Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Friday, February 04, 2022
A review/ interview with the Historical Novel Society:
Monday, January 24, 2022
From Peter Blau of Sherlockians and Doyleans:
Monday, January 17, 2022
"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. "
Friday, October 01, 2021
So...it's still available to subscribers only on Booklist, but I have the okay to share with you the first review of
Wednesday, September 08, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
I don't know about other first-time novelists, but I will confess here that in the lonely hours of the night--every night--I scour google for mention of my book, and sometimes I come up with some truly odd ducks. I decided to share one of those I came across last night. It's by one of those many sites that offers your book as a free download. (My publisher assures me that such sites afford you nothing for free except the opportunity to have your information stolen, possibly your credit card, in exchange for a nasty virus. I'm not sure that's true of ALL such sites, but it's a comforting thought.)
The flowery encomiums of my book are lifted from one such site. It is possibly the most fawning review ever written. And I was half-way through the second paragraph, soaking it all in, before I realized the review was not about my book at all, in fact had nothing to do with my book. I was able to elide over "useful information and life tips", but ran up on the reef at "This memoir..."
In case you haven't read my book, it could in no light be mistaken for a memoir...unless you assumed that I was Dr. John Watson.
I assume that this was a real review which has come unmoored from its original book, and been drafted into service for any book you might have been searching for. It's a wonderful review for anyone, as long as you ignore things like nouns and possibly adjectives. As a matter of fact, with a little judicious trimming, this could make boffo advertising copy.
The author beautifully combines beauty and truth in an elegant and effective way..."
Why, it's positively Keatsian!
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Some kind words from:
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021
Somehow I've managed to forget to post a link to Booklist's starred review.
"Suspense, resonant period ambience, vivid and memorable characters, masterful writing based loosely on Conan Doyle’s style, a multilayered plot with references to the works of George Bernard Shaw and Robert Louis Stevenson, and, most of all, Holmes and Watson in a story perfectly suited for them make for a gripping, hugely entertaining, and very satisfying read."
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
By the way, what do Sherlockians say?
"If you’re curious to see the world of Sherlock Holmes transformed in a way you’ve never seen before, you’ve got to check out The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle. Well-written and well-conceived, this book has definitely earned the distinction of being one of the most intriguing and quirky literary mashups I’ve ever read! Not to be missed by fans of fun, creative reimaginings of classic characters and stories."
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
Sunday, January 17, 2021
"You don't have to be a Sherlock Holmes aficionado to enjoy The Strange Case of Eliza Doolittle although Doyle fans will get to see many references to events and characters from the Holmes canon updated into a sort of sequel to the original stories. So, on many levels, the novel is a lot of fun. I enjoyed this book more than many a title I've read of late. A perfect diversion from the weird world" of 2020.