Holmes = Dr. Joe Bell?

“Dr. Joseph Bell…was indeed so wise a counsellor, had so level a head, and so perfect a temper, that it was impossible to take offense at anything he said. Moreover, he had a fund of humor which was not so much a fund as an inspiration.”––Lord Stormonth-Darling1. Dr. Joe Bell’s biography by Ely Liebow, has… Continue reading Holmes = Dr. Joe Bell?

Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes

Holmes appears to be this rather cold and distant figure who holds the rest of humanity at arm’s length. But deep down I believe–much deeper down–he is a man of tremendous sensitivity and feeling.” –Jeremy Brett. The Bryan Times 8th September 1988. Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes by Maureen Whittaker is an updated version of… Continue reading Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes

TWO Novels Are Better than ONE

I looked at him anew, with an understanding I never had before and with awe for the magnitude of such a mind. In a flash I understood the cocaine, his moods, and his genius. MX Publishing has bundled together These Scattered Houses and Remarkable Power of Stimulus. My action packed original story of Holmes alone,… Continue reading TWO Novels Are Better than ONE

Remarkable Power of Stimulus

Due to release November 2020, 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… Continue reading Remarkable Power of Stimulus

Mrs. Hudson Goes To Ireland by Susan Knight

“Clearly she had a somewhat exaggerated view of my powers of deduction. Even though I pride myself on having learnt much from my distinguished tenant––lessons that have stood me in good stead on a number of occasions…this time…I was entirely at sea and told her so.” Away from England and from the two gentlemen who… Continue reading Mrs. Hudson Goes To Ireland by Susan Knight

The Final Problem by Petr Kopl

“When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains and however improbable, is probably true.” Petr Kopl’s beautiful graphic novel is worth it just for the exquisitely painted seven page sequence showing the final battle between Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty and the essential role Holmes’ cape played in it. The death-defying perspective of his final two-page… Continue reading The Final Problem by Petr Kopl

Petr Kopl’s A Scandal in Bohemia

“There is no better way to defeat the enemy than with his own weapon.”"You're Crazy." "Eccentric." "It's the same thing!" This is a book of wonders, especially Petr Kopl’s illustrations, and most especially his portrayal of Holmes. He takes us through the story choosing just the right scenes to show it to perfection, engage our… Continue reading Petr Kopl’s A Scandal in Bohemia

Review of Harry DeMaio’s The Open And Shut Case

By Gretchen Altabef, author of Sherlock Holmes: These Scattered Houses and Remarkable Power of Stimulus (due 16th November.) “My dear, Inspector Wallaroo, remember my first principle of detection. After eliminating the possibly improbable, whatever is left is probably impossible.”––Octavius Bear This is possibly one of the greatest Sherlock Holmes spoofs of all time! And damn… Continue reading Review of Harry DeMaio’s The Open And Shut Case

Craig Stephen Copland Review

These Scattered Houses by Gretchen Altabef Henry Gritten, Mathew Vassar's Springside, View of Gardener's Cottage, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1858. Of the hundreds of Sherlock Holmes pastiche mysteries available to the Sherlockian, very few can match this book for a depth of historical research, finely crafted sentences and paragraphs, and a heart-stopping thrill of a story.… Continue reading Craig Stephen Copland Review

Geri Schear Review

These Scattered Houses by Gretchen Altabef The story takes place during The Great Hiatus, that period in Sherlock Holmes’s life when the world believed he was dead. For two years he avoided Professor Moriarty’s men and traveled under the identity of a Norwegian explorer called Sigerson. Ms Altabef’s novel takes place in Poughkeepsie, New York… Continue reading Geri Schear Review