Tag Archives: Sherlock Holmes

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 Adventure of the Bloody Duck

26 Apr

My upcoming book “The Adventure of the Bloody Duck and other tales of Sherlock Holmes” is now on the review site Reedsy Discovery.

If you like to read and review new books, this site is excellent. Check it out here: Reedsy Discovery

Sherlock Cat and the Missing Mousie

7 Apr

“Sherlock Cat and the Missing Mousie”, written by Heather Edwards, illustrated by Amanda Downs, and published by MX Publishing, is not my usual choice of reading material. When I saw the cover illustration on Kickstarter I was captivated and knew that it was one book that I just had to read and review.

It turned out to be an absolutely sweet little book. Spot the cat has decided that he will be Sherlock Holmes the cat detective with his long suffering friend Fluffy as John Watson.

Join the two cats, their humans , and assorted other creatures in a joyous Sherlockian romp.

The book is well written, and while clearly for children, there is much to enjoy for the adult as well. There are so many lovely little Sherlockian in-jokes.

The illustrations by Amanda Downs are charming. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough of them.

This is the perfect book to introduce kids to the world of the Great Detective. In fact, it would be a great book to read with your children.

Highly recommended.

Sherlock Cat and the Missing Mousie is available for purchase from MX Publishing and other online book stores.

Watson Does Not Lie

27 Mar

“Watson Does Not Lie” by Paul Thomas Miller is a fabulous chronology of the Holmes stories working with the premise that everything Watson wrote was 100% correct, as far as he perceived it.

The result is a fascinating book that provides details for every story as well as a simplified time line and a full one.

Paul’s research is incredibly in depth. Newspaper archives, historic weather reports, and the records of the Royal Albert Hall were all grist for Paul’s research mill.

There is a lively timeline of John Watson’s marriages, based on the references in the stories. The result being six wives in twenty two years…one has to wonder about John ‘Three Continents’ Watson!

I came away with two things from this book. That the word ‘continuity’ did not exist in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal lexicon, and that Paul Thomas Miller is one hell of a researcher.

This invaluable little book has gone straight into my research library.

Highly recommended to all fans of Sherlock Holmes.

The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative

20 Mar

“The Adventure of the Coal-Tar Derivative” is written by Steven Philip Jones and published by MX Publishing. It is a collection of short stories and novellas that take place during the Great Hiatus.

The stories are all of equal caliber, but my personal favourite was the first one “Mea Gloria Fides”.

The collection may not be to everyone’s taste, as the stories include letters and journal entries from participating characters. It put me in mind of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” which has long been a favourite of mine.

An interesting edition to the world of Sherlock Holmes.

The book is available directly from MX Publishing

Sherlock Holmes: The Red Tower

23 Feb

In this fun book by Mark A. Latham, Dr John Watson is invited to a weekend party where a medium is in residence and a seance is planned. When the sister of his host dies in mysterious circumstances, Watson sends for his good friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

“The Red Tower” brings together two of my favourite mystery tropes: the house party, and the locked room.

Mark A. Latham creates a fun story brimming with atmosphere. His original characters are strong and interesting. His handling of the friendship between Holmes and Watson skillful.

Be warned that the early part of the book is principally John Watson. Holmes does not make an appearance until after the mysterious death takes place.

For me the added bonus was the presence of Inspector Lestrade. I make no secret of the fact he is my favourite of the Scotland Yard men.

“Sherlock Holmes” The Red Tower” is an excellent pastiche and one that I think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself would have enjoyed.

Highly recommended.

The Adventure of the Bloody Duck and other tales of Sherlock Holmes

9 Feb

“The Adventure of the Bloody Duck and other tales of Sherlock Holmes” is the title of my anthology of six short stories due for publication by MX Publishing on 19th June 2022.

There are a couple of offers going on to help celebrate this.

The first is a Kickstarter with a number of rewards on offer, including autographed copies of the anthology, and, if you are interested, the chance to be a character in a forthcoming story.

The second is a ‘3 for 2’ offer from MX Publishing on books by their Australian authors.

Why not check them out?

The Improbable Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

2 Feb

“The Improbable Casebook of Sherlock Holmes” is an anthology of seven short stories written by Nick Cardillo and published by MX Publishing.

It is an excellent volume. Every story swings along nicely, with suitably exciting denouements.

Three stories really stood out for me: The Scholar of Silchester Court, A Ghost from the Past, and The Adventure of the Weeping stone. A Ghost from the Past would have to be my favourite, as we rarely get to see the fallout from Holmes’s cases.

Nick Cardillo is spot on with his characterizations. Both Holmes and Watson are canonically sound and their friendship is solid.

It is one of the best single author anthologies I have read. Highly recommended.

“The Improbable Casebook of Sherlock Holmes” is available directly from MX Publishing

Shadowwraith

20 Jan

“Shadowwraith” is the last of the Sun and Shadow books by Tracy Revels.

A ‘ghost’ leaving gifts for a distraught young woman starts off a terrifying case that rockets from Whitechapel to the famous crypts in Palermo, Sicily and sees Sherlock Holmes’s immortal soul in peril.

“Shadowwraith” is every bit as exciting and thrilling as the two previous books.

Even with the supernatural nature of the book, Holmes and Watson are very traditionally drawn and the friendship is strong. The supporting characters are well-drawn and interesting. Dr. Revels’s depiction of Mrs. Hudson is a delight.

As with the other books, historical figures abound. I can’t say whom without given too much away, but Dr. Revels’s gives life to characters long dead – in more ways than one!

I highly recommend this book.

You can buy the book (and the previous two) directly from MX Publishing

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