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Review of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Dying Emperor (Sherlock Holmes and the Crowned Heads of Europe Book 1)

There are pastiches, and then there are superlative pastiches.

Tom Turley’s novella, ‘The Case of the Dying Emperor’ (available on Kindle) falls firmly into the latter category. A question over the last illness of Frederick III, German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days in 1888, sends Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson to the Continent to investigate. A cast of real historical personages and places appear, each drawn with a level of detail and observation worthy of Holmes himself.

I had a sketchy knowledge of Frederick III, enough to know that his short reign is one of the great ‘What Ifs’ of history. Succeeded by his son, Wilhelm II, the infamous ‘Kaiser Bill’ as he was dubbed in Britain during the First World War, it is interesting to speculate on the course of history had Frederick lived. Given the international implications at the time, it is just the sort of case where you can imagine certain important figures turning to Holmes for his opinion. Watson also gets to shine, both with references to his background (based on the Baring-Gould model) and in his medical expertise. Add to this canon fidelity, and there’s plenty to keep the most ardent Sherlock Holmes fan, as well as the casual reader, engaged and delighted.

A problem I have found in the past with stories set in real historical settings is either too much or too little period detail. Mr Turley achieves an admirable balance. There are footnotes for those who want more information; if not, there is enough in the story to explain what is happening. Any necessary explanation flows naturally in conversations with appropriate language for the period between the principal characters without ever overwhelming the reader. Touches like these give the work an authentic feel, sweeping me up in the illusion that I really was reading a story written at the time.

It’s not often I get to say this, but ‘The Case of the Dying Emperor’ truly is a masterclass in the fine art of the Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Faithfulness to the characters, dedicated research and a clear, erudite style of writing makes this a story that I will be returning to again and again.

Reviewed by S.F. Bennett

Available on Kindle.

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A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Revised 2018 Edition

A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was first published in 2009; this was fully revised, expanded in 2012 and 2014, an Addenda & Corrigenda was published in 2016.  This 2018 edition has been completely updated and revised and supersedes all previous editions, it includes all of the revisions and corrections that were made previously plus the information and maps included in the Addenda & Corrigenda.  Also included is information located during research since 2016.  New photographs have been added to those already published and The Times is now listed in the sources with the date of publication.  The index has been compiled professionally by Geraldine Beare.

The first section contains a family tree and a detailed chronology of the major and minor events in the life of Sir Arthur and his family from 1755 to 1930.  This is followed by sections on events from 1930 to 1998, An Arctic Voyage in 1880, maps of Conan Doyle’s travels, the residences of Conan Doyle and his family, where are they buried, locations of plaques and statues, Arthur Conan Doyle and cricket, Arthur Conan Doyle and Portsmouth Football Club, Innes Doyle and cricket, a list of biographies and semi-biographical works, a list of Facsimile manuscripts that have been published, a bibliography, a selective list of miscellaneous writings, works consulted and about the chronologist.  Finally, there are a number of well-reproduced photographs of ACD his family at various times of his life; some have not appeared in print before. This publication proves that there is more to Arthur Conan Doyle than just Sherlock Holmes.

If you only want one book about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle this is the one. What Brian Pugh has done here is incredible. No other author has had a book like this written about his life and that is a fact! A must own book!” –  Doyle Society Copenhagen

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A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Revised 2018 Edition 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 on Kindle: The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Parts XI and XII

34 new traditional Holmes adventures in two simultaneously published volumes

“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch box with my name, John H. Watson, M.D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes had at various times to examine…” – Dr. John H. Watson

So wrote Dr. Watson in “The Problem of Thor Bridge” – and ever since, Sherlockians have been bringing us new adventures from this legendary tin dispatch box. While his original Literary Agent only edited the pitifully few sixty stories that make up the original Canon, there have since been literally thousands of traditional adventures about the true Sherlock Holmes – and there will never be enough!

Throughout the original Holmes Canon, there were hints and teases of other intriguing cases – The Giant Rat of Sumatra… The Abernetty Tragedy… The Manor House Case. Watson mentions well over one-hundred of these, which have collectively come to be known as The Untold Cases. Now, the latest MX anthologies present thirty-four of those adventures in two simultaneously published volumes, with all royalties going to support the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former homes.

Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest… whom I have ever known.”

Part XI: Some Untold Cases (1880-1891)

Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902) 

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Parts XI and XII are 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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Sherlock Holmes – L’enigma Reichenbach (Il Giallo Mondadori Sherlock)

Sherlock Holmes – L’enigma Reichenbach (Il Giallo Mondadori Sherlock)

Impareggiabile Holmes. Soltanto lui, ricevendo un criptico telegramma su un uomo trovato in camicia da notte nella brughiera, sarebbe capace di elaborare sull’accaduto non una ma sette teorie. Ed è proprio ciò che fa, mentre in compagnia dell’amico Watson raggiunge in treno Exeter, nel Devonshire. Difficile tuttavia, da elementi tanto esigui, desumere cosa sia successo a questo misterioso individuo, che urla come un pazzo e sembra terrorizzato dai serpenti. Quando però, seguendo a ritroso le sue tracce, il segugio londinese scopre due cadaveri in una fattoria isolata, con scuderie attrezzate a camera delle torture, una vicenda nata sotto una luce grottesca si trasforma in un caso dei più oscuri. Sarà dunque benvenuta la preziosa collaborazione di lady Beatrice nel dipanare i fili di una trama su cui incombe minacciosa l’ombra di Moriarty, scomparso anni prima nelle acque di una cascata in Svizzera dopo una violenta colluttazione con Holmes. La chiave è in un nome: Reichenbach, teatro di quell’epico scontro. Dove tutto pareva finito e invece, forse, era appena cominciato.

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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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Posted by on December 29, 2016 in ebooks, Uncategorized

 

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Sherlock Holmes books for that shiny new iPad/iPhone

Father Christmas has brought you a shiny new iPad and now it’s time to fill it up – but what with? Here’s our tips for the best Sherlock Holmes books to download:

For the Traditionalists – writing in the style of Conan Doyle

The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and Volume Two

The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Journal of Dr.Watson

Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt

Mystery at St Andrews

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Edinburgh Haunting

For fans of cross-overs with famous characters

Rendezvous at The Populaire (Phantom of The Opera)

I Will Find The Answer (Jekyll and Hyde)

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage (a young Winston Churchill)

Anomalous (Jack Johnson and Al Capone)

The Affair In Transylvania, Plague of Dracula (Dracula)

Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire (Jack The Ripper)

Short eBooks and Novellas

Sherlock Holmes and the Persecution of John Vincent Harden

Sherlock Holmes in The Mystery of the Magic Umbrella

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cricketers

 

For a bigger list why not visit our Pinterest Sherlock Holmes iPad Board.

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