Books by Donald Thomas

Released: March 12, 2013

"Thomas' attempt to intertwine the Holmes saga with the political fortunes of the empire is more ingenious than convincing, unless your idea of Holmes is Errol Flynn."
Spurred on by a well-informed war veteran, Sherlock Holmes revisits several homicides in war-torn South Africa and India. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 15, 2010

"The prolific Thomas (Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil, 2009, etc.) recreates Holmes' milieu with a sure hand, gracefully spinning his well-appointed yarns.  "
New challenges—a novel, two novellas and a bagatelle—for the inimitable sleuth and his stalwart amanuensis. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2009

"Thomas stretches the frames for Holmes's cases to historical niches previously unexplored. Though not a great stylist, he's a meticulous plotter, and the enticing puzzles seem just as long as they need to be."
Prolific Thomas, who's made a cottage industry of "newly discovered" Holmes cases (The Execution of Sherlock Holmes, 2007, etc.), presents five tales starring the iconic sleuth. Read full book review >
THE EXECUTION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Donald Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2007

"Ceremoniously written, carefully researched and much, much too long."
Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty—a different Moriarty—go at each other again, and again, in the pair of tales that frame this cycle of pastiches. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 12, 2007

"Comprehensive to a fault."
Murderers, swindlers, prostitutes, burglars, gangs, thugs, conmen and cops collide in England. Read full book review >
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2001

Now it can be told: Sherlock Holmes starred in still more real-life adventures, bringing to book such varied miscreants as the serial poisoner Dr. Thomas Neill Cream and the brides-in-the-bath killer George Joseph Smith. Read full book review >

THE VICTORIAN UNDERWORLD by Donald Thomas
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 11, 1998

Highlights of Victorian low-life, from costermongers' barrows, East End brothels, and "penny gaffs" to Scotland Yard, the court system, and the prison hulks. Read full book review >

THE SECRET CASES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Donald Thomas
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 1998

Thomas (Dancing in the Dark, 1993, etc.) drags the inimitable detective out of retirement still again to investigate seven mysteries closely based on historical fact, from the alleged bigamy of George V (a case that brings him to the attention of Professor Moriarty) to the theft of the Irish crown jewels from an impregnable strongroom. Read full book review >

DANCING IN THE DARK by Donald Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

Undaunted by the news that three of shady Sonny Tarrant's intimates have just been murdered, petty con Johnny McIver—and his mistress and frequent photographic subject Solitaire (nÇe Sally Brown)—plot to empty out Tarrant's safe, succeeding to their sorrow: When McIver turns down an offer from a Tarrant underling to buy back the hot ú5 notes at a steep discount, he finds himself abandoned by the money-changer who'd promised him more, framed for the murder of Solitaire, and on the run from the police as well as Tarrant. Read full book review >