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Out today – Sherlockian Musings: Thoughts on the Sherlock Holmes Stories

Is Sherlock Holmes really as rational as he seems?  He talks about the importance of reasoning and logic, but why then does he sometimes seem like a “strange Buddha”?  On the other hand, why in The Sign of the Four does Watson smash a Buddha?  What is going on in The Sign of the Four, that strange tale of Empire?  What is going on in all the original sixty stories in “the canon”? In this study of the stories, Sheldon Goldfarb explores questions like these, from the significance of the eggs in “Thor Bridge” to the reason Watson keeps leaving Holmes for an insubstantial wife.  What meanings lurk beneath the surface of these detective stories?  Why is there an obsession with Napoleon in this story or an article on free trade in this other?  Can we find answers to these questions? Perhaps.  In any case, in this collection of essays (or “Musings”) on each of the 60 stories, Dr. Goldfarb, an award-nominated mystery writer himself and the holder of a PhD in English literature, light-heartedly tries out a variety of perspectives, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about such matters as the nature of the angel in “A Case of Identity” or the reason Holmes abandons his magnifying glass for binoculars in “Silver Blaze.”  Who brings binoculars to a horse race?  Indeed.

Sherlockian Musings is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out today – Cut To: Baker Street

It is well documented that Sherlock Holmes is the most depicted literary character on screen; he even has an entry in the Guinness Book of Records to prove it. This reference guide covers depictions of the world’s most famous detective, and his faithful companion, from the first silent film Sherlock Holmes is Baffled (1900) to the Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly comedy Holmes and Watson (2018).

As well as cinema and television portrayals, this book by Nicko Vaughan (Author of The Wordy Companion: An A-Z Guide to Sherlockian Phraseology) also covers documentaries, animations and web series adaptations alongside début feature artwork by graphic artist Georgia Grace Weston.

Combining encyclopaedia, biography and reference structure, this book comprehensively explores the many celluloid faces, cathode-ray shapes and digital sizes of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson, so far.

Cut To Baker Street is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Out today: Too Many Clues (McCabe and Cody)

As chief spokesperson for St. Benignus University in small-town Erin, Ohio, Jeff Cody’s job responsibilities include handling “crisis communications.” And a crisis it is when veteran journalist Maggie Barton calls Jeff on the day after Thanksgiving. She wants the whole story about a dean forced to step down because of complaints of inappropriate behavior from three women who worked for him.

But that’s just the overture to double murder at SBU, taxing the abilities of larger-than-life amateur sleuth Sebastian McCabe and the police agencies of both town and gown. There are clues aplenty – too many, in fact. But how could the killer have entered the scene of the first murder without showing up on surveillance video? It seems like magic, or a locked room murder in a novel. Fortunately, Mac is a magician of no small ability as well as a mystery writer.

This ninth novel (and tenth book) of the McCabe-Cody series marks the debut of Aurelia Banfield, the disarming new assistant chief of St. Benignus University Police, and a farewell to two characters who have been part of the Erin scene from the beginning.

“A deliciously literate, witty series, with ingenious plots and engaging characters. Highly recommended!” – Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Too Many Clues is available 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 Literary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1

The eleven stories gathered together in these two volumes share their own common feature. All have connections to the world of belles lettres, the world of literature–some to celebrated authors in particular, others to themes or stories associated with specific writers … . Let others plumb this collection for more subtle themes. From Maupassant to Stevenson to Fitzgerald, the authorial giants who populate these pages are explanation enough for its title. As interesting as such literary associations may be, of course, one can never forget that in the finest tradition of all the other adventures of Sherlock Holmes, these sketches depict a series of heartless criminal acts–some more gruesome than others. This volume contains:

The Adventure of the Missing Necklace

The Adventure of the Amateur Emigrant

The Adventure of the Second William Wilson

The Adventure of the Aspen Papers

For Want of a Sword.

The Literary Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USA,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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Out today – The Camera Case (Octavius Bear Book 10)

Welcome back, once again, to Polar Paradise in the Shetland Islands, part-time home of Octavius Bear’s spouse Bearoness Belinda Béarnaise Bruin Bear (nee Black.)  In Book Eight – The Crank Case, we introduced you to Preston Pavel Polar, Russian movie star and matinee idol. He’s back, this time with a full-scale movie crew to shoot another one of his highly successful swasgger and swords epics in the castle/resort and using most of the Octavians as his cast members. Belinda and Octavius are financial partners in the production. Things seem to be going smoothly but then, an ingenue cast member takes a fatal dive into the ocean and is pulled out Dead.  How did she die? Why did she die? Octavius and Maury swing into action to solve the mystery along with ace consulting detective Fetlock Holmes, Shetland Yard Superintendent Nigel Wardlaw and Chief Inspector Bruce Wallaroo. Belinda, the Cubs, Mlle Woof, Chita, Condo, Otto, the Wolves and all the other regulars are on hand to propel the action. Ready for another tale? Lights, Camera, Action!

DeMaio is a skilled and engaging storyteller and crafter of characters and mystery narrative. Those who enjoy traditional Holmesian works will enjoy his books. It’s not a matter of trying to get past a concept to find the story; he manages to make his animals and their world an intrinsic part of his unique Sherlockian vision. Somehow, through Octavius Bear and his associates, Harry DeMaio has managed to create something that is entirely new and entirely familiar. His world is a very enjoyable place to lose yourself.“ – Amy Thomas

The Camera Case is available 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 in paperback – The Merchant of Menace: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Reluctantly, Sherlock Holmes agrees to assist Inspector Lestrade who is being hounded by an obnoxious nobleman whose jewel-encrusted dagger has gone missing. However, what Holmes initially believes to be a simple theft turns out instead to be his first encounter with a master criminal, who is as ruthless as he is brilliant, and whom Watson dubs “The Merchant of Menace.”

Soon Holmes finds himself matching wits with a man who will steal anything – if the price is right. Moreover, this thief will go to any lengths, including blackmail and murder, to achieve his desired goal.

As Holmes comes to understand his adversary, he also begins to realize he can only react to the Merchant because he has no idea where this criminal mastermind will strike next. All Holmes knows for certain is the Merchant seems to specialize in priceless, one-of-a-kind articles. Will that be enough information for the Great Detective to outwit his foe?

From the British Museum to the Louvre to Blenheim Palace, Holmes finds himself in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Set against the backdrop of early Edwardian England, the Great Detective and his Boswell encounter an array of luminaries from the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough to a young Winston Churchill.

For fans of Conan Doyle’s immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, this time around Holmes must try to bring to justice a villain who might well be the next Napoleon of Crime.

Oh, what a joy it is to meet Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson again! The Merchant of Menace is an exciting adventure of priceless valuables, great detective work and just the kind of devilish adversary we love to read about.” – Mattias Boström, award-winning author of From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon

The Merchant of Menace 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 Kindle.

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Out today – The Detective, the Woman and the Pirate’s Bounty

In The Detective, The Woman and The Pirate’s Bounty, Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler retrace the steps of pirates as they uncover a conspiracy at the heart of Florida’s islands. Death threats and gangsters are not enough to stop the pair as they meet new friends and enemies while seeking pirate treasure and preserving law and order.

Thomas portrays this iconic character and his mannerisms brilliantly. The story was so good and is written in such a way that enables you to picture it happening; as if watching a film.  I’d most definitely like to read more from this author in the future.” – Curled up with a good book

The Detective, the Woman and the Pirate’s Bounty is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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