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Out today – The Adventure of the Dancing Men–The Return of Sherlock Holmes Re-Imagined

SHERLOCK HOLMES RE-IMAGINED: In this book series, the original stories penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes and his devoted friend and biographer Dr John H. Watson have been amusingly illustrated using only LEGO® brand minifigures and bricks. The illustrations recreate, through custom designed LEGO models, the composition of the black and white drawings by Sidney Paget that accompanied the original publication of these adventures appearing in The Strand Magazine. Paget’s iconic illustrations are largely responsible for the popular image of Sherlock Holmes, including his deerstalker cap and Inverness cape, details never mentioned in the writings of Conan Doyle.

This uniquely illustrated collection, which to date includes this volume and the twelve short stories comprising The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, is sure to delight LEGO enthusiasts, as well as fans of the Great Detective, children and adults alike.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE DANCING MEN: Mr. Hilton Cubitt of Norfolk seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes in deciphering strange coded messages, consisting of little dancing figures, which have unsettled his peaceful marriage.A short time later, Cubitt is found dead and his wife Elsie suffering a grave bullet wound to the head. Inspector Martin thinks it is a case of murder and attempted suicide, but using information garnered from the coded messages, Holmes sets a trap for the true culprit.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies. The LEGO Group has not been involved in nor has it in any other way licensed or authorized the publication of this book.

Following in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes, can you decode the encrypted text on the front and back covers of this book using the cipher from the story?

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The Adventure of the Dancing Men–The Return of Sherlock Holmes Re-Imagined is available from all good bookstores including  The Strand MagazineAmazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Review of The Stone of Destiny

Sherlock Holmes has been to Ireland before – but never for stakes as high as this.

Over the course of his professional career, Sherlock Holmes has visited Ireland on numerous occasions. Although none of these sojourns were chronicled by the first Literary Agent, who only wrote a paltry 60 stories, other “editors” of Watson’s notes have provided quite a few details about some of Holmes and Watson’s other trips to The Emerald Isle.

A few of these cases – but not all – include: “The Matter of the Sudden Death of Cardinal Tosca” in “My Dear Watson” and “The Abergavenny Murder” in “The Vital Essence”, both by Sherlockian scholar David Hammer; “The Irish Professor” in “Sherlock Holmes: The Tandridge Hall Murder”  by Eddie Maguire; and “The Case of the Mysterious Painting”, an excellent Fan-Fiction by Don Conlan. But perhaps none of his visits across the Irish Sea have such great consequences as in “The Stone of Destiny” by Richard T. Ryan.

The book opens with the death of Queen Victoria in February 1901. Irish nationalists see this an opportunity and steal the Stone of Scone, whose long history includes its traditional use in the coronation of new kings and queens of England.

The Stone has been stolen before, of course. In late 1950, it was taken by a group of Scottish students. And before that, it was stolen in late 1930, and subsequently recovered by Solar Pons, “The Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street”, as related in the Pons tale, “The Adventure of the Stone of Scone”. It’s good to know that Holmes was able to help when it was stolen even earlier. (One has to wonder if Solar Pons, when investigating the later theft, knew of Holmes’s involvement nearly three decades earlier.)

After the Stone is taken, Holmes and Watson travel to Ireland, wherein Holmes gains great practice on something of a trial run for the years 1912-1914, when he will again be undercover, then taking on the identity of the Irish-American Altamont in an affair covered in the Canonical story, “His Last Bow”. No doubt, his experiences in this narrative gave him great insight as to how to portray an Irishman a decade later.

It’s fun in this story to see Holmes and Watson revisit sites where they have traveled in previous adventures. For instance, in this tale Watson visits Blarney Castle, the same place where he and Holmes had already solved a case in March 1896, as related in the radio episode, “The Adventure of the Blarney Stone” (“The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes”, March 18, 1946, by Denis Green and Anthony Boucher), and also in the text version of the same adventure, included in “The Lost Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Don Greenwald.

Like in his previous book, “The Vatican Cameos”, Ryan alternates between Watson’s part of the story, and an equal amount of time given over to a third-person narrative chronicling the actions of the criminals. In “The Vatican Cameos”, the alternating non-Watson chapters were set hundreds of years before Holmes and Watson’s part of the story, and could have been removed and never missed, as they only served to provide some background details. In this case, the alternating chapters are concurrent with Holmes’s investigation.

There were a few errors in the book, as in chapter titles with dates that don’t quite match up with the chronology of what’s happening in the text, and some London-related issues, such as when the third-person narrative indicates that Edgware Road is a short distance from Liverpool Street Station, and that one catches a train for Liverpool from Liverpool Street Station. (To get to Liverpool, one departs from Euston Station.) However, these issues, while a bit jarring, don’t take away from the overall quality of the story.

