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

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Free!

 Here's what you've been waiting for.

I'm giving away my life-blood (12 copies) on Goodreads.


Autographed with bookplates.

Get it while it's hot.

Friday, October 01, 2021

First Review of The Dutch Painter

 So...it's still available to subscribers only on Booklist, but I have the okay to share with you the first review of



The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter
:


The Holmes pastiche industry rolls on. This time we don't have a newly unearthed Watson
manuscript with a waspish Holmes and boneheaded Watson. Rather, the great man is
concealing his identity under a borrowed name, Vernet. Appropriate, since he's distantly related
to the artistic Vernet family and the case he's working is art theft. The ersatz Watson, there to aid
the investigation, is art maven Lermolieff, who understands his job is to observe Holmes-Vernet
as well as record the investigation. He has much to offer, from first finding the bloodhound "a
carnival attraction that took in clues and spat out solutions," to understanding that deduction
"was a mask for his real passion: justice." Their inquiry takes them through the Parisian art world in the waning nineteenth century and features encounters outlandish and entertaining. Holmes investigates van Gogh's suicide and crosses swords—literally—with Gauguin, while Lermolieff gets the world's first electroshock treatment. It's a fine tale, stylishly written.
Don Crinklaw

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Troll Troubles

 Having a problem with internet trolls? I can't help you. But real trolls, or at least real fairy-tale trolls? I've got you covered with The Two Brothers of Amalfi, in this month's Lagniappe section.

Friday, September 10, 2021

First Book

 I haven't mentioned my favorite cause in some time, but the need is as great as ever:
 First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. We address the needs of the whole child supporting their education, basic needs, and wellness – all of which are essential to educational equity. All of these resources are made affordable to our member network of more than 500,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Noshing on Dutch


Just a little midnight nibble from The Strange Case of the Dutch Painter 



 

You don't have this one yet?


 

Robertson Davies



"Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately, or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command.”