Monday, May 30, 2011

Watson, Mrs. Watson, Librarians and Jack the Ripper

Happy Memorial Day holiday to all.  I was talking to my dad yesterday about World War II (he's 93) and his memories were very strong and indelible.  I can't imagine him flying a propeller plane all over the world.  I get sick in an elevator these days.  Modern life is not conducive to bravery.

On that note, there are some very brave fictional characters  that I have enjoyed reading about this week.  Molly Carr's A Study in Crimson, continues the adventures of Mrs. Watson and Mrs. St. Clair as they search for the Holy Grail.  I love the way Carr works in Rossetti, Raffles, Moriarty and the Mafia through her narrative.

Watson's Afghan Adventure by Kieran McMullen gives us a look at Watson's life pre-Holmes.  Watson's war experiences in the far east not only give us an excellent look at the past conflict in this area but give us an insight into the character of the man that we know and love as Holmes' right hand man and companion.

Can I review a non-MX book about Holmes?  Hope so, so here goes.  Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye.  A great book about Holmes and Jack the Ripper.  Faye's descriptions of Victorian London are superb.  And the plot is original and that's no small deed as so many authors have attempted Jack the Ripper interpretations.

Thanks to all for the continued praise of my book The Murder in the Library.  I look forward to speaking at book clubs this summer.  To the gentleman from Evanston who said he and his wife read my book while traveling in London and visiting the Sherlock Holmes Society, and enjoyed it very much,  I say thanks!