Reviews

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… Continue reading Review by Wendy Heyman-Marsaw Remarkable Power of Stimulus

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… Continue reading Review: Remarkable Power of Stimulus by Ann Keech

REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the London Dock Deaths

Ragged, angry men were shouting slogans and demands at the gates, which were guarded on the inside by several indifferent men whose only qualifications for the job appeared to be their size. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the London Dock Deaths by Margaret Walsh is an exciting and intriguing read. Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson,… Continue reading REVIEW: Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the London Dock Deaths

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. “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 well full of… Continue reading Review of Harry DeMaio’s The Open And Shut Case

Harry DeMaio’s Book Review of These Scattered Houses

Let us establish one fact immediately. Gretchen Altabef is a remarkably talented author . . . she eschews the formulas that so often appear in Holmes pastiches and sets about creating a new format. Let us establish one fact immediately. Gretchen Altabef is a remarkably talented author. In These Scattered Houses, the first book in… Continue reading Harry DeMaio’s Book Review of These Scattered Houses

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… Continue reading Remarkable Power of Stimulus-Maureen Whittaker’s Review

These Scattered Houses Review by Craig Stephen Copland

“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.” Ms. Altabef takes the reader on a journey during the great hiatus and brings Sherlock Holmes to New York… Continue reading These Scattered Houses Review by Craig Stephen Copland

These Scattered Houses Review by Wendy Heyman-Marsaw

Rarely does a pastiche capture so many elements of an original Sherlock Holmes story as Ms, Altabef’s These Scattered Houses. Written in the first person, we are privy to Holmes’ thought processes, which are also evident in his often poignant journal entries intended for Dr. Watson’s later use. These entries recall the use of a… Continue reading These Scattered Houses Review by Wendy Heyman-Marsaw

SHSL Journal Book Review of These Scattered Houses

The pace of this novel is well-judged. From the outset it is a gripping and colourful adventure with lots of action. Clear respect for the Canon is demonstrated in the many neat references and affectionate nods to the characters, stories and intrigues of the original texts, and some real-life characters, such as Harry Houdini and… Continue reading SHSL Journal Book Review of These Scattered Houses