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Joined 03-12-16, id: 7638810, Profile Updated: 04-28-20
Author has written 26 stories for Sherlock.

I have been a writer all my professional life, but there is a huge difference between being a journalist and author professionally and now writing something out of sheer love and abiding interest about a subject that has been a lifelong love - Sherlock Holmes!

No slash, johnlock, silly pairings, poetry or fluffy stuff. No AU or anything similar; the subject matter as it stands is strong enough and rich enough and complex enough to need none of that. Just writings about our favourite consulting detective in his 21st century incarnation and environment.

I have been a woman's page editor, equestrian sport writer, feature writer, theatre critic, showbiz writer and arts editor: I have also written light romantic stories, series, and serials for magazines, novels published and unpublished. I have also written articles on crime fiction for a crime and detective fiction magazine for more years than I care to think about.

Other heroes include Christopher Tietjens, Sid Halley, Willie Garvin, Evan Smoak, Dr Strange, Peter Wimsey, Duke Vincentio (Measure For Measure) and Javert. Real life heroes will always include the three Alans (Bennett Plater and Garner) Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes, Ian Rankin, GK Chesterton, Siegfreid Sassoon, Jan Gabarek, John Harle, Monteverdi and Elgar and Sibelius, William Byrd and Benjamin Brittain and Purcell, Stephen Sondheim,the late Mike and Lal Waterson - God bless them -and all the Waterson family, Philip Quast, Terry Hands, Peter O'Donnell, Martin Edwards, my best and longest serving and truly inspirational friend Bill (Puck, Iago, Christopher Marlowe, Flamineo and all) and of course the inspiration that comes direct from the Sherlock creative team and their Sherlock who this long serving theatre critic is more than happy and more importantly, absolutely accurate to describe as the actor of his generation. And we all know who that is!

Thank you all across the years and the lifetimes. Whatever appears here is for you all, with love.

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Got My Eye On You by sevenpercent reviews
Lestrade may have only "known" Sherlock for five years when the serial suicide murders started (Study in Pink), but he met him for the first time years before, when Sherlock was only sixteen. This is the story of their journey, both before, during and after. NEW story: A Pocketful of Rye
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 98 - Words: 253,630 - Reviews: 895 - Favs: 351 - Follows: 317 - Updated: 10/21/2020 - Published: 12/14/2012 - Sherlock H., DI Lestrade
How To Disappear Completely by TheProfoundSilence reviews
Two years is a very long time for the world to change. Sherlock struggles to fit back in. Set pre-S4
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 4 - Words: 14,350 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 9/4/2020 - Published: 2/5/2019 - Sherlock H., John W., Mycroft H., Victor T. - Complete
Fratros, Eros and Agape by kate221b reviews
When John Watson found Sherlock Holmes lying shot and bleeding on the floor Charles Augustus Magnussen's office, he had no idea of the events that would turn his life upside down in the following months. Lost scenes from His Last Vow, seen from John's point of view.
Sherlock - Rated: M - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 37 - Words: 90,929 - Reviews: 221 - Favs: 157 - Follows: 232 - Updated: 1/18/2019 - Published: 1/19/2014 - Sherlock H., John W., Mycroft H., Janine - Complete
Ex Files by sevenpercent reviews
a collection of short ficlits that cover aspects of Sherlock's world. Not in chronological order, nor linked, but together adding up. Expel now up.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 54 - Words: 151,991 - Reviews: 521 - Favs: 74 - Follows: 97 - Updated: 7/4/2018 - Published: 10/26/2012 - Sherlock H., John W.
Shadow Child by Kourion reviews
"I know that everything was taken away from me! Don't you think I am aware of that fact! It might be the only thing that I do know!" "And doesn't it make sense then! Doesn't rage make sense?," John volleys back, not to be off-put. "Yes!," I thunder before I can stop myself. "Of course it does!"
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 42 - Words: 293,905 - Reviews: 310 - Favs: 283 - Follows: 411 - Updated: 5/23/2018 - Published: 5/28/2013 - Sherlock H., John W.
Illation by Hollyesque reviews
Here, of course, is where the idea blooms thick and inky in his mind, and has nothing to do but claw at the inside of his cranium.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 3 - Words: 15,777 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 8/18/2017 - Published: 7/30/2017 - Sherlock H., John W., Mycroft H., Rosamund W. - Complete
I Love You by librarianmum reviews
Just a short piece on THAT scene from The Final Problem, as requested by likingthistoomuch xx
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,380 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/24/2017 - Sherlock H., Molly Hooper - Complete
Gaslighting Sherlock by Freakypet reviews
Chasing off potential friendships, verbal and psychological abuse, professional and private abuse and bullying What happens when you do all this to someone? In a domestic situation- its domestic violence. Serious dv. In a position of power aka police - ?
