What can you find here? Reviews of new and not quite so new Sherlock Holmes novels and collections. Interviews with authors, link to blogs worth following, links to where you can purchase my books and some reviews of my work garnered from Amazon sites. Plus a few scary pics of me and a link to various Lyme Regis videos on YouTube...see what we do here and how....and indeed why!!! Next to the Lyme Regis Video Bar is a Jeremy Brett as Holmes Video Bar and now a Ross K Video Bar. And stories and poems galore in the archives.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Ashley Polasek...The newest Baker Street Babe!!

Who are the Baker Street Babes? In their own words: The Baker Street Babes are an all-female group of Sherlock Holmes fans who talk about everything from canon to Cumberbatch, Charles Augustus Milverton to Jude Law, and dancing men to Jeremy Brett. We love Sherlock Holmes and we love having well informed, but also quite fun discussions about it. We’re all young and we’re all females, but we’re all die hard Sherlockians/Holmesian. It’s a demographic within the Sherlock Holmes fandom that is new and growing and doesn’t yet have a voice. We hope to become that voice and we want to prove that we’re not just going to coo over Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch, as lovely as they are, but that we know the canon and want to have discussions about it as well.

I have been fortunate enough to meet four of the Babes while attending events in London and I can attest to their Sherlockian single-mindedness. Now, who is Ashley Polasek? She is a fast rising star of the Sherlockian world. Her own words: I’m finishing a PhD in the study of Sherlock Holmes adaptations, and I have an experience of presenting Sherlock Holmes-related papers at academic conferences which extends over many nations and three separate continents.Things I love: books, travel, theatre, swords, whisky, and DIY projects. Things I hate: wilful ignorance, tedium, misused semicolons, and Rupert Everett’s eyebrows. Ashley was a major contributor to where her knowledge and insights astounded everyone. She has gone to share a stage with Lyndsay Faye, been interviewed on various TV shows including Lyme Regis TV!! And now she has been accorded the accolade of being a Baker Street Babe. 

I have had the pleasure of meeting Ashley a few times, shared several pints of cider and been blown away by her intelligence and sense of fun even though she likes Barry Manilow! She is also a poet of note as befits a disciple of Walt Whitman. Her poems on were a highlight indeed and this one in particular which is set firmly in the universe of Holmes and Watson:

Did You See Them?

In the translucent gaslight glow
Through the dense swirling fog and mist
Undying phantoms may exist
Ghosts of an age you long to know

A passing shadow in the night
Slithers just in and out of view
Though uncertain if it's true
You pause to catch a fleeting sight

A muted whisper on the breeze
Hovers Ethereal, Unclear
Though never sure it's really here
You strain to catch each faint reprise

Gliding across the fields of time
Memories of an age conceal
From unseen spectre to the real
You make contact with the sublime

The ghosts of long dead past unveil
Burst from anarchic human mind
And as that thought and act align
You join and live their timeless tale!

One day you know there will be an amazing scholarly tome from Ashley...or a pastiche novel. What do you think, Ashley?

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

The Detective, The Woman and the Silent Hive

Amy Thomas just keeps on growing. Or, before she becomes alarmed, I should say that her writing skills just keep on growing. The latest in her series of books featuring Irene Adler, Holmes and Watson is another stunning read. The narrative is stronger than ever, with shades of one of Holmes's former case handled very well. The characterisations are spot on throughout, Miss Thomas does not put a foot wrong, she is completely in control. It is appealing and involving. Alternate chapters give us the alternate viewpoints of Holmes and Irene, it works very well as it has done before for the author. The plot kicks off with the death of the bees that Irene keeps in her hives at Fulworth. An accident? A air-borne disease? Or something else entirely?

This really is a delightful read from start to finish. Amy Thomas knows her subjects well. She knows the era well. And she pleases the reader very well indeed. The best of the series so far. High standards indeed.   

The Detective The Woman and The Silent Hive is available from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).