Monday, January 24, 2022

Sherlockians and Doyleans: Review


 From Peter Blau
of Sherlockians and Doyleans:

"Timothy Miller’s The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter (Jersey City: Seventh Street, 2022; 264 pp., $17.95) has Sherlock Holmes (using the alias Vernet in Paris in 1890, investigating forgery of great art and eventually the death of Vincent Van Gogh; Vernet is accompanied and assisted by a Dr. Lermolieff (who is not Dr. Watson using an alias), and the tale is imaginative, nicely told, and full of twists and turns.

I hope Miller continues . . . he had great fun with Eliza Doolittle . . . and it will be interesting to see what his next book's about. . ."

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

My 5 favorite art heist films

 You know my new novel is about the murder of Vincent van Gogh. But it's also about a daring art forgery ring, because I love art heist tales.

"The days when you could walk out of the Louvre with the Mona Lisa under your arm are over. There are all sorts of safeguards now—electric eyes, pressure sensors, lasers, which in the movies at least, must usually be overcome by dangling the thieves from the ceiling. I love art-heist stories."

For 5 of my favorite heist films, visit:

Monday, January 17, 2022

What Is Pastiche in Literature, and Why Is Sherlock Holmes Perfect for It?

 "That’s right. Pastiche is a French word, as you may have guessed, but it’s borrowed from the Italian, which literally means macaroni pie. Here are some synonyms, which might give you a clue what we’re up against: clutter, collage, farrago, gallimaufry, litter, mishmash, omnium-gatherum, patch-work, ragbag, and stew."

To read thw rest of the article, go to Writer's Digest:

What is Pastiche?

Foreword review of The Dutch Painter

 "With a compelling central mystery, the novel makes excellent use of familiar historical figures to evoke a complex social world. In addition to its overarching case, the book makes moves to address the “locked-room mystery” of Holmes as a person. "

For more:

Foreword Review

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

The thrill is not gone.

  Obligatory pic of author with second-born book hot off the presses.

May be an image of one or more people, book and text that says 'STRANGE CASE OF THE DUTCH PAINTER'
Whit Neill, Betsy Hannas Morris and 9 others