Q and A with Stephen Scarcliffe

Raging – book 2 in The Chemical estate series

My review of both books in The Chemical Estate series will be published next week, however I am excited to be sharing this Q and A session to introduce this very talented author….

Hello Stephen and welcome to MoMoBookDiary blog.

First of all, Stephen, could you please tell us about your latest book, Raging.

Raging picks things up at the end of book 1 in The Chemical Estate series, Pure Angst. 

The Donaldson crime family has been split in two by a power struggle which has left Sean Donaldson and his father Davy out in the cold.

Heroin kingpin Dougie Donaldson continues to rule over the rough housing estate of Muirhouse Edinburgh, with his son George and trusted enforcer Gordon Trevor whilst making sure Sean and brother Davy stay in their boxes.

Billy Wright, the areas rising star is planning to exit the underworld in order to coincide with the pending birth of his first child with girlfriend Lyndsay. He is determined to provide his kid a better life than he was afforded growing up. Whilst making as much money from his flourishing ecstasy ring in the time he has left so that they have enough money to start anew, well away from Edinburgh’s ghettos. 

Things get complicated for all parties concerned when someone torches one of Dougie Donaldson’s taxis, with the finger of blame pointed firmly at Billy. What ensues is an escalating turf war that puts George at loggerheads with Billy and the rest of his childhood pals, as Billy’s escape plans are threatened.

Meanwhile, as the chaos unravels on the streets, Sean Donaldson plots from the shadows to shift the balance of power in Muirhouse by any means necessary, hellbent on revenge against uncle Dougie for the brutal events of book one that left his father Davy with two shattered hands and a metal knee. 

Where do you find the inspiration for your novels?

I often find inspiration from dark stories featuring troubled self-destructive protagonists plagued with inner demons. A lot of my inspiration comes from the experiences I had in my upbringing, and the characters I knew, much of which is channeled into my stories.

What advice would you give to someone considering taking the plunge and attempting to write their first novel?

Don’t be in a hurry to hit publish. Take your time, hone your manuscript, use the services of a literary consultant to ensure you are doing all the right things, and research the different publishing options available to ensure you choose the right option for you. 

If your book was made into a film or TV series who would you cast?

I like the idea of auditioning and casting authentic guys from the scheme speaking in proper Edinburgh dialect. That said, I have always thought Bob Carlyle would make a great Davy Donaldson. I also reckon Mark Bonnar who just played the lead in Guilt on BBC Scotland would be a shoe-in for the corrupt DCI Ronnie Slater. 

Who is your writing hero?

Charles Bukowski

Which book do you wish you had written?

The Devil of Nanking by Mo Hayder or Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh.

If you could have a dinner party and invite three other writers (living or dead), who would you invite?

Charles Bukowski, Roald Dahl, and Irvine Welsh.


A bloody turf war is raging between the shellsuit gangsters and the Donaldsons, while the family outcasts look to take advantage of the disorder on the streets…Who torched Dougie Donaldson’s taxi? Why are the bodies piling up in the high rises? Why is a scorned figure from the past poking his nose into everyone’s business?

As things escalate, Billy Wright is forced to question who is plotting against him as he is dragged even deeper into the world he is trying to escape.

George Donaldson is sucked into a bitter feud with childhood pals that forces him to answer serious doubts around his loyalties and Sean Donaldson schemes to shift the balance of power in Muirhouse, hellbent on revenge against the uncle who has frozen him out of the family drug business.

Will Billy fulfil the promise he made to girlfriend Lyndsay and leave the life of crime behind as fatherhood approaches?

Can George successfully defend his old man’s territory in the face of mounting adversity?

Is there any line Sean won’t cross in his quest for supremacy?

Raging is a gritty slice of 90s North Edinburgh crime noir, which forms the second of the Chemical Estate book series.


Stephen Scarcliffe

Introducing Stephen Scarcliffe…

Growing up around the north of Edinburgh where the Chemical Estate book series is set lends first-hand experience and authenticity to both the story and its characters. 

Around 14 years ago, and 4 pints (or more) down, I bumped into a certain Irvine Welsh in a pub in Edinburgh city centre. After giving him a copy of a short story I had written, I received a really encouraging email that spurred me on to write a novel. The process was extended somewhat by spending 10 years as the singer-songwriter for Edinburgh Alt-rock band The Number 9s, before opting to turn my main focus to writing. Two books in now with number 3 in development I hope to continue for many years to come. 

You can keep up to date with details of new releases and plenty more by signing up for my mailing list at www.stephenscarcliffe.co.uk. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   



Everyone’s invited
Everyone’s a suspect

*Harper Collins


In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.


I enjoyed every minute of this psychological thriller. It is a modern version of the old classic who-done-it crime novel but with a brilliant modern twist.

The author describes the setting, a remote hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, beautifully and with such detail you feel like you are there watching from behind a tree. I have travelled and visited many areas in the Highlands and the author talks of the bleak, forbidding wintry landscape in a way that I could picture in my mind many of the places I have visited previously which made this much more real of a tale for me personally.

The group, mostly longstanding close friends who attended Oxford University together, have gathered annually to celebrate the New Year. The book begins on New Year’s Day 2019 when gamekeeper and lodge manager discover a missing guest on the estate. The story then goes back and forth over the days since the groups arrival at the lodge slowly revealing dark secrets each of the ‘close friends’ are hiding.

