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Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Neb-Heka-Ra – Kickstarter

4 Sep

Kickstarter campaigns are a great way to get a new book out there and visible.

I have just launched (with a lot of help from MX Publishing’s Steve Emecz), the Kickstarter for Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Neb-Heka-Ra. The blurb for the book is as follows:

“I am Neb-Heka-Ra… I declaim now that my curse shall fall upon he who disturbs my rest. I call upon the Gods to witness and avenge such impiety…”

A trio of bizarre deaths, starting with that of a renowned surgeon, sends Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard deep into a maelstrom of murder and mayhem. Does a mysterious piece of paper that leads them to the British Museum hold the key to these killings? And what are they truly dealing with? As the death toll climbs, Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade race to solve the dreadful mystery of the Curse of Neb-Heka-Ra.

There are a lot of rewards, including being a character in a future book. My last Kickstarter, for “The Adventure of the Bloody Duck and other tales of Sherlock Holmes” also had this reward which someone purchased. I won’t tell you the character’s name, as it was brought as a surprise gift for someone else. But if you ever fancied appearing in a Sherlock Holmes story, you can have that chance again, as this reward is once again on offer. As I am now in the research and planning stages for my fifth novel, you have the chance to get in on the ground floor, so to speak.

You can check out the rewards available on the Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Neb-Heka-Ra here

All my previous books are available directly from MX Publishing.

The Treasure of the Poison King

30 Aug

“The Treasure of the Poison King” is written by Paul D. Gilbert and published by MX Publishing.

Mithradates VI, the King of Pontus, in the first century BCE is known to history as “The Poison King” due to his habit of dosing himself with poisons to prevent anyone killing him in that way. He was also fabulously wealthy. After his defeat by the Roman legions led by Lucullus, his treasure was taken back to Rome, but one of the ships sank, never to be seen again…until a small group of Greek sponge divers found a mysterious ship wreck. Now, rumour has it that the treasure is coming to London. But what is no rumour is the death that it leaves in its wake.

Sherlock Holmes is on the case, and he must find the treasure before someone close to him becomes a victim.

Paul D. Gilbert never fails to deliver exciting stories. “The Treasure of the Poison King” is fast paced and exciting. It balances action, both physical and cerebral, with a good dose of history. All of it woven together to create a story that is sure to delight any Sherlock Holmes fan.

Highly recommended.

You can purchased the book directly from MX Publishing

The Murder of Christina Collins

14 Aug

This little booklet (60 pages) tells the story of the murder of Christina Collins in 1839. The poor lady was murdered by boatmen on the Trent and Mersey Canal. Not an unusual story in and of itself, but this crime was the inspiration for Colin Dexter’s award winning Inspector Morse novel “The Wench is Dead”.

This edition of the booklet was published by The Irregular Special Press in 2011 and includes an introduction by Colin Dexter.

John Godwin writes about the crime in rich detail.

The booklet’s 60 pages are densely packed with information, much of it compiled by gazetteer Antony J. Richards.

An interesting little read, though I found the use of CAPITALS FOR EMPHASIS more than a tad annoying.

Worth a look.

Murder on the Brighton Express

8 Aug

“Murder on the Brighton Express” is a novel in the Railway Detective series by Edward Marston.

Detective Inspector Robert Colbert aka The Railway Detective investigates the derailment of the London to Brighton Express in October 1854. Is it simply driver error, or something more sinister?

The resulting story is a deliciously tangled web of death and destruction.

Edward Marston is a renowned author of historical mysteries, of which there are probably more of the Railway Detective than any other. Which is good, because this series has rapidly become one of my favourites.

The characters are well rounded and feel very real.

“Murder on the Brighton Express” is both well written and well researched. The result is a read that simply rockets along. much like the Brighton Express.

Highly recommended for fans of railway stories, Victorian stories, and detective stories.

London Dock Deaths Goes Italian

24 Jul

I am delighted to announce that my book “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the London Dock Deaths” has been picked up by Italian publisher Mondadori for their Italian language Sherlock Holmes series.

This is the second of my books to be selected, and I am honoured that they feel my books are suitable for translation.

The book is due out next month, or so I am told. Thanks are due to Luigi Pachi at Mondardori and Steve Emecz at MX Publishing.

