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Review of Sherlock Holmes and the Ley Line Murders

Over the last year or so, I’ve favorably reviewed all three of Allan Mitchell’s previous Sherlock Holmes books, The Menacing Moors, The Menacing Metropolis, and The Menacing Melbournian. Each of those presented a story about Our Heroes in the form of Epic Verse, and in each review I hoped that Mr. Mitchell would turn his attention to providing a prose adventure. Happily, with Sherlock Holmes and the Ley Line Murders, he’s heard my request, reaching into Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box for something really recherche.

For those that don’t know, Ley Lines run as straight paths between the old places of Britain, often with ancient religious significance. They can be manmade or naturally occurring sites, of buildings on top of places that supposedly contain ancient power. Whether the sites connected by the lines are places of ancient magic, or the remnants of Camelot, wherever they’re found is always of interest, especially to modern explorers looking for New Age connections, or attempting to recreate the treasure hunt-feel of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

The very idea of these ancient lines has always held a fascination, and when murders start occurring, with bodies left at the intersection of the lines, it’s up to Holmes and Watson to find a solution. But as the narrative progresses, and ancient powers are discussed, the very rational Holmes finds that things are much more complicated and dangerous than he initially believed.

Once again, Mr. Mitchell has brought us a traditional Holmes tale, set in the correct era, with no modern devices or other irritating and frankly non-Holmesian actions. I’m very much looking forward to what he’ll reveal to us next.”

Reviewed by David Marcum

Sherlock Holmes and the Ley Line Murders is available for pre order 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, Nookand Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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Review of The Twisted Blackmailer

I should point out, first of all, that if you are a Holmes purist, this book is not for you. This book has nothing to do with Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street and his faithful Boswell, Doctor John Watson.

If you have read down to this point, I will say that once you have made that determination, the book is rare in that it is enjoyable, and I read it in one setting!

Lovers of the Holmes Canon will delight at finding many references to people, places, and cases in this story. Sherlock Holmes is like the daughter Holmes never had. This is the first case involving this Holmes and Watson. I would love to see more…

I give the book five stars. While not a traditional Holmes story, I believe the writing is just as enjoyable!

Reviewed by Raven’s Reviews

The Twisted Blackmailer – Watson and Holmes Book 1 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 on Audio.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Re-Imagined — The Complete Collection

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This collected volume reprints all twelve short stories comprising The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Re-Imagined book series in one paperback edition. Between its covers the original tales by Conan Doyle have been amusingly illustrated using only LEGO® brand minifigures and bricks. The illustrations recreate, through custom designed Lego models, the composition of the black and white drawings by Sidney Paget that accompanied the original publication of these adventures appearing in The Strand Magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. Paget’s iconic illustrations are largely responsible for the popular image of Sherlock Holmes, including his deerstalker cap and Inverness cape, details never mentioned in the writings of Conan Doyle.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Re-Imagined — The Complete Collection is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Book Giveaway For Sherlock Holmes and the Ley Line Murders

Book Giveaway For Sherlock Holmes and the Ley Line Murders

The mists of Britain’s insula antiquity have drifted into the modernity of the nineteenth century bringing with them echoes of the savage rituals of its ancient peoples.
The Press has fuelled the Public’s fear over dismembered victims discovered at the intersection of ancient ley-lines, points on the landscape where logic is defied and science is rendered impotent as ancient forces emerge menacingly from the living Earth itself.
Sherlock Holmes finds he must anchor his superior mind on solid ground to uncover the truth and deliver justice for the victims as the reader accompanies the Intrepid Doctor Watson and the Great Sleuth as they conquer their innermost fears when encountering the mysteries of Britain’s ancient Ley Lines, the Ancient Ways.

Sherlock Holmes and the Ley Line Murders is available for pre order 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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Mrs. Hudson – Who Are You Really?

 Mrs. Hudson – Who Are You Really?

