Today is the publication date of About Sixty, a new Sherlock Holmes book that someone very near and dear to me had a hand in creating.
My mother, President of Vancouver’s Sherlock Holmes Society (est. 1987), was asked to contribute one of the essays in a book about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sixty original Sherlock Holmes stories.
“Their arguments range from the playful to the academic, and are as varied as the authors themselves.”
It mustn’t have been an easy task for the contributors, who are all Sherlockian scholars, experts, and enthusiasts, or editor Christopher Redmond. Each had to come up with a compelling essay about why their favourite story, out of sixty, was the best.
Editor Christopher Redmond says: “What they have written is compelling evidence that any one of the Sherlock Holmes stories can be the best; it’s all a matter of what the reader is looking for.”
I came across a blog post from one of the proof readers who says: “I have to declare that I admire the contributors. From my perspective, some of them are attempting the impossible (i.e. I’m sorry but there’s no way that story is the best) and some make compelling cases.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales range from Victorian horror, to jewel heists, to society scandals. As these authors show, there’s a Sherlock Holmes adventure for every taste.
About Sixty is available now through Wildside Press.