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,683 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 4 - Published: 12/17/2016 - Sherlock H., DI Lestrade, Sgt. S. Donavan, OC - Complete
Human Error by mugglehugger reviews
"Is it the pathologist? It is! That little slip of a thing...my, my, you are a man of simple tastes." Sherlock/Molly, making mistakes and fixing them. Two-shot, complete.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 15,361 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 104 - Follows: 30 - Published: 11/19/2015 - Sherlock H., Molly Hooper - Complete
Means to an End (Not a Love Affair) - Johnlock version by JolieBlack reviews
Moriarty is still out there. Mycroft is seething. And John Watson, who got himself dumped, fired and nearly blown up all in a single week, decides to go away for a couple of days. Sometimes a small stone is enough to set off an avalanche. A danger night. - Set after "The Great Game". Rated M for graphic depiction of drug abuse and possibly dubious consent. Johnlock: Sherlock/John
Sherlock - Rated: M - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,027 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/3/2014 - Sherlock H., John W., Mycroft H. - Complete
Advertising Space by Flaignhan reviews
She reads it through a couple of times, just to make certain that she's not grasping at straws, that she's not seeing coded messages where there is, in reality, a painfully lonely person sitting in a dingy room desperate for someone to love them.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,995 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 205 - Follows: 22 - Published: 7/3/2014 - Sherlock H., Molly Hooper - Complete
How Very Telling by Spartangal22 reviews
"His brother was a pirate, a dragon slayer, a stupid little boy. Never a murderer." Mycroft sees Sherlock for the first time since the events at Appledore, and the last time before he sends him on his fatal mission. A missing scene from HLV where the Holmes brothers find a way to say goodbye.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,891 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 92 - Follows: 19 - Published: 1/15/2014 - Sherlock H., Mycroft H. - Complete
Icy Conditions by Dayja reviews
A cabbie picks up an unusual passenger one freezing night. He has no coat, a big bruise on his forehead, and seems a bit confused before he rushes off into the darkness. What is a cabbie to do but follow?
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,296 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 157 - Follows: 24 - Published: 11/24/2013 - Sherlock H., John W., DI Lestrade - Complete
Most of the Time by A Wandering Minstrel reviews
Sherlock's little brother pays an unexpected visit to Baker Street, and, much to John's surprise, it turns out that Sherlock isn't that bad an older brother. (Sherlock/Skyfall crossover)
Crossover - James Bond & Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,999 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 323 - Follows: 72 - Published: 7/23/2013 - Q 3, John W., Sherlock H., Mycroft H. - Complete
No Rest by A Wandering Minstrel reviews
Q just wants to get some sleep. Unfortunately, a certain brother has decided to break into his flat. (Sherlock/Skyfall crossover)
Crossover - James Bond & Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,492 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 199 - Follows: 51 - Published: 7/17/2013 - Q 3, Sherlock H., Mycroft H. - Complete
The Girl in the Scarf by kate221b reviews
Sherlock has a new assistant, but who is she and what does she mean to Sherlock Holmes? Sherlock/OC relationship. Part of a series of stories that continues with Consequences, Danger Nights and Madness and Memory.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 25 - Words: 47,579 - Reviews: 116 - Favs: 261 - Follows: 211 - Updated: 2/2/2013 - Published: 3/6/2012 - Sherlock H., John W.
Everything You Know I Haven't Got by Morgan Stuart reviews
When the media declares open season on Greg Lestrade, the hunt begins.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 5 - Words: 9,932 - Reviews: 94 - Favs: 135 - Follows: 48 - Updated: 1/4/2013 - Published: 12/27/2012 - DI Lestrade, Mycroft H. - Complete
Curved Mirror by Maelynn Meep reviews
"The first time Captain Martin Creiff heard the name Sherlock was in a shop on Baker Street." Wherein Martin's appearance reminds them of the one they lost.
