Surely my only excuse is that I didn't realize what joys awaited me there. The inimitable Laurie R. King and the tireless Leslie S. Klinger have put together a delightful Sherlockian smorgasbord of "Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon" with something for every literary taste. Major categories include:
- Traditional Watson point-of-view stories that could fit right into the Canon.
- Twists on the Canon -- stories that give a different view on a canonical tale or don't fit in at all, often narrated in the third person or by someone other than Watson.
- Modern-day stories with a Holmes connection, some of which are really good mysteries.
- Period pieces featuring historical personages, such as one with Arthur Conan Doyle and another with a young boy whose name you most likely will recognize when it appears near the end of the story.
Many anthologies begin with an introduction to each story. This one doesn't. That's part of the fun, too. You never know what you're getting into when you start reading each tale.