EVEN from an early age writer John Sutton was dealing with local crime stories.
Back then it was as a clerk in his father’s solicitors but more recently he’s been dealing with crime of a very different sort, introducing the world’s most famous detective to our area.
And not content with penning just one book on Sherlock Holmes, John is bringing out two, within a matter of months of each other.
In his first book, In Unhallowed Rest, Watson meets a man in Waterloo station that leads himself, Holmes and Inspector Lestrade to the Essex/Suffolk borders where a series of murders point to a possible satanic cult of Vampirism.
Set in Dedham, that book came out in November, but hot on its heels is another Sutton Sherlock adventure entitled Upon A Nation’s Honour.
In that book, due out on February 15, Holmes is this time employed by the government of 1916 to find the agents of a foreign power who have stolen secret radio detection equipment from the newly built Dreadnaught battleship.
He says: “Rather than being a homage to Conan Doyle, I’ve tried to just write a story that happens to have Sherlock Holmes as a character in it.
“I’m fascinated by the era the Holmes books are set in and I’ve been pretty meticulous in my research on that period in history. That’s one of the best bits about writing these fictional stories is finding out the factual bits they’re based on.”
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Upon a Nation’s Honour: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure is available for pre order from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble USA, Amazon UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.