A collection of tales about the time of the “Great Hiatus” when Sherlock Holmes was supposed to have died after the events at Reichenbach Falls, when actually he was travelling the world in different disguises, such as that of a Norwegian explorer called “Sigerson”.
Like with most anthologies the quality of these stories varies. They take places at several exotic locales like Thailand or Alaska, often narrated by people who remain unaware of Holmes true identity. This compilation is worth reading for Michael Kurland’s “Reichenbach” alone which is one of the more interesting interpretations of Sherlock Holmes’ “death”. Other entries I enjoyed were Peter Beagle’s lightly satirical “Mr. Sigerson”, Bill Pronzini’s “The Bughouse Caper” and “The Adventure Of The Missing Detective” by Gary Lovisi which has the feel of a Twilight Zone episode with Sherlock Holmes as the protagonist. But even the lesser stories here are fun if unmemorable. One of the better Sherlockian anthologies.