The Adventure of the Wordy Companion

20 Jul

“The Adventure of the Wordy Companion: An A-Z Guide to Sherlockian Phraseology” is written by Nicko Vaughan and published by MX Publishing.

As a person who loves both Sherlock Holmes and the intricacies of the English language, this book hit a number of spots.

Nicko Vaughan has waded through the Holmes canon selecting words and phrases that may not be a part of most people’s vocabularies these days, and set about providing an explanation for them.

Written with admirable conciseness and some considerable wit, the book is a must have for anyone new to the Holmes canon.

It is also a handy little reference guide for writers of Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Knowing what words Arthur Conan Doyle used helps give a feel of authenticity to pastiches. The book now has a permanent place in my reference library.

One thing I discovered as I browsed this excellent wee tome, is that most of the words are in my everyday vocabulary. I suppose this is what happens when you read Sherlock Holmes as a child. You end up with a somewhat archaic vocabulary as an adult.

This is a delightfully charming little book that I cannot recommend highly enough.

You can purchase your own copy directly from MX Publishing

Hell Ship

10 Jul

“Hell Ship”, written by Michael Veitch, is the true story of the “Ticonderoga” an American clipper ship that set sail from Liverpool in August 1852 bound for the city of Melbourne, in the fledgling colony of Victoria, Australia. When the ship arrived three months later it was a veritable plague ship – typhus had broken out onboard.

This is the story of that voyage, but is is also a story about people. Those that survived the voyage from hell, and those that did not. It is also a sort of love story: of Dr. James William Henry Veitch, assistant ship’s surgeon, and Annie Morrison, a woman from Scotland, who helped nurse the sick and dying. They became the great-great-grandparents of Michael Veitch.

The book is well researched and well written. The Ticonderoga’s ill-fated passage is carefully documented, from the arrival of its passengers at the embarkation centre in Liverpool, until it’s arrival in Australia, and beyond.

Powerful and moving, the book gives the reader a close look at what conditions were like for poor immigrants in the middle of the 19th century.

Highly recommended for anyone interesting in Australian history, maritime history, 19th century history, or true stories of the human condition.

The Duck is Launched!

19 Jun

“The Adventure of the Bloody Duck and other tales of Sherlock Holmes” has been launched.

Steve Emecz of MX Publishing hosted the online launch on Zoom where I read one of the stories from the book and answered questions.

If you would like to watch the launch, you can find the video here. It goes for about half an hour.

Book Launch: The Adventure of the Bloody Duck

5 Jun

“The Adventure of the Bloody Duck and other tales of Sherlock Holmes” will have its launch online via Zoom.

Please join me and Steve Emecz from MX Publishing for a live reading and author QandA.

Because I am in Australia and Steve is in the UK, we have had fun working out a time that would (hopefully) suit most people. The time is:

10.30pm, Saturday 18th June 2022 (UK)

5.30pm, Saturday 18th June 2022 (Eastern USA)

7.30am, Sunday 19th June 2022 (Eastern Australia)

9.30am, Sunday 19th June 2022 (New Zealand).

Register for the Zoom launch here: Bloody Duck Zoom Launch

Hope to see you on the day.

The Ripper and the Royals

18 May

“The Ripper and the Roylals” by Melvin Fairclough is a fascinating look at the crimes of Jack the Ripper, with ‘evidence’ supplied by Walter Sickert’s son, Joseph.

If you have seen the movie “Murder by Decree” starring Christopher Plummer and James Mason, as well as the TV mini-series “Jack the Ripper” starring Michael Caine and Lewis Collins, then you pretty much know what this book is going to deliver.

The evidence delivered is interesting, compelling almost, but also completely impossible to prove. The evidence includes diaries purported to have been written by Freddie Abberline. As I said, impossible to prove. However, the case stated, whilst highly improbable, is by no means impossible.

For anyone who believes that level of conspiracy could not have been kept quiet, Fairclough makes the very valid point that several members of the Queen’s own family were committed to insane asylums with the news only coming out in the 1980s. I remember when that news broke.

The result is a book that is a genuinely interesting read. Well worth obtaining a copy. I would say it is almost a must read for those interested in the Ripper’s crimes, and the machinations of Victorian society.

Highly recommended.

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