"In 1893, Dr. Watson and Conan Doyle published what they believed was the last Sherlock Holmes story, “The Final Problem”. The world was stunned, and The Strand Magazine rushed to fill the vacuum. Readers were soon introduced to a new detective, Martin Hewitt, as presented by Arthur Morrison. Although initially different than Holmes, Hewitt also showed a number of interesting similarities as well . . . . For many years, Martin Hewitt has been mostly forgotten, except in some Sherlockian circles, where it has long been theorized that he was a young Mycroft Holmes. However, recent evidence has come to light that Hewitt’s adventures were – in fact – cases undertaken by a young Sherlock Holmes when he lived in Montague Street, several years before he would take up his legendary rooms in Baker Street with Watson. These volumes are the Complete Martin Hewitt Stories, taking Arthur Morrison’s original publications and presenting them as Sherlock Holmes adventures. If you are a fan of Holmes, enjoy! And by all means, seek out the original Hewitt stories and enjoy them as well. The Game is afoot! "
“All of Arthur Morrison’s fantastic detective tales are brought to life yet again in Marcum’s new release, In Montague Street. Arthur Morrison’s detective, Martin Hewitt, has never been as widely known as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. It cannot be denied that both writers created interesting and unique detectives that shared the same Victorian streets of London. What David Marcum does in this new release is pay a hefty tribute to Morrison and his works. What he also does is re-write Martin Hewitt’s history. Hewitt, as far as Marcum is concerned, never existed but was a pseudonym used to coverup the name of Sherlock Holmes. Thus each of Arthur Morrison’s stories are re-released in full with the singular change that Hewitt is now Holmes. It has been toyed with many times before that Hewitt was Sherlock Holmes, or even Mycroft Holmes. Much in the same way Rex Strout’s Nero Wolfe is the son of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. What has to be said is that Marcum has brought these original tales to life in a new and bold way. All of these stories are set pre-Watson in the early 1870’s while Sherlock Holmes lived on Montague Street. There is a lengthy and interesting forward that explains all the changes from Hewitt to Holmes and vice versa. What is important to note is all the original stories by Morrison are kept nicely in tact with a few additions here and there. This book gives credit where it is due and doesn’t try to be passed off as something that it is not. The Hewitt stories are joys to read and are still joys to re-read with these changes. Holmes fans I’m sure will enjoy these classic narratives and be keen to investigate the lesser known character of Martin Hewitt. And like many pastiches you pick and chose what you decide is cannon or not. Let these books be your gateway into Hewitt or let Marcum’s re-write be an insight into young Sherlock Holmes. Either way there is great level of fun within these pages.” Luke Kuhns
Morrison (1863-1945) was born and grew up in the East End of London. He became a journalist and author, most famous for his slum fiction books chronicling the stories of London's poor, Tales of the Mean Streets (1894), A Child of the Jago (1896), and The Holes in the Wall (1902). He later became a noted collector and expert of Japanese Art. In addition, he was also the author of the twenty-five Martin Hewitt stories, originally collected in four volumes between 1894 and 1903. David Marcum is the author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes in two volumes 'The Papers of Sherlock Holmes by David Marcum contains nine intriguing mysteries…very much in the classic tradition… He writes well, too.' The Sherlock Holmes Society of London. 'Marcum offers nine clever pastiches.' The Baker Street Journal