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Sherlock Holmes and the Eye of Heka


“Sherlock Holmes and the Eye of Heka” is written by David Marcum and published by MX Publishing.

I received a copy from MX Publishing for review.

Early in 1888 a personal tragedy has rocked John Watson’s world and he has returned to Baker Street to live. It does not take long for him to once again be swept up into Holmes’s adventures. In this case, the adventure involves a madman targeting John Watson and an exotic idol known as “The Eye of Heka”.

Once again, David Marcum has given us a fabulous story.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Eye of Heka” is a delicious blend of Arthur Conan Doyle and H. Rider Haggard. The tale fairly rips along drawing the reader in its wake.

If anyone can be said to have inherited the mantel of Arthur Conan Doyle, it is David Marcum.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Posted by on March 13, 2023 in Uncategorized


Sherlock Holmes and the Unmasking of the Whitechapel Horror


“Sherlock Holmes and the Unmasking of the Whitechapel Horror” is written by Frank Emerson and published by MX Publishing.

I received a free copy of this book from MX Publishing to review.

In the book Holmes and Watson work a fifteen-year investigation with Detective Chief Inspector (and later Pinkerton agent) Frederick Abberline to capture Jack the Ripper.

Emerson’s choice of killer won’t please some Ripperologists, but the story does lay out a good case against the chosen suspect.

The book is a good, brisk, read. Emerson has captured the voice of Watson extremely well, including a nice little Arthur Conan Doyle reference, which I will leave you to find for yourselves.

In summary, Whitechapel Horror is an atmospheric book that will interest Sherlockians and Ripperologists alike.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Unmasking of the Whitechapel Horror” is Frank Emerson’s first novel for MX Publishing, and I look forward to reading many…

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Posted by on February 22, 2023 in Uncategorized


What’s in a (Holmesian) Lifestyle?

Girl Meets Sherlock: A Holmesian Blog

I believe many of us who have loved Sherlock Holmes for an extended time have passed beyond the honeymoon stage. We’re not just consumers. Many are creators, commentators, and group facilitators. Our lives, whatever our “day jobs” look like contain inescapable traces of Holmes, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

What does this look like for you? I seek out Holmesian films and shows, but beyond that, I constantly find myself seeing inspiration from Holmes in other mysteries and types of media. I read pastiche. I re-read Doyle. I don’t have on-the-ground groups near me, but I maintain online contact. Occasionally, I find myself having a “What would Holmes do?” moment in my real life.

What about you? How does Sherlock Holmes intersect with your everyday life?

My novels of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler can be found here

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Posted by on February 15, 2023 in Uncategorized


OMG, 3 OF MY NOVELS ARE TOP 20 Sherlock Holmes Audiobooks of 2023!

OMG, 3 OF MY NOVELS ARE TOP 20 Sherlock Holmes Audiobooks of 2023!

Features of Interest

The Keys of Death, Remarkable Power of Stimulus, These Scattered Houses – Three out of twenty top audiobook titles are Gretchen Altabef’s Sherlock Holmes Novels. And narrated wonderfully by J.T. McDaniel.

I am anMX authorof new Sherlock Holmes novels. My writing springs from the same sense of justice as Dr. Watson’s, and Dr. Doyle’s. My books brim with imagination and a news reporter’s excitement for the true history of the day.THESE SCATTERED HOUSES. A breakthrough novel for Holmes and for me, an historical murder mystery solved as only Holmes can. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes:REMARKABLE POWER OF STIMULUSis a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart.THE KEYS OF DEATHis the genesis story of No. 221B Baker Street.

MX Publishingbrings the best in new Sherlock Holmes novels, biographies, graphic novels and short story collections every month. With over 500 books it’s the largestcatalogueof new Sherlock…

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Posted by on February 2, 2023 in Uncategorized


The Keys of Death Review by Margaret Walsh

The Keys of Death Review by Margaret Walsh

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The Keys of Deathis the third Sherlock Holmes novel from author Gretchen Altabef and published by MX Publishing.

A fun look at Holmes first case when he and Watson move into 221B Baker Street. The case? It’s the murder of Mrs. Hudson’s husband!

The story is mostly told in the form of the journal entries of Mrs. Hudson and Doctor Watson, supplemented with columns by Langdale Pike, and other bits and pieces.

Mrs. Hudson’s own voice rings out clearly. There is no mistaking Mrs. Hudson for John Watson or vice versa, as is often the case with multiple first person points of view.