Lucy Foley has created this thrilling atmospheric crime mystery. The chilling air of menace, the setting, the blizzard conditions and the secrets being kept by each guest – none of which would win awards for the most likeable characters ever known!

This was a fantastic murder mystery which I highly recommend. Since reading on the Pigeonhole app I have now purchased a paperback copy so I can read it all over again – in a single sitting!

My sincere thanks to THE PIGEONHOLE and HARPER COLLINS for the opportunity to read and review ‘THE HUNTING PARTY’ by Lucy Foley. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com


  • TITLE: The Hunting Party
  • AUTHOR: Lucy Foley
  • PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 24 January 2019
  • LENGTH: 407 pages (paperback)



Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.

Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.


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🎄 Entertaining Angels 🎄 by M.J. Logue

A Christmas Novella


Winter, 1660.

Retired from the Army after twenty years of service, Major Thankful Russell’s whole life till now has been made up of war and intelligence. And now in peacetime, he suspects no more war and, on current showing, precious little intelligence.

The idea of spending Christmas surrounded by drunkenness and debauchery at His Majesty’s court is more than he can bear – and so he begs leave, to spend a quiet family Christmas at home.

The problem is, he doesn’t have a family. And nor, with his scarred face and his shyness, does he ever expect to have one.

But when an accident of fate returns him to the only place he’s ever called home, it’s down to his old commanding officer’s daughter to teach him that not everyone sets so high a value on the outer wrapping of the most precious gift of all….


This is not my normal read but something drew my attention to it and I downloaded it a couple of years ago.  I enjoyed it at the time and I read it again this past weekend and it was as good as I remembered.

Entertaining Angels is a lovely tale of sensitivity and kindness.

Whilst this is described as a Christmas story, and does takes place around Christmas it is a touching story about a broken man, and his gradual recovery through the love of a family.


  • TITLE: Entertaining Angels: A Christmas Novella
  • AUTHOR: MJ Logue
  • PUBLISHER: Rosemary Tree Press
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 24 October 2016
  • FORMAT: ebook
  • LENGTH: 72 pages




MJ Logue is a writer, mad cake lady, re-enactor, historian.

Been slightly potty about the clankier side of Ironside for around 20 years, and lists amongst my heroes in this unworthy world Sir Thomas Fairfax, Elizabeth Cromwell and John Webster (for his sense of humour.)

When not purveying historically-accurate cake to various re-enactment groups across the country, M.J. Logue can usually be discovered practising in her garden with a cavalry backsword.

Often to be found loitering, in an ill-tempered manner, at A Sweet Disorder (www.asweetdisorder.com) – dp along and pass unhelpful remarks!

You can interact with MJ Logue on her websiteTwitter, Goodreads and Amazon






The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XI Some Untold Cases (1880-1891)

Part XI – Some Untold Cases (1880-1891)

Part XI: 1880-1891 includes contributions from:
Jayantika Ganguly, Will Murray, Tracy Revels, Hugh Ashton, Matthew Simmonds, David Ruffle, Paul W. Nash, Mike Hogan, Craig Stephen Copland, Gayle Lange Puhl, Deanna Baran, Leslie Charteris and Denis Green, Roger Riccard, Robert Perret, Kevin P. Thornton, Stephen Herczeg, and M.A. Wilson and Richard Dean Starr, and a poem by Arlene Mantin Levy and Mark Levy.

Buying Link: viewbook.at/MXHolmesStoriesPartXI

The Stories

  • The Most Repellant Man – Jayantika Ganguly
  • The Singular Adventure of the Extinguished Wicks – Will Murray
  • Mrs Forrester’s Complication – Roger Riccard
  • The Adventure of Vittoria, the Circus belle – Tracy Revels
  • The Adventure of the Silver Skull – Hugh Ashton
  • The Pimlico Poisoner – Matthew Simmonds
  • The Grosvenor Squae Furniture Van – David Ruffle
  • The Adventure of the Paradol Chamber – Paul W. Nash
  • The Bishopgate Affair – Mike Hogan
  • The Singular Tragedy of the Atkinson rothers at Trincomalee – Craig Stephen Copland
  • Colonel Warburton’s Madness – Gayle Lange Puhl
  • The Adventure at Bellingbeck Park – Deanna Baran
  • The Giant Rat of Sumatra – Leslie Charteris & Denis Green
  • The Vatican Cameos – Kevin P. Thornton
  • The Case of the Gila Monster – Stephen Herczeg
  • The Bogus Laundry Affair – Robert Perret
  • Inspector Lestrade and the Molesey Mystery – M.A. Wilson and Richard Dean Starr

About The Contributors:

Hugh Ashton was born in the U.K., and moved to Japan in 1988, where he remained until 2016, living with his wife Yoshiko in the historic city of Kamakura, a little to the south of Yokohama. He and Yoshiko have now moved to Lichfield, a small cathedral city in the Midlands of the U.K., the birthplace of Samuel Johnson, and one-time home of Erasmus Darwin. In the past, he has worked in the technology and financial services industries, which have provided him with material for some of his books set in the 21st century. He currently works as a writer: Novelist, freelance editor, and copywriter, (his work for large Japanese corporations has appeared in international business journals), and journalist, as well as producing industry reports on various aspects of the financial services industry. Recently, however, his lifelong interest in Sherlock Holmes has developed into an acclaimed series of adventures featuring the world’s most famous detective, written in the style of the originals, and published by Inknbeans Press. In addition to these, he has also published historical and alternate historical novels, short stories, and thrillers. Together with artist Andy Boerger, he has produced the Sherlock Ferret series of stories for children, featuring the world’s cutest detective.

