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The top 5 Sherlock Holmes audio books so far this month

#1   The Demon of the Dusk: The Rediscovered Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Book 1 by Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

#2  The Adventure of the Pigtail Twist – Matthew Simmonds and Joff Manning

#3  The One Hundred Per Cent Society: Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby- The Rediscovered Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Book 2

#4   A Guide to Deduction by Hannah Rogers and Steve White

#5   The Secret Assassin: The Rediscovered Cases of Sherlock Holmes, Book 3 by Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

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The Complete Diaries of Young Arthur Conan Doyle – Special Hardback Edition including all three “lost” diaries

This special edition hardcover ‘The Complete Diaries of Young Arthur Conan Doyle’ includes all three “lost” adventure journals (Adventures in The Wild West 1878, Adventures in Russia 1881, Adventures in America 1883) and an exclusive introduction – “Dr. Joseph Bell, The Model for Sherlock Holmes and The Medical Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.” The diary details how Doyle was inspired by Dr. Bell to create Sherlock Holmes and how Doyle and Bell work as a Holmes and Watson-like team that embark on secret forensic missions with global impact. The origins of many specific events that will occur in the Holmes stories are included in these diaries. These journals are also peopled with Doyle’s real-life contemporaries—including JM Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson, Dostoyevsky and Rasputin, Herman Melville and Oscar Wilde. They are an exciting mix of murder, mystery, literary history, and humor sure to please Sherlock Holmes fans everywhere.

An entertaining, rollicking addition to the Holmes-verse, combining real-world lore with over-the-top melodrama.” –  Kirkus review

The Complete Diaries of Young Arthur Conan Doyle 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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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Andrew Bryant

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Andrew Bryant.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

I was first introduced to Sherlock Holmes through the 1940’s films with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. From there I started reading the novels and stories. I soon had the complete Holmes library. ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ was the first Holmes book that I read, and it remains my favourite today.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

The inspiration for ‘The Blue Lady Of Dunraven’ comes from personal experience. I was born five miles from Dunraven Castle, and remember the Blue Lady ghost stories from a very early age. I visited the Castle prior to its tragic demolition in 1963. The Castle, the headland upon which it sat, and its ghost make the perfect atmosphere for a supernatural tale.

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

My favourite Holmes-related place would have to be 221B Baker Street. A visitor can easily imagine Holmes and Watson in the sitting-room discussing their adventures among the eccentric collection of artifacts.

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

Something about me that few people would guess? Once a year I rappel from the roof of Toronto City Hall wearing a kilt to raise money for Make-A-Wish Canada.

Any upcoming projects?

I am currently working on my third Holmes story.

‘It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.’ – Arthur Conan Doyle.

Click here for more details on the Kickstarter campaign.

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Author Interview – Steven Philip Jones

Throughout the Kickstarter campaign, we will be adding brief interviews highlighting the talented authors who have contributed to the anthology. Today we have the excellent Steven Philip Jones.

How did you first get introduced to Sherlock Holmes?

I honestly can’t remember a time when Sherlock Holmes was not one of my favorite fictional characters.  Holmes has become such an intrinsic part of Western society – you hear of him everyone, to paraphrase Mycroft – I imagine I learned about him that way and was just naturally drawn to him.

What was the inspiration for your pastiche?

“The Case for Which the World is Not Yet Prepared” is one of a series of Holmes stories set during the Great Hiatus that I have been wanting to write for a number of years.  Even though there are plenty of Great Hiatus stories, the period seems like a no-man’s land to me.  If I write a pastiche set during any other period of Holmes’s career I am very cautious about how my story fits within the confines of the Canon.  Writing those stories is a little like how Bruce Dern describes acting in an Alfred Hitchcock film: you are relegated to a very small space in which you have incredible freedom to perform just so long as you do not stray outside that space.  When it comes the Great Hiatus, however, my only limitations are the comments Holmes makes in “The Adventure of the Empty House” about his time away that I must be adhere to.  It is very liberating.

What is your story about? Where and when does it take place? 

The story is set in 1920 after “His Last Bow.”  Holmes and Watson have not seen much of each other since the end of The Great War, and circumstances arise where the men have the opportunity to exchange information on separate cases they worked on at the behest of Mycroft Holmes during The Great Hiatus.  During the discussion they uncover that the cases were actually very much related in a way that had a tremendous effect on world events at the time.

What do you believe readers will most enjoy most about your tale? 

Hopefully they will enjoy the adventures presented in the tale and find them to be at least somewhat imaginative.

Which is your favourite story from The Canon and why?

The Hound of the Baskervilles. I am a nut for Gothic literature and Hound is not only one of the best Holmes stories but also one of the great Gothic novels.

Your favourite Sherlock Holmes-related place?

I have never thought about that.  221B Baker Street, I suppose, but if I must choose some place that actually exists I would have to say the Devonshire moors.

