“The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

It's a case so remarkable, it poses Holmes with a three-pipe problem. London pawnbroker Jabez Wilson has flaming red hair.  Wilson's assistant, Vincent Spaulding, who had only recently been hired, brought him an advertisement that the Red-Headed League was looking to fill a position.  Wilson, it turns out, is the only applicant hired due to the … Continue reading “The Red-Headed League” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Ghost Rebellion: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5 by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

I'm at a loss as to what I can actually review about this book, given that it's book 5 in the series, and given that nearly anything about the setup is a spoiler for previous books.  Secrets were revealed in previous books, but there's more to learn this time, and some of it goes all the … Continue reading The Ghost Rebellion: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5 by Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

I figured it was about time to introduce another monster to the Project: Monster lineup.  You know, because variety is the spice of life.  And partly because I feel compelled to expand to more monsters before I dig quite so deep into the lore of each one.  It had the bonus that, while I'm familiar with Jekyll … Continue reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1886

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911

"The Opera Ghost really existed!"  So claimed Gaston Leroux in this famous opening line from his most famous novel. Court report, theater critic, journalist, international correspondent.  These are some of the hats that Gaston Leroux wore before turning to detective fiction in 1907.  He wrote Le Fantôme de l'Opéra as a serialized pulp adventure in 1909-1910, … Continue reading The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, 1911