The Crew of the Barque Lone Star is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an anthology of Sherlock Holmes mysteries involving Grimm fairy tales or Mother Goose rhymes. This will be a FREE ebook, check out my Website later this year for a download.
Here’s a taste of my contribution to the book:
The Adventure of the Missing Irregulars
The knock came as Holmes and I sat down for breakfast. Sherlock paused, his fork and knife suspended above his plate, ready to attack the kipper lying there. “Come in, Wiggins.”
A lad of about sixteen stepped into the room, and peered at my flatmate. “How’d ya’ know it was me?”
“Quite obvious, really.” Holmes chewed a bite of fish. “No one had knocked on the front door, and your steps were too light for a man and too quick for a lady. Therefore, Mrs. Hudson had let in a boy through the back entry. I suppose it could’ve been another of the Irregulars, but given you are their leader, logically, it would be you.”
Wiggins’ mouth formed an o. “Laws. That’s a ‘nificent piece of thinkin’.”
“What I am unable to ‘think’ out, however, is the purpose of your visit.”
The young man sobered immediately at this pronouncement, his lower lip trembling. “It’s me mates. They’re gone.”
Sherlock’s next forkful froze halfway to his mouth. A piece of kipper swung from the tines. “Gone? How?”
“I dunno, ‘xactly. The six of us went to sleep, and when I woke up, they was gone.”
He shook his head. “Yesterday mornin’. I spent all day searchin’ for them. Walked all over town, whistlin’ our call to come together. Nuthin’.” His eyes glistened. “Sumthin’ bad’s happened to ‘em. It’s like the earth swallowed ‘em.”
A stone formed in the pit of stomach at the news of the Irregulars’ disappearance. London in 1895 had variety of ways of “swallowing” people
, and it was quite possible that was what happened to the boys. Even Holmes might have trouble locating them. Sherlock, however, expressed no such doubts.
In the mean time…check out my alternate universe Sherlock Holmes story in Curious Incidents: More Improbable Adventures.
Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle’s inimitable detective, has found a new life among modern audiences.
In Curious Incidents, 15 authors of horror and mystery have come together to create a unique anthology of stories where the great detective and his stalwart
companion venture into alternate universes, histories, and futures to solve puzzling cases of the paranormal far beyond the bounds of imagination. Liese Sherwood-Fabre’s tale of “The Case of the Tainted Blood” gives us a world-weary Holmes and Watson living as vampyres and called to investigate a vicious murder of one of their fellow night creatures.