My newest Sherlock Holmes pastiche “The Adventure of the Absent Crossing Sweeper” is now available in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXXVII – 2023 Annual (1875-1889) from MX Publishing.

January 12, 1882, a few months after Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson’s first adventure A Study in Scarlet. Scotland Yard Detective G. Lestrade, a man not known for being over-tender of heart, has taken it upon himself to find a crossing sweeper who has been missing from his corner on Oxford Street since St. Andrew’s Day. Lestrade’s private search has reached an impasse so he comes to Holmes to request the assistance of the Baker Street Irregulars, unaware that Holmes has already engaged them as part of his own private investigation, a diplomatically delicate matter for the British Foreign Office (and his brother Mycroft) involving a noble but disreputable lodger in the building at the Oxford corner.

Just what all is going on at this building on Oxford Street?

“The Adventure of the Absent Crossing Sweeper” marks my fifth appearance in this popular anthology series from MX Publishing, the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. It is also just one of the 59 new traditional Canonical Holmes pastiches you will find in Part XXXVII and its companion volumes Part XXXVIII (1890-1896) and Part XXXIX (1897-1923). Together this trilogy presents the Great Detective and the Good Doctor in Untold Cases, sequels to Canonical adventures and stories that progress along completely unexpected lines from their early friendship at 221B Baker Street to Holmes’ retirement and the post-War years.

And if you enjoy “Adventure of the Absent Crossing Sweeper” you might want to check out my other Holmes pastiches in audio and print. All books are available in hardcover and paperback unless otherwise noted. And for a bigger view of any cover or illustration just click on the image.

The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative: Being the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson Against the Moriarties During the Great Hiatus

The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative (Audible Book)

Case of the Petty CursesFurther Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, Imagination Theatre (Audio Production)



“Case of the Petty Curses” : The Art of Sherlock Holmes – West Palm Beach


“Case of the Petty Curses” illustration print by Robert St. Croix



Case of Unfinished BusinessFurther Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Imagination Theatre (Audio Production)


“Case of Unfinished Business”: Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes: A Collection of Scripts from “The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”


“Case of the Petty Curses:” MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part VII: Eliminate the Impossible (1880-1891)


“The Case for Which the World is Not Yet Prepared”: MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XVII: Whatever Remains Must Be the Truth


“A Case of Unfinished Business”: MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XX: 2020 Annual (1891-1897)


“The Case of the Un-Paralleled Adventures”: MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part XXIII: Some More Untold Cases (1888-1894)


“The Adventure of the Ambitious Task”: Sherlock Holmes and the Occult Detectives Vol. 2 (featuring Feril Nightlinger) – PAPERBACK ONLY



Parts I-III of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories were published in 2015 and featured over 60 stories in the true traditional Canonical manner. That set, the largest collection of new Holmes stories assembled up to that time, was originally planned as a one-time event but readers wanted more. And now with the release of Parts XXXVII, XXXVIII, and XXXIX the series has grown to over 800 new Holmes adventures by over 200 contributors from around the world. All contributor royalties from every collection go to the Undershaw school for special needs children, located at one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes, and to date the project has raised over $110,000 for the school.



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