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Out today – Sherlock Holmes and The Folk Tale Mysteries – Volume 1

A home invasion results in property damage. Children disappear and a disgruntled ex-employee is suspected. Girl visits relative, walks in on scene of carnage. A man searches for days, seeking his lost love. A young woman accuses her father’s wife of attempted murder. Dramatic news from CNN?  Stories ripped from today’s headlines?  No, they are cases investigated by Mr. Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid companion and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson.  Drawn into the dark underbelly of folk tale reality, Holmes and Watson travel the streets of London and into the far English countryside to discover the truth about some of the most famous accounts found in childhood literature.  Described in Dr. Watson’s inimitable style and with the names changed to protect the innocent, these tales recount how Sherlock Holmes investigated cases involving missing children, a trio of brothers threatened with destruction and the contents of an ancient box that told a tale of heroism and death. Enter the world of the world’s first consulting detective.  Stand again in Baker Street and look up at the windows of 221B.  That shadow on the blind, is it Lestrade, coming to tell of a baffling case he has failed to solve?  Or is it Mrs. Hudson, bring tea and sandwiches to a suffering client?  Could it be the Great Detective himself, pacing up and down the length of the room, wrapping his mighty brain around yet another conundrum presented for his consideration?  Join Dr. Watson in the adventures that live on these pages and you’ll never think the same about folk tales and nursery rhymes again.

Sherlock Holmes and The Folk Tale Mysteries – Volume 1 is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository .

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Released today (18th May) – The first in the ‘Before Watson’ series.

It is Spring, 1874, and twenty-year-old Sherlock Holmes is a lonely, mopey, friendless Oxford student. He attends classes and spends countless solitary hours conducting chemical experiments, reading, and playing his violin. Suddenly, his life changes because of a serendipitous moment on campus. While walking on the grounds of the university and practicing fencing moves with his foil, he encounters Victor Trevor and his sweetheart, Poppy Stamford, younger sister of the man who will one day introduce Sherlock to Dr. John Watson. Having just attended the final rowing contest of Eights Week, Victor and Poppy are also walking with her bull terrier. When the dog decides he doesn’t like the looks of Sherlock, he sinks his teeth into Sherlock’s ankle.  This dog bite incident becomes a life-changing event for all of them. Through his new friendship with Victor Trevor and encouraged by Victor’s father to use his genius for detective work, Sherlock discovers his uncanny abilities as he and Poppy are thrust into a dangerous investigation into England’s notorious baby-farming industry. Be an eyewitness to the emergence of how Sherlock became the man and the legend we know today….

When the Song of the Angels is Stilled: A Before Watson Novel is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble 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).

“ For anyone in love with Sherlock Holmes, this story must be savored, not merely read”Clarion 5* review.

“The author writes out of a deep knowledge of the Canon” Dan Andriacco

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Luke Benjamen Kuhns reviews Sherlock Holmes & Young Winston: The Jubilee Plot

“It’s Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee but festive celebrations are not the only thing afoot in this riveting and exciting read by Mike Hogan.

I couldn’t help by find myself thoroughly engaged throughout this novel. I enjoyed that Mike didn’t just make use of the classic canonical characters such as Mycroft and Lestrade, he also makes use of characters from the Greek Interpreter along with his insertion of historical figures.

Mike keeps true to Doyle’s style and the characteristics of Doyle’s characters. I enjoyed the relationship between Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and young Winston Churchill. The three play off each other very well. Mike’s grasp on historical events as well as Victorian London is something to be admired.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes won’t be disappointed with this instalment in the Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston series. New comers to Holmes, or for those simply looking for a thrilling Victorian crime will greatly enjoy this book.”

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston: The Jubilee Plot  is available from all good bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in the UK AmazonWaterstones . Fans outside the US and UK can get free delivery from Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleKoboNook and Apple iBooks(iPad/iPhone).

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Sherlock Holmes books for that shiny new iPad/iPhone

Father Christmas has brought you a shiny new iPad and now it’s time to fill it up – but what with? Here’s our tips for the best Sherlock Holmes books to download:

For the Traditionalists – writing in the style of Conan Doyle

The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and Volume Two

The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Journal of Dr.Watson

Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt

Mystery at St Andrews

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Edinburgh Haunting

For fans of cross-overs with famous characters

Rendezvous at The Populaire (Phantom of The Opera)

I Will Find The Answer (Jekyll and Hyde)

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage (a young Winston Churchill)

Anomalous (Jack Johnson and Al Capone)

The Affair In Transylvania, Plague of Dracula (Dracula)

Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire (Jack The Ripper)

Short eBooks and Novellas

Sherlock Holmes and the Persecution of John Vincent Harden

Sherlock Holmes in The Mystery of the Magic Umbrella

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cricketers

 

For a bigger list why not visit our Pinterest Sherlock Holmes iPad Board.

