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Last Weekend! The Kickstarter campaign for the #1 Graphic Novel of 2013 in Czech Republic - ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ is being translated into English is currently 433% funded! - there are a few more pre-publication copies available - more….  

Last Weekend! The Kickstarter campaign for the #1 Graphic Novel of 2013 in Czech Republic - ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ is being translated into English is currently 433% funded! - there are a few more pre-publication copies available - more….  

Philip K. Jones reviews A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches
"This is a difficult book for me to review.  For almost ten years, I have managed the Database of Sherlockian Pastiches, Parodies and Related Fiction, so I am very involved with the subject of this current book.  It is difficult for me to realize that, to most Sherlockians, this Literature is incidental rather than central to their concern with matters about Sherlock Holmes.  I have been taking these matters very seriously for the last ten years and more, so this book, which is aimed at more conventional fans of Sherlock Holmes, seems a bit odd to me.
It took me quite a while to see what the author was trying to do simply because I am so wrapped up in the subject of pastiches and parodies by my own interest (obsession?) with the subject that I am attempting to collect copies of the more than 11,500 such items known to me.  I have been collecting such items for more than ten years and I always seem to be about three or four thousand items behind in my search.  This book is an introduction to the wonderful world of the most copied fiction author in History.  No other fictional character in Literature has been copied so extensively.  Even Judge Dee, who is definitely NOT fictional, has only had a thousand or two fictional mysteries set in Tang China written about his adventures.
To serious scholars of pastiches, this book may seem a bit sloppy or not properly footnoted, but neither of us are the audience this book is written for.  This book is written as an introduction to the rich world of pastiches and parodies that have followed right on the heels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s publications.  Over the hundred and twenty five plus years since the publication of A Study in Scarlet, almost every author of mysteries has tried to write a Sherlockian pastiche/parody.  Some have written short stories and some have written novels.  There have been stories in verse, radio programs, movies, cartoon series, TV broadcasts, an Opera and a Tap dance review as well as puppet shows, children’s plays and who knows what else published with the name “Sherlock” attached to it.
This book includes a broad selection of early writings about Sherlock.  Some of the items included or cited were unknown to me, which is a difficult thing to do.  Many were obscure and difficult to find and some are well-known among the community of Sherlock Holmes fans.  I am sure anyone will find items new to them among this selection and knowledgeable fans will all have alternative selections that should have been included; different alternative selections!  This is a fun book.  It will surprise many, astound a few and amuse almost anyone who reads it.”

A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches 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).

Philip K. Jones reviews A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches

"This is a difficult book for me to review.  For almost ten years, I have managed the Database of Sherlockian Pastiches, Parodies and Related Fiction, so I am very involved with the subject of this current book.  It is difficult for me to realize that, to most Sherlockians, this Literature is incidental rather than central to their concern with matters about Sherlock Holmes.  I have been taking these matters very seriously for the last ten years and more, so this book, which is aimed at more conventional fans of Sherlock Holmes, seems a bit odd to me.

It took me quite a while to see what the author was trying to do simply because I am so wrapped up in the subject of pastiches and parodies by my own interest (obsession?) with the subject that I am attempting to collect copies of the more than 11,500 such items known to me.  I have been collecting such items for more than ten years and I always seem to be about three or four thousand items behind in my search.  This book is an introduction to the wonderful world of the most copied fiction author in History.  No other fictional character in Literature has been copied so extensively.  Even Judge Dee, who is definitely NOT fictional, has only had a thousand or two fictional mysteries set in Tang China written about his adventures.

To serious scholars of pastiches, this book may seem a bit sloppy or not properly footnoted, but neither of us are the audience this book is written for.  This book is written as an introduction to the rich world of pastiches and parodies that have followed right on the heels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s publications.  Over the hundred and twenty five plus years since the publication of A Study in Scarlet, almost every author of mysteries has tried to write a Sherlockian pastiche/parody.  Some have written short stories and some have written novels.  There have been stories in verse, radio programs, movies, cartoon series, TV broadcasts, an Opera and a Tap dance review as well as puppet shows, children’s plays and who knows what else published with the name “Sherlock” attached to it.

