#THIF - Thank Holmes It's Friday 2022 - Week 50

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Week 50 - Thank Holmes It's Friday 2022 

Just three more weeks left in the year and we have another week with three brand new audiobook releases.

Kickstarter - there's a couple of weeks left on the Octavius Bear Series campaign that The Sherlock Holmes Society of London described as "ingenious, exciting and very funny'.

Christmas Shopping - please swing by our New Books page for Sherlock Holmes Books ideas and if you'd like to try a new writer or two in the safe knowledge that there's more books in a series, then our 'First Book in a Series' collection is a great place to start. For delivery before Xmas Amazon or Barnes and Noble are probably your best bets as we've passed our last shipping date for this site...


Free Audiobooks

Three brand new titles and one from our catalogue this week.

Please remember to post a rating of the books and a short review if possible as reviews and ratings go to help fund our free audiobook programme.

Please use the contact us form, quote #THIF 50-2022 and let us know which country you are from. Please only ask for books you don't already have. 

New Cases of Sherlock Holmes

An unidentified woman is found dead with a set of false teeth mysteriously gripped in her hand.

A young tutor finds himself accused of a bizarre art theft.

A Russian refugee in hiding is helped by Watson’s wife Mary, and now Mary has disappeared.

In these 10 stories, Shaw reveals to us a mercurial and complex Holmes, a conflicted Watson, and a relationship between the two that is nuanced and psychologically rich. Here is a Sherlock Holmes you will welcome: true to form yet renewed; by turns infuriating and charming. Shaw suggests issues that resonate with a contemporary reader while deftly avoiding piety. In this debut collection, you will discover wry humour, Victorian pathos and of course, hansom cabs in a London fog.


The Undiscovered Archives of Sherlock Holmes

Although the illustrious career of Sherlock Holmes has been documented in innumerable stories over the decades, some accounts have remained classified due to their extremely sensitive nature…until now. Cases involving major historical figures and topics–Winston Churchill’s request to investigate the emerging Nazi Party, the emergency surgery on the British monarch, the apparent suicide of a leading suffragist, and the strange death of an American president–have been locked away, sometimes with explicit instructions that they be kept from public view well into the future.

Now, these cases are available to listeners in the collection The Undiscovered Archives of Sherlock Holmes. Each of these seven stories is linked to a major historical figure or event. The actual nature of the case had often been misunderstood for a century and more because of the need to respect the privacy of those involved and, in some cases, to avoid potentially embarrassing disclosures and diplomatic controversies.

The author of these “history mysteries” is John Lawrence, a University of California-trained history PhD who spent nearly 40 years as a top staff person in the US House of Representatives, the last eight as chief of staff to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The author uses his professional training to blend historical fact with Holmesian embellishments that produce unique stories any devotee of The Canon will enjoy.

These are all traditional-style pastiches published in various anthologies from 2015–2020, including The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories.


Welcome to Undershaw - A Brief History of Arthur Conan Doyle

Undershaw was the Surrey home of Arthur Conan Doyle between 1897-1907. Built lovingly for his wife Touie to help treat her ongoing battle with tuberculosis, Arthur created a haven for his wife and family. It was here he wrote The Hound of The Baskervilles, brought Sherlock Holmes back to life in "The Empty House", and entertained guests such as writer J.M. Barrie, illustrator Sidney Paget, renowned actor William Gillette, and more. Welcome to Undershaw explores the early life of Arthur Conan Doyle through to his departure from Undershaw. You will see he was a more than just the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle was a man of adventure with a passion for chivalry and knights, theatre and politics, sports and travel.



Farewell Britain's Television Queen (new)

Focusing purely on Queen Elizabeth II's relationship with television, this book shows how she was ahead of the game in helping to change the face of British television from the outset of her reign in 1953 when she let the cameras into Westminster Abbey. The queen embraced television at a time when Winston Churchill and her government advisors recommended that she should keep them out--on the grounds that the cameras would destroy her royal mystique--right through the 1950s, which was Britain’s television decade (for reasons that are not generally understood today), when Britain became the first nation in the world to have public service television. 

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