Tell us three things about yourself that few people would guess?

I am not sure why anyone would want to guess anything about me, but:

1)      I love antique cars,

2)      I love the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,

3)      I have always wanted to be a writer, but when I was growing up I also wanted to become an astronomer or a stand-up comic.

Any upcoming projects?

My newest book is Lovecraftian: The Shipwright Circle.  It is the first in a series of Lovecraftian novels that re-imagine H. P. Lovecraft’s weird tales into one epic story.  It is available through my website (www.stevenphilipjones.com), my Amazon author page, and from the publisher Caliber Comics (http://www.calibercomics.com/).

Click here for more details on the Kickstarter campaign.

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow — Re-Imagined

Sleepy Hollow is a quiet, isolated valley along the Hudson River in New York State. The inhabitants of this neighborhood are quite superstitious and believe in all manner of tales, stories and fables about ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night. The most famous of these legends is that of the Headless Horsemen, the apparition of a Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannonball during the Revolutionary War, and who now, it is said, rides forth at night to the scene of the battle seeking his skull.
One day an awkward, yet ambitious, schoolmaster from Connecticut by the name of Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow. Shortly thereafter he sets his marital sights on Katrina Van Tassel, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy Dutch farmer, who has many suiters including the hot-blooded brawler and prankster Brom Bones. One night, following a gathering at the Van Tassel farmstead, Ichabod Crane mysteriously disappears and is not seen or heard from again in Sleepy Hollow.
What befell the unfortunate schoolmaster? Did he fall victim to the Headless Horseman on one of his nighttime rides or is there a more earthly explanation?

SLEEPY HOLLOW RE-IMAGINED: In this volume, the original and unabridged text of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is accompanied by twenty-eight charming color photographic illustrations featuring custom designed models built using only LEGO® brand minifigures and bricks. This uniquely illustrated edition is sure to delight LEGO enthusiasts, as well as fans of the writings of Washington Irving, children and adults alike.

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LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of Companies. The LEGO Group has not been involved in nor has it in any way licensed or authorized the publication of this book.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Re-Imagined is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USA,  Amazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Review of The Adventure of the Wordy Companion: An A-Z Guide to Sherlockian Phraseology

Finally!
As a writer of Sherlock Holmes pastiches, I’ve been waiting years for a book like Nicko Vaughan’s “The Adventure of the Wordy Companion: An A-Z Guide to Sherlockian Phraseology.” A glossary of selected terms, phrases, and references from the original canon of Sherlock Holmes stories, this collection offers writers and readers alike a treasure of Holmesian information. Oh, sure, most of the alphabetical listings appear in the annotated versions of the Holmes stories (if you own such collections), but specific references are most difficult to locate if you don’t know the exact place to look. Want to know what a “lumber room” is? Or a minstrel’s gallery? How about a Penang-lawyer? You can easily discover the answers in “The Wordy Companion.”

To be sure, a stickler can find things to quibble about. Some adverbs and adjectives are defined as verbs (the definition of the adverb “askance,” for instance, begins with an infinitive verb: “to perceive something, or someone as suspicious…”). And at the expense of the celebrated actor William Gillette, whose world-famous performance as Holmes premiered in 1899, the book’s introduction misidentifies the 1908 performance of German actor Alwin Neuss as the “first depiction of Sherlock Holmes.” But in light of the practical nature of the book, such distractions are negligible.

As someone who out of necessity has constructed his own list of important terms from Holmes stories, I’m thrilled to be able to flip through this book to find just the right word or term for what I’m trying to say—and learn some interesting facts and definitions along the way. “The Wordy Companion” maintains a prominent position on my desk.

Reviewed by Daniel D. Victor

The Adventure of the Wordy Companion is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

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No Police Like Holmes (McCabe and Cody Book 1)

The Investigating Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes Colloquium and donation of the third largest private collection of Sherlockiana in the world were supposed to produce a weekend of great publicity for tiny St. Benignus college in Erin, Ohio. But when theft and murder come to campus, college public relations director Jeff Cody finds himself knee-deep in Sherlockian suspects, besieged by an aggressive reporter he loves but no longer dates, and competing with his eccentric brother-in-law, Sebastian McCabe, to solve the crimes first. The mess worsens when Jeff and his ex-girlfriend, Lynda Teal, themselves fall under suspicion of murder – and with good reason, for they have something to hide. This satirical romp takes Sherlock Holmes seriously, but not Holmesians. A witty and engaging spoof sure to delight not only the deerstalker set but mystery fans in general.

The characters are appealing, the plot is cunning, and the writing is literate and witty. This is classy stuff!” – The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

Now free on Kindle!

Check out the other novels from the McCabe and Cody series here.

No Police Like Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble,  Amazon UK,  Waterstones UK and for all other countries Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery. In electronic formats there is Amazon Kindle, KoboNook and iPad. Available on Audio.

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