Crossover - Radio Dramas & Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,706 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 33 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/4/2012 - Cabin Pressure, John W. - Complete
A Little Leverage by A Wandering Minstrel reviews
Lestrade helps Sherlock home after the events in Belgravia. And gets a little leverage along the way.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,919 - Reviews: 62 - Favs: 249 - Follows: 31 - Published: 8/26/2012 - DI Lestrade, Sherlock H., John W., Mrs. Hudson - Complete
When Your Belly's in the Trench by Morgan Stuart reviews
The next time that door opens, John Watson will kill the person on the other side.
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,049 - Reviews: 86 - Favs: 528 - Follows: 74 - Published: 6/28/2012 - DI Lestrade, John W. - Complete
The Parting of Ways by A Wandering Minstrel reviews
Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes say goodbye. Major Reichenbach Fall spoilers.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,880 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 142 - Follows: 16 - Published: 5/11/2012 - Mycroft H., Sherlock H., Molly Hooper - Complete
Asperger's by Maelynn Meep reviews
Based on a line in "Hounds of Baskerville" and some theories by those who study the canon. Obviously features autistic!Sherlock, which is just the same as Sherlock!Sherlock. Just saying.
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,844 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 250 - Follows: 61 - Published: 1/20/2012 - Sherlock H., John W.
The Art of Trolling by Hekateras reviews
Post-Reichenbach: Moriarty is still alive, and hacks into John's blog again. Big time.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Humor/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,248 - Reviews: 95 - Favs: 385 - Follows: 51 - Published: 1/20/2012 - J. Moriarty, Sherlock H. - Complete
I'll Live to See Another Day by Morgan Stuart reviews
"This," she said with conviction, "was not supposed to happen." NOTE: This story takes place during events in the second-series Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia."
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,705 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/2/2012 - Sherlock H., John W. - Complete
The Distance Getting Close by Morgan Stuart reviews
What Lestrade needed that night was distance. What he wanted was a few hours alone in which to grieve. What he got was Sherlock Holmes picking the lock of his front door.
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,693 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 177 - Follows: 16 - Published: 4/26/2011 - DI Lestrade, Sherlock H. - Complete
Prove Me Wrong by Pennin Ink reviews
A quick, sentimental one-shot. It's so easy to dismiss people as simple and two-dimensional, but everyone is complex. Even Sally Donovan. When Sherlock is hurt, John discovers a side to Sgt Donovan he never imagined was there. Light drabble.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,742 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 100 - Follows: 11 - Published: 1/22/2011 - John W., Sgt. S. Donavan - Complete
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She Came In Through The Bathroom Window reviews
Sherlock Holmes never celebrates his birthday, which few people know is on January 6th. But this year someone guesses the date. And someone else already knows. Conversation and unexpected confession in the dark, at the end of a birthday sort of day.
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,023 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/3
The Coat reviews
This is the story of a young detective at the start of his career and how he found his identity, his armour and his iconic coat. And at Christmas, too!
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,747 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/13/2020
A Cold Case reviews
The aftermath of Mary's death. The way to save John Watson. And the reappearance of a cold case that rocks the past and the future of Sherlock Holmes by driving both into an uncertain present.
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,578 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 5 - Published: 11/30/2020 - Complete
Meet Me In Samarra reviews
In The Six Thatchers Sherlock Holmes and John Watson face adventure and tragedy, new life and death. They learn how the past damages the present, and changes the future. And how Ammo and Ajay, Thatcher and Tiblisi and a black pearl change everything forever. Sherlock/John. Mycroft, Mary, Lady Smallwood NOW COMPLETE
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 20 - Words: 202,983 - Reviews: 77 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 7/27/2020 - Published: 10/8/2018
End And Begin reviews
Mary dies. We know that. But what happens next? Written before S4 and rediscovered, here is an alternative brief end scene, and in script form. Indicating that the possibilities are endless...
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,147 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/27/2019
Another Me reviews
The detective and his doppelganger. Sherlock Holmes meets his double in 221B Baker Street. A game? A reality? Or smoke and mirrors? Sherlock must decide.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,940 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/8/2019
The Magnussen Legacy reviews
Suicide mission scrapped, Sherlock is brought back to solve a problem for England.. Because someone escaped the deadly chaos of Appledore intent on revenge. Magnussen may be dead, but still casts a long and dangerous shadow. Sherlock must find the killer and save them all. While John must find who Sherlock really is and save himself.
