Haunted by the Hound

HALLOWEEN 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY I can still remember the first time I read an entire, unabridged Sherlock Holmes adventure. I must have been about thirteen and knew I loved mysteries. I'd been devouring books about Trixie Belden and the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for years, and my appetite for fictional crime-solving adventures just …

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The Modern Sherlock Holmes

JAN / FEB 2016: BY CHARITY BISHOP Few literary figures are better known or loved than Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s consulting sleuth, occupant of 221B Baker Street. Since his first literary appearance in 1889, he continues to capture the devotion of millions through short stories, novels, radio plays, television series, and films. And …

Launching a Conspiracy: Rewriting History in The Surrogate Assassin

MARCH / APRIL 2014: BY CHARITY BISHOP For as long as there have been assassinations, there have been conspiracy theorists. Few of them  captured my interest until I read The Surrogate Assassin, by Christopher Leppek. This well-written book invites Sherlock Holmes to investigate the events behind the president’s death and form new and startling conclusions. …