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Top seven Sherlock Holmes Audio books so far in May

1.   The Further Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes – Volume 1 – Denis O. Smith and Kevin E Green

2.   The Further Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes – Volume 2 –  Denis O. Smith and Kevin E Green

3.   Through a Glass Starkly – Richard T. Ryan and Luke Barton

4.   The Monographs – Ben Cardall and J.T. McDaniel

5.   Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Three Monks – Johanna Rieke and David Bufton

6.   The Druid of Death – Richard T. Ryan and Nigel Peever

7.   The Final Page of Baker Street – Daniel D Victor and Ben Carling

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Top 10 Sherlock Holmes Audio books in April

1.   The Further Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes – Volume 1 – Denis O. Smith and Kevin E Green

2.   Sherlock Holmes and Hitler’s Messenger of Death – Petr Macek and Kevin E Green

3.   Through a Glass Starkly – Richard T. Ryan and Luke Barton

4.   The Further Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes – Volume 2 –  Denis O. Smith and Kevin E Green

5.   Mrs Hudson Investigates – Susan Knight and Barbara Bufton

6.   The Monographs – Ben Cardall and J.T. McDaniel

7.   Sherlock Holmes and the Julia Moriarty Trilogy – Dick Gillman and Michael Karl Orenstein

8.   Demon of The Dusk – Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

9.   Scarlet Thread of Murder – Luke Kuhns and Joff Manning

10. The Adventure of The Pigtail Twist – Matthew Simmonds and Joff Manning

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Top 7 Sherlock Holmes Audio books in March

1.  Sherlock Holmes and Hitler’s Messenger of Death – Petr Macek and Kevin E Green

2.  Through a Glass Starkly – Richard T. Ryan and Luke Barton

3.  The Monographs – Ben Cardall and J.T. McDaniel

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

5.  Sherlock Holmes and the Thames Murders – Johanna M. Reike and David Bufton

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

7.  The Druid of Death – Richard T. Ryan and Nigel Peever

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Top 7 Sherlock Holmes Audio books in February so far

1.  Further Little-Known Cases of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Hall and David Bufton

2.  Demon of The Dusk – Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

3.  The Druid of Death – Richard T. Ryan and Nigel Peever

4.  The Final Tales Volume 1: The Musical Murders – John A. Little and Steve White

5.  Sherlock Holmes and the Shadows of St. Petersburg – Daniel D. Victor and Ben Carling

6.  The Adventure of The Pigtail Twist – Matthew Simmonds and Joff Manning

7.  Through a Glass Starkly – Richard T. Ryan and Luke Barton

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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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Review of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Beer Barons

“This is the third Sherlock Holmes novel by Christopher James, and in it he shows both his own unique style and approach to The World of Holmes, and also he provides a very interesting and informative travelogue to the area around Burton upon Trent, England.

In addition to being a Sherlockian novelist, James is also an award winning poet. (He’s combined the two on several occasions, providing some truly amazing introductory poems to various volumes of “The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories”.) Perhaps it’s because of his poet’s perspective that each of his three Holmes novels have had a slightly dreamlike feel to them.  While the narrative does move in a linear fashion, there’s a calmness about it – even when Holmes and Watson are being pursued by killers. Like his previous books, “The Ruby Elephants” and “The Jeweller of Florence”, this volume’s episodes become something of a pointillist painting – getting too close makes the details a little blurry, but stepping back allows one to see the big picture, bringing it all into focus.

During the course of their investigation – attempting to determine who is poisoning barrels of beer – Holmes and Watson meet a variety of interesting characters, including three unique brothers (the sons of a beer dynasty) who each have their own interests and agendas, a disinterested police inspector, and most important, a lady detective who is also working on the case. She is a very defined character, and one might suspect that James has brought her to life so well so that she might appear in a book or two of her own in the near future.

Of particular interest to me, as a nearly life-long Holmes fan who has also made three (so far) extensive Holmes trips to England, were the descriptions of Burton upon Trent, an area that I’d never really considered visiting before, but now find myself wishing to explore. Of course, when I finally get there, I’ll re-read this book to make sure that I follow in Holmes and Watson’s footsteps.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book, and I look forward to the next Watsonian volume that Mr. James discovers in Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box.”

Reviewed by David Marcum

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of the Beer Barons is available for pre order from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Pre-publication copies available from The Strand Magazine and directly from MX Publishing.

