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Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle by Tim Symonds

“Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle by Tim Symonds. Once again Holmes and Watson become entangled in a potentially devastating political conspiracy. In 1904 an invitation to address the exclusive Kipling League at a Sussex country house has unexpected consequences for them. Holmes suspects that the lecture was arranged to provide an alibi for the murder at nearby Scotney Castle, but uncovering the truth stretches his powers to the limit as the killers have learned more from him then he supposed – and the Kipling League’s schemes, like those of Baron Maupertuis, are colossal. It’s an engrossing tale, well told.”

Roger Johnson

Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle is available from all good bookstores including in the USA Barnes and Noble and Amazon, in the UK Waterstones,Amazon and Book Depository (free worldwide delivery) and in all electronic formats including Kindle and  iPad.

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Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews A Chronology of the Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

“As Randall Stock notes in his foreword, a chronology is not a biography, but A Chronology of the Life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, May 22nd 1859 to July 7th 1930, the magnum opus of Brian W Pugh, is more valuable than most of the published lives of Conan Doyle. The new edition adds about fifty pages, seven of them containing a chronological summary of the journal recently published as ‘Dangerous Work’: Diary of an Arctic Adventure(enthusiastically reviewed in DM 325). Here are lists of ACD’s various homes, his sporting career, the burial places of the Doyles, statues and plaques, and more, including some fascinating photographs. But the essence of the book is in the orderly calendar of Sir Arthur’s life, in which innumerable ambiguities and uncertainties are authoritatively resolved. Brian Pugh has created that rare thing, a genuinely essential work of reference.”

Roger Johnson

A Chronology of Arthur Conan Doyle – Revised and Expanded Edition is available from all good bookstores including in the USA AmazonBarnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon,Waterstones,  and for everywhere else Book Depository who offer free worldwide delivery.

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Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews The Many Watsons

“In The Many Watsons Kieran McMullen takes a look at fifty-four actors, male and female, who have played Dr Watson or a Watson character on screen. It’s good to see the Watsons getting their share of attention, though the text needs proofreading, and I could wish that the actors had been dealt with in alphabetical or chronological order. Should there be a second edition, I hope Mr McMullen will include some at least of the radio Watsons – Leigh Lovell, Alfred Shirley, Norman Shelley, Michael Williams, Andrew Sachs, Larry Albert… Royalties from this light, lively collection of essays will go to the Undershaw Preservation Trust.”

Roger Johnson

The Many Watsons is available from all good bookshops including in the USA Amazon andBarnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon and Waterstones. For elsewhere Book Depositorywho offer free delivery worldwide. In ebook format there is KindleiPadNook and Kobo.


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