All of the characters are well-rounded and interesting. Ms. Altabef’s Mrs. Hudson is a particular delight.

Richly detailed and well researched, The Keys of Death is a delightful addition to the word of Sherlock Holmes pastiche.

Highly recommended.

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Posted by on January 20, 2023 in Uncategorized


The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – XXXIV to XXXVI

Geri Schear

Another 58 new traditional Sherlock Holmes stories in three new volumes of the world’s leading Sherlock Holmes collection, perfect for the fan of Holmes, Victorian era fiction, or detective stories.

In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring traditional Canonical adventures set within the correct time period, and written by many of today’s leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, their popularity has only continued to grow. And now we present a new three-volume set. Like 2017’s two-volume set, Eliminate the Impossible, and 2019’s three-volume Whatever Remains . . . Must Be the Truth, “However Improbable . . . .” features tales of Holmes’s encounters with seemingly impossible events – ghosts and hauntings and crimes and events that cannot have happened – but…

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Posted by on September 28, 2022 in Uncategorized


Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Neb-Heka-Ra – Kickstarter


Kickstarter campaigns are a great way to get a new book out there and visible.

I have just launched (with a lot of help from MX Publishing’s Steve Emecz), the Kickstarter for Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of Neb-Heka-Ra. The blurb for the book is as follows:

“I am Neb-Heka-Ra… I declaim now that my curse shall fall upon he who disturbs my rest. I call upon the Gods to witness and avenge such impiety…”

A trio of bizarre deaths, starting with that of a renowned surgeon, sends Sherlock Holmes, Dr. John Watson, and Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard deep into a maelstrom of murder and mayhem. Does a mysterious piece of paper that leads them to the British Museum hold the key to these killings? And what are they truly dealing with? As the death toll climbs, Holmes, Watson, and Lestrade race to solve the dreadful mystery of the…

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Posted by on September 5, 2022 in Uncategorized


The Treasure of the Poison King


“The Treasure of the Poison King” is written by Paul D. Gilbert and published by MX Publishing.

Mithradates VI, the King of Pontus, in the first century BCE is known to history as “The Poison King” due to his habit of dosing himself with poisons to prevent anyone killing him in that way. He was also fabulously wealthy. After his defeat by the Roman legions led by Lucullus, his treasure was taken back to Rome, but one of the ships sank, never to be seen again…until a small group of Greek sponge divers found a mysterious ship wreck. Now, rumour has it that the treasure is coming to London. But what is no rumour is the death that it leaves in its wake.

Sherlock Holmes is on the case, and he must find the treasure before someone close to him becomes a victim.

Paul D. Gilbert never fails to deliver…

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Posted by on August 31, 2022 in Uncategorized


Top 10 Sherlock Holmes Audiobooks in July so far

1.   Sherlock Holmes: The Persian Slipper and Other Stories – Brenda Seabrooke and Kevin E Green

2.   A Continuum of Sherlock Holmes Stories – Jay Ganguly and Kevin E Green

3.   Three May Keep a Secret – Richard Ryan and Luke Barton

4.   Shadowwraith – Tracy Revels and Michael Langan

5.   Sherlock Holmes and the Pandemic of Death – Daniel D. Victor and Ben Carling

6.   A Scandal in Serbia – Thomas A. Turley and Keith Spilsbury

7.   The Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes – Paul D. Gilbert and Simon de Deney

8.   Shadowblood – Tracy Revels and Michael Langan

9.   In Pursuit of the Dead – Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

10. The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Luke Kuhns and Joff Manning

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The Adventure of the Wordy Companion


“The Adventure of the Wordy Companion: An A-Z Guide to Sherlockian Phraseology” is written by Nicko Vaughan and published by MX Publishing.

As a person who loves both Sherlock Holmes and the intricacies of the English language, this book hit a number of spots.

Nicko Vaughan has waded through the Holmes canon selecting words and phrases that may not be a part of most people’s vocabularies these days, and set about providing an explanation for them.

Written with admirable conciseness and some considerable wit, the book is a must have for anyone new to the Holmes canon.

It is also a handy little reference guide for writers of Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Knowing what words Arthur Conan Doyle used helps give a feel of authenticity to pastiches. The book now has a permanent place in my reference library.

One thing I discovered as I browsed this excellent wee tome, is that…

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Posted by on July 21, 2022 in Uncategorized

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