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Top 7 Sherlock Holmes Audio books so far in May

1. Sherlock Holmes and a Hole in the Devil’s Tail – Viktor Messick and Kevin Theis

2. Sherlock Holmes and the Hunt for Jack the Ripper – Gerard Kelly and  Kevin Theis

3. The Druid of Death – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure – Richard T Ryan and  Nigel Peever

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

5.  Demon of The Dusk – Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

6.  Sherlock Holmes and The Baker Street Legacy – Mark Mower and Steve White

7.  Scarlet Thread of Murder – Luke Kuhns and Joff Manning

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Review of Mrs. Hudson Takes the Stage

“ … a delightful entertainment with more than a dash of comedy … deftly juggles historical fact with fictional whodunnit … Mrs. Hudson Takes the Stage holds up in the … world of Sherlock Holmes … and deserves a wider audience.”-Wilmington StarNews

The game is afoot, but with a twist

By Ben Steelman For The StarNews

“Since retiring to Carolina Beach after a career as a psychologist and counselor, Barry S. Brown has devoted his life to setting things straight about Sherlock Holmes.

Brown’s thesis, as you might recall, is that Mrs. Hudson, the indefatigable housekeeper at 221-B Baker St., London, was the real brains of the operation.

She learned criminology and detection from the late Mr. Hudson, a career London police constable, as well as from reading the papers. But of course, no one would take a little old lady seriously in Victorian times, especially if she has a thick Cockney accent. So, she hired Holmes and Dr. Watson as the front men. They do the leg work on the cases, but she solves them.

Brown’s previous novels have taken the Baker Street team to New York and even to the first Olympic Games, in 1896. In “Mrs. Hudson Takes the Stage,” the sixth installment, they go behind the curtains of the London stage.

It’s 1901, and Mrs. Hudson and the crew are off to see a play – a new import from the colonies called “Sherlock Holmes,” starring the American matinee idol William Gillette.

(In fact, Gillette did tour London and the major British cities in 1902 in “Sherlock Holmes,” in which he starred and which he wrote with Sherlock’s creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. Rather like a Marvel superhero movie, the critics hated it, but the crowds went wild.) Gillette, by the way, is credited with creating the trademark Holmes profile with deerstalker hat and curved pipe – although some sources credit Sidney Paget, the artist who drew the illustrations for the Holmes stories in The Strand magazine.

Anyway, something goes wrong on opening night. Somebody stabs the wardrobe mistress to death backstage – a pretty, quiet woman who kept to herself. Holmes and Watson are called in by Gillette, who supposedly has been getting threatening letters.

Since Mrs. Hudson can sew, meanwhile, she steps into the breach – which gives her an excellent backstage view of what’s going on.

The murdered woman, of course, is not whom she appears to be, and the investigation leads off into the shadowy world of London anarchists – just about the time, Brown reminds us, that President McKinley was fatally shot across the Atlantic by anarchist Leon Czolgosz.

The result is delightful entertainment with more than a dash of comedy. Brown’s novels have grown steadily better as he goes along. He deftly juggles historical fact with fictional whodunnit.

The new book gives a vivid picture of the old-time theater scene. (A cheeky 12-year-old newcomer named Charles Chaplin wanders through in the background.) Brown’s Holmes is a natural ham with all his makeup, wigs, fake noses and phony accents, and he takes to the case like a duck to water.

Old favorites from the Holmes canon wander through, notably Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard. (Lestrade gets along much better with Mrs. Hudson than with Holmes, largely because he has a sweet tooth for her fresh-baked scones.) Even Conan Doyle pops in, identified only as a doctor and the author of such well-liked historical novels as “The White Company.” (He helps out with the detecting, and the other characters conclude he’s pretty good at it.) “Mrs. Hudson Takes the Stage” holds up in the rather picky world of Sherlock Holmes fanatics, and it deserves a wider audience.”

Mrs. Hudson Takes the Stage is available from all good bookstores including The Strand MagazineAmazon USA, Barnes and Noble USAAmazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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The top five Sherlock Holmes Audio Books this month so far

1. Sherlock Holmes and the Hunt for Jack the Ripper – Gerard Kelly and  Kevin Theis

2.  Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Case Files – Mark Mower and Steve White

2.  The Demon of the Dusk: The Rediscovered Cases of Sherlock Holmes Book 1 – Arthur Hall and Nick Crosby

4. Sherlock Holmes and a Hole in the Devil’s Tail – Viktor Messick and Kevin Theis

5. The Druid of Death – A Sherlock Holmes Adventure – Richard T Ryan and  Nigel Peever

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