This book includes a broad selection of early writings about Sherlock.  Some of the items included or cited were unknown to me, which is a difficult thing to do.  Many were obscure and difficult to find and some are well-known among the community of Sherlock Holmes fans.  I am sure anyone will find items new to them among this selection and knowledgeable fans will all have alternative selections that should have been included; different alternative selections!  This is a fun book.  It will surprise many, astound a few and amuse almost anyone who reads it.”

A Bedside Book of Early Sherlockian Parodies and Pastiches 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).

Irene Adler, American opera singer and the one woman who outsmarted Sherlock Holmes, finds herself a widow at thirty-two, wealthy but emotionally broken. At the same time, Sherlock Holmes finds himself unable to return to England after faking his death at Reichenbach Falls and is drawn into an investigation of two men with designs on a woman they call Miss A, who is none other than Irene Adler herself. The Detective and The Woman throw their lot in together to uncover a dangerous plot with implications that stretch across the Atlantic. In the process, they meet legendary inventor Thomas Edison and experience life in Florida at the turn of the 20th century.
The Detective and the Woman is available from all good bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon, Barnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon and Waterstones. For elsewhere Book Depository offer free delivery worldwide.In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle, iTunes(iPad/iPhone) and Kobo, and it is available in Audible Audio Edition.

Irene Adler, American opera singer and the one woman who outsmarted Sherlock Holmes, finds herself a widow at thirty-two, wealthy but emotionally broken. At the same time, Sherlock Holmes finds himself unable to return to England after faking his death at Reichenbach Falls and is drawn into an investigation of two men with designs on a woman they call Miss A, who is none other than Irene Adler herself. The Detective and The Woman throw their lot in together to uncover a dangerous plot with implications that stretch across the Atlantic. In the process, they meet legendary inventor Thomas Edison and experience life in Florida at the turn of the 20th century.

The Detective and the Woman is available from all good bookstores worldwide including in the USA Amazon, Barnes and Noble, in the UK Amazon and WaterstonesFor elsewhere Book Depository offer free delivery worldwide.In ebook format it is in Amazon Kindle, iTunes(iPad/iPhone) and Kobo, and it is available in Audible Audio Edition.

Europe 1911. The Great Powers vie for influence and are divided by political quarrels. War is in the air. For retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who has just suffered a coronary, these distant matters are of little concern. But politics are about to turn his quiet country life upside down. Mycroft, the detective’s politician brother, has asked Holmes to investigate the murder of a powerful industrialist and the mysterious kidnapping of the King’s nephew. Could these two cases be connected? Thus the legendary detective and his old friend Watson set out on an all-new adventure, one that will take them from the canals of Venice to an ancient castle in the Scottish plains. It’s an adventure they could hardly have expected as they near the ripe old age of sixty. Will Holmes lose a lifelong friend? And which villain from Holmes’s past might want to start a world war…? 
Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cold-Served Revenge is available for pre order from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository .

Europe 1911. The Great Powers vie for influence and are divided by political quarrels. War is in the air. For retired detective Sherlock Holmes, who has just suffered a coronary, these distant matters are of little concern. But politics are about to turn his quiet country life upside down. Mycroft, the detective’s politician brother, has asked Holmes to investigate the murder of a powerful industrialist and the mysterious kidnapping of the King’s nephew. Could these two cases be connected? Thus the legendary detective and his old friend Watson set out on an all-new adventure, one that will take them from the canals of Venice to an ancient castle in the Scottish plains. It’s an adventure they could hardly have expected as they near the ripe old age of sixty. Will Holmes lose a lifelong friend? And which villain from Holmes’s past might want to start a world war…? 

Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Cold-Served Revenge is available for pre order from all good bookstores including   Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository .

BBC Radio Interview about Undershaw

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Wednesday 23rd July 2014, 8.26am (GMT) live interview about the future of Undershaw and the Guinness Worlds Record attempt.

