Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings based on Waiting on Wednesday that was created and run by Breaking the Spine where each Wednesday you get to showcase a book that you are really looking forward to and that has yet to be released.
This week I’ve chosen:
Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons by James Lovegrove.
1894. The monstrous Hound of the Baskervilles has been dead for five years, along with its no less monstrous owner, the naturalist Jack Stapleton. Sir Henry Baskerville is living contentedly at Baskerville Hall with his new wife Audrey and their three-year-old son Harry.
Until, that is, Audrey’s lifeless body is found on the moors, drained of blood. It would appear some fiendish creature is once more at large on Dartmoor and has, like its predecessor, targeted the unfortunate Baskerville family. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are summoned to Sir Henry’s aid, and our heroes must face a marauding beast that is the very stuff of nightmares. It seems that Stapleton may not have perished in the Great Grimpen Mire after all, as Holmes believed, and is hell-bent on revenge…
Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons is scheduled for release on October 13th, 2020 by Titan Books. I’m a big fan of Lovegrove’s Holmes stories and thoroughly enjoyed his last full-length standalone Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon, his last short story collection The Manifestations of Sherlock Holmes and his The Cthulu Casebooks trilogy (the Shadwell Shadows, the Miskatonic Monstrosities and the Sussex Sea-Devils) which blends together Conan Doyle’s creations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson with H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos too. A continuation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Beast of the Stapletons sounds like it could be brilliant too and I love the cover.
About James Lovegrove.
James Lovegrove is the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Odin. He was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1998 and for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2004, and also reviews fiction for the Financial Times. He is the author of Firefly: Big Damn Hero with Nancy Holder and Firefly: The Magnificent Nine, and several Sherlock Holmes novels for Titan Books. He lives in south-east England.
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