Book Review: (Holmesian) Christmas in July

July begins the second half of the year, and it’s a good time to start thinking about what to buy for people on your Christmas list. For most Sherlockians, books are always a welcome gift. Two yuletide-themed tomes recently caught my eye.

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Sherlock Holmes: Have Yourself a Chaotic Little Christmas by Gwendolyn Frame is a frothy, charming advent calendar of Holmes stories, with one for each day of December. The tales range from serious to humorous, mysterious to comforting. Frame’s Holmes reads like the man as we might see him reflected in the flames of a warm holiday fire–touched with Christmas spirit and good cheer, without the sharper edges of his personality in evidence. The book would be an excellent stocking stuffer, or perhaps an entertaining decoration to adorn a book-lover’s coffee table during the holiday season.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Snowman by David Ruffle, with illustrations by Rikey Austin, is a Sherlockian children’s book as chock full of sweetness and warmth as a Christmas pudding. Just before Christmas, Sherlock Holmes is approached by a desperate little girl who can’t find the snowman she lovingly created and endowed with scarf and pipe. To Dr. Watson’s surprise, Holmes treats the mystery as seriously as any of his career, and the result is a story that could make even the Grinch crack a smile. The stunningly beautiful illustrations by Rikey Austin make this a can’t-miss gift for the budding Holmesians in your life.

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The Detective, The Woman and The Winking Tree: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores and e-bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon,Barnes and Noble and Classic Specialities – and in all electronic formats including Amazon Kindle , iTunes(iPad/iPhone) and Kobo.

The Detective and the Woman: A Novel of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores and e-bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon,Barnes and Noble and Classic Specialities – and in all electronic formats including Amazon Kindle , iTunes(iPad/iPhone) and Kobo.

The books reviewed above were provided for consideration by MX Publishing.

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