The Golden Pince-Nez

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The noble lady from The Golden Pince-Nez. Illustration by Sidney Paget.

The Golden Pince-Nez

Golden? Okay, so why is the pince-nez golden? Well, Holmes tells us that it’s because its owner is no slatternly type but a lady, though she turns out also to be a revolutionary, a Nihilist, another foreigner. The stories lately seem interested in foreigners. Of course, we don’t know that she and Professor Coram are foreign, Russians, till the very end. At first it seems we’re being all very British and academic, buried in the past. Holmes even begins the story by looking at a palimpsest from the fifteenth century …

A palimpsest? Something whose original peeps through from underneath, which could be a symbolic statement of what these stories are all about: finding the hidden, the secret that lurks underneath. And what is the secret here?

It is a very palimpsest of a story, isn’t…

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Posted by on November 15, 2020 in Uncategorized


Sherlock & Irene: The Secret Truth Behind A Scandal in Bohemia


‘Sherlock & Irene: The Secret Truth Behind “A Scandal in Bohemia”‘ is not my usual sort of read. I do not usually venture into the area of Sherlockian scholarship or “pseudoscholarship”, as author Chris Chan would have it.

I am glad that I did. Sherlock & Irene: The Secret Truth Behind “A Scandal in Bohemia hits every button. It is interesting, thought provoking, and extremely entertaining.

The books explores many unanswered (and in some cases previously unasked) questions. Was the King of Bohemia hiding a dark secret? Why was the photograph so dangerous? Why was Irene Adler in such as hurry to get married? These questions and many others are comprehensively answered.

Chris Chan has written a book that is a sheer delight from the first page. Chris mentions the possibilities of writing more such books. I really hope he does, as this one was such a joy to read.

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Posted by on November 10, 2020 in Uncategorized


The Cotswolds Werewolf and other stories of Sherlock Holmes


“The Cotswolds Werewolf and other stories of Sherlock Holmes” was written by Peter K. Andersson and published by MX Publishing is 2014.

This great book comprises a novella: The Adventure of the Cotswolds Werewolf; and four short stories: The Adventure of the Velvet Lampshade, The Adventure of the Missing Mudlark, The Adventure of the Forking Paths, and The Adventure of the One-Armed Pugilist.

Usually with an anthology you get at least one dud story. Not this time. All five stories were excellent with each story being well plotted and well written. The titualar story has someone…or something, killing sheep in a small Cotswolds village. Holmes, reluctantly dragged there on holiday by Watson, takes on the challenge after the killer starts on people.

The friendship between Holmes and Watson is front and centre, which is something important to me in a pastiche.

A fabulous traditional Sherlock Holmes tale that will appeal…

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Posted by on November 3, 2020 in Uncategorized


Top 7 Sherlock Holmes Audio books in October so far

1.  Merchant of Menace – Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

2.  The Stone of Destiny –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

3.  The Vatican Cameos –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

4. Sherlock Holmes the Adventure of the Pigtail Twist – M J H Simmonds and Joff Manning

5.  Mycroft Holmes and the Edinburgh Affair – Janina Woods and Tony Cleary

6.  Sherlock & Irene – Chris Chan and David Bufton

7.  The Cotswolds Werewolf and Other Stories of Sherlock Holmes – Peter K. Andersson and Nigel Peever

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Top 8 Sherlock Holmes Audio books in October so far

1.  Mycroft Holmes and the Edinburgh Affair – Janina Woods and Tony Cleary

2.  Merchant of Menace – Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

3.  The Stone of Destiny –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

4.  The Vatican Cameos –  Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever

5.  Sherlock & Irene – Chris Chan and David Bufton

6.  An Evening In Baker Street – David Ruffle and Kevin Theis

7.  Mycroft Holmes and the Adventure of the Desert Wind – Janina Woods and Stockton Harris

8. The Sensible Necktie – Peter K. Andersson and Nigel Peever

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Tracy Revels’ Sherlock Holmes novel, “Shadowfall”, published in 2011 by MX Publishing, is a book that has been sitting on my ‘To Be Read’ shelf for a while. I did not know what a delicious treasure was waiting for me.