By Barry S Brown

The mystery surrounding Mrs. Hudson’s identity has been well and frequently described. What we know from Watson’s own words is that Mrs. Hudson is the “long-suffering” landlady at 221B Baker Street, an extraordinarily patient woman able to tolerate her lodger’s “incredible untidiness, … addiction to music at strange hours, … occasional revolver practice within doors, … weird and malodorous scientific experiments, and the atmosphere of violence and danger which hung around him ….”

In the end, however, the references to Mrs. Hudson are most remarkable for their scarcity. As described in James C. O’Leary’s informative blog post, Mrs. Hudson appears in only 11 of the 60 stories describing Holmes’ cases, speaks just three times, and is accorded a mere 26 lines of dialogue. Her silence is deafening – and, for some of us, unbelievable.

I refer to a school of thought that might be characterized as conspiratorial – if not downright paranoid. That school – in which I confess to be the prime, if not sole student – views Mrs. Hudson as the true, if unheralded, sage of Baker Street. We need to recall that Mrs. Hudson would have been exposed to the Victorian bias against women generally, and women of a certain class particularly. What the scarcity of words about the landlady has long obscured is that Mrs. Hudson was nonetheless determined to be the mistress of her own fate. As is now revealed in the slender volume, Mrs. Hudson in New York – fortuitously available from Amazon and fine bookstores everywhere – Mrs. Hudson is the true creative force behind the foremost consulting detective agency in London, if not the world. Based on skills in investigation and deduction acquired from exercises in the analysis of crime with her late constable husband, her capacity for informed observation – and the careful recruitment of a tall self-confident chemist as the essential male figurehead for her agency, she becomes engaged, with Holmes and Watson, in unraveling the complex problems brought to the doorstep of 221B Baker Street or encountered in far off New York City.

More about the person I choose to regard as the woman can be found at the Facebook page devoted to her exploits – Mrs. Hudson of Baker Street Information about the person who has, without regard for his personal safety, made these truths available is located at BarrySBrown.

The above prepared on behalf of Barry S Brown

Barry Brown is the author of the Mrs Hudson series of novels including Mrs Hudson in New York which is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USA Amazon 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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Book Giveaway For The Demon of the Dusk: The rediscovered cases of Sherlock Holmes Book 1

Book Giveaway For The Demon of the Dusk: The rediscovered cases of Sherlock Holmes Book 1

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are summoned to Theobald Grange, the Warwickshire home of Lady Heminworth. Being of a nervous and superstitious disposition, her Ladyship lives in fear. Her husband and elder son were recently murdered, apparently by the ghost of a court jester who was executed on the site centuries before. The apparition has warned that she, too, is to die. Holmes rejects a supernatural explanation, although his adversary seems unaffected by gunfire and is able to take flight and disappear. The Great Detective brings his powers to bear, but still the killings continue…

The Demon of the Dusk: The rediscovered cases of Sherlock Holmes Book 1 is available for pre order from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA, Amazon UK  and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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The Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews Sherlock Holmes and The Nine-Dragon Sigil

Sherlock Holmes and the Nine-Dragon Sigil by Tim Symonds. MX Publishing. 2016. 364pp. (pbk) The frontispiece tells us that a sigil is an inscribed or painted symbol or occult sign considered to have magical power. It’s an intriguing opener for an entirely captivating story transporting us back, effortlessly, to the Forbidden City of China in 1906. There is great attention to detail, demonstrating the author’s clear love of both the Canon and world history. The tale revolves around an assassination plot and the welldrawn characters of Emperor Ch’ing and his aunt, the Empress Dowager Cixi. The pace is fast throughout, but Symonds is skilful at painting in lots of period features and fascinating facts which add great texture and encourage us to pause and reflect ont he strange world that our heroes are thrust into. There is also a helpful glossary at the end. This is clever pastiche with a strong narrative and well-judged humour. A thoroughly enjoyable read from start to finish.

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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