Author has written 12 stories for Sherlock Holmes.
It's all my daughter's fault. She got stuck on one of her fics, and I offered to sketch out a way forward.
They always say that everyone has a novel in them. Well, good news (maybe) - the muse has arrived! Hopefully the one-shots have been amusing as I have been finding my feet, and the 'Olive Affair' as a first story was an interesting challenge to sustain. So interesting that I was encouraged to publish it on Lulu! The published version is re-worked in a number of areas (although the main thread of the story is the same) - it just revises some of the timelines and adds key information which upon re-reading seem to be missing from the version here. If you want to have a look, it's onand is called "Sherlock Holmes and the Portsmouth Plot".
My second story was set in the beautiful west of England, and hopefully has an air of mystery to it. I'm working on a collaboration with Jenz127 (a brilliant Holmes writer) which will have an Egyptian story line; but in the meantime I have completed a third 'main' story, based around a theme of facing one's ghosts from the past, which has (inadvertantly, I hasten to add) ended up as quite a thriller, and ends with a hook into said Egyptian story. Whilst this is developing (evidently University commitments are slowing things down) I've decided to go ahead with another of my own, set in rural Hampshire where all may not be as it seems in the peaceful village of Coldenhall.
I find a natural attraction to the writing style which ACD used, hence a resulting natural attraction to the Holmes stories. The language and grammatical structure are typically Victorian / Edwardian - personally I can't stand the slapdash manner so many use these days - and I think the sense of time and place he achieves is very strong. The canon has its well-known faults of course, but ACD did an excellent job in creating one who must to all intents and purposes be the first modern 'whodunnit' detective for the likes of Agatha Christie, PD James and Colin Dexter to follow.
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