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

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

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,… Continue reading Two-fer: 1 Novel + 1 Sequel

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

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

The Writing Life

Proof for the all-out characteristic of writers. Madeline L’Engle put forth in her journals, that when she is not writing one wouldn’t like being around her. I have an inordinately fertile imagination yet it is difficult for me to visualize that lovely gentlewoman being bustled up to her writing room by her family. Yet, am… Continue reading The Writing Life

SHSL Journal Book Review

Review REVIEW by MARK MOWER of THESE SCATTERED HOUSES           A previously untold adventure of the “Great Hiatus”. Holmes, travelling in the guise of Professor Keevan Sigerson, is being pursued across Europe by Moriarty’s henchmen. Narrowly escaping death for the umpteenth time, he resolves to return to London, but is forced instead to… Continue reading SHSL Journal Book Review

These Scattered Houses

"Do you know, Watson," said he, "that it is one of the curses of a mind with a turn like mine that I must look at everything with reference to my own special subject. You look at these scattered houses, and you are impressed by their beauty. I look at them, and the only thought… Continue reading These Scattered Houses