Baker Street Beat by Dan Andriacco (MX Publishing, 335 Princess Park Manor, Royal Drive, London N11 3GX; www.mxpublishing.co.uk; £9.99/$16.95/€12.99) is subtitled An Eclectic Collection of Sherlockian Scribblings, which sums up the book rather well. There’s nothing particularly profound or abstruse in its 140 pages. Rather, it gives you the same sort of feeling as when you’re chatting over a drink with a knowledgeable fellow-Holmesian. After explaining how he came to be an enthusiast – his principal allegiance is to the Tankerville Club of Cincinnati – Mr Andriacco tells of his pilgrimage to Reichenbach. He considers the influence of Sherlock Holmes on the methods of John Thorndyke, and lays out sensible rules for the composition of a Holmes story. The reader can then judge how well he follows his rules in ‘The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden’. Another neat story and two radio scripts complete this very pleasant book.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011
London likes Baker Street Beat
I'm very pleased to report that the lead item in the latest issue of "The District Messenger," the newsletter of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, is Roger Johnson's review of my book Baker Street Beat. I'm even more pleased to say that it is quite positive, although brief (as is the book). Here it is in full:
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