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Sherlock Holmes and The Irish Rebels – It is 1916 and the world is at war

“Exciting and full of authentic military detail”

That’s how the Sherlock Holmes Society of London described Kieran McMullen’s first novel ‘Watson’s Afghan Adventure‘ published in January and the book has received rave reviews from around the world.

McMullen now turns his focus squarely on Holmes in ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Irish Rebels’. It is early 1916 and the world is at war. Sherlock Holmes is well into his spy persona as Altamont following the capture of the German spy Von Bork at the opening of the Great War. Watson is called to London by Mycroft Holmes and is asked to join Sherlock, who has infiltrated the Irish Volunteers. War within the United Kingdom could deal a decisive blow to the war effort and Holmes must find out the rebels plans, and if possible, stop the rebellion which appears imminent. He has need of Watson once again.

The same level of detail is applied as with the first book. Taking from the review of Watson’s Afghan Adventure;

Kieran McMullen, author of Watson’s Afghan Adventure is a former professional soldier and a specialist in American military history – an appropriate person to tell of Watson’s experiences as an army surgeon.”

Watson's Afghan AdventureAward winning Holmes historian Alistair Duncan recently commented on his Sherlokian Blog;

“The author is a former US Army officer and his military background and knowledge of the Afghan campaign shine through in the rich detail that he offers us in the story”.

Kieran’s own blog is becoming very popular – especially his recent series of articles on the different actors that have played Dr.Watson.

Sherlock Holmes and The Irish Rebels has already been picked up for pre-order at Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), Amazon UK, and Amazon USA and will follow through all bookstores and in all formats.

Watson’s Afghan Adventure is available from all good bookstores and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, iBooks (iPad and iPhone) and other formats.

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Interview with Tracy Revels, bestselling author of Shadowfall, a dark novel about Sherlock Holmes

Shadowfall

Shadowfall

A history professor at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Tracy Revels has been a Sherlock Holmes fan since 5th grade.  She teaches a class on Sherlock Holmes called “The Game’s Afoot!” along with more conventional courses in Civil War and women’s history.  Shadowfall is her first novel and already a bestseller amongst Holmes fans since its launch last month.

What was the main inspiration for the book?
I’ve loved the Sherlock Holmes canon since I was a child.  I also enjoy dark, spooky, supernatural fiction.  As a historian, I naturally read a lot of history too.  This work was my attempt to combine all my interests into one.  It was also inspired by a lot of the “alternative” pastiches that I’ve read over the years, which really stretch the character of Holmes and show how, as an ideal, he can travel through time and space.

Which is your favorite character/aspect of the book?
I thoroughly enjoyed playing in a new Sherlockian sandbox, putting Holmes into a world that was sinister and creepy, and giving Holmes a dark side as well.  I also enjoyed doing the research for the various characters.  I tried to base as many of my characters as possible on either historical people or obscure legends.  I found connecting Holmes to actual people and mythologies to be a pretty wild ride.

Of all the Holmes stories which is your favorite and why?
“The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” for two reasons.  It was the first story I ever read (when I was about 10 years old) and I love watching students react to it.  One of my students came in, slammed her book down, and yelled “I hate you!  You made me read that snake story and now I can’t sleep!”

If you could meet Arthur Conan Doyle on his forthcoming birthday, what would you ask him?
What was the real reason Holmes asked for Irene Adler’s picture at the end of “A Scandal in Bohemia”?

What’s the best aspect of being a Holmes author?
It’s just so much fun to write about Holmes.  The added benefit is that writing about Holmes always leads to interactions with Sherlockians.  The Survivors of the Gloria Scott are some of the finest people on the planet—and  I’ve been privileged to be a member of this Greenville, South Carolina scion for a decade.  Recently I attended the Gathering of Southern Sherlockians in Chattanooga, which gave me the chance to meet fellow enthusiasts from Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  I’d say the combination of these interactions—with Holmes on the page and friends of Holmes in person—is definitely the best part of being a Holmes author.

