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Friday, January 30, 2015

All-Sherlock Every Five Issues

I'm pleased to report that the latest issue of Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, #15, includes my article called "A Study in Consistency." It examines how the Holmes debut novel, A Study in Scarlet, set the pattern for so much that was to follow.

SHMM is itself consistent. Every fifth issue is devoted entirely to Holmes pastiches, essays, cartoons, and verse, although the magazine generally is more diverse in scope.

Other non-fiction in the latest issue includes "Tuning in Sherlock," an overview of the long history of Sherlock Holmes on the radio, and "Dr. Watson: Action Hero?"

But the magazine is mostly fiction. Issue #15 includes eight short stories about Sherlock Holmes - as many as His Last Bow! The creative range of the stories is fascinating, with clients ranging from Nikola Tessla to Professor Moriarty. You'll also find these tales enlivened by a white python, Jack the Ripper, a birthday party, and a seance.

The history of mystery fiction is littered with the corpses of magazines named for detectives - The Saint, Mike Shayne, Shell Scott, and perhaps more that I've never heard of. I hope that Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine will be around for the long haul.

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