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Sherlock Holmes

by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle is one of the most unique Sherlock Holmes stories written by someone other than Doyle that I have ever read. The title alone drew me in—I just had to know more. What could Eliza Doolittle have to do with Sherlock Holmes?

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite her declarations that she is not a Consulting detective, Gemma Doyle has proven to be remarkably successful at it. That shouldn’t be too surprising, as Gemma and her great-uncle own the Sherlock Holmes Bookstore and Emporium in West London, Massachusetts, with that same uncle adamant that they are descendants Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It takes considerable will for Gemma to resist the plea by adorable young Lauren Tierney to find her lost kitten, but Gemma proves unable to turn off the astounding observational skills that lead her directly to the appropriately named white kitty Snowball.

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by Terry Ambrose


To much of the world, she’s known as Linda Hein, part owner of Hein & Company Bookstore. But, to those involved with the world of Baker Street West, she’s Mrs. Hudson. This alter ego began when Linda met with her girlfriend, Beth Barnard, for lunch to discuss the Sherlock Holmes stories. These days, Baker Street West is located in the Baker Street Shoppes, which offer a unique Victorian shopping experience, but it wasn’t always that way.

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Why Mary Had to Die

IN THE December 19 ISSUE

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by Kathleen Kaska


If you are a fan of the BBC’s Sherlock series, you might have been upset and shocked when Dr. Watson’s wife, Mary Morstan-Watson, died after taking a bullet for Sherlock in the third episode of 2017, “The Six Thatchers.” Played by Abigail Abbington, this Mary was my all-time favorite portrayal of Dr. Watson’s wife. She had such an impact on the series that I couldn’t imagine her absence.

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by H.B. Lyle


When we think of Victorian London, one or two writers spring to mind: Charles Dickens, obviously, in particular with A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What is more Victorian, more English indeed, than Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson hot footing it through London on the trail of a dastardly crime? But, what few people know is that, almost from the very beginning of his career writing Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle had a deep fascination with America and continued to put it in the Holmes stories again and again.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Lauren Elliott


There are two things that Beyond the Page rare book and curio shop owner Addison Greyborne finds irresistible: mysteries and estate sales. The auction being held at Hill Road House offers both of these, having not only a huge library collection up for sale but also its own myth of residing ghosts.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Since theatre on stage is on hold right now, it seemed like a good time to feature some local actors who have also been acting on our podcast, Mysteryrat’s Maze. This week we chatted with local actor and director Kelly Ventura who has been the voice of several of our episodes. Mysteryrat’s Maze features mystery short stories and first chapters read by local actors.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we have another fun Q and A with a local actor. Henry Montelongo was born and raised in Fresno and is currently playing Watson for the second time in Good Company Players production of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, on stage through February 23.

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Book Mystery Catchup Fun!

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

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by Sandra Murphy
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This week we have a group of mysteries set in the world of books-3 bookstores and a library-Bound for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert, Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower, Bookmarked for Murder: Mystery Bookshop series by VM Burns, and There’s a Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Irene Adler + Professor Moriarty + The King of Bohemia + Dr. John Watson = Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, now playing at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre through February 23.

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by Linda Reid/YS Pascal


Went to see a lovely play at the Geffen last week, Mysterious Circumstances, starring Alan Tudyk as Richard Green and…Sherlock Holmes. One scene especially resonated with me, as Holmes scholar Green is shaken by the sudden rejection and ejection from his fandom by Dame Jean Conan Doyle, sir Arthur’s youngest daughter and heir. Memories abounded…turning the page back to 1983…

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opened this past weekend at the Selma Arts Center. It is a play based on the YA novel of the same name written by Mark Haddon. The play premiered in London in 2012 and I had the pleasure of seeing it in Los Angeles a couple of years ago. I was very excited to get to see it again in Selma.

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by Sandra Murphy


Laura and Reggie are set to get married if only they can escape the paparazzi. Reggie is a barrister and Laura a movie star. Photographers have staked out all the likely venues, are following friends and family, to capture pictures of the wedding for all to see.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Vicki Delany


After an exhausting day manning her uncle’s Cape Cod Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium, Gemma Doyle – well, her Cocker Spaniel Violet, to be exact – spots West London’s Scarlet House lit up in flames. As half owner of the adjacent Mrs. Hudson’s Tearoom, Gemma soon finds herself enlisted in helping to host an emergency auction in order to raise funds to repair the historical museum, as well as donating a copy of The Valley of Fear for the cause.

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