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Interview with Dicky Neely the author of The Case of The Grave Accusation, a Sherlock Holmes mystery

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Dicky Neely is an internationally recognised illustrator from Texas and life-long Sherlock Holmes fan. His first book, The Case of The Grave Accusation covers Sherlock Holme's most important mystery ever. We caught up with him in between scribblings to ask him about the book and his passion for Holmes. What was the main inspiration for the book? I was surfing the net some years ago and I came across the story about a man who was attempting to discredit Sir Arthur Conan Doyle concerning his authorship of the Hound of the Baskervilles as well as accusing him of wife stealing...

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Review of Watsons Afghan Adventure by Kieran McMullen from The Ill Dressed Vagabond aka Phil Jones

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Philip K Jones is one of the most respected, and meticulous Sherlock Holmes reviewers in the USA. Here he casts a close eye over Watsons Afghan Adventure, the debut Holmes pastiche from Keiran McMullen. "This is the only Sherlockian book I know of by this author.  It is Watson’s own tale of his experiences in Afghanistan.  The narrative is a very realistic exposition of a British Doctor’s life during the Second Afghan War.  I am not sure of the details of the campaigns involved, but the presentation is an accurate and intelligent view of what Watson would have seen and...

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Review of Rendezvous at The Populaire a Sherlock Holmes Novel by Kate Workman from The Ill Dressed Vagabond

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Philip K Jones is one of the USA's leading Sherlock Holmes reviewers. Here he casts a comprehensive eye over Kate Workman's debut novel (the first in a series of five) pastiche 'Rendezvous at The Populaire'. New Jersey based Kate is getting much acclaim for the novel and Phil admits "she has talent" and overall seemed to enjoy the book saying it is 'readable' and inventive'. "This is the first book in a projected series of Sherlockian tales by Ms. Workman.  This tale has a small number of editing errors, mostly misused words or terminology.  In any case, editing is not...

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Review of The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes from Tony Reynolds, by An Ill-dressed Vagabond

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Philip K Jones (aka The Ill Dressed Vagabond ) is one of the leading Holmes reviewers in the USA. Here is his recent review of 'The Lost Stories of Sherlock Holmes' by Tony Reynolds. This is the first Sherlockian writing I have found by this author. It is a collection of eight short novellas, each set up similarly to the Canonical tales. Other than the language, which seems a bit modern, these tales read a lot like their originals. `The Giant Rat of Sumatra" takes place in London and migrates from a tale of murder to a story of a...

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Interview with Dr Dan Andriacco author of Baker Street Beat a collection of Sherlock Holmes articles, essays and radio plays

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Dan Andriacco, D.Min., of Cincinnati, OH, USA, is a former journalist and mystery fiction reviewer. His book Baker Street Beat: An Eclectic Collection of Sherlockian Scribblings is a delightful grab bag of essays, short stories and radio plays, plus a helpful annotated bibliography.  We cornered him in his library (don't call it a collection) of Sherlock Holmes books to answer a few questions. What was the main inspiration for the book? I’m not sure, but it may have been our trip to the Reichenbach Falls in 2008. It was certainly around that time that I began to pull together various...

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