Deanna Baran lives in a remote part of Texas where cowboys may still be seen in their natural habitat. A librarian and former museum curator, she writes in between cups of tea, playing Go, and trading postcards with people around the world. This is her latest venture into the foggy streets of gaslit London.

Brian Belanger is a publisher and editor, but is best known for his freelance illustration and cover design work. His distinctive style can be seen on several MX Publishing covers, including Silent Meridian by Elizabeth Crowen, Sherlock Holmes and the Menacing Melbournian by Allan Mitchell, Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt by David Marcum, Welcome to Undershaw by Luke Benjamen Kuhns, and many more. Brian is the co-founder of Belanger Books LLC, where he illustrates the popular MacDougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes young reader series (#1 bestsellers on Amazon.com UK). A prolific creator, he also designs t-shirts, mugs, stickers, and other merchandise on his personal art site: http://www.redbubble.com/people/zhahadun.

Leslie Charteris was born in Singapore on May 12th, 1907. With his mother and brother, he moved to England in 1919 and attended Rossall School in Lancashire before moving on to Cambridge University to study law. His studies there came to a halt when a publisher accepted his first novel. His third one, entitled Meet the Tiger, was written when he was twenty years old and published in September 1928. It introduced the world to Simon Templar, aka The Saint. He continued to write about The Saint until 1983 when the last book, Salvage for The Saint, was published. The books, which have been translated into over thirty languages, number nearly a hundred and have sold over fortymillion copies around the world. They’ve inspired, to date, fifteen feature films, three television series, ten radio series, and a comic strip that was written by Charteris and syndicated around the world for over a decade. He enjoyed travelling, but settled for long periods in Hollywood, Florida, and finally in Surrey, England. He was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger by the Crime Writers’ Association in 1992, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement. He died the following year.

Ian Dickerson was just nine years old when he discovered The Saint. Shortly after that, he discovered Sherlock Holmes. The Saint won, for a while anyway. He struck up a friendship with The Saint’s creator, Leslie Charteris and his family. With their permission, he spent six weeks studying the Leslie Charteris collection at Boston University and went on to write, direct, and produce documentaries on the making of The Saint and Return of The Saint, which have been released on DVD. He oversaw the recent reprints of almost fifty of the original Saint books in both the US and UK, and was a coproducer on the 2017 TV movie of The Saint. When he discovered that Charteris had written Sherlock Holmes stories as well – well, there was the excuse he needed to revisit The Canon. He’s consequently written and edited three books on Holmes’ radio adventures. For the sake of what little sanity he has, Ian has also written about a wide range of subjects, none of which come with a halo, including talking mashed potatoes, Lord Grade, and satellite links. Ian lives in Hampshire with his wife and two children. And an awful lot of books by Leslie Charteris. Not quite so many by Conan Doyle, though.

Craig Stephen Copland confesses that he discovered Sherlock Holmes when, sometime in the muddled early 1960’s, he pinched his older brother’s copy of the immortal stories and was forever afterward thoroughly hooked. He is very grateful to his high school English teachers in Toronto who inculcated in him a love of literature and writing, and even inspired him to be an English major at the University of Toronto. There he was blessed to sit at the feet of both Northrup Frye and Marshall McLuhan, and other great literary professors, who led him to believe that he was called to be a high school English teacher. It was his good fortune to come to his pecuniary senses, abandon that goal, and pursue a varied professional career that took him to over one-hundred countries and endless adventures. He considers himself to have been and to continue to be one of the luckiest men on God’s good earth. A few years back he took a step in the direction of Sherlockian studies and joined the Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada – also known as The Toronto Bootmakers. In May of 2014, this esteemed group of scholars announced a contest for the writing of a new Sherlock Holmes mystery. Although he had never tried his hand at fiction before, Craig entered and was pleasantly surprised to be selected as one of the winners. Having enjoyed the experience, he decided to write more of the same, and is now on a mission to write a new Sherlock Holmes mystery that is related to and inspired by each of the sixty stories in the original Canon. He currently lives and writes in Toronto, Buenos Aires, New York, and the Okanagan Valley and looks forward to finally settling down when he turns ninety.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Holmes Chronicler Emeritus. If not for him, this anthology would not exist. Author, physician, patriot, sportsman, spiritualist, husband and father, and advocate for the oppressed. He is remembered and honored for the purposes of this collection by being the man who introduced Sherlock Holmes to the world. Through fifty-six Holmes short stories, four novels, and additional Apocryphal entries, Doyle revolutionized mystery stories and also greatly influenced and improved police forensic methods and techniques for the betterment of all. Steel True Blade Straight.

