Win a free, signed copy of The Detective and The Woman!

For the month of July, I’m offering a giveaway of The Detective and The Woman: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes through Goodreads.com

Click here to enter! It’s totally free.

Book description:

Irene Adler, American opera singer and the one woman who outsmarted Sherlock Holmes, finds herself a widow at thirty-two, wealthy but emotionally broken. At the same time, Sherlock Holmes finds himself unable to return to England after faking his death at Reichenbach Falls and is drawn into an investigation of two men with designs on a woman they call Miss A, who is none other than Irene Adler herself. The Detective and The Woman throw their lot in together to uncover a dangerous plot with implications that stretch across the Atlantic. In the process, they meet legendary inventor Thomas Edison and experience life in Florida at the turn of the 20th century.

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The Sherlock Holmes Triviography and Quiz Book: Review

One of my great privileges in the Sherlockian world is to be able to write book reviews for the Baker Street Babes podcast. My latest one is a bit unusual. It’s a review of an expertly-crafted collection of Sherlock Holmes-related quizzes and word puzzles.

Here’s an excerpt from my review:

It’s a great time to enter the world of Sherlock Holmes. The BBC’sSherlock series and the Guy Ritchie Holmes films have ushered in millions of new fans, a great many of whom have gone on to explore the Granada TV series and the canonical stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As a result, the glossy second edition of Kathleen Kaska’s engaging quiz collection comes at a particularly apt time
 
Kaska’s book consists of 80 quizzes covering the Holmes stories, the author, and much more, as well as five crossword puzzles. In addition, each section contains a small introductory essay with valuable information about aspects of the canon.
Read the rest at the Baker Street Babes Podcast.
* A copy of this book was provided for consideration by LL Publications.
If you enjoy this review, check out my Sherlock Holmes pastiche, The Detective and The WomanA Novel of Sherlock Holmes, available now from Amazon US and UKMX Publishing, and The Baker Street Babes Bookshop.

Canon Thursday: Favorite Holmesian Setting?

As I’ve said before, my favorite Sherlock Holmes story is “The Copper Beeches.” That’s also my favorite setting. I love the idea of a perfectly normal country house that suddenly seems creepy because of a few small touches and the people inside it.

How about you? Is Holmes’s beloved London city setting your favorite, or, like me, do you prefer something else? Let me know in the comments.

Canon Thursday: Story You Want to See

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A few Canon Thursdays back, I asked my readers which Sherlock Holmes story they’d like to adapt if they had the chance. Today I’m asking which one you’d like to see on your screen, either as a film or television episode.

Here’s what I want to know:

1) Which story would you pick?

2) Why?

3) Which Holmes-verse do you want to see it in? I’m restricting us to current versions, so you can go for the BBC Sherlock series, a Ritchie film, or the new CBS version. (Or, you can invent your own and explain why)

My answers:

1) The Adventure of the Yellow Face

2) It’s a classic story with a hilarious twist, the fact that Holmes gets it wrong. The ending is extremely surprising, especially in a Victorian context.

3. I’d love to see the BBC series tackle an updated version of this story. I realize it’s a tricky one to do without being offensive, but I have faith that Moffat and Co could get it right.

What about you? Let me know your answers in the comments

Holmesian Serendipity

I’ve just learned that at the Scintillation of Scions in Maryland today, a copy of The Detective and The Woman was raffled off–and won by one of my fellow Baker Street Babes! I’m totally chuffed that my book was offered at such a great event and even more excited that such a lovely lady took it home.

Canon Thursday: Victorian or Not?

Before the BBC/Hartswood Sherlock series, if someone had asked me, I probably would have argued that the Victorian period aspect of Sherlock Holmes was so important that something couldn’t really be Sherlock Holmes without it. Things like House M.D. and Monk were worthy derivatives, but hardly actual stabs at Sherlock Holmes.

Then, in 2010, Steven Moffat and his merry band of incredible actors, writers, and producers messed with my head by making something that is so extremely Holmesian in essence without being at all traditional in setting and period. Admittedly, I’m a convert, and so are scores of my Holmesian friends.

The question is, is it a one-off? Has the BBC successfully liberated Holmes from his time in a way that can be done again, perhaps repeatedly, or are Moffat and co. the only ones who can get away with it? (Here’s looking at you, CBS)

What do YOU think? Let me know in the comments.

Purchase your copy of The Detective and The Woman: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes here (USA) and here (UK), as well as through Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Book Depository (free shipping worldwide).