Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Game is Afoot

Before reading my post, have a look HERE at Grace Elliot's post on coffee in Victorian London.

Meanwhile, regarding the picture on the right, how did this come about? Why is this woman dressed like . . . Sherlock Holmes?

It all started with a visit a few years ago to my cool brother, Nathan, and his classy wife, Mary, when they were living in Luton, England. (My brother has passed away since then and is sorely missed. My sis-in-law now lives in Bristol, and Rajan and I enjoyed a visit with her last summer.)

Classy lady and cool guy
But back to that earlier visit: While I was there, they took me to see the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street. 

As you can see, it's done up very nicely: There was even a bobby at the door - just keeping an eye on things, I'm sure:
The museum

The Bobby

And a little seed was planted in my imagination that slowly began to grow. And that little seed finally turned into a book--A middle grade mystery that's going to be published by MX Publishing in June! 

MX Publishing is based in UK, but has a division in the US. The company specializes in Sherlock Holmes related books. Sherlock fan that I am, I am probably going to go broke shopping there, because there is such a wonderful selection: You'll see what I mean if you go HERE for their UK site or HERE for their US site.

In the meantime, that visit led to a middle grade mystery: Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls. Please keep it in mind when June rolls around. (You can read some reviews of it HERE under the Product Description section. And you can pre-order now if you wish.)
Meanwhile, how about you? Has an event during a visit to someone ever sparked a new book idea for you? Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? Fan fiction? Historical fiction?