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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The Story Behind the Story: Author Liese Sherwood-Fabre: In Search of London’s Sherlock Holmes + giveaway

In Search of London’s Sherlock Holmes
Before we retired just before the pandemic, my husband worked as an international consultant, which required him to travel regularly to Oxford. By then, I was working on The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife and knew where I wanted to go when I joined him in London. I even arranged for a hotel not far from Baker Street to make it early to the Sherlock Holmes Museum. 

In 1990, John Aidiniantz purchased a Georgian townhouse at 239 Baker Street and opened the museum. For the next twelve years, he fought with the Abbey National Building Society at 221 Baker Street over who should receive the mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes (Abbey National had been answering the letters since the 1930s). Finally, Abbey National moved, and the Royal Mail agreed to deliver correspondence there. The staff still keeps it on the mantle, a penknife stuck through to hold it in place.

In most museums, there are “do not touch” signs everywhere. Because the items aren’t precious relics of an actual person, guests are able to handle and take photos with objects that would be off-limits in most museums. That includes posing in the chairs by the fireplace with a deerstalker borrowed for the occasion. It’s a full recreation of the flat, complete with water closet on an upper floor.

An additional 221B model exists in London at the Sherlock Holmes Pub. It holds a display of Holmes memorabilia collected for the Festival of Britain in 1951 and includes one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s desk and chair. You’re also able to enjoy a pint of Sherlock Holmes Ale or Waston’s Golden Ale.

There are other bits around town: markers where Sherlock and Watson first met, a statue of the great detective, and the Baker Street metro station is decorated with a Sherlock Holmes silhouette. Enough to keep a Sherlockian busy for more than a day.

To read more about Sherlock Holmes’ London address and other aspects of his life, check out Dr. Sherwood-Fabre’s series on “The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes.” Volume Three has just been released, and the first two are now available in eBook as a box set.

The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England
Box Set Volumes 1 & 2
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre 
November 16, 2020
179 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are full of everyday Victorian activities and events that send the twenty-first-century reader to consult their reference books. Few, for example, are intimately acquainted with the responsibilities of a country squire, the importance of gentlemen's clubs, or the intricacies of the Victorian monetary system.

These forty-eight short essays, gathered together from the first two volumes of "The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes" series, explore various aspects of life mentioned in the original stories. Readers gain modern-day insight into the nineteenth-century world. Untangle the complexities of inheritance, the Victorian wedding, and the treatment of brain fever. Discover the pleasures of the circus, the Turkish bath, and beekeeping. Such examinations bring deeper meaning and color to the adventures of the world's most famous consulting detective.

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The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England
Volume Three

by Liese Sherwood-Fabre 
November 16, 2020
What do "slop shops," "scissorizing," "agony aunts," and "foolscap" have in common?

These and other Victorian references appear throughout the original Sherlock Holmes tales. What was part of everyday existence to the Victorian has the modern day reader running to references books to discover its significance. These twenty-four short essays explore various aspects of life mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes tales, providing modern-day insight into the nineteenth century world. Topics include:
• Violins
• Electric vs. Gas Lighting
• Scrapbooking
• Agony Columns
• The Agra Fort
• Cardboard
• Sound Recordings
• Telephones
• Jellyfish
• Rugby
• Brandy
• The Opera
• The Crown Jewels
• Yellow Fever
• Snakes
• Italian Political Organizations
• Banks
• Diabetes
• Pocket Watches
• Writing Paper
• Coroners
• Pawnshops
• Clothing
• Calling Cards
This collection also includes a bonus essay—"Evil Women: The Villainesses of the Canon," originally published in the Baker Street Journal.
“Be prepared to be enlightened and entertained!”
- Carole Nelson Douglas, Bestselling Author
**Only $1.99!!** 

About the Author
Website-FB-TwitterLiese Sherwood-Fabre has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as "gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling."

In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally's ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.

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  1. Hi, Sharon!
    Thanks for hosting me and letting me share about my history with Sherlock Holmes!

  2. Liese writes such great things. I truly enjoy her essays.