[AUDIO FILE]

Please ‘like’ the Save Undershaw Facebook Page for regular updates on the restoration and events.

Pubslush is a new crowdsourcing platform that we will be using a lot as it is deidicated just to books! Here’s a campaign for Dan Andriacco’s new book - the real bargains to be had here are the signed copies and the 5 book collection - Rouges Gallery

Pubslush is a new crowdsourcing platform that we will be using a lot as it is deidicated just to books! Here’s a campaign for Dan Andriacco’s new book - the real bargains to be had here are the signed copies and the 5 book collection - Rouges Gallery

Two, To One, Be - a book published on Saturday is a celebration of the successful campaign to Save Undershaw. Available with free delivery worldwide from Book Depository and all good bookstores with all royalties to the Undershaw Preservation Trust.

In 2009, a few inspired individuals took notice of the plight of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home ‘Undershaw’ in Hindhead, Surrey and determined that it was up to them to do something about it. Banding together, they found a way to create a window for spreading their passion and energy outwards to the world around them.

In the years that have followed, that window has grown into a vast portal, through which thousands of devoted Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes fans from all over the world have gained (and seized) the opportunity to have a very tangible impact on the preservation of Doyle’s legacy. For those involved, Undershaw is infinitely more than ‘just a house’.

The purpose of this book is to hold a proverbial hand lens to that deeper meaning in hopes of capturing some small part of the deep emotion it represents. In the pages that follow, you will find an eclectic collection of essays, original artwork, and photography created by supporters and ambassadors from a wide range of countries, all of which in some way address the same set of questions:

  • What is it about Undershaw that has the power to drive such a wide range of people from all over the globe (most of whom have never met one another in person) to join hands in support of protecting something that for many is thousands of miles away in a foreign country?
  • How has the campaign or the property itself touched the lives of those who have come into contact with it and what sorts of experiences have people had as a result?

Our intention here is to create a kind of insightful snapshot of these things as both a form of reverent acknowledgement for the efforts that have been put forth thus far, as well as a source of inspiration for the future.

Review of The Widow of Dartmoor from The Denver Post
"Elementary! Denver author channels the master
At the end of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” the villainous Jack Stapleton flees into the treacherous Grimpen Mire and disappears, most likely swallowed up by quicksand. Sherlock Holmes closes another successful case.
But maybe not.
It’s two years later, and Stapleton’s widow, the beautiful Beryl is newly married to Lord Russell, a wealthy sportsman, a union, it would appear, of love. Lady Beryl, known as the Widow of Dartmoor due to her earlier marriage
MYSTERY: WHODUNNIT WHODUNNIT
The Widow of Dartmoor
by Warwick Downing
to Stapleton, is also the proprietor of a fashionable dress shop. One night, she is caught tugging the blanket-wrapped body of a man out the back door.
The victim is none other than her first husband, the evil Jack Stapleton, who has been masquerading as a scientist and professor and was reintroduced to his spouse by none other than Lord Russell. Stapleton, of course, is in reality Roger Baskerville, and his intention is to use foul play to off the rightful Lord Baskerville and claim the title and inheritance for himself. Lady Beryl is charged with murder, not to mention bigamy.
Terrified that she will be hanged, the Widow seeks the services of Jeremy Holmes, who is the bastard son of one of Sherlock Holmes’ brothers. He is aided by his Watson-like associate, Edward Greech, who tells the story.
The Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes series has spawned a host of imitations and follow-ups by would-be writers, fans and scholars, all refusing to let the famed detective rest in his grave. Among the best of these Sherlockians is Warwick Downing, a Denver writer known for his edgy novels. Downing, a former Colorado state prosecutor in Cortez, is the author of 11 novels, including four courtroom dramas. No surprise then that much of “The Widow of Darkmoor” takes place during the Widow’s trial.
Jeremy Holmes, like his uncle, is a brilliant man, but unlike the famed detective, Jeremy does not solve crimes by deductive reasoning. Instead, he uses pen and ink to plumb his subjects. As he draws them, he discovers their traits and foibles. Lady Beryl, Jeremy knows from the way her face appears on his artist’s paper, is innocent of the crime.
But who, then, did it? The suspects include the cast of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” — Lord Baskerville, Dr. Mortimer, Laura Lyons — along with some new characters. Jeremy, known as “the Bastard,” may be the only one who thinks the Widow innocent. Lord Russell’s family, already suspicious of his bride, had hired detectives to follow her. Even the loyal Edward Greech urges Jeremy to use a self defense plea — until the Bastard points out marital rape is quite legal.
Jeremy’s strategy is to cast blame on someone else — principally Lord Russell. The consequences of that is a bit of buffoonery. Lord Russell challenges Jeremy to a duel. Jeremy chooses bows and arrows, on horseback. The Bastard, you see, was raised in the U.S. by Cheyenne Indians and had ridden in war parties and counted coup before puberty. The scene probably is not one Arthur Conan Doyle would have written, but it adds a nice touch of comic relief.
The book is written in Sherlockian style, of course, and takes some getting used to. But after a few pages, the rhythm becomes part of the story, and “The Widow of Dartmoor” is as satisfying as any mystery by the master.”

