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The Norwood Author by Alistair Duncan

The Norwood Author by Alistair Duncan

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Arthur Conan Doyle was a complex and deeply interesting character. May there long be writers around such as, Alistair Duncan, to explore him.” Bill Barnes, Captain, President, The Sidney Passengers. (From the Forward.)

Alistair Duncan’s The Norwood Author:Arthur Conan Doyle & The Norwood Years (1891 – 1894), is filled with new, never before seen, material about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He is the winner of the 2011 Howlett Literary Award (Sherlock Holmes book of the year) from the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. The avid Conan Doyle fan wants to know everything about this great nineteenth-century giant of a man. Mr. Duncan’s book leaves one wanting more, ready for the next installment. It is my hope he intends to follow this thread in future books.

Duncan takes us through one of many prolific periods of Conan Doyle’s life. His research covers Conan Doyle’s involvement in the Upper…

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Posted by on March 25, 2021 in Uncategorized


The Art of Sherlock Holmes Authenticated Prints


Phil Crowick came up with the idea of new pieces of art based on Sherlock Holmes stories. This idea resulted in four gorgeous coffee table books, and two exhibitions in the USA before the pandemic, where some of the original art sold.

Now authenticated prints of these delightful works are available directly from MX Publishing. There are 55 to chose from. Four stand out for me.

The Affair of Miss Finney (#36)

The Coffee Traders Dilemma (#37)

The Case of the Cursed Clock (#46)

The Adventure of the Medium (#54)

Why not check them out? You might find something that you would like to add to your Sherlock Holmes collection, art collection, or just something you think would look good on your wall.

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Posted by on January 4, 2021 in Uncategorized


Mrs Hudson Goes to Ireland


Grieving the ‘death’ of Sherlock Holmes, Mrs. Hudson travels to Ireland with her friend Kitty Melrose to try and stop an arranged marriage. What they find is a mess of death and despair.

Published by MX Publishing, “Mrs Hudson Goes to Ireland” by Susan Knight is a fun book.

Obviously years of being Sherlock Holmes’s landlady had rubbed off on Martha Hudson, as she makes quite an excellent detective.

The novel is well plotted and well written. The research is impeccable. Susan Knight weaves details of Irish beliefs and superstitions through the story in a manner which brings the people and the place to glorious life.

HIghly recommended.

‘Mrs Hudson Goes to Ireland” is available directly from MX Publishing:

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Posted by on December 29, 2020 in Uncategorized


Podcast-Remarkable Power of Stimulus Book Launch

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Recorded December 10, 2020

I awoke in the morning and the planetree greeted me covered in new spring buds outside the window of my old familiar bedroom. I took a breath, and his horrible first pipe filled my heart with gratitude. Today I wasn’t alone––Sherlock Holmes was back! Last night we poached an evildoer. Colonel Sebastian Moran, ‘the second most dangerous man in London.”

Steve Emecz of MX Publishing hosts the Podcast. Gretchen Altabef, author of Remarkable Power of Stimulus reads from her novel. Q & A follows.

Works Refered to:

Maureen Whittaker’s book: Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part. The complete performance biography. And Sherlock Holmes IS Jeremy Brett.

J.T. McDaniels, is a Shakespearian actor, an audiobook narrator for MX Publishing, author of Returning, Bacalao, Shakespearian Performance: A Beginners Guide, poet, and others.

Geri Shear is an MX novelist and short story writer. Her…

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Posted by on December 20, 2020 in Uncategorized


Bucks County Herald Article

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“We discover what Watson did during Holmes’ hiatus and how it made him even more the partner of Sherlock Holmes. Their solving of the murders involves these two gentlemen in a dangerous chain of events . . . Only Holmes’ unshakable belief in logic, imagination, and truth, can make the difference.”

My local newspaper, the Bucks County Herald in scenic Lahaska, PA, printed a feature article about me and Remarkable Power of Stimulus. Jodi Arthur reporter, Bridget Wingert, editor.

Gretchen Altabef is an MX author of Sherlock Holmes Novels who strives to emulate Doctor John Watson’s and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary styles as much as is possible. Her first novel wasSherlock Holmes: These Scattered Houses. Both a historical novel and murder mystery, solved as only Holmes can. The sequel isSherlock Holmes: Remarkable Power of Stimulus. It is a Sherlock Holmes adventure with heart.

