Rachel’s BLOG #5

Dr. Watson’s Writing Tips Edward Hardwicke, The Abbey Grange. “Writing is dancing with language, walking the tightrope of clarity, and discovering what more there is to learn.” Sherlock Holmes once said: "Yes, I have taken to living by my wits." Writing a novel is nothing like anyone thinks it is. For example, how does one… Continue reading Rachel’s BLOG #5

The Sherlock Holmes Journal Review of The Keys of Death

. . . an original and refreshing exploration of the early days of the Baker Street triumvirate . . . the birth of an enduring friendship . . . Sarah Obermuller-Bennett for The Sherlock Holmes Journal In his introduction, Mattias Boström describes himself as an “embracer” of Holmes in his many forms, and issues the… Continue reading The Sherlock Holmes Journal Review of The Keys of Death

Today’s Amazon Review of The Keys of Death

The Keys of Death is fantastic! Another victory! Altabef's third book is a compelling and entertaining read. I loved this take on the origins of the unstoppable team of Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, AND Mrs. Hudson! Gretchen Altabef always does a great job of imbuing exciting mystery stories with strong female characters and a feminist… Continue reading Today’s Amazon Review of The Keys of Death

Rachel’s BLOG #4

Uncle John’s Writing Guidelines Rachel Holmes Always, always remember who the author is. Your voice is the most important one in the story. I have had a talk with my Uncle John about writing. After all, he has just finished publishing Papa’s latest adventure for the Strand. I was home for the weekend and we… Continue reading Rachel’s BLOG #4

Rachel’s BLOG #3

River Thames Boat Race Course Brit Acres & the 52nd Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race 30 March 1895 Writing this Blog is not as easy as I once thought, and I will have to have a talk with my Uncle John about it. He seems to write up Papa’s adventures so effortlessly. What an exciting… Continue reading Rachel’s BLOG #3

Rachel’s BLOG #2

Michael Peter Archer "Girl With Sunflowers" Dear, Sean, These days, I find it exceedingly difficult to ignore the world and get down to business. I am approaching the end of my Oxford studies with one more concerted effort ahead of me. Yet, to isolate myself from what is going on in the world and allow… Continue reading Rachel’s BLOG #2

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… Continue reading Rachel’s BLOG #1

A Visit To 221B Baker St. L.A. 

Some aspects of 221b Baker Street Los Angeles Chuck Kovacic’s 221B Baker Street Los Angeles is located in the San Fernando Valley surrounded by the beautiful and spectacular Coastal Ranges that stretch along the Pacific Coast of the North American Continent from Mexico to Canada’s British Columbia.  When my son and I arrived at the Kovacic’s hacienda we… Continue reading A Visit To 221B Baker St. L.A. 

PR’s Review of The Keys of Death

“Don't miss out on The Keys of Death!!” The Keys of Death is Ms. Altabef's third Sherlock Holmes novel and I believe it's her best one yet!! This adventure takes place during the early years of Sherlock Holmes, Watson and Mrs. Hudson's relationship. It is a refreshing change to experience them as young and vulnerable… Continue reading PR’s Review of The Keys of Death

The Keys of Death – Another Virtuoso Performance by Gretchen Altabef

A review by Harry DeMaio The Sherlockian world is currently awash with pastiches, analyses, essays, histories, psychological studies and assorted other literary efforts. I have made a few contributions to this torrent myself. Periodically, a volume emerges that is truly different in design and execution. Gretchen Altabef’s The Keys of Death is such a book.   She has skillfully combined an excellent mystery… Continue reading The Keys of Death – Another Virtuoso Performance by Gretchen Altabef