Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets

An Anthology of Holmesian Tales Across Time and Space

Attention, Sherlockians! Interested in reading an anthology of Sherlock Holmes stories guaranteed to show our favorite detective in a new light? If so, grab a copy of the anthology, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, for a delightful twist on the Holmesian mysteries we have all come to know and love. This collection of fourteen short stories will entertain and enthrall! Catch Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you have never seen them before! This book will introduce you to a new kind of Sherlock, a new kind of Watson, and even a new kind of Mrs. Hudson! The elusive Moriarty does not, alas, make an appearance, but his work is in some of these stories, to be sure.

I certainly enjoyed reading this book. I was disappointed that the most common type of Sherlock used for modern day stories was based on the type portrayed in BBC’s hit show, Sherlock, as I have enjoyed the more traditional, old fashioned stylings of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson from the stories of long ago. Still, this did make the detective all the more appealing. He certainly fit the role of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character and that made the story work out rather well. Perhaps it is for the best, as the old Sherlock could not possibly appeal too such a broad readership as the new fanbase that came about thanks to the popularity of the new Sherlock. Perhaps such fans would expect the “new Sherlock” in some way when reading a Sherlock Holmes story in a new book.

What a delightful surprise I was in for when I read this anthology. If you tell a bunch of writers that they have creative license in writing a Sherlock Holmes mystery with a twist, then rest assured they’ll do that and more with their stories. There’s the female Sherlock Holmes, as well as the female Dr. Watson. There’s Mrs. Hudson as a circus midget and Mrs. Hudson as the diabolical mastermind behind the creation of not only Sherlock Holmes but also Moriarty. In one story, Sherlock is even a demon! We delve into the pasts of Holmes and Watson, pondering what could have been that helped make them the men they are today, then fast forward into the future where our humble detective even still refuses the convenience of technology in favor of his keen sense of deduction (a rather stark contrast to the character in the Sherlock TV show, where we often see the detective pulling out his smartphone to access the Internet or send a text).

In all the stories save one, Sherlock indeed shows off his skill for deduction. Sometimes it got tiring and at one point I was ready to roll my eyes and mutter “oh, here we go.” But what would a Sherlock Holmes story be without the detective explaining just how he figured things out? That is certainly a hallmark of a Holmesian mystery. Additionally, the mysteries were believable for that particular kind of story – even though with one story I could only scoff and ask myself, THAT was his motive?? Another thing I took note of as I read these stories is that I was never disappointed with how well the characters were portrayed. This was Sherlock being Sherlock. This was Watson being Watson. They were all well-rounded and certainly what a Holmes reader would expect to see of his/her favorite two characters. Even when Sherlock or Watson was a female in a story, they were what you would expect them to be. I really appreciated this effort as these characters have too strong a foothold in literature to be anything else but the same clever, ruthless, confident and independent characters they are expected to be.

Another thing I noticed about these stories is that the writers jumped at the chance to squeeze in popular sayings and ideas about these two characters. Know the expression “no s**t, Sherlock”? It’s in one of the stories – something you just won’t find in any of the old Holmes’ mysteries. Then there’s the widespread assumption that Sherlock and Watson are lovers. For anyone who falls into the category that only hopes they could be or assumes that they are, there’s a story in this anthology for just such a reader. Then there’s the whole “the game is afoot!” expression thrown in here, as well.

Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets is the kind of anthology that no Sherlockian would want to be without. It takes readers on a delightful and interesting twist on the Holmesian mysteries and pulls you along until the very end. The mighty detective duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are at it again with new kinds of mysteries and new villains to hunt down. If it’s a different twist on a Sherlock Holmes story you are looking for, then look no further than Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets. These are a new kind of Holmesian stories you won’t soon forget.

Book Blurb for Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets

The world's most famous detective, as you’ve never seen him before! This is a collection of orginal short stories finding Holmes and Watson in times and places you would never have expected!

A dozen established and up-and-coming authors invite you to view Doyle’s greatest creation through a decidedly cracked lens.

Read about Holmes and Watson through time and space, as they tackle a witch-trial in seventeenthcentury Scotland, bandy words with Andy Warhol in 1970s New York, travel the Wild Frontier in the Old West, solve future crimes in a world of robots and even cross paths with a young Elvis Presley...

Set to include stories by Kasey Lansdale, Guy Adams, Jamie Wyman, J E Cohen, Gini Koch, Glen Mehn, Kelly Hale, Kaaron Warren, Emma Newman and more.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2015 5.00