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Posted by on December 17, 2020 in Uncategorized


Harry DeMaio’s Book Review of These Scattered Houses

Harry DeMaio’s Book Review of These Scattered Houses

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Let us establish one fact immediately. Gretchen Altabef is a remarkably talented author . . . she eschews the formulas that so often appear in Holmes pastiches and sets about creating a new format.

Let us establish one fact immediately. Gretchen Altabef is a remarkably talented author. In These Scattered Houses, the first book in her Sherlock Holmes trilogy, she eschews the formulas that so often appear in Holmes pastiches and sets about creating a new format; a new locale; new characters; a new story line and most important, a new Holmes.

Seldom used in other books, Holmes is his own narrator in a tale that takes place during his three year post Reichenbach hiatus in the town of Poughkeepsie New York and the campus of Vassar College. I have earned my living for several years in that city and can attest that she has captured its Mid-Hudson character…

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Posted by on December 15, 2020 in Uncategorized


Sherlock Holmes for Christmas

Geri Schear

I’m sure that I’m not alone in still having a lot of gifts still to buy. If you’re the same, and if you’re stuck for ideas, here are some goodies for the Holmes fan in your life:

The Sherlock Holmes calendar

Our calendar is printed on a glossy, heavy cover stock with Great Detective with quotes, and trivia related to Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle. We’ve never produced the same Sherlock Holmes calendar twice, which is why our customers have been purchasing our calendars for decades.

Sherlock Holmes Calendar 2021has a treat in store for fans of the art of illustrator Sidney Paget who brought Holmes to life in hundreds of illustrations for the original Strand Magazine. By the kind permission of several collectors, we have included the original paintings that Paget supplied to the Strand, and much to our surprise they were in glorious full color.

We have…

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Posted by on December 9, 2020 in Uncategorized


Through A Glass Starkly by Richard T. Ryan

Through A Glass Starkly by Richard T. Ryan

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No Watson, the puppet master is real. When we discover who is behind The curtain, pulling the strings, I am certain that everything will become crystal clear, including the relationship between such seemingly disparate events.

Through A Glass Starkly by Richard T. Ryan is an exquisite Pastiche, written with a true understanding of his characters. It is an exceptional novel of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson here are the gentlemen we have known since the late 19th-Century.

Mr. Ryan’s dialogue shows he has the ear of a playwright and he has done his research. The twists and turns of the mysteries make it especially enjoyable for the reader. For me any Holmes novel with the addition of Mycroft Holmes is a positive choice and the comfortable competitive sparing between the Holmes’ brothers, here is softened with humor.

I highly recommend Mr. Ryan’s Through A Glass Starkly, a…

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Posted by on December 2, 2020 in Uncategorized


Maureen Whittaker’s Review-Remarkable Power of Stimulus

Maureen Whittaker’s Review-Remarkable Power of Stimulus

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Jeremy Brett, the Definitive Sherlock Holmes, decided that Holmes was ‘a man of feeling’ and Ms Altabef shows that throughout her very interesting novel.

In her novel, Remarkable Power of Stimulus, Gretchen Altabef has remained faithful to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, retaining details of much of the original for her adaptation of the time following the tussle at Reichenbach, known as the Great Hiatus, and “The Adventure of the Empty House”.

It is no surprise that Conan Doyle’s most famous creation Sherlock Holmes should be the subject of yet another series of novels with the most popular fictional detective hero facing fresh challenges in new situations. I should state that I am not a fan of pastiche fiction as I invariably long to return to the original text that has been the source of so much pleasure.However,I needn’t have been concerned about this latest series.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story of what Holmes and Watson went throughboth separately and then together as Holmes returned once more to 221b…

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Posted by on December 1, 2020 in Uncategorized


Sherlock Holmes and the Thames Murders


The year is 1890 and London is shocked by a series of brutal murders in London’s docklands. Scotland Yard is desperate for assistance and call on Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson to provide it.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Thames Murders” by Johanna M. Rieke is a corker of a book. Well plotted and well written, it is a delicious read from start to finish.

Ms. Rieke has kept the characters very true to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s originals, and the friendship between Holmes and Watson, always an important part of any pastiche for me, is rock solid.

“Sherlock Holmes and the Thames Murders” was first published in German in 2012. This English edition is published by MX Publishing in 2020.

The book evokes the time and the place with some considerable skill. It is no stretch of the imagination to describe the book as a masterpiece.

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Posted by on November 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

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