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Welcome to my home sweet homepage. If you have come this far, it’s mostly likely because you are interested in either my children’s books or my Sherlock Holmes novel. Yes, I’ve written both! I love good writing, no matter who the audience is. I like to write, and I like to tinker with...

Margaret Park Bridges

Thrilled to have a wonderful phone chat with British actress Rosalyn Landor, who narrated the audiobook for My Dear Watson! She played Helen Stoner in the “Adventure of the Speckled Band” episode with Jeremy Brett in the ’80s BBC production of “Sherlock Holmes.” A great discussion of our lives, plans, and careers. She was sweetly complimentary about my writing, and we agreed that it’s important to show our grown children that life doesn’t end at age 50 (as Holmes shows …

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So pleased to announce that My Dear Watson is now available in a Japanese edition! Print on demand only, no digital edition. It won the Special Prize for Excellence in the international Suntory Mystery Novel competition. I was lucky enough to be flown to Tokyo years ago for the judging ceremony–I’ll never forget that experience! If you know anyone who reads Japanese, here’s a good mystery read for them. Arigato!

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It’s Children’s Book Week this week–May 13-19. What are your favorite children’s books? Most people have at least one favorite that they’ll never forget and that perhaps changed their life. Some of mine include Where the Wild Things Are; Hailstones and Halibut Bones; The Phantom Tollbooth; Harriet the Spy; the Madeline books; and Throw a Kiss, Harry! I have memories of my father reading me The Wind in the Willows, The Hobbit, and the original Oz books. When I had …

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What are you reading this month? If you’re between seasons of the BBC show, Sherlock, or if your appetite for Holmes is whetted by watching the CBS show, Elementary, try My Dear Watson–my pastiche novel written by Holmes rather than by Watson. Wouldn’t you like to get inside the mind of the greatest detective of all time? If you’re looking for picture books for young children, I can offer several to choose from. I’ve been lucky enough to work with …

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NaNoWriMo!

It’s National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, starting today, November 1. Write a whole novel in one month! Who’s committing to it this year? Myself, I’m not ready to do that this year, but many people do.  Instead, I’m picking up an old, discarded manuscript and committing to finishing it. Progress reports to follow!

 

Crime Bake!

I’m looking forward to participating as a panelist in this year’s Crime Bake Conference! It runs Fri-Sun, November 9-11, 2012, at the Dedham Hilton in Dedham, Massachusetts. I’ve never been a panelist before, so I’m thrilled. And the topic is one that’s close to my heart and to the plot of My Dear Watson. My particular panel is on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and we are discussing “Who Says Women Are the Weaker Sex?: Writing strong, smart female characters who defy the …

 

Elementary, CBS

So what do we all think of the new CBS TV show about Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Elementary? Following in the shadow of the wonderful BBC show, Sherlock, it’s quite a letdown, I think. I have nothing against Watson being a woman, but I detected no chemistry between Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller, despite the fact that CBS is clearly setting up a love-hate relationship between the two. And I miss the tongue-in-cheek references to the original canon …

 

Rosalyn Landor to narrate audio book!

Excited that British actress Rosalyn Landor will narrate “My Dear Watson” for an audiobook! I remember her well as Fiona Allways on the Rumpole of the Bailey series. A wonderful choice! Check out the other audiobooks at Blackstone Audio too.