'Tis the Season for Sherlock Holmes Novellas, Hardcover editions of Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells, and Books From our Friends at MX Publishing


This is our last blog entry on gift ideas for the Sherlockian in your life.  Do you have someone who enjoys a quick read? Prefers a short book to a long one?  How about trying out a Sherlock Holmes novella! We have two great reads to offer you.

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance


Winter, 1890.

A deep freeze has fallen upon London, and its citizens remain huddled indoors.



But the cogs of the criminal underworld never stop turning, and Holmes and Watson find themselves embroiled in a crime that rocks the centre of the art world.

Sir Wellington is disturbed in the middle of the night, apprehending a thief attempting to steal his rare and valuable 14th portrait of King Edward III.

In the kerfuffle that follows, the painting is set ablaze and the thief escapes.

When the police track down the criminal to take him to the station, he is fatally shot by an unknown assailant.

But the labyrinth of deceit grows even more impenetrable, as the painting’s provenance is called into question and Holmes and Watson find themselves in the midst of a vast conspiracy.

It seems that this incident is just one of many at the hands of a powerful crime syndicate, duping the London’s wealthy into buying imitation artwork – with the renowned National Portrait Gallery supposedly at the centre...

With usurped identities, shootings, chases and conspiracies, Holmes and Watson find themselves enmeshed in a tangled web of theft, forgery and murder.

Can the famous duo untangle the mystery and expose the criminal network before it is too late? Or will this case prove too complex for even their brilliant minds?

Praise for The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance:



… Derrick Belanger has once again created his own unique doorway into the world of Holmes and Watson. He makes you feel as if you’re in Victorian London, and the story’s twists are both surprising and satisfying.” - David Marcum, author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes

"... well-paced, with just enough action to balance the domesticity and deduction, and the plot is cleverly executed."
- ihearofsherlock.com blog

“This author truly captures the storytelling virtues with which Doyle imbued Dr. Watson. Belanger’s tale pulls you in from the first paragraph, and keeps you at Holmes’s side as this marvelous new tale unfolds step-by-step. If you love Holmes, you’ll love The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance.” - Kim Krisco, author of Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Years

Get your copy of this #1 bestseller as an audio book, ebook, or paperback here!

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Primal Man




London 1901.

The city is in the grip of 'Monkey Man Mania'.



Intrepid explorer, Drake Patterson has caused a media storm following his astonishing discovery of a frozen ancient man in the remote Himalayan mountains.

This 'Primal Man' has been triumphantly transported back to England as proof of the 'missing link' in evolutionary theory.

The upcoming auction of the specimen causes a stir amongst academics and the board of the British Museum.

Whilst many are excited about bidding for this 'yeti', or 'mi-go', there are some with a more sceptical viewpoint.

The story of the find just doesn't add up – neither does the fact that no one is prepared to insure the beast.

Enter the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr Watson.

Sherlock is in no doubt about the Primal Man's authenticity and takes great pleasure in enlisting the assistance of his cousin, Professor Ellington Dynamo to prove the case.

The fraud investigation takes a dark turn when it becomes one of murder, and Sherlock's powers of deduction and skill are once again put to the test in this exciting adventure.

Full of the skulduggery and surprises you would expect from a Sherlock story, and with the fearsome Professor Dynamo and his delightful inventions to boot, The Adventure of the Primal Man will not fail to please.

‘One thing is certain – nothing is as it seems, and Sherlock Holmes is the man to solve the case.’ David Marcum, author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt, and Sherlock Holmes – Tangled Skeins

‘Noted Sherlock Holmes author, Derrick Belanger, has outdone himself again. … a creative tour de force full of mystery, murder, bullet-less guns and electric super-cars shaped like torpedoes.’ GC Rosenquist, author of Sherlock Holmes: The Pearl of Death and Other Early Stories

This excellent read from Derrick Belanger is sure to delight and enthral, not only fans of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, but will also excite and entertain the enthusiasts of general science fiction and Steampunk.’ Chuck Davis, author of Phantoms of the Skies, and the Sherlock Holmes short story “The Adventure of the White Bird” in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.

Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson and Professor Dynamo are together in one thrilling adventure!’ Luke Kuhns, author of Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Thread of Murder and The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Get your copy of this #1 bestseller in audio book, ebook, or paperback editions here!

Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells Now Available in a Complete Hardcover Edition!


Derrick Belanger holding a copy of the hardcover edition of Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. wells.  The hardcover edition comes with a gorgeous slipcover.

While ebooks are all the rage nowadays, some traditionalists still prefer a nice hardcover edition, and now you can get one for Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells. This edition includes both volumes of Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells in one book.  Looks awesome on a book shelf or atop a coffee table.  Order your copy from Blurb today!  

For those who prefer ebook or paperback editions, you can order Volume 1 in both formats here.

Volume 2 is currently available in paperback here and ebook here!


