Top 7 Sherlock Holmes Audio books in October so far

1.  Merchant of Menace – Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

2.  The Stone of Destiny –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

3.  The Vatican Cameos –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

4. Sherlock Holmes the Adventure of the Pigtail Twist – M J H Simmonds and Joff Manning

5.  Mycroft Holmes and the Edinburgh Affair – Janina Woods and Tony Cleary

6.  Sherlock & Irene – Chris Chan and David Bufton

7.  The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes – Peter K. Andersson and Nigel Peever

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Top 8 Sherlock Holmes Audio books in October so far

1.  Mycroft Holmes and the Edinburgh Affair – Janina Woods and Tony Cleary

2.  Merchant of Menace – Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

3.  The Stone of Destiny –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

4.  The Vatican Cameos –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

5.  Sherlock & Irene – Chris Chan and David Bufton

6.  An Evening In Baker Street – David Ruffle and Kevin Theis

7.  Mycroft Holmes and the Adventure of the Desert Wind – Janina Woods and Stockton Harris

8. The Sensible Necktie – Peter K. Andersson and Nigel Peever

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Tracy Revels’ Sherlock Holmes novel, “Shadowfall”, published in 2011 by MX Publishing, is a book that has been sitting on my ‘To Be Read’ shelf for a while. I did not know what a delicious treasure was waiting for me.

When the sacred relics and mystical objects of London begin disappearing, Holmes is reluctant to take the case. But this isn’t an ordinary case and Holmes is far from an ordinary man.

Welcome to the world of Shadows.

“Shadowfall” isn’t traditional Holmes & Watson. This is a horror story as well as a mystery. Watson is completely human, but Holmes proves to be so much more than human.

Tracy Revels has written a darkly delicious story with much to delight people like myself, who are partial to their Holmes served with a side order of strange.

The book is well written; the writing tight and sharp, with a few light…

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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in Uncategorized


Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes

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“Holmes appears to be this rather cold and distant figure who holds the rest of humanity at arm’s length. But deep down I believe––much deeper down––he is a man of tremendous sensitivity and feeling.” –Jeremy Brett. The Bryan Times 8th September 1988.

Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes by Maureen Whittaker is an updated version of the Granada Sherlock Holmes section of the definitive performance biography, Jeremy Brett Playing a Part. Releasing for the Holidays, what better gift for that Sherlockian or Holmesian of Brettian fan on your list.

“There is a tremendous delicacy in preserving Holmes in other people’s imaginations because there are a million different ways of seeing him. You try not to interfere with anybody’s image . . . the definitive Sherlock Holmes is really in everyone’s head. No actor can fit into that category because every reader has his own ideal.” –Jeremy Brett.

“The thing about…

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Posted by on October 4, 2020 in Uncategorized


The Newest Sherlock Holmes Short Stories Collection

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It’s always a thrill to see a new Sherlock Holmes short story collection hit the shelves. David Marcum’s anthologies continue to get better with each release. I have to admit, I’m particularly excited about this one because I have a story in it. OK, I’ve had many stories in the MX anthologies, but I’m particularly proud of this one. It’s called The Trifling Matter of Mortimore Mayberly and it’s about… Oops! Nearly gave it away there. You’ll have to get the anthology and read it to find out. (My story is in Vol XXII.)

This collection brings 64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes stories in three volumes in the world’s largest collection of its kind.

In 2018, MX Publishing presented Parts XI and XII of this acclaimed and ongoing series,Some Untold Cases.Now that theme is revisited with 64 new Sherlock Holmes adventures that explore those many tantalizing references to…

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Posted by on September 30, 2020 in Uncategorized


Petr Kopl’s A Scandal in Bohemia

Petr Kopl’s A Scandal in Bohemia

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“There is no better way to defeat the enemy than with his own weapon.”
“You’re Crazy.”
“It’s the same thing!”

