Wednesday, August 24, 2016
As promised . . . here’s an update on the new book I’ve been writing for the last year:
Irregular Lives: The Untold Story of the Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars spans nearly four decades, beginning in 1884 and ending in 1919. If you were ever curious about how Holmes shaped and changed the lives of the irregulars, and how they transformed his life . . . then, this is the book for you.
This is an untold story, because as Holmes told Watson in after the war:
“My history with the irregulars runs deeper than you might know. They were at my side when you could not be. When you were with . . . others.” The “others” Holmes was referring to were Watson’s wives. And, due to Watson’s absence, the story was, indeed, untold . . . until now.
A visit to a mysterious photography exhibit catapults Sherlock Holmes back in time as he recalls his adventures with Wiggans, Ugly, Snape, Kate, and other members of his urban army. Each of the five “irregular tales” is a classic, stand-alone Sherlock Holmes story. Wrapped around it is a bigger mystery and adventure that begins when a jolly reunion with the irregulars abruptly erupts into a terrible tragedy.
You will read about the irregulars when they were adolescents and children, and also as the adults they became. The Baker Street irregulars survived their rough upbringing in the slums of London. Unfortunately, their propensity for finding trouble did not diminish in the process.
More updates to come. But, in the meanwhile, put the newest Sherlock Holmes novel on your reading list -- just in time for Christmas!
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Sherlock Holmes - The Golden Years, on Amazon and Audible, just hit the 100 mark. A great new voice talent, Richard Di Britannia, has brought his amazing skills to bear as one of the best “Holmes voices” ever. But he also shows his amazing range and versatility all 70 characters in the book.
Monday, August 1, 2016
Irregular Lives: The untold story of Sherlock Holmes and Baker-street irregulars will be published in November, along with the kindle edition and audiobook. It’s an unusual novel in that, within the larger tale, there are five stand-alone tales--each featuring one of the irregulars:
· WIGGINS: A lad who learned too well the lessons that the street taught.
· UGLY: Adopted and raised by the costers of the Spitalfields Market.
· SNAPE: A blacksmith’s son, who forged a life from the rubbish in the Thames.
· KATE & ARCHIE: Orphaned at the age of six, Kate found a family and made her way with ARCHIE. And . . .
· BENJIE: A boy about the business of life on the streets—where everything is for sale.
Holmesian fans will know something of Wiggans, who appeared in three of Doyle’s stories but, until now, no one has introduced the other irregulars.
Of course, all or the shorter tales take place between 1884 and 1898, when Sherlock Holmes was in his prime. Irregular Lives takes place in 1919, just after the WWI has ended. Holmes and Watson are in retirement at ages 65 and 66 respectively, and the irregulars are in their mid to late thirties. While several decades have passed, the irregulars have not lost their propensity for getting in trouble.