The Tin Soldiers

First Published:

22 May 2021

When two former soldiers are murdered, Watson is forced to revisit memories of his time in Afghanistan. Can Holmes solve the mystery of the tin soldiers found with the bodies, and identify the next target, before the killer strikes again?

A traditional Sherlock Holmes story in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The collection including this story was funded through a very successful Kickstarter campaign.

Published in:

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XXV: 2021 Annual (1881-1887)

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories: Part XXV

59 New Holmes Adventures Collected in Three Companion Volumes

Here, though the world explode, these two survive,
And it is always eighteen-ninety-five.

So wrote Sherlockian Vincent Starrett in his 1942 poem 221b, soon after the United States entered World War II. Even as those years brought terrible challenges, so too was 2020 a year of great testing for so many of us, as a global pandemic rages and good people are called to stand against evil.

For Sherlockians, comfort can be found in climbing those seventeen stairs to the Baker Street sitting room, where it is always eighteen-ninety-five – or a few decades on either side of it.

In 2015, the first three volumes of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories arrived, containing over 60 stories in the true traditional Canonical manner. That was the largest collection of new Holmes stories ever assembled, and originally planned to be a one-time event. But readers wanted more, and the contributors had more stories from Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box, so the fun continued. Now, with the release of Parts XXV, XXVI, and XXVII, the series has grown to nearly 600 new Holmes adventures by almost 200 contributors from around with world. Since the beginning, all contributor royalties go to the Stepping Stones School for special needs children at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes, and to date the project has raised over $75,000 for the school. The collection has had some very famous authors contribute including Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye, Bonnie MacBird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

As has become the tradition, this new collection features Holmes and Watson carrying out their masterful investigations from the early days of their friendship in Baker Street to the post-War years during Holmes’s retirement.

Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest … whom I have ever known.”

Publication Formats:

  • Hardback
  • Paperback
  • Ebook

Publication Date:

22 May 2021


MX Publishing


David Marcum

Cover Artist:

Brian Belanger