This is a book of wonders, especially Petr Kopl’s illustrations, and most especially his portrayal of Holmes. He takes us through the story choosing just the right scenes to show it to perfection, engage our attention, and carry us along with a certain degree of zany surrealist eccentricity. My favourite is Holmes and Watson’s meeting at Baker Street, just before the King arrives. The sequence of images one more remarkable than the next, the comic banter, and build up to its final frame. Laughing so hard, I had to stop and pick myself up off the floor after “traditional.” Though extremely difficult to choose from a books worth of museum quality paintings, my favourite image is the one I’ve chosen for this review. The brilliant inside cover image…

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Posted by on September 27, 2020 in Uncategorized


Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part


To many people the name ‘Jeremy Brett’ is synonymous with Sherlock Holmes.  His performance as the Great Detective in the Granada production made him a household name around the world.  But there was much more to Jeremy than Sherlock Holmes, and Maureen Whittaker in her monumental undertaking “Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part” demonstrates that at great length.

From Jeremy’s childhood in Warwickshire, to his years on the stage, his sojourn in Hollywood, to Sherlock Holmes, and to his final cameo role in “Moll Flanders”, Maureen gives us a wonderful in depth look at the life and career of this fabulously talented actor.

The book is large and packed with many photos that have not been seen before.  A beautiful foreword by Jeremy’s first Watson, David Burke, just adds to the delight.

Published by MX Publishing, Maureen Whittaker’s magnum opus is a testament to both the talent of Jeremy Brett and…

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Posted by on August 10, 2020 in Uncategorized


Sherlock Holmes and the House of Pain


One of the greatest gifts Sir Arthur Conan Doyle gave to pastiche writers was a list of unrecorded cases, such as Merridew of the Abominable Memory, and the Case of the Politician, the Lighthouse and the Trained Cormorant. All ideas that pastiche writers have latched on to and given their take on Doyle’s carelessly chucked out gems.

In “Sherlock Holmes and the House of Pain”, by Stephen Seitz, the case in question is arguably the most famous: The Giant Rat of Sumatra.

A female missionary goes missing in London’s notorious East End, where rats of unusual size have been spotted. When Watson persuades Holmes to take on the case, the scene is set for an interesting story indeed.

Stephen Seitz’s use of H. G. Wells’ Dr. Moreau, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle’s other well known character, Professor Challenger, creates a nightmarish story of science gone mad.

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Posted by on July 17, 2020 in Uncategorized


The Yellow Face

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Climactic scene from The Yellow Face. Illustration by Sidney Paget.

The Yellow Face

Racism: The late Peter Wood, a previous discussion leader in my Sherlock Holmes group, asked if this story, taken together with the derogatory depiction of the black boxer Steve Dixie in “The Three Gables,” indicated that Conan Doyle was a racist. A strange way to put it, because this story is typically contrasted with “The Three Gables” as one that is quite liberal on matters of race. But how then do we square this circle of the liberal Doyle in “The Yellow Face” and the indulger of stereotypes in the later story? Perhaps it is simply a matter of time: in this story and the next (“The Stockbroker’s Clerk”) a young author subverts conventional racist (or in the Stockbroker story, anti-Semitic) attitudes, whereas at the end of his career a more curmudgeonly author indulged in them.


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Posted by on July 13, 2020 in Uncategorized


Jeremy Brett – Playing a Part

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A comprehensive performance biography of the incomparable Shakespearean actor, Jeremy Brett, by Maureen Whittaker. It covers the years 1954 – 1995 and is a singular view of the history of theatre, film and TV of this time period. For the fan it is chock full of hundreds of rarely seen and exclusive photographs. For the researcher, it is a treasure trove of knowledge.

For millions of viewers Jeremy Brett was, and remains, the quintessential Sherlock Holmes. The star of the number one Granada TV series, a co-production with WGBH Mystery for Independent Television Network and PBS for its ten year run. One of the shows that built the “delicate bridge” between UK and US TV. Following a spectacular thirty year career in Film, TV, and Theatre, this was the role that brought Mr. Brett to a much deserved international stardom. His outstanding success as the remarkable genius detective would forever…

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Posted by on July 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

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