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Philip K Jones reviews Sherlock Holmes and the Whitechapel Vampire by Dean P. Turnbloom

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“This is a first novel by an author new to Sherlockian fiction who has undertaken to unite two of the most popular Sherlockian pastiche subjects into a single volume.  The Database of Sherlockian pastiches, parodies and related fiction lists ninety five efforts to have Sherlock uncover the identity of ‘Saucy Jack.’  Further, the database also lists fifty five efforts to tell of Sherlock’s efforts to cope with Vampires.  Two of the listed items combine these themes.  A short story, “The Children of the Night,” and the current volume are the only combinations of these themes, in so far as I...

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Philip K Jones reviews Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels

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"This is Mr. McMullen’s second book of Sherlockian fiction and his gift for catching the reality of time and place is undiminished.  Since this book is about Irish History, it is a sad book.  It tells of the Easter Uprising of 1916 as experienced by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson at the request of Mycroft Holmes.  The characters are mostly historic and are presented much as they were, flawed human beings trying to live up to their own ideals. My knowledge of 20th Century Irish History is spotty at best, so I cannot speak to the accuracy of Mr. McMullen’s portrayals,...

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Philip K Jones reviews Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy

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"This is another collection of tales by David Ruffle.  By my count it is his fourth collection, but I am not sure of the various publishing dates and editions involved.  This collection begins with a lengthy novella and includes a dozen or more, shorter items.  Those that are not fragments could be described as short stories.  Most have some Sherlockian content, but some have no relation to Holmes and Watson. The title story is quite interesting and draws its villain from deep in Holmes’ past.  Mycroft and Inspector Lestrade put in appearances and Dr. Watson pursues his second (or is she...

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Sherlock's Home - Call For Corporate Sponsors

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In the coming weeks the courts will make the final decision on Undershaw, Conan Doyle’s former home. It has been the subject of a long running battle between the developers who seek to destroy it, and the band of Sherlock Holmes fans who are fighting to save it and return it to its former glory. (Undershaw today, neglected and run down) The high court ruled in favour of the fans - the developers appealed - that was defeated too - now they have appealed the rejection of the appeal (come on....). Now we just have to wait for that to...

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BOSTON DICKENS FELLOWSHIP REVIEWS MYSTERY OF CHARLES DICKENS

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“The book was a page turner. I was so sorry that it ended. Great character sketches drawn. There is a waiting list in The Dickens Fellowship in Boston to read this story (with its)…Dickensian master-plot. Such fine details expressed from the Palaces in Italy to the very wardrobe that Dickens wore.  It was as if some one was following Charles and taking notes of all the goings on.  A fast read and, of course, I could not put it down.” Boston Dickens Fellowship  History records that on June 9, 1870, Charles Dickens died of a cerebral haemorrhage. History, however, is wrong....

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