Reviewed by Sandra Dallas
The Widow of Dartmoor 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).

Review of The Widow of Dartmoor from The Denver Post

"Elementary! Denver author channels the master

At the end of Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” the villainous Jack Stapleton flees into the treacherous Grimpen Mire and disappears, most likely swallowed up by quicksand. Sherlock Holmes closes another successful case.

But maybe not.

It’s two years later, and Stapleton’s widow, the beautiful Beryl is newly married to Lord Russell, a wealthy sportsman, a union, it would appear, of love. Lady Beryl, known as the Widow of Dartmoor due to her earlier marriage

MYSTERY: WHODUNNIT WHODUNNIT

The Widow of Dartmoor

by Warwick Downing

to Stapleton, is also the proprietor of a fashionable dress shop. One night, she is caught tugging the blanket-wrapped body of a man out the back door.

The victim is none other than her first husband, the evil Jack Stapleton, who has been masquerading as a scientist and professor and was reintroduced to his spouse by none other than Lord Russell. Stapleton, of course, is in reality Roger Baskerville, and his intention is to use foul play to off the rightful Lord Baskerville and claim the title and inheritance for himself. Lady Beryl is charged with murder, not to mention bigamy.

Terrified that she will be hanged, the Widow seeks the services of Jeremy Holmes, who is the bastard son of one of Sherlock Holmes’ brothers. He is aided by his Watson-like associate, Edward Greech, who tells the story.

The Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes series has spawned a host of imitations and follow-ups by would-be writers, fans and scholars, all refusing to let the famed detective rest in his grave. Among the best of these Sherlockians is Warwick Downing, a Denver writer known for his edgy novels. Downing, a former Colorado state prosecutor in Cortez, is the author of 11 novels, including four courtroom dramas. No surprise then that much of “The Widow of Darkmoor” takes place during the Widow’s trial.

Jeremy Holmes, like his uncle, is a brilliant man, but unlike the famed detective, Jeremy does not solve crimes by deductive reasoning. Instead, he uses pen and ink to plumb his subjects. As he draws them, he discovers their traits and foibles. Lady Beryl, Jeremy knows from the way her face appears on his artist’s paper, is innocent of the crime.

But who, then, did it? The suspects include the cast of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” — Lord Baskerville, Dr. Mortimer, Laura Lyons — along with some new characters. Jeremy, known as “the Bastard,” may be the only one who thinks the Widow innocent. Lord Russell’s family, already suspicious of his bride, had hired detectives to follow her. Even the loyal Edward Greech urges Jeremy to use a self defense plea — until the Bastard points out marital rape is quite legal.

Jeremy’s strategy is to cast blame on someone else — principally Lord Russell. The consequences of that is a bit of buffoonery. Lord Russell challenges Jeremy to a duel. Jeremy chooses bows and arrows, on horseback. The Bastard, you see, was raised in the U.S. by Cheyenne Indians and had ridden in war parties and counted coup before puberty. The scene probably is not one Arthur Conan Doyle would have written, but it adds a nice touch of comic relief.

