Remarkable Power of Stimulus

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.

Book Reviews

OMG, 3 OF MY NOVELS ARE TOP 20 Sherlock Holmes Audiobooks of 2023!

The Keys of Death, Remarkable Power of Stimulus, These Scattered Houses – Three out of twenty top audiobook titles are Gretchen Altabef’s Sherlock Holmes Novels. And narrated wonderfully by J.T. McDaniel. I am an MX author of new Sherlock Holmes novels. My writing springs from the same sense of justice as Dr. Watson’s, and Dr. Doyle’s. My…

REVIEW – Remarkable Power of Stimulus by The Sherlock Holmes Journal

. . . a boldly portrayed Holmes . . . This book is exciting, ingenious, and a delight to read. I hope it will attract the modern generation to our Holmes and Watson.” “The first President of this Society, S.C. Roberts, once observed “Certain imaginative playwrights, with a greater regard for popular sentiment than for…

PODCAST – Remarkable Power of Stimulus Book Launch & Author Reading

I awoke in the morning and the planetree greeted me covered in new spring buds outside the window of my old familiar bedroom. I took a breath, and his horrible first pipe filled my heart with gratitude. Today I wasn’t alone – Sherlock Holmes was back! Last night we poached an evildoer. Colonel Sebastian Moran,…

Bucks County Herald Article

“We discover what Watson did during Holmes’ hiatus and how it made him even more the partner of Sherlock Holmes. Their solving of the murders involves these two gentlemen in a dangerous chain of events . . . Only Holmes’ unshakable belief in logic, imagination, and truth, can make the difference.” My local newspaper, the…

Review by Wendy Heyman-Marsaw Remarkable Power of Stimulus

Ms Altabef, once again, deftly creates the type of tension that has the impact of thrillers. Her well-documented research provides authenticity and atmosphere to the story . . . a refreshing but very respectful link to the Canon. The Remarkable Power of Stimulus is a superb sequel to Ms. Altabef’s successful These Scattered Houses and…

Review: Remarkable Power of Stimulus by D. Perkins

It’s As If Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Were Still Alive and Writing. Sherlock Holmes: Remarkable Power of Stimulus is a sequel to Ms. Altabef’s These Scattered Houses, and is a pitch perfect evocation of the life and times and brilliant idosyncracies of Mr. Holmes. One can only hope there will be more to come from…

Review: Remarkable Power of Stimulus by Ann Keech

For Sherlock Holmes fans: the terrifically talented author Gretchen Altabef does it again! Remarkable Power of Stimulus, the sequel to Gretchen Altabef’s These Scattered Houses is, again, a riveting Sherlock Holmes mystery, written as if by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. Meticulously researched, and a delight to read! Ms. Altabef reunites Holmes, Dr. Watson, and…

Remarkable Power of Stimulus-Maureen Whittaker’s Review

Jeremy Brett, the Definitive Sherlock Holmes, decided that Holmes was ‘a man of feeling’ and Ms Altabef shows that throughout her very interesting novel. In her novel, Remarkable Power of Stimulus, Gretchen Altabef has remained faithful to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, retaining details of much of the original for her adaptation of the time following the tussle at Reichenbach, known as the Great Hiatus, and “The Adventure of the Empty House”. It is no surprise…

REVIEW: Remarkable Power of Stimulus

A fast paced mystery that will keep you thoroughly engaged. A great read! Remarkable Power of Stimulus is the long awaited sequel to These Scattered Houses. It is an intense and exciting adventure from the first chapter to its ending. After 3 years away from his beloved England Sherlock Holmes returns to London with his…

Two-fer: 1 Novel + 1 Sequel

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,…

Podcast-Remarkable Power of Stimulus Book Launch

Bucks County Herald Article

Harry DeMaio’s Book Review of These Scattered Houses

Review by Wendy Heyman-Marsaw Remarkable Power of Stimulus

Maureen Whittaker’s Review-Remarkable Power of Stimulus

REVIEW: Remarkable Power of Stimulus