How do you view the new adaptations of Holmes – the BBC’s Sherlock and the Guy Richie directed movies?
I teach a college class that focuses on the Sherlock Holmes stories, so when the movie came out my Facebook page lit up as all my former students asked “What did you think of the movie?”  For about a month, that was the sole subject of conversation because everyone at Wofford College knows that I love Holmes.  I found the movie to be entertaining and visually amazing.  I’m looking forward to the sequel.  BUT—he’s not MY Holmes.  I couldn’t really see him as the Holmes that I have in my head.  As my students would say, Robert Downey Jr. played Holmes as a “hot mess” and that’s not my concept of the character.  But that’s what’s so great about Sherlock Holmes; everyone sees him in a different light, and every generation re-interprets him.  So I can appreciate an interpretation (in this case, Guy Ritchie’s) without having to commit to it as my own.

On the other hand, I loved the BBC series SHERLOCK.  What a fantastic update and a great way to bring Holmes to young people.  I plan to use the first episode in my class.  I had a few quibbles (especially with the second episode, which I thought was needlessly melodramatic) but overall I was so excited by it.  I can’t wait for the next season.

Which other modern day Holmes writer do you most enjoy?
Nicholas Meyer (The Seven Percent Solution, The West End Horror) is my all-time favorite.  And I thoroughly enjoy pastiche collections, because they give me a chance to see many different authors at work.  The collection Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space greatly influenced me.  I’m working my way through the a history and pastiche collection and I’m very impressed by The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes (for fiction) and the works of Alistair Duncan, Paul R. Spiring, and Brian W. Pugh for history.

When you’re not writing Sherlock Holmes, what are you doing?
Probably teaching class.  I also work on projects that deal with Florida history and have published a book on Florida’s women during the Civil War and one on the history of Florida tourism.  I enjoy movies and music plus I’m a huge Doctor Who fan.

Any plans for a follow-up to Shadowfall?
Have you ever met an author who wasn’t writing a sequel?  I have a title, some ideas, and a notebook.  I’m ready to go to work……..

Shadowfall is available in paperback from all good bookstores including Amazon, in Amazon Kindle, Kobo and iBook (ipad/phone) format. You can follow Tracy Revels Blog for her latest newst.

 

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“Exciting, and full of authentic military detail” – Sherlock Holmes Society of London reviews Watson’s Afghan Adventure

Watson's Afghan Adventure

Watson's Afghan Adventure

Kieran McMullen was a real find for us as a Sherlock Holmes publisher. A great writing style combined with excellent levels of detail on military history and military techniques. His first pastiche outing ‘Watson’s Afghan Adventure‘ published in January goes from strength to strength. Rave reviews from around the world now include the Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

“Fewer people have considered the early life of John H Watson in any depth. Kieran McMullen, author of Watson’s Afghan Adventure is a former professional soldier and a specialist in American military history – an appropriate person to tell of Watson’s experiences as an army surgeon. A confrontation with the CO leads to his being, as he said later, removed from the Fighting Fifth and sent to join the Berkshires, who have an appointment at Maiwand. But Watson and a couple of fellow-officers have set themselves additional task: to search for the lost treasure of the Armenian Catholic Church. Catholicism is essential to the Watson of Mr McMullen’s story, though Conan Doyle’s Watson gives no indication of any particular religious faith. The novel could do with better proof-reading, but it’s exciting, and full of authentic military detail.”

One of the world’s leading Holmes writers and historians Alistair Duncan recently commented on his Sherlokian Blog;

“The author is a former US Army officer and his military background and knowledge of the Afghan campaign shine through in the rich detail that he offers us in the story”.

Kieran’s own blog is becoming very popular – especially his recent series of articles on the different actors that have played Dr.Watson.

Watson’s Afghan Adventure is available from all good bookstores and on Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, iBooks (iPad and iPhone) and other formats.

 

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