Honored for Excellence in Fiction


Amazing, ecstatic, overjoyed, fabulous, and of course, humbled by this fantastic award. I have been honored for excellence in Fiction at the ACD Society’s Inaugural Doylean Honors celebration. I am grateful beyond measure for this momentous Best Fiction of 2022 Award.

The story awarded was “Sir Arthur and the Time Machine” from Sherlock Holmes: Further Adventures in the Realms of H. G. Wells Volume Two. It is my first published SciFi story and one of many fine stories in this volume.

The more I read of Arthur Conan Doyle’s life the more I found connections that were incredibly telling. When I found that within six months time: the Doyle’s became parents, his wife was diagnosed with incurable tuberculosis, and his beloved father died in an asylum. I considered how these major life events coming on top of each other might cause him to write “The Adventure of the Final Problem”. In Switzerland for his wife’s health, Doyle found the Falls of the Reichenbach and published this story just two months after the death of his father. The story that threw his fans into an uproar. It was my great joy to gather together sages from different times to confer with Sir Arthur.

The ACD Society is an esteemed Sherlockian literary society dedicated to studying and enjoying the works of Arthur Conan Doyle. The ceremony was held at the Mysterious Bookstore during the 2022 BSI Sherlock Holmes Birthday Week in New York. Please find all the details here: http://www.ACDSociety.com. Thank you and congratulations to my fellow recipients.

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. THE KEYS OF DEATH is the genesis story of the world’s most famous address, No. 221B Baker Street.

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