The Holmes that I admire most is the capable figure who has all the threads in hand, and is one step ahead of his opponents – or if he doesn’t have all the threads quite yet, he can at least make the other side think that he does. I really enjoyed that aspect of this book, and when you read it, you’ll understand what I mean and agree with me.

Reviewed by David Marcum

The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure is available for from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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African Entrepreneurs – out on Amazon Kindle

African Entrepreneurs: 50 Success Stories now out on Amazon Kindle.

African Entrepreneurs is a celebration of notable achievements of select Africans and how they have managed to excel in their chosen fields despite all odds. Each profile showcases the entrepreneur and their area of endeavor, including an exclusive interview in a question-and-answer format. Whether you are young or old, already in business or aspiring to get your feet wet, African Entrepreneurs: 50 Success Stories will encourage you. Although this book focuses on African business leaders, you will find that the core-ingredients of successful entrepreneurs are universal. You will be inspired, enthralled and above all motivated by how these savvy men and women overcame their personal challenges to get to where they are now. While some people are natural entrepreneurs, anyone can pursue entrepreneurship successfully if they put in what it takes. If you have a goal, you have to go for it – don’t wait for success to come to you.

African Entrepreneurs – 50 Success Stories is available from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and Noble and Amazon, in the UK Amazon and Waterstones. For other countries Book Depository offer free delivery worldwide. The book is also available in Kindle ebook format.

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Review of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part V: Christmas Adventures

Volume V of this amazing series contains thirty-one short works of Holmes fiction. Giving a line or two to each would take up more lines of review than the average reader would be willing to peruse. Overall, the book is awesome! The major reason I am now in possession of Volume VI is a statement to the quality of the stories in this series!…Given the incredible amount of talent shining in this MX series, how could I give the volume anything except FIVE STARS PLUS!

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Part V: Christmas Adventures is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Ryan, Richard T. The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure. London: MX Publishing, 2017.

The Well-Read Sherlockian

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One of the great things about Holmesian pastiche writers is their ability to find problems for their favorite detective almost anywhere. Today’s author reveals one of the most interesting source for an idea that I’ve encountered yet, and does something that not one of my interviewees has done in the five years this blog has been around: he adds (and answers) a question of his own!  Read on, and then pick up a copy of  The Stone of Destiny. It releases on June 5th and should be available online, as well as in select bookshops–Manhattan’s Mysterious Bookshop among them.

An Interview with Richard T. Ryan:

thepaper 3How did you “meet” Sherlock Holmes?

I was a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame. One of the men in my dorm had a large book under his arm. When I asked him what it was, he replied, “The Complete Sherlock

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Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Review of The Redacted Sherlock Holmes

ORLANDO PEARSON, who succeeded Dr Watson as Sherlock Holmes’s assistant, was entrusted with notes by the doctor on cases too controversial to publish during Holmes’s career. In reality, Pearson, an accountant and obvious Holmes maniac, has produced three volumes of very good to brilliant stories featuring the great detective in ways that might have surprised Conan Doyle.

Marvellously entertaining and couched perfectly in Watson’s rather pompous polysyllabic style, they are studded with small jokes and passing references to Holmes’s influence on Einstein, Elgar, and the future of cricket. They fall into several types. There are straight imitations. We discover the sad end of James Windibank, the villain of “A Case of Identity”. There’s satire with ostensibly 19th-century versions of modern problems. In The Alcock Report on the war in Qarim and its instigator, Prime Minister Charles Sedgefield, the report’s conclusion was written before the inquiry began. There’s a lovely one in which the duo are kidnapped by Edward, Prince of Wales, and forced to spy on his mother, Queen Victoria, with the purpose of having her declared insane.

Pearson puts Holmes at the centre of some of the 20th century’s great mysteries….

Clever, thought-provoking, terrific fun. Heartily recommended.

Reviewed by  Fiona Hook, Church Times

The Redacted Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Book Giveaway For The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Book Giveaway For The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

During the elaborate funeral for Queen Victoria, a group of Irish separatists breaks into Westminster Abbey and steals the Coronation Stone, on which every monarch of England has been crowned since the 14th century. After learning of the theft from Mycroft, Sherlock Holmes is tasked with recovering the stone and returning it to England. In pursuit of the many-named stone, which has a rich and colorful history, Holmes and Watson travel to Ireland in disguise as they try to infiltrate the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the group they believe responsible for the theft. The story features a number of historical characters, including a very young Michael Collins, who would go on to play a prominent role in Irish history; John Theodore Tussaud, the grandson of Madame Tussaud; and George Bradley, the dean of Westminster at the time of the theft. There are also references to a number of other Victorian luminaries, including Joseph Lister and Frederick Treves. For fans of Conan Doyle’s immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, for the great detective the stakes have never been higher as he must mollify a king who refuses to ascend the throne until “order has been restored.”

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The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure is available for pre order from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UKand for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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