Remarkable Power of Stimulus!
Posted on by Gretchen Altabef
“Holmes knew the weapon and the only man capable of this crime. He packed his pipe, savouring the knowledge that his long-awaited trap was about to be sprung.”
Remarkable Power of Stimulus is a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart. After 3 years away, Holmes finds London awash in murders, 221B under siege, Paris overrun by anarchists, plus Irene Adler’s return. At the commencement of his new life, Holmes steps into Baker St. knowing Watson’s friendship and unerring aim are as dependable as the British Rail.
“Ms Altabef, once again, deftly creates the type of tension that has the impact of thrillers . . . takes to heart Conan Doyle’s response to William Gillette, ‘You may marry him, murder him or do anything you like to him.’ Thus her pastiches have a refreshing but very respectful link to the Canon.”
Read full review here: Review by Wendy Heyman-Marsaw Remarkable Power of Stimulus
“Gretchen Altabef … eschews the formulas that so often appear in Holmes pastiches and sets about creating a new format; a new locale; new characters; a new story line and most important, a new Sherlock Holmes.”
These Scattered Houses Review by Harry DeMaio
Let us establish one fact immediately. Gretchen Altabef is a remarkably talented author. In These Scattered Houses, the first book in her Sherlock Holmes trilogy, she eschews the formulas that so often appear in Holmes pastiches and sets about creating a new format; a new locale; new characters; a new story line and most important, a new Holmes.
Seldom used in other books, Holmes is his own narrator in a tale that takes place during his three year post Reichenbach hiatus in the town of Poughkeepsie New York and the campus of Vassar College. I have earned my living for several years in that city and can attest that she has captured its Mid-Hudson character exactly. The story centers around the horrors of a state asylum for the insane and involves an extensive Italian family; college denizens; women suffragists; a precocious young girl; mad house denizens and a cast of evil doers.
Holmes in his role as Sigerson is not the traditional Sherlockian prototype at all but I will not spoil the story by elucidating further. The action moves along at a rapid pace. The characters alone make it very interesting and unusual. In short, this is a very worthwhile read. Enjoy it!
Gretchen Altabef is an MX author of Sherlock Holmes novels. Mondadori Publishing has contracted to translate her novels into Italian. Ms. Altabef strives to emulate Dr. John Watson’s and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary style. The first, These Scattered Houses, is in Holmes’ own voice and resourcefully chronicles the last two months of his ‘great hiatus’. The second in the series is, Remarkable Power of Stimulus. After 3 years away, Holmes finds London awash in murders, No. 221B under siege, anarchists threatening Paris, and the return of Irene Adler. Fully aware he is being watched by Moriarty’s men, Holmes steps out of the cab into Baker Street knowing he will find Watson’s friendship and unerring aim are as dependable as the British Rail.
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