Category Archives: A Biased Judgement

The first in the Sherlock Holmes and Lady Beatrice series.

The Druid of Death


I don’t like to play favourites, but I have to admit, Rich Ryan is on my very exclusive list of preferred Sherlockian authors. News of a new book by him is cause for dancing in the streets. What do you … Continue reading

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Return to Reichenbach Translated into Italian


There’s an indescribable joy in the privilege of being translated into another language. For me, that may be even more the case when the language is Italian. I don’t speak it, alas. My linguistic skill is as proficient as Kevin … Continue reading

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The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories – Volumes 9 & 10


You know, if there’s one thing better than being asked to write a Sherlock Holmes story for a new collection, it’s seeing that story nestled amid an array of tales by some of the best in world. The latest in … Continue reading

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Holmes in Time for Halloween… Uh, Christmas


OK, the Halloween ship may have sailed, but just in time for  Christmas or Hanukkah comes Eliminate the Impossible: The New MX Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories Vol VII & VIII. In The Sussex Vampire, Holmes tells Watson: “This agency stands … Continue reading

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How to Write a Sherlock Holmes Pastiche


A pastiche is the ultimate method of honouring the fictional character of your choice. It is also a great way of learning the craft of writing. You already have a template of sorts to guide you, some familiarity with the … Continue reading

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The New MX Anthology Goes Gothic


I think most of you know by now that my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories are those ones with a whiff of the eerie. The blood-eyed Hound with his dripping jaw, the Devil’s Foot, and so on, have always captured my … Continue reading

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Tales from the Stranger’s Room #3


Five years ago Sherlock Holmes author and editor David Ruffle put together a collection of new Holmes stories called Tales From The Stranger’s Room, with royalties from all the authors going to The Beacon Society (an organization supporting and recognizing exemplary educational experiences that … Continue reading

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