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Sherlock Holmes

Why Mary Had to Die

IN THE December 19 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
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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

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
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by Sandra Murphy
& Cynthia Chow


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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by Kathleen Costa


First published in 2016 with Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Brash Blonde, Gemma Halliday and Kelly Rey teamed up to bring mystery fans a bit of a twist on the Sherlock Holmes franchise.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have been a Sherlock Holmes fan ever since I was a teenager. If it’s something involving Holmes, I will check it out-but I am very picky and they must stay true to the characters.

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by Sandra Murphy



Gemma Doyle and Jayne Wilson own the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop and Emporium on Baker Street. Gemma takes care of the bookshop; Jayne runs Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room in the adjoining space. Gemma is one of those people who notices every little detail and can sometimes be annoying about it without understanding why. Jayne is a good contrast for her as well as being a great baker.

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