Steve Emecz’s main field is technology, in which he has been working for about twenty years. Following multiple senior roles at Xerox, where he grew their European eCommerce from $6m to $200m, Steve joined platform provider Venda, and moved across to Powa in 2010. Today, Steve is CCO at collectAI in Hamburg, a German fintech company using Artificial Intelligence to help companies with their debt collection. Steve is a regular trade show speaker on the subject of eCommerce, and his tech career has taken him to more than fifty countries – so he’s no stranger to planes and airports. He wrote two novels (one a bestseller) in the 1990’s, and a screenplay in 2001. Shortly after, he set up MX Publishing, specialising in NLP books. In 2008, MX published its first Sherlock Holmes book, and MX has gone on to become the largest specialist Holmes publisher in the world. MX is a social enterprise and supports two main causes. The first is Happy Life, a children’s rescue project in Nairobi, Kenya, where he and his wife, Sharon, spend every Christmas at the rescue centre in Kasarani. In 2014, they wrote a short book about the project, The Happy Life Story. The second is the Stepping Stones School, of which Steve is a patron. Stepping Stones is located at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home.

Lyndsay Faye BSI, ASH is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books, including the Sherlockian volumes Dust and Shadow, about Sherlock Holmes’s attempt to hunt down Jack the Ripper, and The Whole Art of Detection, containing fifteen Holmes adventures. Additionally, she has written The Gods of Gotham, which was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, Seven for a Secret, The Fatal Flame, Jane Steele, and the forthcoming The Paragon Hotel. Faye, a true New Yorker in the sense that she was born elsewhere, lives in New York city with her husband, Gabriel.

Mark A. Gagen BSI is co-founder of Wessex Press, sponsor of the popular From Gillette to Brett conferences, and publisher of The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library and many other fine Sherlockian titles. A life-long Holmes enthusiast, he is a member of The Baker Street Irregulars and The Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis. A graphic artist by profession, his work is often seen on the covers of The Baker Street Journal and various BSI books.

Jayantika Ganguly BSI is the General Secretary and Editor of the Sherlock Holmes Society of India, a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, and the Czech Sherlock Holmes Society. She is the author of The Holmes Sutra (MX 2014). She is a corporate lawyer working with one of the Big Six law firms.

Melissa Granger, Executive Head Teacher of Stepping Stones School, is driven by a passion to open the doors to learners with complex and layered special needs that just make society feel two steps too far away. Based on the Surrey/Hampshire border in England, her time is spent between relocating a great school into the prestigious home of Conan Doyle, and her two children, dogs, and horses, so there never a dull moment.

Denis Green was born in London, England in April 1905. He grew up mostly in London’s Savoy Theatre where his father, Richard Green, was a principal in many Gilbert and Sullivan productions, A Flying Officer with RAF until 1924, he then spent four years managing a tea estate in North India before making his stage debut in Hamlet with Leslie Howard in 1928. He made his first visit to America in 1931 and established a respectable stage career before appearing in films – including minor roles in the first two Rathbone and Bruce Holmes films – and developing a career in front of and behind the microphone during the golden age of radio. Green and Leslie Charteris met in 1938 and struck up a lifelong friendship. Always busy, be it on stage, radio, film or television, Green passed away at the age of fifty in New York.

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) was born in Leeds, England. His amazing paintings, usually featuring twilight or night scenes illuminated by gas-lamps or moonlight, are easily recognizable, and are often used on the covers of books about The Great Detective to set the mood, as shadowy figures move in the distance through misty mysterious settings and over rain-slicked streets.

Stephen Herczeg is an IT Geek, writer, actor, and film-maker based in Canberra Australia. He has been writing for over twenty years and has completed a couple of dodgy novels, sixteen feature length screenplays, and numerous short stories and scripts.  Stephen was very successful in 2017’s International Horror Hotel screenplay competition, with his scripts TITAN winning the Sci-Fi category and Dark are the Woods placing second in the horror category. His work has featured in Sproutlings – A Compendium of Little Fictions from Hunter Anthologies, the Hells Bells Christmas horror anthology published by the Australasian Horror Writers Association, and the Below the Stairs, Trickster’s Treats, Shades of Santa, Behind the Mask, and Beyond the Infinite anthologies from OzHorror.Con, The Body Horror Book, Anemone Enemy, and Petrified Punks from Oscillate Wildly Press, and Sherlock Holmes In the Realms of H.G. Wells and Sherlock Holmes: Adventures Beyond the Canon from Belanger Books.

Mike Hogan (with a story in Part XII as well!) writes mostly historical novels and short stories, many set in Victorian London and featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. He read the Conan Doyle stories at school with great enjoyment, but hadn’t thought much about Sherlock Holmes until, having missed the Granada/Jeremy Brett TV series when it was originally shown in the eighties, he came across a box set of videos in a street market and was hooked on Holmes again. He started writing Sherlock Holmes pastiches several years ago, having great fun re-imagining situations for the Conan Doyle characters to act in. The relationship between Holmes and Watson fascinates him as one of the great literary friendships. (He’s also a huge admirer of Patrick O’Brian’s AubreyMaturin novels). Like Captain Aubrey and Doctor Maturin, Holmes and Watson are an odd couple, differing in almost every facet of their characters, but sharing a common sense of decency and a common humanity. Living with Sherlock Holmes can’t have been easy, and Mike enjoys adding a stronger vein of “pawky humour” into the Conan Doyle mix, even letting Watson have the second-to-last word on occasions. His books include Sherlock Holmes and the Scottish Question, the forthcoming The Gory Season – Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and the Thames Torso Murders and the Sherlock Holmes & Young Winston 1887 Trilogy (The Deadwood Stage; The Jubilee Plot; and The Giant Moles), He has also written the following short story collections: Sherlock Holmes: Murder at the Savoy and Other Stories, Sherlock Holmes: The Skull of Kohada Koheiji and Other Stories, and Sherlock Holmes: Murder on the Brighton Line and Other Stories. http://www.mikehoganbooks.com

