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"This fast-paced tale will appeal to those who like to ponder what made Sherlock Holmes the great detective he was, and hearing his story from a female perspective is particularly enjoyable." When The Song of The Angels is Stilled is the first in the Before Watson series of four novels from A S Croyle. Here is the Kirkus review in full: "Before Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson, the young detective solves crimes with a bright lady friend in this delectable “before Watson” novel. In Croyle’s (The Caretaker, 2009) new series, Holmes is a loner college student at Oxford in 1874...

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1. Sherlock Holmes and the Hunt for Jack the Ripper – Gerard Kelly and  Kevin Theis 2. Sherlock Holmes and a Hole in the Devil’s Tail – Viktor Messick and Kevin Theis 3. Merchant of Menace – Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever 4. The Adventure of The Pigtail Twist – Matthew Simmonds and Joff Manning 5. The Vatican Cameos – Richard T Ryan and Nigel Peever More audio books on the Sherlock Holmes Audio Books Pinterest Board.   

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“In The Many Watsons Kieran McMullen takes a look at fifty-four actors, male and female, who have played Dr Watson or a Watson character on screen. It’s good to see the Watsons getting their share of attention. Should there be a second edition, I hope Mr McMullen will include some at least of the radio Watsons – Leigh Lovell, Alfred Shirley, Norman Shelley, Michael Williams, Andrew Sachs, Larry Albert…" Sherlock Holmes Society of London The Many Watsons is available from: Amazon USA     The Strand Magazine (special offer)  Amazon UK     Book Depository (free worldwide delivery) Kindle   Kobo   Nook   iTunes  

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Book Review  “Alistair Duncan’s Eliminate the Impossible was a very good start, and Close to Holmes confirmed him as a truly important writer in our field. In The Norwood Author he illuminated, as no previous biographer had, an essential period in the life of Conan Doyle, when Sherlock Holmes leapt to international fame – and his creator killed him. Now An Entirely New Country: Arthur Conan Doyle, Undershaw and the Resurrection of Sherlock Holmes throws light on the drama of the years that followed, when Conan Doyle and his family lived in Undershaw, the house he’d had built at Hindhead, where conditions were favourable for his invalid wife Louise. Hindhead was also the centre...

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"As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m a fanatic for the traditional and authentic and Canonical Sherlock Holmes. As a rule I avoid anything with parody, or that presents Holmes as anything but a hero. I simply ignore most of these Alternate Universe (AU) tales, while others I actively despise. (Hint: I’m referring to the BBC show “Sherlock”.) One AU method that some authors use is to make Holmes something of a straw man in front of the “true” detective. This was the premise of the film “Without a Clue” (1988) starring Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, where...

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"Another Great Adventure with McCabe and Cody. One might think that the days of the Great Detectives were quite a while ago. Holmes was the first, going into practice in the 1870’s, and serving as a fixture until his “retirement” in 1903, which was really just a way for him to devote his attentions elsewhere as the Great War loomed on the horizon. After he left active practice, the void was filled by others, like Solar Pons, Hercule Poirot, Ellery Queen, and Nero Wolfe. One might think that as these greats aged and retired, that era was over, but Dan...

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THE VICTORIAN FEMALE DETECTIVE * Yesterday was International Women's Day and today we take a moment to recognise the tireless hours of detective work, the genius discoveries, and the lives made better by women detectives in 19th century British literature. Women detectives were also getting the job done back in Victorian England, right alongside Sherlock Holmes, and here we explore why they deserve more attention. Although women weren’t allowed to enter the police force in the UK until around the time of World War I, there were female private detectives in the UK in the late 1800s, around the same time...

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"I first became aware of Robert Perret when reading his Sherlock Holmes short stories that have appeared in numerous Sherlockian anthologies over the last few years. He has a real gift of tapping into Watson’s Tin Dispatch Box and revealing some truly intriguing mysteries. His new collection, “Dead Ringers”, has eleven mysteries, including some of my favorite Perret tales: “The Gnarled Beeches”, an account of the terrible aftermath of the Canonical “The Copper Beeches”; “The Bogus Laundry Affair”, with a fascinating and terrifying trip beneath London’s streets, and “The Dead Ringer”, a tale of Holmes’s early days in Montague Street,...

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Sherlock Holmes thrives on danger. Sudden knife attacks, being stalked, and facing a network of assassins present little more than a cheery break in the monotony. But the enigmatic Lady Beatrice presents danger of a different kind. Is she a murderer or a potential victim? Or something even more perilous? Uncovering her secrets could change Holmes’s life forever, and in ways even he cannot anticipate. The newly-discovered Holmes diaries shed light on a tale so potent, Watson was never permitted to reveal it. “The plot is multilayered, characters fleshed out and alive with suitable backstories. Just a joy to read!...

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To celebrate International Women's Day we're sharing this list of fascinating female characters in the Sherlock Holmes canon. ACD was hardly a feminist, but he did give us a wide range of colourful female characters, from virtuous to villainous and everywhere in between. Besides Irene who outsmarts Holmes and is undoubtedly a badass, here's some other characters, both good and bad.

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