A two thousand year old secret leads Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson along a dark & death laden path to the lair of a ruthless master criminal. Even Holmes cannot foresee the final outcome.
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On New Year's Day 1891, Sherlock Holmes summons the limping street urchin, Wiggins, to Baker Street and decrees he must die at dawn. Wiggins, however, has other plans. To fulfil the dying wish of his mother, Irene Adler, he schemes with his two formidable American aunties to keep two important facts from the great detective: Mrs. Hudson is actually his Aunt Grizelda, and he is both Holmes' child and a girl pretending to be a boy. Through a series of mysterious letters Adler bequeathed to Wiggins, the dark backstory of her parents and all their long-kept family secrets unravel. To flee the mad King of Bohemia trying to claim Wiggins as his heir, Holmes and Wiggins begin their Great Hiatus. From Mycroft to Moriarty, from Dr. John H. Watson to the Baker Street Irregulars, from P.T. Barnum to Jumbo the Elephant, Wiggins learns little is what it seems. Slowly learning to trust each other, Holmes and Wiggins travel from London to Reichenbach Falls to New York City to a small farm in Canada which holds the secrets of their family history. Together, they correct the errors in Watson's tales, bond over Wiggins' disability, drop their masquerades, and deduce a father and daughter future.
In the early 21st century, Benedict Cumberbatch gave the world the definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's "Sherlock." Then again, Jeremy Brett had been declared the "definitive" Holmes in Granada Television's series in the 1980s. The same was said of Basil Rathbone's performance in fourteen films before that, and William Gillette's version of Holmes on stage at the turn of the 20th century had also been lauded to the skies. In short, all four actors were declared to be the "definitive" Holmes, and yet their various interpretations of the greatest character in fiction could not be more different.
Graced with a foreword by Sherlockian guru Roger Johnson, this book sets out to trace the evolution of Sherlock Holmes and his audience across three centuries. What caused Victorian readers to respond with such fervor to Arthur Conan Doyle's creation? How did an eccentric American actor from Connecticut become acclaimed as the definitive Holmes on both sides of the Atlantic? Who were the original fanboys who ushered in the concepts of fandom and cosplay in the 1930s?
Using extensive contemporaneous accounts and reviews, Volume One explores the process by which Sherlock Holmes evolved from being merely a character in detective stories into a genre, industry, and global phenomenon all his own.
“Sherlock Holmes: The Hero With a Thousand Faces” is in a league with "From Holmes to Sherlock: The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon" by Mattias Boström, which was Winner of the Agatha Award for best nonfiction work. As a lifelong Sherlockian and compiler of the “Sherlock Holmes Cyclopædia; Holmes on Screens,” I can attest to how extremely well researched and accurate this work is. I highly recommend it for beginner to advanced Sherlockians.”
Howard Ostrom – Author of the "Sherlock Holmes Cyclopædia; Holmes on Screens" series.
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Dorothy Ellen Palmer's book 'Wiggins - Son of Sherlock' is groundbreaking in many ways. It's one of the first Sherlock Holmes pastiches to cast a disabled character as the lead and addresses many subjects not tackled by Victorian literature. Join Dorothy for a fascinating reading and Q&A - 12th September (all attendees get complimentary mystery audiobooks) - (free Zoom tickets here)
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