The Keys of Death

There you are wrong, Doctor. I am my own man. Do not confuse me with the Metropolitan Police. My only superior is the cause of true justice. There are no limits to the means I use in my investigations. I operate independently on this side of the law, yet I appreciate the good people on the other.”

With a Foreword by Mattias Boström.

The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. In Gretchen Altabef’s 1880 novel, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world.

Out of the fogs of 1880 London, three young souls unite in their common desire for justice.”A genesis story about friendship with the power to change the world. Here, finally, Mrs. Hudson’s part in it can be told.

Our cast includes Paris’s gentleman thief, Arsene Lupin, West African pirate, Félix Calabar, London’s spectacular beauty, Lily Langtry, the Imperial Theatre Orchestra, the Irregular’s, and even the Prince of Wales has a part to play in Holmes’ solution to the murder mystery. Altabef’s exploration into women’s history brings to light the immensely creative approach to freedom crafted by the ladies of the Anglo-Jewish Community.

The Keys of Death rocks the heart of Holmes’ world. With a vengeful villain to match him. The world’s first consulting detective practice is born through one man’s unshakable belief in his gifts, his courage, and especially his friends. Through every challenge Sherlock Holmes upholds his vision of a merciful justice for our world.

I am an MX author of new Sherlock Holmes novels. My writing springs from the same sense of justice as Dr. Watson’s, and Dr. Doyle’s. My books brim with imagination and a news reporter’s excitement for the true history of the day. THESE SCATTERED HOUSES. A breakthrough novel for Holmes and for me, an historical murder mystery solved as only Holmes can. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: REMARKABLE POWER OF STIMULUS is a Sherlock Holmes novel with heart. THE KEYS OF DEATH is the genesis story of No. 221B Baker Street.

Two short stories published this year: “In The Land of the Living” Mystery Magazine, October 2021. “Sir Arthur and the Time Machine” SHERLOCK HOLMES FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE REALMS OF H. G. WELLS, a Belanger Anthology. I contributed Arthur Conan Doyle’s, and Sherlock Holmes’ history, and edited JEREMY BRETT – PLAYING A PART and JEREMY BRETT IS SHERLOCK HOLMES by Maureen Whittaker.

A member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes, The John H. Watson Society, the Priory Scholars of New York, the ACD Society, the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, and the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers assemblage artist collective.


BOOK REVIEWS

THE KEYS OF DEATH is FREE this week from MX Publishing

FREE THE KEYS OF DEATH Audiobook. Follow the directions on MX Publishing’s page. THE KEYS OF DEATH Audiobook. Brilliantly narrated by J.T. McDaniel, and written by award-winning author, Gretchen Altabef, is available FREE this week from MX Publishing. It is a genesis story about friendship with the power to change the world. Altabef’s characters are…

OMG, 3 OF MY NOVELS ARE TOP 20 Sherlock Holmes Audiobooks of 2023!

The Keys of Death, Remarkable Power of Stimulus, These Scattered Houses – Three out of twenty top audiobook titles are Gretchen Altabef’s Sherlock Holmes Novels. And narrated wonderfully by J.T. McDaniel. I am an MX author of new Sherlock Holmes novels. My writing springs from the same sense of justice as Dr. Watson’s, and Dr. Doyle’s. My…

Sherlock Holmes THE KEYS OF DEATH – A NEW Audiobook

The Keys of Death is my third novel to be narrated by J.T. McDaniel. I am incredibly lucky to be working with such an actor. His Shakespearian background like that of Jeremy Brett’s gives us a brilliant narration. “There are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen…

The Keys of Death Review by Margaret Walsh

The Keys of Death is the third Sherlock Holmes novel from author Gretchen Altabef and published by MX Publishing. A fun look at Holmes first case when he and Watson move into 221B Baker Street. The case? It’s the murder of Mrs. Hudson’s husband! The story is mostly told in the form of the journal…

The Keys of Death Audiobook!

THE KEYS OF DEATH is now an audiobook! The greatest joys of creating a novel are the exceptional people one is privileged to work with and J.T. McDaniel has brought life to my words and produced another fantastic narration for me. THE KEYS OF DEATH is a genesis story about friendship with the power to…

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…

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…

Another fast paced mystery from Altabef 

“This is much more than the usual Sherlock Holmes story, it is a rich tapestry of relationships. Especially the friendship between Holmes, Watson, and Mrs. Hudson.”5-Star Amazon Review by Demetrius Once again, Gretchen Altabef shows her talents as an author. In The Keys of Death she creates a new format with interesting new characters, 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…

Loved it! 😍

Reedsy Review: “A new Holmes story for fans of the original, The Keys of Death is a satisfying new mystery, true to character, and delicious to read!” Keys of Death is not Gretchen Altabef’s first foray into the world of Sherlock Holmes, there are at least three other novels in this vein according to her Goodreads…

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…

Geri Schear’s Review Rocks The Keys of Death

“There are specific authors whose work I really cannot get enough of. One of these is Gretchen Altabef.” Human nature being what it is, we can’t help but find favorites in films, music, books, etc. You won’t be surprised to learn that some of my favourite reading material comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes…

Kickstarter-The Keys of Death

The Keys of Death is Baker Street bedrock. In Gretchen Altabef’s 1880 novel, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Watson, and Mrs. Hudson begin something great in the world. Come join in the Kickstarter kick-off of a most singular Sherlock Holmes Adventure. Out of the fog three young souls unite in their common desire for justice. A genesis story…