The book is written in Sherlockian style, of course, and takes some getting used to. But after a few pages, the rhythm becomes part of the story, and “The Widow of Dartmoor” is as satisfying as any mystery by the master.”

Reviewed by Sandra Dallas

The Widow of Dartmoor 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).

Someone is killing sheep in the Cotswolds. Or something.  As Holmes and Watson arrive in the tranquility of a little village of shepherds and farmers to enjoy a few restful days in the idyllic countryside, strange things start to occur. While Holmes locks himself in his hotel room, consumed by depression, Watson is left to explore the surroundings on his own, acquainting himself with both the local shepherding community, the eccentric vicar, and the local folklore concerning a mysterious werewolf. It isn’t long before the murderer directs his attention to other prey than sheep, and Holmes is forced out of his ennui into a world of fog-enshrouded moors, wild men, pitchforks and a big bad wolf. This volume also includes four shorter stories in the vein of Conan Doyle: ”The Adventure of the Velvet Lampshade”, ”The Adventure of the Missing Mudlark”, ”The Adventure of the Forking Paths”, and ”The Adventure of the One-Armed Pugilist”.
The Cotswolds Werewolf and other Stories of Sherlock Holmes 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).

Someone is killing sheep in the Cotswolds. Or something.  As Holmes and Watson arrive in the tranquility of a little village of shepherds and farmers to enjoy a few restful days in the idyllic countryside, strange things start to occur. While Holmes locks himself in his hotel room, consumed by depression, Watson is left to explore the surroundings on his own, acquainting himself with both the local shepherding community, the eccentric vicar, and the local folklore concerning a mysterious werewolf. It isn’t long before the murderer directs his attention to other prey than sheep, and Holmes is forced out of his ennui into a world of fog-enshrouded moors, wild men, pitchforks and a big bad wolf. This volume also includes four shorter stories in the vein of Conan Doyle: ”The Adventure of the Velvet Lampshade”, ”The Adventure of the Missing Mudlark”, ”The Adventure of the Forking Paths”, and ”The Adventure of the One-Armed Pugilist”.

The Cotswolds Werewolf and other Stories of Sherlock Holmes 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 KindleKobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

Steve Emecz (from MX Publishing) talks about the importance of preserving Undershaw to Red Carpet TV at Saturday’s Guinness Worlds Record attempt for the Undershaw Preservation Trust. 113 people dressed up as Sherlock Holmes with dozens of the world’s press covering the event [full press article list].

Supporters of the day included Sherlockian actors Mark Gatiss, Stephen Fry and Louise Brealey who all donated raffle prizes. Steve read out a statement from Mark Gatiss on the day - Mark is the patron of the Undershaw Preservation Trust.

Saving Undershaw has been a three pipe problem but we solved it! Huge thanks to everyone who’s worked so hard to preserve Conan Doyle’s legacy & splendid home. Good luck today. If you look closely you might see Benedict Cumberbatch under one of those deerstalkers or maybe Norris Macwhirter!” Mark Gatiss

