Holmes For the (Summer) Holidays

I have just signed a contract to supply the lovely people at Titan Books, specifically editor Miranda Jewess, with two further Sherlock Holmes adventures.

The first of these is The Labyrinth of Death and sees Holmes and Watson embroiled with a religious cult whose worshippers have an unfortunate habit of turning up dead.  At the climax our heroes will have to face a gauntlet of deadly challenges which even the great consulting detective may not be able to solve.  The book is due to be published in summer 2017.

The second is The Devil’s Dust and sees Holmes cross paths with H. Rider Haggard’s indomitable hero Allan Quatermain.

As far as I’m aware it’s the first time the two characters have formally met in print and shared an adventure together, and I’m somewhat excited about the prospect.  In the jungles of London, the great Victorian hunter is pursuring dangerous game, and the prey in his sights is none other than Sherlock Holmes.  That’s scheduled for summer 2018.



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  1. David Jones says:

    Excited about these! I’ve just finished ‘The Thinking Engine’ and am now reading ‘The Stuff of Nightmares’!

  2. James says:

    Hard at work on Labyrinth of Death right now. I hope to have a first draft finished and ready for editing by September.

  3. Stephen Watson says:

    Came across the Gods of War in our library and loved it. Hunted down some more and bought The Thinking Engine which I raced through. Looking forwards torpedoing the feat of the current Holmesian crop and a bonus to find you’re writing another two! Great work James. 🙂

  4. James says:

    Ha ha! I did try to interpret “torpedoing the feat” and came to the conclusion — wrongly, it would seem — that it was simply some phrase unfamiliar to me. You have to admit, it does sound like a cool expression. “Yeah, I have a tricky presentation coming up, but I’m really going to torpedo the feat!”

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