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Sherlock Book Reviews – The Undiscovered Archives of Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Holmes Books by MX Publishing

David Marcum

John Lawrence was well known before he ever ventured into the Sherlockian sandbox. With a PhD in history, he worked for nearly forty years as a top staff person in the US House of Representatives, with his final eight years there as the Chief of Staff for Speaker Nancy Pelosi. When he turned his attention to Sherlock Holmes, he hit the ground running with a reputation for excellence, and he hasn’t looked back.

The original (and pitifully few) five-dozen Canonical adventures ranged from small affairs to those with international implications, but with so few stories, only so much of Holmes’s life and the events of the world around him could be shared. Fortunately, extra-Canonical tales do incredible work filling in the spaces between the original narratives – and John Lawrence’s stories do an especially good job. Each of these tales tells what really happened in a number of historical events – and the reader will race from surprise to surprise. I can only imagine what other secrets Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box will reveal by way of Mr. Lawrence.

The Undiscovered Archives of Sherlock Holmes is available from this site with a share going to our good causes, and also available from:

Amazon USA        Barnes and Noble

Book Depository (free worldwide shipping)        Amazon UK           


Although the illustrious career of Sherlock Holmes has been documented in innumerable stories over the decades, some accounts have remained classified due to their extremely sensitive nature … until now. Cases involving major historical figures and topics –Winston Churchill’s request to investigate the emerging Nazi Party, the emergency surgery on the British monarch, the apparent suicide of a leading suffragist and the strange death of an American president – have been locked away, sometimes with explicit instructions that they be kept from public view well into the future.

Now, these cases are available to readers in the collection The Undiscovered Archives of Sherlock Holmes. Each of these seven stories is linked to a major historical figure or event. The actual nature of the case had often been misunderstood for a century and more because of the need to respect the privacy of those involved and, in some cases, to avoid potentially embarrassing disclosures and diplomatic controversies.

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