap the evil men who are greedily plotting against The Nun.
The mystery is inspired by the original Sherlock Holmes story, A Scandal in Bohemia. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy a new story that maintains all the loved and familiar characters and settings of Victorian England.
The Adventure of the Blue Belt Buckle
A young street urchin, one of the Baker Street Irregulars, discovers a man’s belt and buckle under a bush in Hyde Park. He brings it to Sherlock Holmes, hoping for a reward. The buckle is unique and stunning, gleaming turquoise stones set in exquisitely carved silver; a masterpiece from the native American west.
A body of an American Indian is found in a hotel room in Mayfair. Scotland Yard seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes in solving the murder. The victim is the brilliant artist that created and wore the buckle.
A secret key is found leading Sherlock Holmes to a replica set of the Crown Jewels. The real Jewels, supposedly secure inside the Tower of London are in danger of being stolen or destroyed. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, to be held in just a few months, could be ruined.
Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Scotland yard, the Home Office and even Her Majesty all team up to prevent a crime of unspeakable dimensions.
The Sign of the Third
– sacred relics from exotic Ceylon meet with would-be radicals and assassins and the Empire is threatened. Sherlock Holmes has to stop them. Dr. Watson falls in love.
Fifteen hundred years ago the courageous Princess Hemamali smuggled the sacred tooth of the Buddha into Ceylon. Since that time it has never left the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, where it has been guarded and worshiped by the faithful. Now, for the first time, it is being brought to London to be part of a magnificent exhibit at the British Museum. But what if something were to happen to it? It would be a disaster for the British Empire. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and even Mycroft Holmes are called upon to prevent such a crisis. Will they prevail? What is about to happen to Dr. John Watson? And who is this mysterious young Irregular they call The Injin? This novella is inspired by the Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Sign of the Four. The same characters and villains are present and fans of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes will enjoy seeing their hero called upon yet again to use his powers of scientific deduction to thwart dangerous and dastardly criminals.
The Mystery of the Five Oranges
– on a miserable rainy evening a desperate father enters 221B Baker Street. His daughter has been kidnapped and spirited off to North America. The evil network who have taken her have spies everywhere. If he goes to Scotland Yard they will kill her. There is only one hope – Sherlock Holmes.
Holmes and Watson sail to a small corner of Canada, Prince Edward Island, in search of the girl. They find themselves fighting one of the most powerful and malicious organizations on earth – the Ku Klux Klan. But they are aided in their quest by the newest member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a determined and imaginative young redhead, and by the resources of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Sherlockians will enjoy this new adventure of the world’s most famous detective, inspired by the original story of The Five Orange Pips. And those who love Anne of Green Gables will thrill to see her recruited by Holmes and Watson to help in the defeat of crime.
– an unauthorized parody in which the world’s most beloved and famous Southern Belle comes to London desperately searching for her “I-don’t-give-a-damn” husband. She needs help from Sherlock Holmes.
Starlet O’Halloran (who some readers will recognize by her more famous name) has come to London looking for her wayward husband. She seeks help from Sherlock Holmes. He refuses the case until he learns that three men have already been murdered who were connected to Starlet and her family. Her husband, who believes in “lost causes once they are truly lost” is protecting the new king from radicals intent on assassination. So an unlikely crew of Southerners, Londoners, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – and a couple of unexpected new characters – must work together to save the King and the Empire. Fans of both Sherlock Holmes and Gone with the Wind will enjoy this parody.
The Bald-Headed Trust
– the evil professor has devised a brilliant scheme for scamming the stock markets of millions of pounds. Innocent men have been murdered. Phoney missionaries have been sent. Sherlock Holmes meets up with this diabolical plan by accident and must enlist the help of a devout religious family in order to stop the crime.
Dr. Watson insists on taking his friend on a short vacation to the seaside in Plymouth. Watson hopes that it will be a time for restoration of body and soul. Within hours of arriving there Sherlock Holmes is called upon to help solve a recent murder of two electrical engineers. What began as a tedious journey quickly turns into a puzzling and finally a diabolical adventure, as the great detective, aided by some unusual recruits to the Company of Irregulars – from the Plymouth Brethren of all people – must match wits first with bank robbers and eventually with the evil professor himself. Lovers of Sherlock Holmes mysteries will enjoy this new story, inspired by the original Sherlock Holmes story, The Red-Headed League. It is a brand new mystery but as faithful as possible to the characters, heroes, villains, language, and settings of the original Sherlock Holmes.
A Scandal in Fordlandia
– This story is set in Toronto, Canada in June 2014. Sherlock Holmes and Dr.Watson are called upon to rescue the larger-than-life chaotic mayor of the city. It is a satirical parody and will have you laughing – especially if you followed the perils of Toronto’s most unusual politician.
