Sherlockian Author Profile - Gretchen Altabef

Award-Winning Author. 2022 Fiction Honors awarded by The ACD Society.

I write about heroes and heroines and the art of true justice. Human heroes with human abilities. Genius is a human ability. Friendship is a human ability. Love is a human ability. I write Sherlock Holmes novels. And I take great joy in adding to these heroic stories something Dr. Doyle left out – the history of the women of the day.

These Scattered Houses is a breakthrough novel for Sherlock Holmes and for me. The story takes place during the last month of his 3 year hiatus. Holmes is undercover as Sigerson the explorer. The villain is a Goliath. The lives of ordinary people inexorably rise to heroism.

Remarkable Power of Stimulus is a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart. After three years away, Holmes finds London awash in murders, 221B under siege, Paris silenced by anarchists, plus the return of Irene Adler. Holmes arrives in Baker Street knowing he will find Watson’s friendship and unerring aim are as dependable as the British Rail. 

Five Miles of Country is Gretchen Altabef’s third novel in the Rachel Holmes series. The story brings Holmes and Watson to Thomas Edison’s “Imagination Factory” in New Jersey to solve the murder of a famed Vaudeville danseuse in the world’s first motion picture studio. Rachel returns to Vassar College, Irene Adler brings her unique Pirates of Penzance to Broadway, while early film pioneers invent an explosive new medium. Monsters in Leeds, New Jersey, and Poughkeepsie, New York, an angry ghost haunts forty-second street, while Tammany Hall thugs submerge New York City into darkness and villainy.

The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. With a foreword by Mattias Boström. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world. Out of the fog three young souls unite in their common desire for justice. A genesis story about friendship with the power to change the world.

Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes is a book I am grateful to have been a part of. The Sherlock Holmes section of Maureen Whittaker’s, Jeremy Brett Playing a Part. I edited and contributed the history of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. It became the bestselling book of 2020 for MX Publishing.

A member of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, The John H. Watson Society, and The ACD Society.