Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thoughts from Baker Street

I've always enjoyed Sherlock Holmes.  Ever since I was about ten and was shown Young Sherlock Holmes, starring Nicholas Rowe, Allan Cox, and Sophie Ward.  It quickly became a favorite movie of mine, though I had no idea back then that they were trying to explain why Holmes had become the way he is in the Canon.

I've watched other Holmes movies throughout the 19 years since seeing Young Sherlock Holmes.  Without a Clue, the Case of the Whitechapel Vampire, Murder by Decree, and Robert Downey Junior's Sherlock Holmes, to name a few.  About a year ago, I was in Barnes and Noble, (one of the few in my area that still has a DVD section,) and happened to see the BBC's Sherlock.  I picked it up, looked at it, and was both intrigued and apprehensive about the idea of a modernized Sherlock Holmes.  I'd seen Guy Ritchie's travesty and wasn't sure I wanted to spend thirty dollars on three episodes that I wasn't even sure would actually be any good.  But, it was Sherlock Holmes, and when I become a fan of something, I dive in headfirst.  So, I bought it.

I put it in my DVD player, honestly not knowing what to expect.  I knew intuitively that it was either going to be really good, or really, REALLY bad.  After watching the first episode, though, I was absolutely amazed.  I LOVED it, and I can't wait till the next three episodes are out and available on DVD.

In March of this year, I was on Amazon, searching around for Holmes books that looked interesting.  I found one that intrigued me.  Tracy Revels' Shadowfall.  It features more supernatural elements to Sherlock Holmes.  And that was how I found MX Publishing.  I'm now also an author for MX, and have two Holmes pastiches released: Rendezvous at the Populaire and I Will Find the Answer.  Both can be found on and  The first two have Holmes matching wits with the Phantom of the Opera, and then coming face to face with Doctor Henry Jekyll and his evil counterpart, Edward Hyde.  I have three more that will come out as part of this series.  The next involves Jack the Ripper.

I'll write further blogs, reviewing different Holmes books that I've read, including those from fellow MX authors.  I can't promise I'll always like them, but I will do my best to find something complimentary to say, or a constructive criticism to give.

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