Vidoes from Guinness Worlds Record Attempt for the Undershaw Preservation Trust

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Review of A Scandal In Bohemia – A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel from the Sherlock Holmes Society of India
"Advance Review: A Scandal in Bohemia by Petr Kopl
Strange, eh? The book isn’t even out yet. But I am one of the privileged few to see it (thank you, Steve Emecz and Petr Kopl), and I couldn’t be happier. The funding of this comic book on Kickstarter has gathered well over thrice the amount aimed at. There’s still time left, so it will probably cross fourtimes the required amount. If you haven’t booked your copy yet - do so right away here; I have a feeling all places stocking it would put up “sold out” boards within days of its release, and Steve will have to run to the press again to get the reprints out.
Anyhow - back to the matter at hand - the review. I have been wondering for a week now - what can I possibly say about this graphic novel that would do justice to the brilliance of its artwork, the cleverness of its adaptation and the sheer genius of the man behind it? The conclusion - anything I say will be inadequate. Anything anyone ever says will be inadequate - for there are no words in in the languages I know to measure or capture the “superlative” quotient of this book. I could start rattling off in alphabetical order - astounding, bedazzling, charming, delightful, elegant, fantastic, glamorous, humorous, impeccable, jolly, kaleidoscopic, lovely, magnificent, neat, outstanding, perspicacious, quick-witted, radiant, sophisticated, thoughtful, unique, vivid, witty, xtra-ordinary (well, I can’t think of another with x), youthful and zany. No, it’s not enough. It’s not even close. You cannot measure the immeasurable. You can only revel in its glory. 
Surprisingly true to the canon (yes, true enough to satisfy even the most rigid of purists), the adaptation captures the spirit of every character so well, you would be drawn into the plot, whether you want to or not. Even if you know the canon by heart, you are in for a surprise - Petr seamlessly weaves two tales into this one (A Scandal in Bohemia and The Adventure of the Speckled Band) - with interesting results. Ingeniously placed cameos by well-known (and well-loved) literary characters as well as original Petr Kopl characters are a delight. Sherlock Holmes is a deadly combination of genius, sassy and adorable, Dr Watson is at his most virtuous and Irene Adler is drop-dead gorgeous (and smart).
I don’t speak Czech, so I honestly can’t say if anything has been lost in translation. From what I can see, the translators have done an amazing job - the dialogues are witty and amusing, and remarkably true to the canon. When I read the Czech version months ago, it was thanks to Google Translate - a bit tedious, but all right to get the gist - obviously, I missed the clever quips that the English version has now captured. I am very, very impressed. In any case, offers of translations in other languages have started flowing in (and this, before the book is out - can you imagine what it’s going to be like when it is actually out?) - so if you speak neither Czech nor English, do not fret. Go ahead and take a look…and then ask Steve if your language is on his list yet.
You can’t afford to miss this. Still need more reason? Here are a few:
To the Sherlockians out there, I say - this is the most gorgeous and intelligent adaptation of “A Scandal in Bohemia” I have ever seen. If Sir Arthur could see it, he would be overwhelmed. This is a must-have for the collection of every Sherlockian in the world.  
To the comic-lovers out there, I say - the artwork is immaculate. Rarely would come across such a talented artist. Every panel, every stroke is perfect. You will not be able to take your eyes off, I can guarantee.
To those fond of English literature, I say - the quirky and delightfully twisted literary references will leave you breathless. The more you read, the more you shall spot, and the cleverer you shall feel. 
To the brainiacs, puzzle-lovers and armchair-detectives out there, I say - think yourself smart? Think again…unless you have been able to pick up every single clue Petr has surreptitiously hidden away in plain sight. 
 In the end, at the risk of sounding like a teenage-boy-band, I’ll say no matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from, “A Scandal in Bohemia” will leave you stunned, impressed and hungering for the next book. I am rubbing my hands in anticipation…are you?

 And last, but not the least, I have to thank Ales Kolodrubec, the President of Česká společnost Sherlocka Holmese (the Czech Sherlock Holmes Society), for giving me the opportunity to take a look at Petr’s work. Ales, you are a true Sherlockian!”

Review of A Scandal In Bohemia – A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel from the Sherlock Holmes Society of India

"Advance Review: A Scandal in Bohemia by Petr Kopl

Strange, eh? The book isn’t even out yet. But I am one of the privileged few to see it (thank you, Steve Emecz and Petr Kopl), and I couldn’t be happier. The funding of this comic book on Kickstarter has gathered well over thrice the amount aimed at. There’s still time left, so it will probably cross fourtimes the required amount. If you haven’t booked your copy yet - do so right away here; I have a feeling all places stocking it would put up “sold out” boards within days of its release, and Steve will have to run to the press again to get the reprints out.