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 17 - Words: 168,608 - Reviews: 89 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 19 - Updated: 6/8/2018 - Published: 9/29/2017
How, Still, We See Thee Lie reviews
Love it or hate it, the spirit of Christmas gets to everyone eventually - even Sherlock Holmes. One man and his dog, two fat ladies, and a Norwegian on the underground bring the reality of Christmas home to Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,498 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/19/2017
Things We Lost In The Flames reviews
What did Sherlock do while Dr and Mrs Watson was on honeymoon? How and why did Charles Augustus Magnussen come to his attention? Why did Lady Smallwood take her problem to 221B, Baker Street? And what happened to create the situation which meant Sherlock finally had no alternative but to kill the man? This is the backstory to the finale of His Last Vow. NOW COMPLETE
Sherlock - Rated: M - English - Adventure - Chapters: 40 - Words: 278,735 - Reviews: 221 - Favs: 29 - Follows: 43 - Updated: 8/17/2017 - Published: 12/2/2016
Don't Touch reviews
Sherlock Holmes is in tears at a murder scene. John Watson is puzzled. For all is not as it appears.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,389 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/20/2017 - Sherlock H. - Complete
The House reviews
Mrs Hudson has a problem. No-one can help her. Or can they?
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,100 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 4 - Published: 1/30/2017 - Sherlock H., Mrs. Hudson - Complete
A Toss Of A Card reviews
A skill learnt is never wasted. A chance meeting during the school holidays transformed the life of a young Sherlock Holmes - and much for the better. To save himself, save lives - and change many preconceptions
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,962 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/30/2017
At Angelo's reviews
Italian restaurateur Angelo Grimald is one of Sherlock Holmes's oldest and most trusted friends. This is their story
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,970 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/10/2017 - Sherlock H., Mycroft H. - Complete
All Through The Night reviews
Sherlock Holmes is a creature of the night. Always has been. But who knew?
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,849 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/7/2017 - Mycroft H.
The Scarf reviews
A Christmas gift for you all. A Christmas story. Involving Sherlock, Sally Donovan and a scarf. And it all ends surprisingly happily - so it must be Christmas, then!
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,582 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 4 - Published: 12/6/2016 - Sherlock H., Sgt. S. Donavan - Complete
The Umbrella Stand reviews
The story of an umbrella stand is the story of a life. The one in 221B Baker Street is special. If you know how to look...
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,600 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/30/2016 - Sherlock H., John W., Mycroft H. - Complete
The Browning Version reviews
Watson shoots a gun - and so does Sherlock. This is the how the when and the why about Sherlock's very special skill.
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,723 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 4 - Published: 11/26/2016 - Sherlock H., John W. - Complete
THree Courses, No Meal reviews
From a bottle of champagne to a head butt, and many places and misunderstandings in between. And the surprise help and diplomacy of a stranger. A loost scene from The Empty Hearse
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,225 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/22/2016 - Sherlock H., John W. - Complete
Neither A Borrower reviews
Harry lends his precious cigarette lighter to a stranger. And now he would like it back. But getting it back is a bit of a mystery. Just a bit of silliness that came into my head and would not go away.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,757 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/21/2016 - Complete
Unwise reviews
HLV. Sherlock returns to Baker Street from the drugs den and the lab at Bart's. So what is Mycroft doing sitting on the stairs like Christopher Robin waiting for him? And why?
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,513 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Published: 11/19/2016
Black Angel reviews
Early morning on a Thames Bridge a black angel saves the life of a girl with a backpack and a secret. There are violins - but not romantic ones. Adventure. One shot that might yet become the start of a story.
Sherlock - Rated: K+ - English - Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,380 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 5 - Published: 11/16/2016 - Sherlock H., OC
Not A Dying Fall reviews
Sherlock is back, but all is not well; what can Watson and Lestrade do to help? Set during The Empty Hearse, shortly after the events at The Landmark Restaurant. Rated M for language and extremis
Sherlock - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,695 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 4 - Published: 11/15/2016
His Hospital Visiting Times reviews
Within His Last Vow, Sherlock has been shot. His hospital visitors are a mix of the familiar and the surprising. And so is what they bring with them. Perhaps it is as well he is too ill to respond...
Sherlock - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,367 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 5 - Published: 11/14/2016
Text Me reviews
The telephone lurks in his desk drawer and he never forgets it is there.
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 249 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/14/2016
The Eyes Have It reviews
Character think piece on the Reichenbach Fall
Sherlock - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,427 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/13/2016 - Complete
Not Leaving Baker Street reviews
24 hours before A Study In Pink. Sherlock needs a new home - will a birthday card solve his problem?
Sherlock - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,243 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 4 - Published: 11/13/2016