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Sherlock Holmes books for that shiny new Nook

Father Christmas has brought you a shiny new Nook and now it’s time to fill it up – but what with? Here’s our tips for the best Sherlock Holmes books to download:

For the Traditionalists – writing in the style of Conan Doyle

The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and Volume Two

The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Journal of Dr.Watson

Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt

Mystery at St Andrews

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Edinburgh Haunting

For fans of cross-overs with famous characters

Rendezvous at The Populaire (Phantom of The Opera)

I Will Find The Answer (Jekyll and Hyde)

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage (a young Winston Churchill)

Anomalous (Jack Johnson and Al Capone)

The Affair In Transylvania, Plague of Dracula (Dracula)

Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire (Jack The Ripper)

Short eBooks and Novellas

Sherlock Holmes and the Persecution of John Vincent Harden

Sherlock Holmes in The Mystery of the Magic Umbrella

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cricketers

 

For a bigger list why not visit our Pinterest Sherlock Holmes Nook Board.

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Sherlock Holmes books for that shiny new Kobo

Father Christmas has brought you a shiny new Kobo and now it’s time to fill it up – but what with? Here’s our tips for the best Sherlock Holmes books to download:

For the Traditionalists – writing in the style of Conan Doyle

The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and Volume Two

The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Journal of Dr.Watson

Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt

Mystery at St Andrews

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Edinburgh Haunting

For fans of cross-overs with famous characters

Rendezvous at The Populaire (Phantom of The Opera)

I Will Find The Answer (Jekyll and Hyde)

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage (a young Winston Churchill)

Anomalous (Jack Johnson and Al Capone)

The Affair In Transylvania, Plague of Dracula (Dracula)

Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire (Jack The Ripper)

Short eBooks and Novellas

Sherlock Holmes and the Persecution of John Vincent Harden

Sherlock Holmes in The Mystery of the Magic Umbrella

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cricketers

 

For a bigger list why not visit our Pinterest Sherlock Holmes Kobo Board.

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Sherlock Holmes books for that shiny new Kindle

Father Christmas has brought you a shiny new Kindle, and now it’s time to fill it up – but what with? Here’s our tips for the best Sherlock Holmes books to download:

For the Traditionalists – writing in the style of Conan Doyle

The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Volume 1 and Volume Two

The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Journal of Dr.Watson

Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt

Mystery at St Andrews

Sherlock Holmes and The Case of the Edinburgh Haunting

For fans of cross-overs with famous characters

Rendezvous at The Populaire (Phantom of The Opera)

I Will Find The Answer (Jekyll and Hyde)

Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston – The Deadwood Stage (a young Winston Churchill)

Anomalous (Jack Johnson and Al Capone)

The Affair In Transylvania, Plague of Dracula (Dracula)

Sherlock Holmes and The Whitechapel Vampire (Jack The Ripper)

Short eBooks and Novellas

Sherlock Holmes and the Persecution of John Vincent Harden

Sherlock Holmes inThe Mystery of the Magic Umbrella

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cricketers

 

For a bigger list why not visit our Pinterest Sherlock Holmes Kindle Board.

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An exciting week for Sherlock Holmes fans.

Last week saw the launch of Eddy Webb’s detailed and brutally honest review of the Sherlock Holmes stories ‘Watson Is Not An Idiot’. Critics have called it a brilliant introduction to the original stories. An early review says:

“I am in love with this book. As a Sherlock fan, I didn’t think I would be able to learn more about Doyle’s work. Boy, was I mistaken.Eddy brings you to Doyle’s world and explains the common misconceptions of certain key phrases, Sherlock, and of course, Watson (who is not an idiot).”

This week’s new title is very special. ‘Sherlock Holmes and a Quantity of Debt’ is a special edition hardback of David Marcum’s debut Holmes novel. We say special as David’s two short story collections (The Papers of Sherlock Holmes 1 and 2) have been bestsellers since their launch in June and September this year, and compiled together into a stunning 13 hour audio version. Reviews have been amazing:

“David Marcum has achieved the ultimate Sherlock Holmes pastiche, David is indeed the undisputed master of the modern Sherlock Holmes story, to read these stories it is as if Conan Doyle himself has written them.No doubt about it David Marcum is THE best Sherlockian author of today.If like me a purist and like Sherlock Holmes stories as Conan Doyle intended them this then this book is an absolute must.”

The reaction to the short stories gave us the confidence to include in the launch a special hardback.

