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

David Stuart Davies Interview: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes

September 9, 2020 Learn 4 Your Life Interview on Jeremy Brett's role as Sherlock Holmes About David David is a British crime writer, Sherlockian scholar, and editor who visited Jeremy Brett during many of his filming sessions of Sherlock Holmes. His non-fiction books on the subject include: Holmes of the Movies: The Screen Career of… Continue reading David Stuart Davies Interview: Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes

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

Look Around

The inspiration for Sherlock Holmes was Dr. Joe Bell. He had the ability to correctly diagnose his patients with just one look (plus their profession and where they lived.) Professor Challenger was based on a man of his day, also. The larger-than-life explorer and bravura scientist who knew in his bones that man could travel… Continue reading Look Around

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

Only Those Things The Heart Believes Are True

A Glimpse into the Sherlockian & Holmesian World "Here dwell together still two men of note. Who never lived and so can never die...But still, the game's afoot for those with ears attuned to catch the distant view-halloo: England is England yet, for all our fears—Only those things the heart believes are true...As night descends… Continue reading Only Those Things The Heart Believes Are True

Huzzah!–Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

“A trusty comrade is always of use, and a chronicler still more so.” (TWIS) Hip Hip Hoorah! This is a toast to the Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia and to its creator, Alexis Barquin. Also to its many knowledgeable contributors. This splendid resource was and is a daily helpmate during the writing of my Sherlock Holmes novels,… Continue reading Huzzah!–Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Wendy Heyman-Marsaw Review

These Scattered Houses by Gretchen Altabef 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… Continue reading Wendy Heyman-Marsaw Review