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The Detective and the Writer: Introducing Amy Thomas

Geri Schear

Amy Thomas is the author of a series of Irene Adler (The Woman) and Sherlock Holmes novels titled, The Detective and the WomanThe Detective The Woman and the Winking Tree, and The Detective The Woman and the Silent Hive. Her trilogy is being released in a hardcover edition in advance of her latest Holmes novel this September. She is also one of the Baker Street Babes — don’t worry, she’ll explain that herself shortly.

 Recently, I had a chance to get to know Amy a little better. Here’s what she had to say:

It’s great to meet you, Amy. Tell us a little about yourself.

 Thanks for having me! I’m a knitter, reader, and avid music fan. I proofread and edit professionally, in addition to writing. One of my main clients is a court reporter, and I proofread a lot of legal…

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Posted by on July 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

The Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes

I’ve welcomed two earlier volumes of Sherlock Holmes scripts from the late Jim French’s Seattle-based company. This new collection shows that the standards of American radio’s golden age live on in Imagination Theatre. Here are fifteen plays, by authors from both sides of the pond, including Jim French, M.J. Elliott, David Marcum, John Hall, Matthew Booth and the excellent leading actors, John Patrick Lowrie and Lawrence Albert. All are exciting, suspenseful, inventive – and faithful to the spirit of the canon, thanks partly to an internal consistency with an agreed chronology. As if the quality of the scripts and the introductory material wasn’t enough, all royalties go to Stepping Stones school, housed at Conan Doyle’s former home, Undershaw.

Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Holmes and Watson The War Years

A special hardback edition including all three bestselling Sherlock Holmes novels from Kieran McMullen.

It was the time of Queen Victoria’s “Little Wars” and the “War to End All Wars”. It was also the time of Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson. Watson, the man, would be formed by his experiences in the British “Second Afghan War”, before he ever met Sherlock Holmes in an adventure, he would record this experience as Watson’s Afghan Adventure, a tale of war and mystery. Later, Holmes and Watson would go on to not only share the problems of crime solving, Watson’s three marriages, a purported tragedy at Reichenbach, and Holmes’s return from the dead; they would also share two more wartime experiences. In Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Boer Wagon, they are called on by Mycroft Holmes and the British government to go to the battleground of South Africa. Their mission is to stop the flow of army secrets to the Boers and try to recover a King’s ransom in gold. By the time of their third great wartime adventure the two friends are retired, but Mycroft, and the government, need them once more as they are called on in Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels. Holmes and Watson had already foiled the plans of a German espionage ring at the start of the Great War in the tale Watson called “His Last Bow.” But it was not, in reality, Holmes’s last bow. Holmes and Watson are sent now to the little war within a war, the killing fields of Dublin in 1916 and the Irish Rebellion. Can they stop it? And can they stop the plans of a renegade member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police?

This impressive collection of Kieran McMullens work was worth every penny!! A beautiful book, never mind the brilliance that is written inside! You really feel like you’re there with the infamous duo on the frontline in these war torn countries. Mysteries, action, my rift and tension all adds up to create a trio of enigmatic brilliance!” – Ben Cardall

Holmes and Watson The War Years is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USABarnes and Noble USA,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository .

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The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes

Kieran Lyne is the youngest author ever to receive the Conan Doyle Estate seal for his Jack The Ripper thriller – The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes  Now out on Audio.

The story – In the dawn of 1891 Sherlock Holmes is locked in a deadly game of wits with the sinister Professor James Moriarty; but events will soon transpire which will question the very outcome of Reichenbach. With Holmes presumed dead, the streets of London are panic-stricken, as a resurrected terror takes hold of the city; whilst in the upper-echelons of Government, a singular, undetectable force can once again be felt manipulating the criminal underworld. The ever reliable Dr. Watson has deceived us all, as he finally reveals the far more shocking events which led to both the return of Sherlock Holmes and his involvement in the suppression of London’s most notorious criminal.

The story grabs one’s attention from the first chapter and keeps it firmly in its grasp to the final word. The pace is smooth, easy flowing, yet packed with conundrums that always bring up further complications… I found this book delightful, and one of the best non-canonical aligned pastiches out there at the moment.” – The Raven

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The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks(iPad/iPhone).