Roger Johnson BSI, ASH is a retired librarian, now working as a volunteer assistant at the Essex Police Museum. In his spare time, he is commissioning editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal, an occasional lecturer, and a frequent contributor to The Writings About the Writings. His sole work of Holmesian pastiche was published in 1997 in Mike Ashley’s anthology The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures, and he has the greatest respect for the many authors who have contributed new tales to the present mighty trilogy. Like his wife, Jean Upton, he is a member of both The Baker Street Irregulars and The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes.

Arlene Mantin Levy RN retired to Colorado in 2015. She practiced as a Critical Care/Trauma Specialist for thirty-eight years in Miami, Florida. During the last four years in Florida, she was a member of the scion Tropical Deerstalkers, and since moving to Evergreen, she and husband Mark are members of the scion Dr. Watson’s Neglected Patients.

Mark Levy BSI is an intellectual property attorney and a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from NYU Polytechnic University, a J.D. degree from New York Law School, and an M.A. degree in creative writing from Wilkes University. His passion is writing. He has contributed articles or letters to The Baker Street Journal, The New York Times, The Mensa Bulletin, The Skeptical Inquirer, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Videomaker Magazine, and The Journal of Irreproducible Results. His short, humorous essays are broadcast on the public radio show, Weekend Radio, and a collection of those polymathic essays, Trophy Envy.

David Marcum (who also has a story in Volume III) plays The Game with deadly seriousness. He first discovered Sherlock Holmes in 1975, at the age of ten, when he received an abridged version of The Adventures during a trade. Since that time, David has collected literally thousands of traditional Holmes pastiches in the form of novels, short stories, radio and television episodes, movies and scripts, comics, fan-fiction, and unpublished manuscripts. He is the author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes Vol.’s I and II (2011, 2013), Sherlock Holmes and A Quantity of Debt (2013, 2016), Sherlock Holmes – Tangled Skeins (2015, 2017), and The Papers of Solar Pons (2017). Additionally, he is the editor of the three-volume set Sherlock Holmes in Montague Street (2014, recasting Arthur Morrison’s Martin Hewitt stories as early Holmes adventures,), the two-volume collection of Great Hiatus stories, Holmes Away From Home (2016), Sherlock Holmes: Before Baker Street (2017), Imagination Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes (2017), the authorized eight-volume reissues of the Solar Pons stories, the three-volume set of Canonical Sequels Sherlock Holmes: Adventures Beyond the Canon, and a number of forthcoming volumes including a Solar Anthology and the complete Dr. Thorndyke adventures. Additionally, he is the creator and editor of the ongoing collection, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015-   ), now at twelve volumes, with another in preparation as of this writing. He has contributed stories, essays, and scripts to The Baker Street Journal, The Strand Magazine, The Watsonian, Beyond Watson, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, About Sixty, About Being a Sherlockian, The Solar Pons Gazette, Imagination Theater, The Proceedings of the Pondicherry Lodge, and The Gazette, the journal of the Nero Wolfe Wolfe Pack. He began his adult work life as a Federal Investigator for an obscure U.S. Government agency, before the organization was eliminated. He returned to school for a second degree, and is now a licensed Civil Engineer, living in Tennessee with his wife and son. He is a member of The Sherlock Holmes Society of London, The Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem (The Engineer’s Thumb”), The Occupants of the Full House, The Diogenes Club of Washington, D.C., The Tankerville Club (all Scions of The Baker Street Irregulars), The Sherlock Holmes Society of India (as a Patron), The John H. Watson Society (“Marker”), The Praed Street Irregulars (“The Obrisset Snuff Box”), The Solar Pons Society of London, and The Diogenes Club West (East Tennessee Annex), a curious and unofficial Scion of one. Since the age of nineteen, he has worn a deerstalker as his regular-and-only hat from autumn to spring. In 2013, he and his deerstalker were finally able make his first trip-of-a-lifetime Holmes Pilgrimage to England, with return Pilgrimages in 2015 and 2016, where you may have spotted him. If you ever run into him and his deerstalker out and about, feel free to say hello!

Will Murray is the author of over seventy novels, including forty Destroyer novels and seven posthumous Doc Savage collaborations with Lester Dent, under the name Kenneth Robeson, for Bantam Books in the 1990’s. Since 2011, he has written fourteen additional Doc Savage adventures for Altus Press, two of which co-starred The Shadow, as well as a solo Pat Savage novel. His 2015 Tarzan novel, Return to Pal-Ul-Don, was followed by King Kong vs. Tarzan in 2016. Murray has written short stories featuring such classic characters as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, the Hulk, Honey West, the Spider, the Avenger, the Green Hornet, the Phantom, and Cthulhu. A previous Murray Sherlock Holmes story appeared in Moonstone’s Sherlock Holmes: The Crossovers Casebook, and another is forthcoming in Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not, involving H. P. Lovecraft’s Dr. Herbert West. Additionally, his “The Adventure of the Glassy Ghost” appeared in The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part VIII – Eliminate the Impossible: 1892-1905.

