A Dickensian Mystery

“a few of us are endeavouring to raise a fund to buy the Poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth. We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices. What shall I put you down for?”

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

When two portly gentlemen called upon Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve they left disappointed. It is a familiar scene, which serves as the inspiration for my new Sherlock Holmes mystery The Charity Collection. Of course, not everyone in Victorian London was as miserly as Scrooge. However, where there are generous people, there are also criminals waiting to take advantage of them, and Holmes and Watson soon find themselves on the trail of a clever con-artist. 

The Charity Collection appears in Part XXXVII of The MX Collection of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, one of the three new volumes of this massive collection of traditional Sherlock Holmes pastiches, edited by David Marcum. They will be published on 22 May, the anniversary of Conan-Doyle’s birth, and are available to pre-order now through Kickstarter at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mxpublishing/the-mx-book-of-new-sherlock-holmes-stories-xxxvii-to-xxxix.


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