Suggestions from our Friends at MX Publishing

Here are a few more book suggestions from our friends at MX Publishing.

The Trials of Sherlock Holmes


It is a cold London morning in 1887, and the discovery of a dead man in an abandoned house plunges Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson into a series of eight trying cases that will test the friendship of the two companions and threaten the safety of the country itself.

From a staged murder to an impossible suicide, the theft of a national document to the disappearance of an entire family, London's foremost consulting detective and his faithful companion must seek out the clues and venture into the very heart of each mystery. All the while a sinister force, lurking amid the busy streets of London, stalks their every case, testing their own mental and physical prowess; ultimately they require the assistance of their closest allies, including Mycroft Holmes and the unsophisticated Inspectors Gregson and Lestrade.

Will Holmes and Watson be able to avert the approaching threat that appears to be vengefully heading straight for them?

Get your copy here!

A Sherlockian Who's Who (With, of Course Dr. Watson)



Ever since A. C. Black & Co. brought out their first Whos Who? of the great and good in 1849 (followed in 1897 by Who Was Who after death intervened and removed their entries to a separate volume) people have been fascinated by the rich and famous. So there is, for example, a Whos Who in cricket, a Whos Who in Agatha Christie. And even a Whos Who in a famous cemetery. So if you have ever wanted to know where Watson bought his boots, or where (and when) Inspectors Lestrade, Bradstreet, Athelney Jones, Hopkins and MacDonald appear in the stories then this is the book for you. How many times is Moriarty mentioned, and what was his henchman, Colonel Moran, up to in an empty house? Who on earth was Acton and, more to the point, who could possibly have been called (by the Great Detective himself) a rival to Sherlock Holmes?

Get your copy here!

Close to Holmes: A look at the connections between historical London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


The London of the late nineteenth century was home to both Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous detective - Sherlock Holmes. This book looks at some of the many locations in both central and outer London that have connections to one or both of these famous names. In addition to examining the history this book also looks at some of the theories that have been woven over the years around Holmes and these locations.

Get your copy of this book as well as other wonderful historical Holmes books by Alistair Duncan here!


The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure



When the papal apartments are burgled in 1901, Sherlock Holmes is summoned to Rome by Pope Leo XII. After learning from the pontiff that several priceless cameos that could prove compromising to the church, and perhaps determine the future of the newly unified Italy, have been stolen, Holmes is asked to recover them. In a parallel story, Michelangelo, the toast of Rome in 1501 after the unveiling of his Pieta, is commissioned by Pope Alexander VI, the last of the Borgia pontiffs, with creating the cameos that will bedevil Holmes and the papacy four centuries later. For fans of Conan Doyle’s immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, the great detective has never encountered an adversary quite like the one with whom he crosses swords in “The Vatican Cameos.”.


Get your copy in ebook, paperback, audio, and a cool new hard cover edition  here!

Sherlock Holmes and the Portal of Time


Only one man can change the outcome of World War II-Professor Moriarty. And only one man can stop him-Sherlock Holmes. In a breakneck race through time, Holmes and Watson must follow Moriarty eighteen years into the future to prevent him from helping the Germans develop the atomic bomb. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Holmes and Watson join forces with H.G. Wells, his wife Jane, and Albert Einstein in a life and death struggle on the eve of World War II.
Get your copy here!

Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries - Volume 1


A home invasion results in property damage. Children disappear and a disgruntled ex-employee is suspected. Girl visits relative, walks in on scene of carnage. A man searches for days, seeking his lost love. A young woman accuses her father’s wife of attempted murder. Dramatic news from CNN? Stories ripped from today’s headlines? No, they are cases investigated by Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid companion and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson. Drawn into the dark underbelly of folk tale reality, Holmes and Watson travel the streets of London and into the far English countryside to discover the truth about some of the most famous accounts found in childhood literature. Described in Dr. Watson’s inimitable style and with the names changed to protect the innocent, these tales recount how Sherlock Holmes investigated cases involving missing children, a trio of brothers threatened with destruction and the contents of an ancient box that told a tale of heroism and death. Enter the world of the world’s first consulting detective. Stand again in Baker Street and look up at the windows of 221B. That shadow on the blind, is it Lestrade, coming to tell of a baffling case he has failed to solve? Or is it Mrs. Hudson, bring tea and sandwiches to a suffering client? Could it be the Great Detective himself, pacing up and down the length of the room, wrapping his mighty brain around yet another conundrum presented for his consideration? Join Dr. Watson in the adventures that live on these pages and you’ll never think the same about folk tales and nursery rhymes again.

Get your copy here!

That's a wrap on our Christmas season blog entries.  Stay tuned for a year end review article and then more posts in 2018.





Belanger Books is a small press owned by artist Brian Belanger and author Derrick Belanger specializing in new Sherlock Holmes books, Children's books, Steampunk, and genre specific anthologies.  Some of our books have been #1 bestsellers in their categories on Amazon.

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