Rachel’s BLOG #1

Rachel will keep you informed while Gretchen is in her writer’s cabin diligently at work on the 3rd Rachel Holmes mystery.

Painting by Harrison Fisher. “The Study Hour.” Illustration published in The Ladies’ Home Journal, 1908.

My dearest Sean,

A lot has happened since last we met in Remarkable Power of Stimulus. I hope these letters may keep you up-to-date before Papa whisks me away on another Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson adventure. It is my favorite thing in the world, but does take away from my studies.

In London, Papa and Doctor Watson have solved some most difficult cases. I think Professor Coram’s mystery was deciphered mostly by my Papa’s love of tobacco. All I can relate about the Three Students case was that it did not take place at Oxford. Any thoughts on this? The Solitary Cyclist was another case caused by the greed of the gold fields. And finally one of my father’s greatest triumphs. Please keep it secret, Sean, if it appeared on the cover of Judy Magazine my goose would be cooked! Uncle Mycroft brought the case to him, saying, “You are the one man who can clear the matter up!” Let us just say Papa saved Britain from war.

My time at Oxford is drawing to a close. Even though my academic studies are excellent, finalizing them at St. Hilda’s is impossible. I tried every conceivable way. And failed! Could you imagine that? In my campaign to graduate from the finest of our British Universities, I acquired influential support, including Professor Dodson. Yet, the college was immovable on granting degrees to women.

Please write soon. I bet the Cambridge Association Team is glad for their new goalie. I cherish my time here, but this administrative tussle confirms the need for women’s equality.

The cholera quarantine may finally be over. Great for next month’s Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race. Oh, did you hear that Birt Acres, the moving picture artist will be immortalizing our win? See you then. I miss you and will write soon.

Very truly yours,


Gretchen Altabef is an Award-Winning author who emulates Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories for MX Publishing. From a woman’s point of view and the history Conan Doyle left out. She also publishes with Belanger Books, Mondadori, and Mystery MagazineThe first, These Scattered Houses, is in Holmes’ own voice, and resourcefully chronicles the conclusion of his underground years. This is where the Rachel Holmes Series begins. 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 under surveillance by Moriarty’s henchmen, 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. Ms. Altabef’s most recent novel, THE KEYS OF DEATH is the genesis story of the world’s most famous address, and the young occupants of No. 221B Baker Street.

Gretchen is currently tucked away in her writer’s cabin with a goodly stock of Earl Grey and delicious concoctions from Mrs. Hudson’s Garden. Where she is diligently at work on the third Rachel Holmes novel. Rachel Holmes now has her own BLOG, listed above, where she will keep you apprized of the book’s progress.

Do you enjoy my stories? Are there ways they could have been improved? Please help me and future readers of my books by posting a review on Amazon. Doing so would be incredibly helpful. Thanks in advance, Gretchen.

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