Paul W. Nash is a librarian, bibliographer, and printing historian. He has worked at the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Library in London and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and is currently editor of The Journal of the Printing Historical Society. He writes fiction and composes music as a relaxation.

Sidney Paget (1860-1908), a few of whose illustrations are used within this anthology, was born in London, and like his two older brothers, became a famed illustrator and painter. He completed over three-hundred-and-fifty drawings for the Sherlock Holmes stories that were first published in The Strand magazine, defining Holmes’s image forever after in the public mind.

Robert Perret is a writer, librarian, and devout Sherlockian living on the Palouse. His Sherlockian publications include “The Canaries of Clee Hills Mine” in An Improbable Truth: The Paranormal Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, “For King and Country” in The Science of Deduction, and “How Hope Learned the Trick” in NonBinary Review. He considers himself to be a pan-Sherlockian and a one-man Scion out on the lonely moors of Idaho. Robert has recently authored a yet-unpublished scholarly article tentatively entitled “A Study in Scholarship: The Case of the Baker Street Journal’. More information is available at http://www.robertperret.com

Gayle Lange Puhl has been a Sherlockian since Christmas of 1965. She has had articles published in The Devon County Chronicle, The Baker Street Journal, and The Serpentine Muse, plus her local newspaper. She has created Sherlockian jewelry, a 2006 calendar entitled “If Watson Wrote For TV”, and has painted a limited series of Holmes-related nesting dolls. She co-founded the scion Friends of the Great Grimpen Mire and the Janesville, Wisconsin-based The Original Tree Worshipers. In January 2016, she was awarded the “Outstanding Creative Writer” award by the Janesville Art Alliance for her first book Sherlock Holmes and the Folk Tale Mysteries. She is semi-retired and lives in Evansville, Wisconsin. Ms. Puhl has one daughter, Gayla, and four grandchildren.

Tracy J. Revels, a Sherlockian from the age of eleven, is a professor of history at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is a member of The Survivors of the Gloria Scott and The Studious Scarlets Society, and is a past recipient of the Beacon Society Award. Almost every semester, she teaches a class that covers The Canon, either to college students or to senior citizens. She is also the author of three supernatural Sherlockian pastiches with MX (Shadowfall, Shadowblood, and Shadowwraith), and a regular contributor to her scion’s newsletter. She also has some notoriety as an author of very silly skits: For proof, see “The Adventure of the Adversarial Adventuress” and “Occupy Baker Street” on YouTube. When not studying Sherlock, she can be found researching the history of her native state, and has written books on Florida in the Civil War and on the development of Florida’s tourism industry.

Roger Riccard of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., is a descendant of the Roses of Kilravock in Highland Scotland. He is the author of two previous Sherlock Holmes novels, The Case of the Poisoned Lilly and The Case of the Twain Papers, a series of short stories in two volumes, Sherlock Holmes: Adventures for the Twelve Days of Christmas and Further Adventures for the Twelve Days of Christmas, and the new series A Sherlock Holmes Alphabet of Cases, all of which are published by Baker Street Studios. He has another novel and a non-fiction Holmes reference work in various stages of completion. He became a Sherlock Holmes enthusiast as a teenager (many, many years ago), and, like all fans of The Great Detective, yearned for more stories after reading The Canon over and over. It was the Granada Television performances of Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke, and the encouragement of his wife, Rosilyn, that at last inspired him to write his own Holmes adventures, using the Granada actor portrayals as his guide. He has been called “The best pastiche writer since Val Andrews” by the Sherlockian ETimes.

David Ruffle was born in Northamptonshire in England a long, long time ago. He has lived in the beautiful town of Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast for the last twelve years. His first foray into writing was the 2009 self-published, Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror. This was swiftly followed by two more Holmes novellas set in Lyme, and a Holmes children’s book, Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Snowman. Since then, there has been four further Holmes novellas, including the critically acclaimed End Peace, three contemporary comedies, and a slim volume detailing the life of Jack the Ripper. When not writing, he can be found working in a local shop, ‘acting’ in local productions, and occasionally performing poetry locally. To come next year is Sherlock Holmes and the Scarborough Affair, a collaboration with Gill Stammers, in which David is very much the junior partner.

Hailing from Bedford, in the South East of England, Matthew Simmonds has been a confirmed devotee of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation since first watching Jeremy Brett’s incomparable portrayal of the world’s first consulting detective, on a Tuesday evening in April, 1984, while curled up on the sofa with his father. He has written numerous short stories, and his first novel, Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of The Pigtail Twist, was published in 2018. A sequel is nearly complete, which he hopes to publish in the near future. Matthew currently co-owns Harrison & Simmonds, the fifth generation family business, a renowned County tobacconist, pipe and gift shop on Bedford High Street.

