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On The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life, Book 2 of “Holmes Behind the Veil”

by Thomas Kent Miller

This seventh post addresses the writing of Book 2 of the “Holmes Behind the Veil” series from MX—The Great Detective at The Dawn of Time—which will be available September 19. Book 1, Sherlock Holmes on the Roof of the World, is already available, and Book 3, The Sussex Beekeeper at the Dawn of Time, will be available on November 20 from online bookstores and marketplaces everywhere, including Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon UK.
In 1988 I started writing my second novel, The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life; or, The Adventure of the Rose of Fire. I sent the completed manuscript to the original publisher in 2002. Doing the math; 14 years. It was actually published in 2005. I never took a hiatus from it. The book was written slowly because I have a one-track mind and my career and my family came first. But whenever I had both the time and the energy at the same time, and I knew the mortgage had been paid, I would work on the book, usually in my home office/library or at the dining room table, very often at 3:00 in the morning. During those 14 years I made a multitude of conscious, very deliberate decisions that may or may not be noticed by readers.

Initially, of course, I had an idea. That idea was simply to produce a sequel to my first short novel titled Sherlock Holmes on the Roof of the World, which was discussed in my previous post, and which brought together Holmes with Horace Holly and Leo Vincey, two characters integral to the Ayesha series of H. Rider Haggard.

Read the full article here.

The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life is available from all good bookstores including  The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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Review of Sherlock Holmes on The Roof of The World (Holmes Behind The Veil Book 1)

Glad to finally have this as a real book … .
I’ve been collecting Sherlock Holmes pastiches for over four decades. When I started, as a boy in the mid-1970’s, they were hard to find. Since then, I’ve managed to collect, read, and chronologicize literally thousands of them. I accelerated my collecting dramatically in the 1990’s, when I went back to school for a second degree in civil engineering and gained much better access to the internet, a capacity for unlimited printing at the university, and rights to use (and abuse) the school’s interlibrary loan program. I was able to track down many pastiches that I’d never even heard of before. I purchased a lot of them, but a lot more were harder to find, and I could only borrow them from various libraries around the country and then make Xerox copies, which I’ve kept in binders ever since. One of the first that I tracked down, and one that I’d never managed to replace as a real book, was Thomas Kent Miller’s “Sherlock Holmes on the Roof of the World”. Now, finally, MX has brought this rare book to the masses.

This is a tale of The Great Hiatus, when Holmes, traveling incognito, roamed the world between 1891 and 1894, letting everyone but his brother Mycroft believe that he had been killed at the Reichenbach Falls by Professor Moriarty. There have been numerous stories about what Holmes did during those three years, as he ranged from Tibet and the Far East, the Middle East, and even the United States and part of Europe. (His short summary of where he went during this time, as provided to Watson in “The Empty House”, was just a tiny fraction of all the he was able to accomplish during this period.) 

Of course, this volume isn’t narrated by Watson, who remained behind in England, believing that Holmes had died. Rather, the narrator of this tale is the engaging Leo Vincey, who encounters “Sigerson” in Tibet, and of course becomes involved in a plot of far-reaching implications. The discovery that they make has been explored in other books as well, but to my mind, having the subject matter revealed by Holmes takes it to a whole new – and much better – level. 

Mr. Miller’s other works, “The Great Detective at the Crucible of Life” and “The Sussex Beekeeper at the Dawn of Time” have also been re-released with this volume by MX as part of a handsome matching set. As with this volume, there is a heavy association in each of the stories with matters relating to Allan Quatermain. (I haven’t personally read any of those narratives, but it isn’t necessary to appreciate Mr. Miller’s works.) 

I highly recommend this book, and I’m glad to have it as a real book now, after having re-read it for so long in the binder where the old Xerox copy resides. Thanks, Mr. Miller and MX!

Reviewed by David Marcum

Sherlock Holmes on The Roof of The World is available from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine, Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Kindle.

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Book Giveaway For Sherlock Holmes on The Roof of The World (Holmes Behind The Veil Book 1)

Book Giveaway For Sherlock Holmes on The Roof of The World (Holmes Behind The Veil Book 1)

Holmes framed for murder! Who is the mysterious Issa? The sounds of running and men crying out came closer. Suddenly Sigerson’s door burst open and an army of yellow- and maroon-clad police monks fell upon us, dragging us out into the street without so much as a word of explanation, through the mud and dung and then east across the Bridge of the Pleiades and on to the Jo-Kang, the Tibetan cathedral, the Holy of Holies of all Buddist Asia, then along several corridors and down numerous staircases and finally we found ourselves in the presence of the High Regent himself, the fourteen-year-old Dalai Lama! You are holding one of the rare stories to come to light involving “Sigerson,” the name Sherlock Holmes went by during the years when the world thought he was dead—his Great Hiatus! This story also has the distinction of being the true first sequel to Horace Holly’s She, which was published in 1887 under the byline of Holly’s agent, H. Rider Haggard. The only heretofore known sequel, Ayesha: The Return of She, was published in 1904 and records events that occurred two decades after She. This new tale, then, is a record of the events that took place between the two previously published adventures.

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Sherlock Holmes on The Roof of The World is available for pre order from all good bookstores including  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.

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