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The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

sherlock holmes portraitInspired by the original works, several modern authors have written Sherlock Holmes stories, either continuing the saga or taking it into new directions. I’m going to look at some of these in the new few weeks.

Elementary!

sherlock holmesSherlock Holmes is the most frequently portrayed character in movie history. Any Sherlock Holmes fan will be interested in the new movie, either hating it or loving it. The stories do refer to Holmes' study of fencing and martial arts, so the action in the new film does seem warranted. I for one will be rereading some of my favorite stories so that I will be ready for the movie. If you want to read a few of the stories, there are 56 in all.

Good Old Rumpole!

Any of the Rumpole books are a good read. For those of you unfamiliar with Horace Rumpole, he is an English barrister who delights in tormenting judges and helping his clients get a fair trial. Luckily for us, sometimes he gets to solve a mystery! All of the characters are a delight, and there is a lot of humor in each story. His wife, otherwise known as She Who Must Be Obeyed, tells him, "I can always rely on you to be unreliable." I disagree. You can always rely on good old Rumpole to provide an entertaining mystery. You might want to read A Rumpole Christmas now.

Capitol Offense

When I was a kid, I loved watching the old Perry Mason reruns. I'm still a sucker for mysteries that features a lawyer and courtroom scenes. In Captiol Offense, attorney Ben Kincaid has a new client come in.

Half Broke Horses: A True Life Novel

Walls is well known for The Glass Castle which tells the story of her upbringing and her parent's lives. Here she goes further back in the family history.

The Devil You Know

Felix Castor is a London exorcist. Usually the dead leave quietly, but

what The dead Know

I love Laura Lippman's mystery series starring Tess Monaghan, but she has written several stand alone novels.

The Fire Kimono

In The Fire Kimono, Laura Joh Rowland continues her Sano Ichiro series. A long lost cousin of the shogun's is found dead, and Sano is called in to investigate. It turns out his mother was involved with the disappearance of this cousin, during the great fire which consumed the city at that time. Of course, if he can't prove his mother's innocence, Sano and all of his family will be put to death! Another fun entry with details on daily life and customs in ancient Japan.The Fire Kimono

Insanity and Witches

At the very beginning of The Lace Reader, our narrator, Towner Whitney, lets us know that she is "a crazy woman."

Baltimore Blues

Tess Monaghan, a former Baltimore Star reporter, is unemployed now that the newspaper has closed. When her rowing buddy, Rock, becomes the primary suspect in the murder of a local attorney, she agrees to investigate. Baltimore very much comes alive and the character of Tess Monaghan is likable and interesting. Baltimore Blues is the first novel in the Tess Monaghan series and well worth reading. Laura Lippman has won numerous awards for her work, such as the Edgar, Agatha, and Nero Wolfe awards. baltimore blues

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