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January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Sherlock 101 – Ten Things I Learned about the Great Detective

By Shari Randall

Bookmark compliments of D. Mancini
A dusty copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I found in a bookstore last week got me thinking – what did I know about one of the most influential fictional characters in literature?

So last week I took a class in my community education program, The World of Sherlock Holmes. The course catalog read, “In this class you will learn all about Sherlock Holmes, from the original stories, to the TV and cinema adaptations, to the hundreds of societies in the United States and around the world.”

The instructor, Danna Mancini, a distinguished Sherlockian, is a member of several scions and has written and presented his own scholarly work on the Great Detective. Over three fast-moving hours the class discussed scions, pastiches, film and television portrayals, long lost films, ACD (how those in the know refer to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and the stories’ influence on forensic science.
 The time flew by.

Here are only a few of the fascinating things I learned:

ACD’s 56 short stories and four novels are known as the "canon" by Holmes aficionados.

Many critics have named these stories the “best of” the canon: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Final Problem, The Adventure of the Empty House, and The Adventure of the Dancing Man. As they say, your mileage may vary.

The last paragraphs of ACD’s book, His Last Bow, are seen as a premonition of World War II.

What is the Great Game? The game posits that Holmes and Watson were real people, Watson wrote the adventures, and ACD was his "literary agent." To which Sherlockians would say, of course!

In 1934, the Sherlock Holmes Society (London) and the Baker Street Irregulars (New York) were founded. Both are still active, although the Sherlock Holmes Society was dissolved in 1937 and revived in 1951. For information on BSI you can follow this link: https://bakerstreetirregulars.com

What’s a scion? The societies founded in 1934 were followed by many more, first in the U.S. (where they are known as "scion societies"—offshoots—of the Baker Street Irregulars) and then in England. There are at least 250 societies around the world and they take their names from characters and elements of the stories. A scion in Connecticut, for example, is called The Men On The Tor (from Hound of the Baskervilles). Rhode Island hosts the wonderfully named Cornish Horrors in Providence. 

Fans tend to be called "Holmesians" in Britain and "Sherlockians" in the United States, though recently "Sherlockian" has come to refer to fans of the BBC show starring Benedict Cumberbach.

Only Dracula has a higher number of screen appearances than Sherlock, 409 to 292.

Those who wish to see “what’s up” in the world of Sherlock Holmes can check out www.sherlockiancalendar.com.

The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Liberty Science Center of New Jersey opens in November. The exhibit focuses on the technology and forensic science of the stories, proving the enduring fascination and influence of ACD’s creation - excuse me, the great detective.

Shari Randall is the author of the Lobster Shack Mystery series.


Jim Jackson said...

Who knew Dracula had more screen presence than Sherlock -- and what does that say about society?

KM Rockwood said...

Thanks for the interesting info, Shari. Of course I've read all Sherlock Holmes' work, but you've got me thinking that it may be time to revisit it.

Gloria Alden said...

Shari, I've read much of the Sherlock Holmes work, but that was years ago now. My favorite ones is the series by Laurie R. King with Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. It starts out with a fifteen year old girl from America who meets the much older Sherlock Holmes and he sort of takes her under his wings and they become friends and like him she becomes a detective, too. Eventually, they get married after a lot of books in the series. I think I'm going to start reading that series again now.

Grace Topping said...

Fun blog, Shari, with interesting information. I'm a big fan of the BBC productions of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett. I liked the first couple of episodes of "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch, but they became stranger and stranger as the series went on. And, like Gloria, I loved the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Jim - Indeed!

Hi KM - I'd read most of the stories when I was younger, but now I've forgotten all the details so, like you, I'll be revisiting the stories.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Gloria, I really did like that series the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I just wish they hadn't gotten married....

Shari Randall said...

Hi Grace, The class agreed with you - Jeremy Brett was just perfect at Sherlock!

Tina said...

My favorite Sherlock story is by Neil Gaiman, "A Study in Emerald." But really, I can't resist any story with The Man.

Shari Randall said...

Hi Tina, My favorite Sherlock story is Neil Gaiman's other pastiche, The Case of Death and Honey. He is irresistible!