INTERVIEW with Michael Sims, on Arthur and Sherlock

Biographer, editor and man of letters Michael Sims agreed to let me pick his brain about Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, a fascination we share. Sims was a distinguished speaker at the Baker Street Irregulars annual gathering in 2011. Sims’ newest book, Arthur and Sherlock, comes out January 24. Q: Did you read Sherlock Holmes…

REVIEW: THE DEAD ASSASSIN by Vaughn Entwistle

The second entry in the series focuses on inner London, with a steampunk, resurrectionist twist. It’s 1895 and the industrialist Victorian era has reached fever pitch. Factories are making their owners rich — and keeping their workers poor and desperate. Anarchist plots are a dime a dozen. Queen Victoria is a commonly named target of…

31 Days of Halloween – October 27

Conan Doyle is invariably linked to his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes. The stories skyrocketed him to fame and the tales are STILL spawning new fans, more than 100 years later. Conan Doyle wrote numerous other stories as well. Some were more of what we would call science fiction (like The Lost World, with time…

Armchair BEA 2015: Character Chatter

It’s time to give your favorite characters some love! Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now’s your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite.  I suppose this is obvious but I have to begin with Elizabeth Bennet…

REVIEW: THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL

Those with more than a passing familiarity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are aware of his interest in the supernatural. Perhaps mostly famous is his publication of the Cottingley Fairies photographs.  Aside from theosophy, he also sought out mediums, ever hopeful that the dead can speak to those still living and perhaps he could reach…

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