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.