Richard Dean Starr has written or edited more than two-hundred articles, columns, stories, books, comics, screenplays, and graphic novels since the age of seventeen. His original fiction and non-fiction has appeared in magazines and newspapers as varied as Cemetery Dance, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Southeast Georgian, The Camden County Tribune, Suspense Magazine, and Starlog. His licensed media tie-in stories have appeared in anthologies including Hellboy: Odder Jobs, Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook, Tales of Zorro, The Lone Ranger Chronicles, and The Green Hornet Casebook, just to name a few. In addition, Starr co-authored Unnaturally Normal, the first Kolchak: The Night Stalker/Dan Shamble: Zombie P.I. team up comic book with New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, and co-edited the Captain Action comics line with Matthew Baugh. As a recognized film industry script consultant, Starr has contributed to feature motion pictures starring acclaimed actors including Malcolm McDowell, Tom Sizemore, Amber Tamblyn, Haley Joel Osment, Costas Mandylor, Robert Culp, Richmond Arquette, and Zach Galifianakis, among others.

Kevin P. Thornton has experienced a Taliban rocket attack in Kabul and a terrorist bombing in Johannesburg. He lives in Fort McMurray, Alberta, the town that burnt down in 2016. He has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers of Canada Unhanged writing award six times. He’s never won. He was also a finalist for best short story in 2014 – the year Margaret Atwood entered. We’re not saying he has luck issues, but don’t bet on his stock tips. Born in Kenya, Kevin was a child in New Zealand, a student and soldier in Africa, a military contractor in Afghanistan, a forklift driver in Ontario, and an oilfield worker in North Western Canada. He writes poems that start out just fine, but turn ruder and cruder over time. From limerick to doggerel, they earn less than bugger-all, even though they all manage to rhyme. He also likes writing about Sherlock Holmes and dislikes writing about himself in the third person.

Marcia Wilson is a freelance researcher and illustrator who likes to work in a style compatible for the color blind and visually impaired. She is Canon-centric, and her first MX offering, You Buy Bones, uses the point-of-view of Scotland Yard to show the unique talents of Dr. Watson. This continued with the publication of Test of the Professionals: The Adventure of the Flying Blue Pidgeon and The Peaceful Night Poisonings. She can be contacted at: gravelgirty.deviantart.com

A Miracle on Hope Street by Emma Heatherington

Remember the true meaning of Christmas with this heartfelt and beautiful novel from bestselling author Emma Heatherington.

Can a single act of kindness change a life forever?


A lovely Christmas story. A book that brings home the true spirit of Christmas.

I had not read Emma Heatherington before but I was drawn to the cover image and blurb of this book.  I am jumping in with both feet for Christmas stories this year so grabbing anything I can get my hands on.

It was marvellous.  It was compelling. It was heartwarming. It causes you to think of those around you. None of us know what is really going on in someone else’s life. I found it a very emotional but uplifting journey.

It is an easy read with excellent characters and plot that gets you thinking as you read. There is a strong sense of friendship and of hope.  I would recommend this book – take a chance on something different, you won’t be disappointed.


  • TITLE: A Miracle on Hope Street
  • AUTHOR: Emma Heatherington
  • PUBLISHER: HarperImpulse
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 28 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780007568840
  • FORMAT: ebook


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May I Have Your Attention Please? by James Corden

The Autobiography

As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him.
Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London, getting closer and closer to landing a gig, only to be told ‘No’ at the last stage. But he never gave up and soon found his whole life turned upside down and inside out by his experience as one Alan Bennett’s History Boys. From that moment forth, he’s never looked back.
May I Have Your Attention Please? is the warm, cheeky, surprisingly honest and hilarious story of one of our most popular comedy talents. From his antics as one of the founding players of his high-school’s first ever rugby team to gaining recognition in the West End, to nationwide fame as the loveably loud Smithy in the award-winning Gavin and Stacey, this is a tenderly told story of what it’s like to try, try and try again and – happily – get there in the end.


Highly recommended listening!

I loved every minute of this audiobook.  James Corden narrates which makes it feel like he is telling you the story on a one-to-one basis which is amazing!!

Before listening I had only seen James on his game show on Sky TV but since then I have watched every episode of Gavin & Stacey and rate him even higher now.

If you like James, you will love listening to this wonderful story of his life up until 2010…. there is so much more to know now so hopefully there will be a follow up book coming soon!

  • TITLE: May I Have Your Attention Please
  • AUTHOR: James Corden
  • PUBLISHER: Random House AudioBooks
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 29 September 2011
  • FORMAT: Audiobook
  • NARRATOR: James Corden






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Happy Publication Day Caroline Bertaud

Until yesterday, twenty-one-year-old Phoenix Collins had it all figured out: she was going to live forever. Not literally of course; nobody lives forever—she knows that, she’s learned it the hard way—but bearing a mythical name had convinced her that someday she’d have a fresh start, her life back on track.

Therefore, when she wakes up in a hospital bed to learn that she has twenty-four hours to live, she’s utterly confused, if not in complete denial. A big scar stretches across her stomach, but she has no recollection of the previous days’ events.

As she races against the clock, anger and frustration threatening to overtake everything in their way, Phoenix crosses paths with Gabriel, a young widower. Meeting him completely upends her plans to figure out why she’s dying, for the more she gets to know him, the more she remembers what it really means to live for the day…even if this is the only one she has left.


Read my review of 24 Hours of the Phoenix here

Purchase Links

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Book Details

Release Date: November 3, 2018
Paperback: 327 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1-732865604
ISBN-13: 9781732865600

Kindle Edition:
ISBN: 9781732865617

Epub Edition:
ISBN: 9781732865648

BN ID: 2940161571897

About The Author

Caroline Bertaud’s website https://carolinebertaudbooks.com

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My Name is Anna by Lizzy Barber

Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNA has been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem so familiar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

ROSIE has grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads.Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.

