Week 43 - Thank Holmes It's Friday 2022
Out this week in print, in colour, is Nick Reekie's wonderful new Hound book:
Four from our catalogue this week... (several new ones on the way...)
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Sherlock Holmes has been missing and is presumed dead for some time, and his grief-stricken landlady, Mrs. Hudson, is anxious for a distraction. However, she is in for a culture shock when she travels to Ireland with her friend, Kitty Melrose, to try and stop a forced marriage.
What she finds is a countryside steeped in superstition and beliefs in the old ways, a place of fairy forts and holy wells, and of changelings and banshees. A place, moreover, where an impoverished peasantry remains under the heel of oppressive English landlords, but not for much longer.
Times, at last, are changing. A brutal murder followed by the arrest of someone Mrs. Hudson is determined to prove innocent leads her into mortal danger. At the same time, she is amused to find herself courted by an elderly widower with a roving eye…
Sherlock Holmes had never met a writer who had ridiculed him as bitterly as Samuel L. Clemens had. For that matter, Holmes had never met a writer who fancied himself a detective. Yet Sam Clemens not only unraveled Holmes' investigation into the murder of the hot-blooded woman on Thor Bridge, but also, while writing as Mark Twain, belittled Holmes' highly-touted detecting skills.
In this recently discovered narrative, Doctor Watson sets the record straight. He reveals other crimes related to the original murder while relating what prompted Clemens in a 1902 short story to deride the famous detective. Spurred on by such criticism, as well as by clues discovered in a classic tale by Bret Harte, Sherlock Holmes begins a new investigation, one that leads Holmes and Watson from the gardens of Windsor Castle to the spires of Oxford University in their efforts to track down a deranged assassin bent on wreaking even more havoc.
In 1901, Arthur Conan Doyle "resurrected" Holmes for what turned out to be his most popular story, The Hound of the Baskervilles. It first appeared as nine episodes in the British edition of The Strand Magazine. The first episode was accompanied by a brief footnote that acknowledged the assistance provided by a young journalist called Bertram Fletcher Robinson. Almost immediately, there was speculation about the extent of Fletcher Robinson's contribution to the narrative of the story. Fletcher Robinson's early death did little to end such speculation. This book explores the life and work of Fletcher Robinson, and it also examines the extent of his involvement with The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The first thriller about accountancy.
Sherlock Holmes, the world's only consulting detective, and Mary Harris Smith, the world's only female accountancy practitioner, investigate the activities of Marylebone Coal Supplies Limited.
Listeners may be reminded of a more recent accountancy scandal which ended in the downfall of one of accountancy's famous names.