|Some of our Sherlockian library|
"Welcome to my library. Just don’t call it a collection.”
Those were the first words of this blog when it debuted on May 28, 2011. A decade later, I suspect you will know what I mean when I say it feels both longer and shorter than 10 years.
I began the blog at the request of Steve Emecz of MX Books when he published my first Holmes-related book, Baker Street Beat. Blogging about The Great Detective seemed an easy task for me, given that I’ve been collecting files on him for 40 years. So I disappeared into our garage to see what we had.
What we had included eleven unpublished, and mostly unpublishable, mystery novels that I had largely forgotten about. But two of them, written in the late 1980s, featured a Sherlockian sleuth that I thought MX might want to bring to light at long last. I updated and wrote them as No Police Like Holmes and Holmes Sweet Holmes, the first two novels in my McCabe-Cody mystery series, published in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
No Ghosts Need Apply, the tenth novel in that series and the twelfth McCabe-Cody overall, will be published this fall. I’ve also committed five novels about Sherlock Holmes. Many other wonderful Sherlockian adventures have happened to Ann and me along the way. And I still manage to put out this blog most weeks. This is my 942nd post.
At the end of that first blog post I wrote, “I know it’s going to be fun for me, and I hope it will be for you as well.” That is still my hope. Thanks for checking in.