But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?



Exciting and gripping story!

The book is set in the UK and USA and takes a bit of thought to get into the story.  It is told from the point of view of two girls, Anna and Rosie, who experienced very different childhoods from each other.  

I enjoyed the twists running through the book. The story touches on heartbreak, friendship, family, loss and love.  I would highly recommend.

Thank you to NetGalley, Random House UK and Lizzy Barber for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.


  • TITLE: My Name Is Anna
  • AUTHOR: Lizzy Barber
  • PUBLISHER: Random House UK, Cornerstone
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 1 November 2018


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Lizzy Barber studied English at Cambridge University and works as the head of brand and marketing for a restaurant group. Her debut novel, My Name is Anna, was the winner of the Daily Mail crime writing competition and she is currently hard at work on her next thriller. Lizzy lives in London with her husband.

You can find out more about Lizzy Barber on her website and following her on Twitter

Happy Publication Day Laura Barnard

NOW LIVE!  Bagging Alice by Laura Barnard

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Get your copy of the hilarious Bagging Alice, the third standalone in the Babes of Brighton series – mybook.to/BaggingAlice
Head on over to Laura’s Facebook and Instagram pages to enter her HUGE giveaway!


Alice is used to taking photographs for a living – not having intimate pictures of herself posted for all the world to see, thanks to a disgruntled ex-boyfriend. Now her clients are cancelling appointments, and she’s almost out of cash. What else could go wrong? Oh yeah, her room mate has scarpered leaving Alice completely out of luck.

Enter Tom ‘man whore’ Maddens. Having disappointed his father one time too many, he moves to Brighton, ready for a new start. And where better to begin it than in Alice’s newly-vacant spare room? And if he tries to seduce her at the same time? Well he’s just living up to his reputation isn’t he?

But then he didn’t bank on actually falling for her. Will his reputation as a commitment phobe put a stop to any sparks between the pair? Or can Alice put aside her trust issues and take a leap of faith for Tom? 

Although a standalone, if you’d like to check out the first two books in the Babes of Brighton series here they are:

Excess Baggage (Book 1) – mybook.to/ExcessB

Happy Publication Day David Evans

I am so excited to be part of the Book Blog Tour for The Wakefield Series by David Evans.  

My reviews will be published as part of the Blog Tour.

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The Wakefield Series – Book 1 – Trophies by David Evans

When DI Colin Strong interviews a suspect on suspicion of handling stolen goods he’s convinced he’s heard their voice before. Nearly 25 years ago the tape of Wearside Jack taunted West Yorkshire Police and his suspect fits the profile.

Then the body of a known burglar shows up and a mysterious metal case is discovered at the scene.

Strong turns to his close friend, journalist Bob Souter, and embarks on an awkward alliance to probe areas he is unable to explore.

As the murder suspects start to disappear Strong must discover just who the shadowy figure inciting fear and panic amongst those he encounters is.

Strong wants to bring a murderer to justice and Souter is hungry for a story.

Who will get to the truth first and can their friendship remain intact?

Trophies is available from Amazon: getbook.at/Trophies

The Wakefield Series – Book 2 – Torment by David Evans

A message left in error on a young woman’s answerphone is the catalyst for uncovering some dark deeds.

Three young women are missing; luxury cars are being stolen; and just what did happen to two young schoolgirls, missing since the 1980’s?

DI Strong and journalist, Bob Souter are drawn into murky and dangerous worlds in this second book in the Wakefield Series.

Torment is available from Amazon: getbook.at/Torment

The Wakefield Series – Book 3 – Talisman by David Evans

Following a fire in a terraced house, the body of a prominent lawyer, Charles Chamberlain, is found naked and shackled to a bed frame.

Six weeks earlier, DI Colin Strong is investigating the sudden death of a transsexual, left undiscovered in the bath for over a year. Initially, it appears to be a tragic death but one mysterious item, a card for the Talisman Club, is found in the bedroom.

Meanwhile, Bob Souter, journalist and close friend of DI Strong, is probing connections between a developer and the council leader in respect of a controversial project when massive European funding is announced. Souter smells a rat and delves further into the scheme.

Is there a link between the bodies and the business deal?

Will Souter or DI Strong crack the case first?

And what exactly is the Talisman Club?

In the third instalment of the Wakefield series, the two men must work together to bring the guilty to justice before time runs out.

Talisman is available from Amazon: getbook.at/Talisman

About The Author…

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David Evans is a Scots-born writer who found his true love as well as his inspiration for his detective series, in Wakefield. Having written all his life, in 2012 he decided to go for it – successfully as the next year, in 2013, he was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award.

The Wakefield Series became an International Bestseller in June 2017 with success in Canada and Australia as well as the UK.

Early 2018 Disposal was published, the first book in the Tendring Series, a new detective series, set in north Essex in the 1970s.

Now, whilst awaiting the fourth book in the Wakefield Series (coming early 2019), the first three books in the Wakefield series have been republished by Orchard View Publications with brand new covers.

David Evans on Social Media

Author Website: http://www.davidevanswriter.co.uk/
Amazon Author Page: author.to/DavidEvans
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/davidevanswriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DavidEwriter