In Re: Sherlock Holmes - The adventures of Solar Pons

August Derleth

Once again in old London, "the game is afoot." Meet Solar Pons.

An admirer of Sherlock Holmes, August Derleth wrote to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, asking if there would be any more Holmes adventures. Upon receiving a clear 'no', he created some of his own but set in (then) contemporary times of the 1920s starring a near exact replica Solar Pons who made use of the classic methods of Holmes.

In this first collection that were pastiches of the Canon, written when he was nineteen, Derleth recreated the London of Sherlock Holmes with Baker Street now Praed Street. Here are 'The Adventure of the Frightened Baronet' about a spectral image of Siva seen at an estate beyond London; 'The Adventure of the Purloined Periapt' which is perhaps the closest of all the tales in this book to the original spirit; 'The Adventure of the Norcross Riddle' containing some neat deduction; "The Adventure of the Man with the Broken Face" a tale of "dark waters"; and eight others.

"How many budding authors, not even old enough to vote, could have captured the spirit and atmosphere with as much fidelity?" Ellery Queen

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 274
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357311847
  • Price : INR 499

August Derleth

August William Derleth (24 February 1909 4 July 1971) was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos and the cosmic horror genre, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House (which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in hardcover in the US that had only been readily available in the UK), Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction and biography. Derleth wrote more than 150 short stories and more than 100 books during his lifetime.

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