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About mxpublishing

Steve Emecz is the MD of MX Publishing, which is the UK's leading Shelock Holmes and Victorian Literature publishers. He has written himself with several non-fiction books and two crime thrillers under his belt. Steve wears other hats including VP of a global eCommerce provider, and a board member of a major environmental organisation. MX Publishing has established itself as one of the leading Holmes publishers in the wolrd and is growing fast with a head office in London, a regional office in New York and at the last count over a dozen online stores. MX has more than 30 specialist Holmes authors, over 50 Holmes titles and sells books and ebooks in more than 20 countries. The latest venture is The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate - the first one attraced fans from 23 countries and was covered by thousands of blog articles - BBC's Sherlock took on the Guy Ritchie movies.

Interview with Ana María Trigo Alonso, Author of Sherlock Holmes El secreto de la caja de sándalo

What was the inspiration for your pastiche ‘El secreto de la caja de sándalo’?

Well, I am an art and antiques appraiser myself. One day I had been working on a especially difficult appraisal and when I finished it, many of my art books were on my desk, laying in a complete chaos. On the top of them there was one about Egyptian art, with a beautiful New Kingdom style scarab on its cover. I thought “what if this scarab had a powerful secret hidden in its inscription?” And somehow the story came to me and I loved it.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place? 

The story starts with the discovery of an intact ancient tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1880. Three years later, the discovered items are about to be exhibited in the British Museum but overnight 15 of these objects are mysteriously stolen. Then enters Sherlock Holmes, who will have to discover who took the artifacts and for what reason.

What do you believe readers will enjoy most about your tale? 

The reviews I have received so far say that it is the combination of Archaeology, Ancient Egypt and Sherlock Holmes what readers liked the most.

Which is your favourite story from the canon and why?

“The Musgrave Ritual” because of the gothic atmosphere and because I love how Sherlock discovered the secret hidden for centuries. Actually, in the “Círculo Holmes”, the Spanish Sherlockian association I belong to, my canonic name is Rachel Howels, one of the characters of this story.

Your favourite Sherlock related place?

Not strictly Sherlock related, but definitely one of my favourite places in the world: the British Museum.

It is located in Montague Street, where Sherlock used to live before moving to Baker Street and I love picturing him wandering around the museum, still ignoring that he was about to become the greatest detective in he world.

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

Venice is my favourite city, I collect old rare books though I consider myself a minimalist, and my wilder dream is a trip on the Orient Express. Maybe someday…

Any upcoming projects?

Yes! There is an new Sherlock Holmes story coming in a few months. Wish me good luck!

Sherlock Holmes El secreto de la caja de sándalo is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free delivery worldwide Book Depository.

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Review of The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty

Amy Thomas’s latest Holmes-Adler adventure returns to the scene of her first: Fort Myers, Florida. This time, The Detective and The Woman are in search of a pirate’s treasure rumored to be buried on Sanibel Island, which they hope to find before it falls into the hands of a mysterious criminal known only as “the Baron.” Along the way, they encounter an entertaining cast of secondary characters, including an old friend from Fort Myers, a bland American intelligence operative, a hero-worshipping young woman, and a set of federal agents for whom Holmes plays the fool. Any of these people could be “the Baron” or his henchmen in disguise. The novel does a nice job of obscuring friend from foe until the action climaxes in a scene a bit reminiscent of one from Treasure Island. As always, Ms. Thomas’s depictions of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler are nicely drawn and faithful to the spirit of the Canon. She resists the temptation (which Baring-Gould and I could not) to carry their admiration for each other into outright romance. Another excellent outing in a series that I hope will long continue!

Reviewed by Tom Turley

The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty 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 Amazon KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Winner of the 2011 Howlett Literary Award

The Norwood Author – Arthur Conan Doyle and the Norwood Years (1891 – 1894) by Alistair Duncan

Winner of the 2011 Howlett Literary Award (Sherlock Holmes book of the year) from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

During the 1891-1894 period Conan Doyle wrote and published much of his best work including the first two series of Sherlock Holmes short stories. This stunning book includes lots of never seen before material about the beloved creator of Sherlock Holmes.