When the sacred relics and mystical objects of London begin disappearing, Holmes is reluctant to take the case. But this isn’t an ordinary case and Holmes is far from an ordinary man.

Welcome to the world of Shadows.

“Shadowfall” isn’t traditional Holmes & Watson. This is a horror story as well as a mystery. Watson is completely human, but Holmes proves to be so much more than human.

Tracy Revels has written a darkly delicious story with much to delight people like myself, who are partial to their Holmes served with a side order of strange.

The book is well written; the writing tight and sharp, with a few light…

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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in Uncategorized


Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes

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“Holmes appears to be this rather cold and distant figure who holds the rest of humanity at arm’s length. But deep down I believe––much deeper down––he is a man of tremendous sensitivity and feeling.” –Jeremy Brett. The Bryan Times 8th September 1988.

Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes by Maureen Whittaker is an updated version of the Granada Sherlock Holmes section of the definitive performance biography, Jeremy Brett Playing a Part. Releasing for the Holidays, what better gift for that Sherlockian or Holmesian of Brettian fan on your list.

“There is a tremendous delicacy in preserving Holmes in other people’s imaginations because there are a million different ways of seeing him. You try not to interfere with anybody’s image . . . the definitive Sherlock Holmes is really in everyone’s head. No actor can fit into that category because every reader has his own ideal.” –Jeremy Brett.

“The thing about…

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Posted by on October 4, 2020 in Uncategorized


The Newest Sherlock Holmes Short Stories Collection

Geri Schear

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It’s always a thrill to see a new Sherlock Holmes short story collection hit the shelves. David Marcum’s anthologies continue to get better with each release. I have to admit, I’m particularly excited about this one because I have a story in it. OK, I’ve had many stories in the MX anthologies, but I’m particularly proud of this one. It’s called The Trifling Matter of Mortimore Mayberly and it’s about… Oops! Nearly gave it away there. You’ll have to get the anthology and read it to find out. (My story is in Vol XXII.)

This collection brings 64 new, traditional Sherlock Holmes stories in three volumes in the world’s largest collection of its kind.

In 2018, MX Publishing presented Parts XI and XII of this acclaimed and ongoing series,Some Untold Cases.Now that theme is revisited with 64 new Sherlock Holmes adventures that explore those many tantalizing references to…

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Posted by on September 30, 2020 in Uncategorized


Petr Kopl’s A Scandal in Bohemia

Petr Kopl’s A Scandal in Bohemia

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“There is no better way to defeat the enemy than with his own weapon.”
“You’re Crazy.”
“It’s the same thing!”

This is a book of wonders, especially Petr Kopl’s illustrations, and most especially his portrayal of Holmes. He takes us through the story choosing just the right scenes to show it to perfection, engage our attention, and carry us along with a certain degree of zany surrealist eccentricity. My favourite is Holmes and Watson’s meeting at Baker Street, just before the King arrives. The sequence of images one more remarkable than the next, the comic banter, and build up to its final frame. Laughing so hard, I had to stop and pick myself up off the floor after “traditional.” Though extremely difficult to choose from a books worth of museum quality paintings, my favourite image is the one I’ve chosen for this review. The brilliant inside cover image…

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Posted by on September 27, 2020 in Uncategorized


Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part


To many people the name ‘Jeremy Brett’ is synonymous with Sherlock Holmes.  His performance as the Great Detective in the Granada production made him a household name around the world.  But there was much more to Jeremy than Sherlock Holmes, and Maureen Whittaker in her monumental undertaking “Jeremy Brett: Playing a Part” demonstrates that at great length.

From Jeremy’s childhood in Warwickshire, to his years on the stage, his sojourn in Hollywood, to Sherlock Holmes, and to his final cameo role in “Moll Flanders”, Maureen gives us a wonderful in depth look at the life and career of this fabulously talented actor.

The book is large and packed with many photos that have not been seen before.  A beautiful foreword by Jeremy’s first Watson, David Burke, just adds to the delight.

Published by MX Publishing, Maureen Whittaker’s magnum opus is a testament to both the talent of Jeremy Brett and…

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Posted by on August 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

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