So, the new Sherlock Holmes anthology ‘The Absentee Detective’ is, as you might just have heard, my new (And second) book. Due for release November 22nd 2018, it’s available NOW for Pre-Order on Amazon and we’re currently in negotiations for an Audio-Book release. But how to give you, the stunningly good-looking, stylish and discerning readers of my blog a sneaky peaky as it were?. Why, by giving a short synopsis of each of the four stories!.
In The Detective Who Wasn’t, a young boy in World War II Cornwall enlists the aid of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Watson’ when his devoted Collie turns vicious – the only problem being the two are actually actors playing the parts of the famous Consulting Detective and his trusty Aide… despite this, the two try to help young Toby Fairweather, but they stumble upon a sinister plot involving suspected Nazi spies and a secret that could change the shape of the War itself.
The second tale, The Detective Who Wasn’t There features Dr. John Watson in a mystery that arises when a prominent Statesman is found murdered in his stately home. But was the Earl of Aldrington the innocent victim he appears to be? Can Watson – by himself, unravel a plot against the British Empire? And just where is Sherlock Holmes when Britain needs him the most?
Next, a departure in more ways than one… The Unlikely Detective is just that; the unlikeliest Detective you could imagine. Me. Set in England in the early Nineties, this is the story of how I stumbled upon none other than the secret journal of Mycroft Holmes, Holmes’ older and apparently smarter brother. Of all the places to begin a hunt for clues, a car boot sale has to be the most unusual – and the case took on a life of its own, leading yours truly into a maze of Government cover-ups and one of the Cold War’s last – and oddest, secrets.
Finally, we travel to the Hollywood of 1941; the Golden Era of the movies. Everyone will be familiar with the Sherlock Holmes films of Basil Rathbone, but how much do we know about the man himself? His private life and loves? I take you behind the scenes as the man himself records The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for NBC Radio, as he and his friend and colleague Nigel Bruce are caught up in a plot to destroy America. Controversially, the story includes elements of fact as well as fiction… it is up to the reader to decide what they believe – and whom.
The Absentee Detective is priced at £10.99, $16.95 and €12.99. ISBN 978-1-78705-340-3