Finally, this week sees a fantastic free event for Sherlock Holmes fans on Friday 8thNovember, 7pm at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes Hotel. The launch of ‘The Immortals’ a comprehensive review of the BBC Sherlock and CBS Elementary series from Holmes expert Matthew Elliott – free tickets available from http://theimmortals-efbevent.eventbrite.co.uk/.

Watson Is Not An Idiot is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA,Amazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle,  KoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt is available from all good bookstores including  Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleKobo and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

The Immortals: An Unauthorized guide to Sherlock and Elementary is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle.

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Philip K Jones reviews Mystery at St. Andrews

“This is the first Sherlockian fiction by Mr. Lawler.  It is a mystery novel that takes place during “The Great Hiatus” and it stars Colonel Sebastian Moran and Irene Adler Norton along with an unexpected visit by Dr. Watson.

This book is dedicated to Golf, and it devotes a great deal of time to the “Royal and Ancient” course at St. Andrews.  The database lists more than twenty tales involving golf, most of them from two books by golfer Robert D. (Bob) Jones with an anthology of eighteen short stories (Sherlock Holmes, the Golfer) and a novel (Sherlock Holmes Saved Golf).  These two books have been the literary stars of Sherlockian golfers up until now, but I expect their luster has faded with publication of the present volume.

This book is a carefully constructed and entertaining mystery, although Sherlockians will know the outcome once they have placed the characters and timing, it remains fascinating to find out how the know results will occur.  Even with a known outcome, the mystery that unfolds is compelling and intriguing.  The author also manages to interlard the mystery with a good deal of narrative about golfing on the course at St. Andrews.  I did not look forward to reading it as my interest in golf was killed by too many fruitless games of miniature golf in my teens.  The book was a pleasant surprise for a defiant non-golfer.  The author’s explanations and descriptions of the play on the course were amusing and interesting.  He certainly loves the sport and manages to convey his fascination with the game in a most effective fashion.

The familiar characters in the book are all depicted very much as they appear in the Canonical tales.  Irene is grace and beauty personified and Colonel Moran is charming with barely suppressed violence hidden behind a genial manner.  Watson remains the epitome of an English gentleman, both in manner and in actions.  He is, of course, somewhat smarter than he portrays himself in his tales, but Sherlockians all know that anyway.

The story is well-told and well thought-out and the characters are familiar and very well presented.  We can feel comfortable with all of them and we can enjoy a delightful trip to “the Royal and Ancient” in the early 1890s with congenial old friends.  The editing was well-done and the usual Americanisms expected from Colonial writers were absent, or at least unobtrusive.  Since I am quite picky, I managed to find a few neologisms, but it is very difficult to weed out new terminology from a Century and a quarter in the future.”

Mystery at St Andrews is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle,  KoboNook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone) and it is available in Audible Audio Edition.

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New review of The Mystery of Charles Dickens by John Paulits

“A Review of a New Novel by John Paulits

The Mystery of Charles Dickens: a Tale of Mesmerism and Murder

This is, from the opening chapter to the last, a story filled with a highly satisfying mixture of tension and intrigue. The author deftly portrays the individuality of his characters and their various social backgrounds in language which gives a sense of authenticity to his tale. From the magnificence of a Genoese palace to the ghastly sordidness of an opium den, Paulits takes his readers across a social gulf separating the ultimate in privilege to the depths of wretchedness. While staying in Genoa, tension builds between Dickens and his wife Catherine as he doggedly pursues his goal of freeing Augusta, the beautiful young wife of Emile de la Rue, from her facial spasms and terrifying dreams. Using his skill in mesmerism, Dickens begins to treat Augusta, and comes to realise that she retains some terrible secret from long ago, buried deep within her mind. Dickens eventually extracts the reason for her nightmarish dreams but realises that he cannot reveal the truth of what he has discovered. He and his family return to England. Over a period of time letters from the de la Rues gradually fade away. Eventually Dickens hears of Augusta’s death, an event which inspires him a few years later to reshape the ending of his final novel. Tension increases dramatically in Dickens’s last weeks. Although his health is deteriorating rapidly, he is determined to reveal the culprit responsible for Augusta’s recurrent nightmares in the last issue of his serialised novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. But the man he is going to unmask now realises what Dickens plans to do. He is equally determined to prevent this happening. It becomes a race against time for both of them.  The Mystery of Charles Dickens allows readers to witness Dickens himself ultimately becoming involved in a life and death situation – something that modern day Dickensians will be keen to follow up!”

Margaret Mandeno

The Mystery of Charles Dickens is available from all good bookstores worldwide including in the USA  AmazonBarnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon and Waterstones and Book Depository (free worldwide delivery) and in electronic formats including Kindle , iTunes (iPad/iPhone), Kobo and Nook.

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