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Review of Graceland Cemetery in Chicago A Sherlockian Walk Amongst the Tombstones

To get the full flavor of Graceland Cemetery one must read Brenda Rossini’s guide book by the light of a bulls eye lantern on a dark and gusty night while strolling  in Chicago’s most famous burial ground. Your hair will stand on end and your skin will prickle when you encounter Eternal Silence, the shrouded black granite statue by Lorado Taft near the entrance.

Brenda Rossini has captured the history and beauty of a Chicago landmark.

The cemetery founded in 1860 is the final resting place of Chicago’s most famous and wealthy personages. Ms. Rossini compares John Kinzie, Chicago’s first settler, a murderer and a real estate wheeler dealer, to the swashbuckling adventurers in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. She also cleverly brings in other references to Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle. The boxer, Jack Johnson is buried in Graceland; Arthur Conan Doyle was asked to referee the fight between Johnson, a black man and a white man in 1912. He refused. Anita, McCormick who is buried next to her father, the inventor of the wheat reaper corresponded with Arthur Conan Doyle about spiritualism.  

     Like every good Sherlockian sleuth, Ms. Rossini leaves the reader with a mystery. Who is in the grand mausoleum with the name “John Holmes” at the west end of the Graceland cemetery? John Holmes was supposedly a Chicago real estate broker who died in 1931, a year before Arthur Conan Doyle died. Conan-Doyle had an uneasy relationship with Sherlock Holmes. The author aspired to be known for writing great literature, not detective novels. Was he worried that Holmes would obscure his own reputation and that the detective’s final resting place would become a shrine, visited by pilgrims from all over the world? Did Conan Doyle arrange to have Sherlock’s remains buried in an obscure location under an alias?

     According to the lost diary, “The Mystery of the Scarlett Homes of Sherlock” Conan-Doyle had, on November 10, 1878 visited the cemetery before it became a home to the rich and famous of Chicago. He was with a group of medical students who snatched a body from a fresh grave for anatomical dissection. He was at the time a medical student visiting Rush Medical School with Dr. Joseph Bell, the model for Sherlock Holmes.

During his time in Chicago Conan Doyle met Joseph Medill and Alan Pinkerton who upon their death became residents at Graceland. This information in the first of the lost diaries of Arthur Conan Doyle, “

The Mystery of the Scarlet Homes of Sherlock

” should be included in future editions of Ms. Rossini’s guide book. Sherlockians, and others, interested in the history of Chicago will enjoy “Graceland Cemetery in Chicago”.”

Reviewed by John Raffensperger, MD

Graceland Cemetery in Chicago – A Sherlockian Walk Midst the Tombstones is available from all good bookstores including in the USA The Strand Magazine, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.



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Out this week on audio – Eliminate the Impossible

Out this week on audio –  Eliminate the Impossible: An Examination of the World of Sherlock Holmes on Page and Screen

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The book begins with a brief examination of the effect that the stories have had on modern crime literature. It goes on to examine the origins of the character of Holmes himself from his appearance to his drug use and supposed dislike of women. We then move onto a mini-biography of some of the significant characters in the series. Each of the original stories by Conan Doyle is examined in an effort to explain some of the more esoteric aspects and an examination is made of the attempts to form a proper chronology for the stories – as Doyle did not write the stories in strict chronological order. The second half of the book focuses on Holmes’s career on the screen. There is a brief examination of some of the more notable actors to have portrayed Holmes and the films in which they appeared. Finally we look at the possible requirements for a definitive screen portrayal of the canon.

Eliminate the Impossible is also available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USA,  Barnes and Noble,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK, Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), Amazon Kindle,  Kobo,  Nook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.



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Sherlock Holmes In The Nautilus Adventure

The Games’s Afloat! This fascinating tale takes Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on an amazing undersea adventure to find and rescue a famous author, who has been kidnapped. Along the way there are hidden clues, lost civilizations, danger, romance, humour, a volcanic eruption, a good deal of seaweed tea, and a more than one surprising plot twist, not to mention saving the world. It all begins, when a tall bearded gentleman enters 221-B Baker Street and says, “Hello, my name is Captain Nemo, of the submersible vessel the Nautilus, I would like to engage your services in locating a missing person. His name is Jules Verne.

