The sequel to These Scattered Houses.
Remarkable Power of Stimulus is a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart. 1894 London is threatened with the most gruesome murder mystery since Jack the Ripper. Paris is imperilled by lethal anarchists upping their game. English suffragists face a deadly foe. Only one man with an unshakable belief in logic, imagination, and truth, can make a difference.
Written from a women’s perspective and history. Holmes returns to his city after three years away knowing that Doctor John H. Watson’s friendship is as dependable as the British Rail. This imaginative story bookends Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Empty House.” Find out what happens at 221B Baker Street the very next day.
Miss Rachel Marcello, from These Scattered Houses, a new young Inspector Chandra Das, the Baker Street Irregulars, the usual London crew, and some surprises have their parts to play. If you admire the feistiness of the English Suffragists you’ll enjoy this book. We discover what Watson did during Holmes’ hiatus and how it made him even more the partner of Sherlock Holmes. The solving of the murders brings these two gentlemen through a baffling and dangerous chain of events culminating in a sinister and cinematic climax.
Craig Stephen Copland, author of New Sherlock Holmes Mysteries: “Of the hundreds of Sherlock Holmes, pastiche mysteries available . . . very few can match this book for a depth of historical research and a heart-stopping thrill of a story. The plot builds through incident after dangerous incident, culminating with a frantic climax. A great read.” These Scattered Houses.
The Sherlock Holmes Journal review by Mark Mower, author of Baker Street Legacy: “A gripping and colourful adventure. . . Clear respect for the Canon is demonstrated in the many neat references and affectionate nods to the characters.” These Scattered Houses.
Wendy Heyman-Marsaw, author – Memoirs from Mrs. Hudson’s Kitchen: “Rarely does a pastiche capture so many elements of an original Sherlock Holmes story as Ms, Altabef’s These Scattered Houses . . . a story of pursuit and deliverance that is reminiscent of the The Sign of Four. . . A riveting climax.” These Scattered Houses.
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.