Saturday, October 28, 2023

Crossover Cover: Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook


The premise of this anthology is that Holmes and Watson spent several months in 1890, a year with supposedly little recorded data on Holmes’ cases, in Australia, originally to battle Guy Boothby's villain Dr. Nikola, but also solving several other cases along the way. Unfortunately, Baring-Gould placed no less than three cases in 1890, and too many crossover pastiches involving Holmes set in 1890 have been included in the CU for he and his Boswell to have spent more than a few days in Australia. Luckily, only two of the stories have crossovers. In Doug Elliott's "The Adventure of the Flash of Silver," Watson mentions the Nikola Formulae. In Christopher Sequeira's "The Dirranbandi Station Mystery," Holmes is hired to find a missing station hand. His client mentions bushrangers such as Captain Starlight, his colleague Warrigal, and Stingaree. Later, Holmes and Watson encounter Stingaree himself. Captain Starlight and Warrigal are from Rolf Boldrewood’s novel Robbery Under Arms. The Stingaree is from E. W. Hornung’s novel of the same name. 

These crossovers are two of hundreds covered in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! All three volumes are AUTHORIZED companions to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 1 and 2!

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