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!
"Back in June I welcomed Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street, Volume One, in which David Marcum demonstrated his proposition that Martin Hewitt, whose investigations were chronicled in The Strand Magazine and elsewhere by Arthur Morrison, was actually Sherlock Holmes in his pre-Watson days. With surprisingly little tweaking by Mr Marcum, Morrison’s stories are remarkably convincing in their new guise – and, since he was a very good writer, the results are as engaging as the originals. Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street, Volume Two, by Arthur Morrison, ‘edited, Holmes-ed’, and with original material’ by David Marcum, is out now, and Volume Three is due later in the year.” The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
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