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Happy Birthday, my dear Holmes!

Raise a glass of sherry to Sherlock Holmes on January 6 this year, as he turns 161 years old. Still going strong in books, movies, and TV, the great detective famously said in A Study in Scarlet, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose….It is a mistake to think that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon …

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Chatting with Rosalyn Landor

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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My Dear Watson in Japanese!

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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Holiday Season Reading

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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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 …

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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.

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Audio book of My Dear Watson

Just found out there’s going to be an audio book of My Dear Watson! An agreement is almost finalized between my publisher, MX Publishing, and Blackstone Audiobooks! Details to follow, but… wondering who they’ll get to narrate the book? Need an older British woman with crisp diction and impatient tone!

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Controversy in new review of My Dear Watson!

OK, the other shoe finally dropped. I finally got the review I feared I might get from a dedicated Sherlockian–with critiques about canonical inconsistencies in My Dear Watson. The Well-Read Sherlockian is a well-respected blog in the world of Holmes and Watson fans, and I’m pleased to rate a review there, though. Actually, the review is quite good, as far as the story and writing are concerned. In fact, it earned 4 out of 5 stars, discounting any non-canonical issues. So I’m …

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