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Review of A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet

I have to admit that I’ve never before seen Mr. Macaluso’s other books, portraying various Holmes stories with Lego-based illustrations, but I’ve always found the concept amazing and admirable. Now I’ve obtained a copy of his latest work, a modest little book recreating scenes from The Canon, one for each letter of the alphabet.

I suspect that each of the illustrating photos first appeared in one of his previous Lego books, but I don’t know for sure. I do know that this is a fascinating little volume, and each simple photo, lovingly recreating a scene from one of the original stories, is great fun. Each time I looked at one of them, I was prompted to recall the events of the story, and to admire how cleverly the author made use of the Legos.

I recall playing with Legos as a small child in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. (My sister and I inexplicably called them “toddle”, a word that’s still on the tip of my tongue today when I encounter a piece of Lego.) Once when I was very small, crying with frustration as a Lego wall that I was attempting to build kept pulling apart and falling, my dad – fresh home from work – showed me how bricks should overlap to provide strength. In those days, all we had were the bricks, and maybe a few windows. Later, in the 1990’s, my son had fancier Lego sets, but nothing like what would eventually be available. Seeing the illustrations in this book, I have to wonder if one can buy Holmes Lego figures, and top hats, and lamp posts, and Napoleon hats, and Hell Hounds, and all the other items that make these so amazing. If so, I want them. If not, and if Mr. Macaluso made them, I’m extremely impressed.

I think, having written this, I’ll glance through this fun little book one more time. Excellent stuff!

Reviewed by David Marcum

A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet is available for pre order from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out today: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part IX and X

Once again, the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson continue in this acclaimed anthology series, with thirty-seven new tales presented in two companion volumes – more Holmes than could fit into one book!
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories was first published, a huge three-book set featuring over sixty new traditional Holmes exploits, all set within the correct time period. Soon, the demand for even more traditional Holmes adventures led to further volumes. The next year brought Part IV: 2016 Annual, and then Part V: Christmas Adventures. In spring 2017 there was Part VI: 2017 Annual, and that fall revealed the massive two-volume set, Parts VII and VIII: Eliminate the Impossible. Now we present another two simultaneous volumes, Parts IX and X: 2018 Annual (1879-1895) and (1896-1916).
There can be no argument that Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous and recognizable figures in the world. There were only sixty narratives brought to us by the original Literary Agent, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Clearly that is not enough.
Watson once wrote that he kept his unpublished cases in his old Tin Dispatch Box. Now, with the publication of these latest volumes, that box has again been explored by some of today’s best Sherlockian writers, all of whom are donating their royalties from these anthologies toward the restoration of Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s houses, and the location where The Hound of the Baskervilles and many later Holmes stories were completed.
Climb the seventeen steps to the sitting room at 221b Baker Street. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are waiting…
The game is afoot!

It is totally amazing that this exciting series has reached ten volumes! This means over 140 stories, articles and words of wisdom from the world of Sherlock Holmes’ finest! David Marcum has pulled all the stops out on continuing to deliver volume after volume of sterling work. We sincerely hope that this volume is not the last!” – Raven’s Reviews

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Parts IX and X are available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Available on Kindle.

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No Better Place: Arthur Conan Doyle, Windlesham and Communication with The Other Side (1907-1930)

Following his second marriage in 1907 Arthur Conan Doyle was looking to the future. The years ahead would see the birth of three children, fresh literary success and the discovery of his new faith. Those same years would also see the First World War, the final adventures of Sherlock Holmes and ridicule from the religious and scientific communities for his beliefs.

I think that the strength of Duncan’s book is that instead of looking at Doyle’s entire life, it is focused on a specific period. This allows the author to bring up things less likely to be included in other biographies. For example, it mentions George Newnes’ passing and Arthur Twidle’s illustrations for The Strand. In not attempting to be comprehensive, it instead is a more directed thorough. Many are not delved into, but it gives a fuller look at what occupied Doyle’s time and attention at the time… In reading No Better Place, one is impressed at just how active Arthur Conan Doyle was. He was constantly “doing something” or involved in some activity or other. Dunan’s book really conveys this sense of busyness. I’ve got a quite a few books about Doyle himself and I learned quite a bit from this one, which makes it a good addition to your library.” –  Robert A. Byrne

No Better Place is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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