Never give up

'If you examine it carefully you will see that both the pen and the ink have given the writer trouble. The Hound of the Baskervilles I write mysteries for Sherlock Holmes to solve. I am presently writing my fourth historical mystery novel. Each one evolved in it’s own way. If there is truth in the saying… Continue reading Never give up

Remembering Jeremy Brett. 3 November 1933 – 12 September 1995

"A light went out in many people's lives when he died, for he was one of life's true originals." Anna Massey. Jeremy Brett left us this day, 27 years ago. After completing ten years of defining the greatest Sherlock Holmes there ever was or will be. For me he is the reason I write. And… Continue reading Remembering Jeremy Brett. 3 November 1933 – 12 September 1995

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.