This book, alongside Duncan’s other two Doyle biographies, provides great insight into Doyle’s real-life during the period stretching from 1891 to his death in 1930. Much of this material has not been seen in the previous Doyle biographies, and that should be an extra treat for scholars who study the life of the man.” – David Marcum

Fans of Sherlock Holmes know, more than anything, that the devil is in the details, and Alistair Duncan’s book is full of them. Details that shaped Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life, writing, and the famous character that so many people love, are available is abundance, for those willing to seek them out. And I hope you do.” –  Jaime N. Mahoney

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble,  Waterstones UKAmazon UK,  Book Depository (free worldwide delivery)Amazon KindleiBooks for the iPad/iPhone,Kobo Books and Nook.

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes Expands Across The USA

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Following the success of the first collection and book The Art of Sherlock Holmes-West Palm Beach’ the next collection has been announced.

The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 will feature thirteen artists from all across the United States; once again paired with thirteen authors and their Sherlock Holmes stories.

The new book will be released in October, and the gallery exhibition will be in November in a fantastic gallery to be announced soon.

Three pieces have been selected as promo pieces by The Conan Doyle Estate for the book and collection, and the Conan Doyle Estate has added them to their authenticated prints on their shop (Conan Doyle Estate Shop).

#16 – The Vampire of The Lyceum – (artist) Alex Arshanky (authors) Charles Veley & Anna Elliott

#17 – The Adventure of The Pharaoh’s Tablet – (artist) Aaron Schwartz  (author) Robert Perret

#18 – The Adventure of The Missing Link – (artist) Bruce Helander  (author) David Marcum

This brings the total number of pieces to 28 in the first two collections, and the Global Edition 1 and Global Edition 2 are also well underway.

The special edition is available for pre-order here – USA Edition 1 Special Edition

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

Review: The Art of Sherlock Holmes

Geri Schear

Why would you want to read The Art of Sherlock Holmes? Let’s think. You might be a fan of the Great Detective, in which case there are fifteen wonderful stories to entice you. You might be beguiled by the art of the fifteen artists whose work enhances each tale. You might simply like an unusual coffee table book that will catch the eye and be sure to start a conversation. Be careful, though, this is the sort of book that an untrustworthy guest might try to slip beneath his trench coat when he leaves…

The Art of Sherlock Holmes is the brain child of Phil Growick, the author of two Sherlock Holmes novels, The Secret Journal of Doctor Watson, and its sequel, The Revenge of Sherlock Holmes, as well as many short stories. In addition to being a committed Holmes fan, Phil is a resolute supporter…

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Posted by on May 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

The Art of Sherlock Holmes – Phil Growick / #Interview #BlogTour #BitsaboutBooks @CarolineBookBit @mxpublishing #TheGreatSherlockHolmesDebate

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a totally unique experience. Imagine a dozen or more of the finest artists in the U.S. creating art for some the best new short stories written by some of the finest Holmes authors in the world. Each artist has envisioned their version of one story specifically selected for them. All stories and art in one large, hardcover, coffee table presentation volume. This first edition features artists from West Palm Beach, Florida. Future editions will be global, with participating artists contributing from all over the world. The Art of Sherlock Holmes was conceived and curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes – Author QA with Daniel D. Victor

Daniel D. Victor is the author of the last (but not least!) story in The Art of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Smith-Mortimer Succession

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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

 
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The Art of Sherlock Holmes, West Palm Beach – Blog Tour

The Art of Sherlock Holmes, West Palm Beach – Blog Tour

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Blurb:
The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a totally unique experience. Imagine a dozen or more of the finest artists in the U.S. creating art for some the best new short stories written by some of the finest Holmes authors in the world. Each artist has envisioned their version of one story specifically selected for them. All stories and art in one large, hardcover, coffee table presentation volume. This first edition features artists from West Palm Beach, Florida. Future editions will be global, with participating artists contributing from all over the world. The Art of Sherlock Holmes was conceived and curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.

Pages
252
 Publisher
MX Publishing (May 25, 2019)
ISBN (hardcover – special edition)
9781787054035
ISBN (hardcover – standard edition)
0781787054110

Where to buy the book

Amazon UK

My Review

This was definitely a new experience for me, I love Sherlock Holmes…

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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

 
 
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