Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sherlock and Dracula

I love Sherlock Holmes and I love Dracula, what more can I say?

Steven Seitz’s SherlockHolmes and the Plague of Dracula neatly blends the two casts from Doyle’s and Stoker’s books and makes it work.  Sherlock and Watson go off to Transylvania to find Jonathan Harker.  Watson, poor devil, is having drastic marital problems and hopes this trip will bring he and Mary back together.

Seitz keeps the ball rolling with severed heads and bitten breasts and of course lots of garlic. Gypsies lurk in the darkness. His use of images is very good and sometimes I had to shut my eyes (mentally) as an image became too real for me.  Does Sherlock Holmes become a vamp?  Does Mary?   Will Jonathan ever marry Mina? Or is he long gone?

My only caveat is that I didn’t need the Moriarty plot device at the end.  The book was sailing along well without it.  Other than that, a great read for me, right before Halloween.

check out my book The Murder in the Library translated into Italian.  Omicidio in Biblioteca available from Amazon.it.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Murder in the Library goes Italiano

The  Murder in the Library is out in Italian! Available from Amazon.it.
Published and translated by Gargoyle Books in Italy. http://www.amazon.it/Omicidio-biblioteca-tracce-Sherlock-Holmes/dp/888954175X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349455968&sr=8-1
Fantastico!  I have to brush up on my Italian to read my own book.
I'm r1eading Dan Andriacco's 1895 Murders at present.  More Sherlockian fun and mayhem in Ohio.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Reads

Besides rereading the Hound of the Baskervilles (ab fab!) I have been reading the Inspector Barnaby mysteries by Caroline Graham.  They are fantastic and amazing and the characters and plots and subplots are extremely entertaining.  Her work is motivating me to try and write another mystery novel.  I'll see what I can do.

I would also like to read Reginald Hill (Dlaziel and Pascoe) and reread Dorothy L. Sayers.  Lord Peter Wimsey is the man of my dreams!

My friend and great writer Dan Andriacco is always busy composing- he has so many literary irons in the fire that I am quite impressed by his creative flames!!

Check out my daughter's blog about dating and life in the fast lane
tinskies.blogspot.com  cool stuff!

The Mysterious Affair at Longbourn  please read my new short story written for the Jane Austen Society Chicago Chapter!  Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy meet a Sherlockian Marquess and solve a mystery!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Holmes

I hope everyone is getting into (or out of) the holiday season.  Read the Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to get you into the Christmas mood.  A great Christmas present would be a copy of The Murder in the Library by me and No Police Like Holmes and Baker Street Beat by that amazing writer and Sherlock wiz Dan Andriacco.  Enjoy the end of the year!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

No Police Like Holmes by Dan Andriacco

Sam Spade meets Sherlock Holmes.  Philip Marlowe meets Dr. Watson.  How much murder and mayhem can one expect at a sedate (ahem) conference of Sherlock aficionados at a college symposium?  A lot.

No Police Like Holmes is Dan Andriacco’s second book for MX Publishing.  His first was a small but pithy compilation of writing and scripts on all things Sherlockian, Baker Street Beat. This novel takes place at a Midwestern university.  A collection of Holmes manuscripts are being donated and some valuable pieces go missing.   And a body is discovered.  All good fun.

The hero, Jeff Cody, is part Woody Allen, part Humphrey Bogart.  He drinks Diet Coke but is not adverse to lusting after his ex-flame Lynda Teal (rhymes with Emma….. another great sexy heroine).  Other colorful characters are a gorgeous vamp married to an old rich man who collects Sherlockiana artifacts and books.  And Cody’s brother-in-law, a Nero Wolfe style armchair sleuth, is the catalyst that keeps the sleuthing and the plot going strong.

Will Jeff discover who stole the priceless manuscripts?  Will Jeff and Lynda find the murderer before the blighter gets them? Will the conference of the assembled Holmes fans continue without further disaster?

And most importantly, will Jeff get Lynda back into the sack?

No Police like Holmes is a fun, literary read.  In the hands of Andriacco, the above statement in not an oxymoron.   Get this book, dive into a comfy chair, pour yourself a couple of fingers of scotch and enjoy this, sweetheart.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Barefoot on Baker Street (spoiler alert!)

Barefoot on Baker Street (spoiler alert) and the Autumn Leaves

The Murder in the Library- available from MX and Amazon!

BF on Baker St is a very energetic, ambitious novel by Charlotte Anne Walters. (spoiler alert)  If you have ever wondered if Holmes, Watson and Moriarty had sex lives, then this is the book for you! 

‘nuff said.  Walters depicts a very real, brutal and frightening look at the underworld of Victorian London.  Her heroine, “Red,” is a fighter, a lover and a woman who is abused so many times and triumphs that I wonder where Walters gets her information and inspiration.  It seems very real and made me squirm.

A moment of silence for all the brave men and women who died on September 11, 2001 in the U.S. 

Autumn is coming, it’s the best time to savor a book about Holmes.  The air has a crisp bite,  the leaves turn bright gold and amber and you can almost hear the carriage wheels rattling over cobbled stone streets.  When you least expect it, Holmes is there!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Review of Baker Street Beat and the Beatles

I saw Paul McCartney last week.  My favorite Beatle and one of the greatest entertainers of all time.  The longer he played, the younger he looked!  That, my friends is the secret of youth.  That's why Sherlock Holmes is perpetually 39, he's happy and he's endured.

Ok, now onto Baker Street Beat "an eclectic collection of Sherlockian Scribblings" by Dan Andriacco who also has a very eclectic and amazing personal background.  This book includes essays, short stories, radio dramas and a fab (Beatles again!) annotated bibliography.  His early recollections of how he became a Holmes fan are touching, thanks for letting us into your private space, Dan.  If you don't read any other Holmes pastiche this year, please, please read the short story The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden which has to be the closest in tone and content to a Holmes work that I have read in a long time.  Good job, fellow paisano Andriacco.  I would like to see him attempt a full length Holmes novel and perhaps there is one in the future?

I am going to speak at the Oak Brook book club next week about Murder in the Library, Sherlock, Agatha Christie and the writing process.  These ladies are no slouches when it comes to fiction, so wish me luck!

Enjoy the day.