GERI SCHEAR is an international bestselling and award-winning author / short story writer. Her first novel, A Biased Judgement: The Sherlock Holmes Diaries 1897 topped Amazon’s Bestselling Sherlock Holmes novels’ list for months after its 2014 release. It was granted a seal by the Arthur Conan Doyle estate.
The mystery novel combines actual historical events of the Victorian era with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s canon, and introduces an intriguing new character, Lady Beatrice. Sherlock Holmes author Derrick Belanger said, “If there was an award for best new Holmes character, I’d give it to Lady Beatrice.”
In 2015, Geri followed A Biased Judgement with a sequel, Sherlock Holmes and the Other Woman. The mystery-suspense novel is set in 1898 and follows Holmes, Watson and Lady Beatrice as they hunt a savage killer who is terrorising London’s diamond district. The story is told against the backdrop of France’s Dreyfus Affair.
Return to Reichenbach was released in 2016. Here is the synopsis:
When a half-naked man is found gibbering on the moor, Sherlock Holmes uncovers a series of bizarre murders. At their heart lies a shadowy figure known only as The Sorcerer. He can talk to the dead, they say. He can bend any will to his own. Even a will as formidable as the detective’s. The investigation leads from Dartmoor to Ireland and, ultimately, back to one of the most terrifying scenes of his career. Can Holmes survive the Reichenbach Falls a second time? From the author of A Biased Judgement: The Sherlock Holmes Diaries 1897, Return to Reichenbach is the third in the Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice series.
Geri was a winner of the Irish Writers’ Novel Fair in 2012. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of literary journals in Ireland and the US. One of her tales, Harbinger of Death, is featured in Volume III of The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories. In the Beyond Watson anthology, she reveals how Sherlock Holmes met his landlady (or is she his housekeeper?) Mrs Hudson in the story, Mrs Hudson’s Lodger. She also has stories appearing in two new anthologies due to be released in 2017.
Before she became an author, Geri worked in a variety of fields in several countries. Her first job was selling ice cream in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. She subsequently worked front of house in a number of other venues, and spent four years working for the Dublin Theatre Festival. She credits her exposure to great plays for her ability to create drama in her own work. She also worked in the operating theatre as a scrub nurse, as an educator, and as a hospital administrator. She has lived in the UK, Asia, and the US. She currently lives in Kells, County Meath, Ireland.
Geri’s non-fiction has appeared in Writers Digest, Writers Forum, Literary Traveler, and many others. For more information, see her author’s page on Amazon