Anyhow - back to the matter at hand - the review. I have been wondering for a week now - what can I possibly say about this graphic novel that would do justice to the brilliance of its artwork, the cleverness of its adaptation and the sheer genius of the man behind it? The conclusion - anything I say will be inadequate. Anything anyone ever says will be inadequate - for there are no words in in the languages I know to measure or capture the “superlative” quotient of this book. I could start rattling off in alphabetical order - astounding, bedazzling, charming, delightful, elegant, fantastic, glamorous, humorous, impeccable, jolly, kaleidoscopic, lovely, magnificent, neat, outstanding, perspicacious, quick-witted, radiant, sophisticated, thoughtful, unique, vivid, witty, xtra-ordinary (well, I can’t think of another with x), youthful and zany. No, it’s not enough. It’s not even close. You cannot measure the immeasurable. You can only revel in its glory. 

Surprisingly true to the canon (yes, true enough to satisfy even the most rigid of purists), the adaptation captures the spirit of every character so well, you would be drawn into the plot, whether you want to or not. Even if you know the canon by heart, you are in for a surprise - Petr seamlessly weaves two tales into this one (A Scandal in Bohemia and The Adventure of the Speckled Band) - with interesting results. Ingeniously placed cameos by well-known (and well-loved) literary characters as well as original Petr Kopl characters are a delight. Sherlock Holmes is a deadly combination of genius, sassy and adorable, Dr Watson is at his most virtuous and Irene Adler is drop-dead gorgeous (and smart).

I don’t speak Czech, so I honestly can’t say if anything has been lost in translation. From what I can see, the translators have done an amazing job - the dialogues are witty and amusing, and remarkably true to the canon. When I read the Czech version months ago, it was thanks to Google Translate - a bit tedious, but all right to get the gist - obviously, I missed the clever quips that the English version has now captured. I am very, very impressed. In any case, offers of translations in other languages have started flowing in (and this, before the book is out - can you imagine what it’s going to be like when it is actually out?) - so if you speak neither Czech nor English, do not fret. Go ahead and take a look…and then ask Steve if your language is on his list yet.

You can’t afford to miss this. Still need more reason? Here are a few:

To the Sherlockians out there, I say - this is the most gorgeous and intelligent adaptation of “A Scandal in Bohemia” I have ever seen. If Sir Arthur could see it, he would be overwhelmed. This is a must-have for the collection of every Sherlockian in the world.  

To the comic-lovers out there, I say - the artwork is immaculate. Rarely would come across such a talented artist. Every panel, every stroke is perfect. You will not be able to take your eyes off, I can guarantee.

To those fond of English literature, I say - the quirky and delightfully twisted literary references will leave you breathless. The more you read, the more you shall spot, and the cleverer you shall feel. 

To the brainiacs, puzzle-lovers and armchair-detectives out there, I say - think yourself smart? Think again…unless you have been able to pick up every single clue Petr has surreptitiously hidden away in plain sight. 


In the end, at the risk of sounding like a teenage-boy-band, I’ll say no matter who you are, what you do or where you’re from, “A Scandal in Bohemia” will leave you stunned, impressed and hungering for the next book. I am rubbing my hands in anticipation…are you?


And last, but not the least, I have to thank
 Ales Kolodrubec, the President of Česká společnost Sherlocka Holmese (the Czech Sherlock Holmes Society), for giving me the opportunity to take a look at Petr’s work. Ales, you are a true Sherlockian!”

221b Baker Street - Sherlock Holmes model to celebrate the launch of the LEGO Sherlock Holmes book series.

LEGO Sherlock Holmes - Video Review

A Scandal in Bohemia – Lego – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 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 Kobo, Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone).

Book 2 in the series in The Red Headed League, and book 3 A Case Of Identity.

Sabrina and Jessica Arrigoni are the lead picture in today’s Sunday Express national newspaper coverage of the Undershaw event yesterday - great photo!
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Sabrina and Jessica Arrigoni are the lead picture in today’s Sunday Express national newspaper coverage of the Undershaw event yesterday - great photo!

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