As a devoted Sherlockian you will most certainly be familiar with the wonderful story A Scandal in Bohemia. History now repeats itself and Holmes and Watson find themselves in Toronto in 2014, and their client a modern version of the King of Bohemia. Yet again they must use courage and ingenuity in order to save civilization, and the Mayor, from political disaster. If you love Sherlock Holmes, you will enjoy this parody of his adventure. A condensed version of this story won the Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada’s contest for a new Sherlock Holmes mystery.
The Hudson Valley Mystery
– Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Watson’s wife, Mary, are all in New York City at the turn of the last century. This new mystery brings them together not only with the corrupt colorful characters of Manhattan but also with the mysterious specter of Washington Irving’s spookiest story.
A terrible tragedy has taken place just outside New York City. A young man murdered his father and then went stark raving mad. Sherlock Holmes is called upon by the lad’s mother to solve the crime. So Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson make their way to America. There they meet the villains of Tammany Hall and maybe – no one will ever know – a ghostly apparition the haunts the pleasant glade known as Sleepy Hollow. The story is inspired by The Buscombe Valley Mystery, one of the original stories in the canon of Sherlock Holmes. The unique characters of those stories are all still there present. The events and the setting may be new, but Sherlockians everywhere will recognize the mind and actions of the world’s most beloved detective.
A Case of identity Theft
– murder most foul! A young couple have been gruesomely done in. Another young couple has gone missing. A massive fortune from New Zealand is a stake. And Moriarty may be behind it all.
A not overly attractive young woman seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes. Her husband is missing. Only a few days later the missing husband arrives, breathless, at 221B Baker Street. His wife is missing. England’s greatest detective helps them. But then the mothers of both the young husband and the wife come asking for the services of Sherlock Holmes. Both of their children are missing and foul play is suspected. Together with Dr. Watson and with a little help from Mycroft Holmes, our wonderful sleuth must put an end to a string of murders, recover half a million pounds in stolen securities, and rescue the young couple from certain death at the hands of the evil powers. Fans of Sherlock Holmes will enjoy this new mystery – inspired by A Case of Identity – with all the familiar characters and settings, but with a new and intricate plot and a storyline that reaches from the East End of London to Botany Bay and beyond.
Sherlock and Barack: How “The Sherlock Holmes Factor” Decided the Election of November 2012
– for Sherlockians only. This is a learned essay in the erudite discipline of The Great Game. Using the techniques of higher criticism Dr. Copland argues that not only was Sherlock Holmes the deciding factor in the election of President Barack Obama, but that the author of the story that brought about the defeat of Mitt Romney was someone other than Dr. John Watson.
This is NOT a new Sherlock Holmes Mystery. It is a Sherlockian research paper seeking answers to some very serious questions. Why did Barack Obama win in November 2012? Why did Mitt Romney lose? Pundits and political scientists have offered countless reasons. This book reveals the real reason – The Sherlock Holmes Factor. Had it not been for Sherlock Holmes, Mitt Romney would be president. This study is the first entry by Sherlockian Craig Stephen Copland into the Grand Game of amateur analysis of the canon of Sherlock Holmes stories, and their effect on western civilization. Sherlockians will enjoy the logical deductions that lead to the inevitable conclusions. A full copy of A Study in Scarlet, the story responsible for the November 2012 Sherlock Holmes Factor, is included in this book so that novice readers may confront the evidence and decide for themselves.
Arthur Conan Doyle wrote sixty Sherlock Holmes mysteries. So there are going to be sixty New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, each one inspired by the related original story. They will appear every month (more or less) over the next few years in the same chronological order as the originals. Most will be set in the same year as the original story and all will feature the same characters and, of course, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and want to read more mysteries that he is called upon to solve, then you will love this new series.
About the Author
Craig Stephen Copland is a native of Toronto, Canada and now divides his time between Canada, where his children and grandchildren live, and Manhattan/Washington DC, where he still pretends to be writing and consulting. Way back in the late 1960s and early 1970s he was an English major at the University of Toronto and had the good fortune to study under both Northrup Frye and Marshall McLuhan. At sometime in the decades since he became a Sherlockian and developed a minor addiction to the sacred canon of Arthur Conan Doyle stories about the great detective.
He is a recent member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada, who have met faithfully for many years under the name of The Bootmakers (www.TorontoBootmakers.com) and recommends this excellent group of fine chaps and fascinating ladies to all those who share a devotion to Mr. Holmes.
In real life, when he has time for it, he writes about and serves as a consultant for political campaigns in Canada and the USA (www.ConservativeGrowth.net) but would likely abandon that vocation if he thought for a moment he could make a living writing about Sherlock Holmes.
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