These Scattered Houses Review by Margaret Walsh

Ms. Altabef has done a sterling job. Holmes’s voice rings clear and true in this excellent novel. Grand Staircase Palais Garnier, Paris These Scattered Houses is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by Gretchen Altabef and published by MX Publishing, London. Set in New York near the end of the Great Hiatus – Sherlock Holmes finds… Continue reading These Scattered Houses Review by Margaret Walsh

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

These Scattered Houses Review by Craig Stephen Copland

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." Ms. Altabef takes the reader on… Continue reading These Scattered Houses Review by Craig Stephen Copland

These Scattered Houses Review by Geri Schear

The author also captured Holmes’s voice very neatly. As I wrote my first three novels from Holmes’s point of view, I know all too well how difficult it is to make that voice sound authentic. The story takes place during The Great Hiatus, that period in Sherlock Holmes’s life when the world believed he was… Continue reading These Scattered Houses Review by Geri Schear

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

The Writing Life

The itchiness of the ever-present Muse, his constant pervasion of one’s dreams, waking thoughts, imagination, always there prodding the writer onward. As a Sherlock Holmes author, I know how lucky I am to have this inventive Muse in my life and to share a similar awe to Dr. Watson’s.  Proof for the all-out characteristic of… Continue reading The Writing Life

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

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