Sherlock Holmes In The Nautilus Adventure is available 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, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone). Also available in Audio.



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Out this week on audio The Minister and the Moguls

Out this week on audio The Minister and the Moguls: A Case File from “The Redacted Sherlock Holmes”

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Holmes investigates a major industry and finds there is more to smoke than meets the eye.

The Redacted Sherlock Holmes:

Orlando Pearson, Watson’s successor as the assistant of Sherlock Holmes, was entrusted by the doctor with notes on cases too controversial to publish at the time.

Amongst other things these cases covered government failure to regulate the banks, excessively close links between a minister and industry, and an official cover-up of a sexual scandal at the very highest level in society.

It is inconceivable that such things could happen in the 21st century, but these stories, freshly unearthed, provide a fascinating insight into some of the issues facing society at the turn of the 20th.

The Redacted Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon 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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Review of Sherlock Holmes: The Julia Moriarty Trilogy

Imagine the awesome mind, and awful morals, of Professor Moriarty in a more attractive, equally lethal package. Impossible, you say? Not at all, for Dick Gillman has uncovered a fact that seems to have escaped Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: the professor had a younger sister! Now she’s back, bent on resurrecting her late brother’s criminal network, wreaking havoc on the British Empire and—far worse—gaining her revenge on Sherlock Holmes. Gillman introduces Julia in three interwoven stories, published as a trilogy in this slim but entertaining volume. In “The Shadow of James Moriarty,” his feminine shadow inserts a horrifying intermission into a play by Oscar Wilde, leading to an initial confrontation with our heroes Holmes and Watson. “The Highgate Magician” raises the diplomatic stakes, for a young woman’s seemingly simple disappearance masks an international intrigue. Finally, in “The Severed Finger,” Julia engineers a kidnapping that could cost Great Britain the Boer War before it has begun. Throughout the trilogy, Holmes dazzles with deductive brilliance, Watson provides strong support, and Mycroft is caught between conflicting loyalties. It can be said, without revealing spoilers, that this new Moriarty proves as dangerous a nemesis for Holmes as the original. She is also, alas, far more elusive. Bad news for our detective, but good news for readers, who can look forward to Mr. Gillman bringing Julia back to fight another day.

Reviewed by Thomas A. Turley

Sherlock Holmes and The Julia Moriarty Trilogy – 2nd Edition is available 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, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).



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Out this week on audio – Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy

Out this week on audio –  Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy

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The year is 1898. Doctor Watson is once more in Lyme Regis to visit the lady in his life, Mrs. Beatrice Heidler. A gruesome death with echoes of one of Sherlock Holmes previous cases brings Holmes himself down to Dorset. In the company of an old friend, they encounter an old enemy with vengeance on his mind. A tale of revenge, violent deaths, and plum puddings.

Sherlock Holmes and The Lyme Regis Legacy is also available from all good bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon and Barnes and Noble,  in the UK Amazon and Waterstones, elsewhere Book Depository offer free worldwide delivery – and in all electronic formats including Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).



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Sherlock Holmes Book Review – Sherlock Holmes and The Nine Dragon Sigil

“This new investigation set in 1906 spirits Holmes and Watson away from the pea-soup streets of London to the exotic Orient. Rumours abound that a deadly plot is hatching in the Forbidden City in faraway Peking. Holmes must discover whether such a plot exists and if so, foil it. Are the assassins targeting the young and progressive Ch’ing Emperor or his imperious aunt, the fearsome Empress Dowager Cixi? The murder of either could spark a civil war. China’s fate and the interests of Britain’s Empire in the Orient could be at stake. Early reviews say it’s ‘a great addition to the Sherlockian world, with a brilliantly constructed plot, complete with clever clues and moments of action, humour and mystery.’”

Murder, Mystery, Mayhem and More (10th March, 2017)

Sherlock Holmes and The Nine-Dragon Sigil is available 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, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).



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