Top 10 Mysteries Set in the British Countryside

Top 10 Mysteries Set in the British Countryside   The British countryside is such a peaceful, bucolic place. Who on earth would want to kill anyone there? Yet we’ve been doing it for years. From Wuthering Heights onward, the landscape has become one of the biggest, baddest characters in British fiction, and crime fiction especially. […]

Review of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection

Review of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection

Review of the Week: The Whole Art of Detection The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes By Lyndsay Faye Mysterious Press 2017 $25.00   Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson have inspired generations of writers to continue adding to their adventures long after Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set down his pen.  Lyndsay Faye […]

Sherlock Holmes and the Scene of the Crime

Sherlock Holmes and The Scene of the Crime

Sherlock Holmes and The Scene of the Crime The autumn of 1897 presented such an array of singular cases that to pen any one of them seems unjust to those excluded. Clients from all walks of life brought their seemingly insoluble problems to my friend for resolution. There was the case where Holmes vindicated a […]

What of Watson? How Important is Dr Watson?

What of Watson? How Important is Dr Watson?

What of Watson? How Important is Dr Watson? Readers of any of my five novels or the short stories will realize I’ve very considerable admiration for Dr. John H. Watson. I’m not the first to deplore the traditional Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce Hollywood portrayal of the former Army surgeon and wondrous chronicler as bumbling, slow-witted, and […]

The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes Films

The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes Films

The Top Ten Sherlock Holmes Films   This article is going to ignite strife, controversy, and debate. Just what I like. I didn’t limit this to films on the big screen because that would exclude Jeremy Brett and Benedict Cumberbatch and then I’d really get some attitude!   The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) I […]

What's Your Favorite Sherlock Holmes Story?

What’s Your Favorite Sherlock Holmes Story?

What’s Your Favorite Sherlock Holmes Story? According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Sherlock Holmes is the “most portrayed literary human character in film & TV.”   He fascinated the world when Conan Doyle’s stories first appeared, and today he’s still calling “the game is afoot” to Dr. Watson as they hail a hansom cab […]

The Real Sherlock Holmes

The Real Sherlock Holmes On a cold winter’s evening in December 1886, Arthur Foster left the Queen’s Theatre, Manchester, England, with a pocket full of gold and a bejeweled lady on his arm. Stepping carefully through the throngs of hawkers and street sellers, the striking couple hailed a hansom cab. As they settled inside the […]

Private Lives of Great Detectives: From Sherlock Holmes to Spenser

Private Lives of Great Detectives: From Sherlock Holmes to Spenser

Private Lives of Great Detectives: From Sherlock Holmes to Spenser In 1973, I met another one-name tough guy via paperback and began following him, this one a Boston P.I. named Spenser. Robert B. Parker “grounded” Spenser by making him a former lieutenant during the Korean War, as Parker had been. The Spenser character already had […]

Sherlock Holmes, the Master of Disguise

A Question of Identity: Sherlock Holmes, the Master of Disguise

Sherlock Holmes, the Master of Disguise I recently finished reading Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz’s excellent follow-up to his equally engaging Holmes novel of a couple of years ago, The House of Silk. It’s well worth a read if you get the chance, not only for Holmes fans (and I’d argue that Horowitz’s plotting is every bit […]

The Real Sherlock

The Real Sherlock

The Real Sherlock Although I have been an avid fan of Sherlock Holmes since I was a teenager and am a proud member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, the idea for The Real World of Sherlock originated with my publisher when the editor read about my Sherlock Holmes walking tours. My first reaction […]