The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes


The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes

by Liese Sherwood-Fabre

GENRE: Historical mystery

A murdered midwife. A body in the stable. At the age of thirteen, Sherlock Holmes is thrust into his first two cases. At stake: the lives of his own family.

Before Sherlock Holmes met Dr. Watson in 1895, he had already developed his skills as the world's most famous consulting detective. Arthur Conan Doyle provided little information about his detective's formative years or how he created his singular profession. These first two books in The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes series reveal how Sherlock's past shaped the sleuth he became.

Faced with the possibility of losing his mother to the gallows for a murder she did not commit, Sherlock must uncover the true killer before she hangs in The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife.

In Case Two, unexpected guests and a murder arrive in time for the family's Christmas celebrations. For the safety of his family, Sherlock is compelled once again to bring the perpetrator to justice in The Adventure of the Murdered Gypsy.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes and traditional historical British detective mysteries will love The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes as a welcomed addition to the originals.




To distract myself, I stared out the window at the passing countryside and summoned the nerve to ask Mycroft what had occupied me for the past several hours. “What exactly happened to Mother? I know she’s not dead, but I have no information beyond that. Is she sick? Dying?”

“She’s fine.”

“Someone’s not, or we wouldn’t be called home.”

No reply.

“I’m going to find out. Wouldn’t it be better for me to learn it from you now, than when we arrive at Underbyrne?”

Through his cheese sandwich, he said, “You want to know, you little twit? Here it is. Mother’s in gaol, accused of murder.”

The force with which this pronouncement hit me was the same as if he’d given me a blow to the stomach. The queasiness I’d battled since my fight with Fitzsimmons returned with a vengeance. Bile surged into my throat. The compartment closed around me, and my deepest desire was to flee. I stood, realized there was truly nowhere to go, and dropped back down into my seat.

“Put your head between your legs.”

I glanced at Mycroft, but his words sounded as if I were under water.

“Put your head between your legs.”

When I remained immobile, he grabbed me by the hair and bent me over.

“Breathe,” he said.

After several gulps of air, my hearing improved, and my heartbeat slowed. “You can let go now.” 

He sat back, and I raised my head. “Mother? Wha— How?”

“I don’t know all the particulars. I gleaned it from my own analysis of the information in the papers.”

About the Author:

Liese Sherwood-Fabre knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ in the second grade for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally’s ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD, she joined the federal government and worked and lived abroad for more than fifteen years. Returning to the states, she seriously pursued her writing career, garnering such awards as a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A recognized Sherlockian scholar, her essays have appeared in scion newsletters, the Baker Street Journal, and Canadian Holmes. These have been gathered into The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes essay collection series. She has recently turned this passion into an origin story series on Sherlock Holmes. The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife, the first book in The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes series, was the CIBA Mystery and Mayhem 2020 winner.

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  1. I love Sherlock Holmes reads. Looking forward to reading this one

  2. This sounds like a good book. I like the cover and excerpt.

  3. I need to read this, it sounds like such a good book

    1. Thanks, Marisela!
      I truly enjoy writing this series.

  4. Any Sherlock Holmes related stories always fascinate.

    1. They have truly stood the test of time!

  5. Sounds like a great Holmes case is set before us.

  6. The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes sounds like two thrilling, 'glued to the pages' reads for me to enjoy and I like the cover!

    Thanks for sharing the box set with me and have a sunshiny day!

  7. HI, Stormy!
    Thanks! You have a good day, too!

  8. I love Sherlock Holmes spin-offs and reinventions! Can't wait to check it out!

  9. Hi, Marie!
    I do hope you enjoy it!

  10. The book sounds very interesting. I love Sherlock Holmes, and any retellings.

  11. Thanks! I do hope you'll check out the books! I just got a wonderful 5-star review!


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