Sherlock Holmes and the Three Winter Terrors (out October 2021) is a novel told in three parts. Here’s the publisher’s blurb:
1889. The First Terror.
At a boys’ prep school in the Kent marshes, a pupil is found drowned in a pond. Could this be the fulfilment of a witch’s curse from four hundred years earlier?
1890. The Second Terror.
A wealthy man dies of a heart attack at his London townhouse. Was he really frightened to death by ghosts?
1894. The Third Terror.
A body is discovered at a Surrey country manor, hideously ravaged. Is the culprit a cannibal, as the evidence suggests?
These three linked crimes test Sherlock Holmes’s deductive powers, and his scepticism about the supernatural, to the limit.
And here’s that cover image:
It’s another bang-up job from designer Julia Lloyd, which manages to incorporate elements from each of the sections into a seamless whole.
I was asked by the Guardian to comment on the dismissal of the lawsuit brought by the Conan Doyle estate against Netflix and everyone else responsible for the Enola Holmes movie.
I think I show my grasp of complex legal proceedings through my use of the phrase “a complete prick”.
Looking for Christmas gifts for the mystery-lover in your life? Titan Books have a few suggestions, including a couple of familiar-looking Sherlock Holmes novels…
And if you’d like to know a bit more about those books, and their author, FPTV have a video interview for you.
Lots of reviews of The Beast of the Stapletons are appearing, and all positive, but this one is my favourite so far.
I’ve just recorded a podcast with James and Sam at Squaregroot. They are lovely gents and it was an enjoyable and wide-ranging discussion, focusing largely on my Firefly tie-in novels but also on my Sherlock Holmes books and the Cthulhu Casebooks.
You can listen to it here or here.
Cover reveal for Firefly: Life Signs, due out sometime in 2021.
A splendidly shiny design job once again by Natasha MacKenzie.
Out — at long last! — in audio format: The Age of Ra. Published by W.F. Howes and available via Amazon, Audible, and Audiobooks.com (as well as other outlets, I’m sure), the book is read excellently by Andy Cresswell.
The next three Pantheon novels (Zeus, Odin, Aztec) will be released on audio over the coming months, so keep an eye out for them.
Sherlock Holmes and the Beast of the Stapletons is my continuation of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
The novel is out in September, and here’s the cover image. Courtesy of designer Julia Lloyd, it’s a truly lovely thing.
I’m not going to say much about the story itself, other than it’s set five years on from the events of the original and once again Holmes and Watson must travel to Dartmoor to confront the depredations of some marauding, mythical monster.
Publication of my third Firefly novel, The Ghost Machine, is imminent.
(And by “imminent” I mean 28th April.)
That’s the good news. The even better news is that Barnes & Noble will be selling an exclusive edition which not only has an alternative cover but bonus content as well.
The cover you will see here on the right, and very pretty it is too. I like the standard cover a lot, but the blue background and solar system patterning add further stylishness.
One part of the bonus content is a series of recipes, which, if you know anything about my culinary skills, you will be pleased to learn I am not responsible for. What I am responsible for is the other part, a short story written specially for the book. It’s called “Haven and Hell” and, as you may be able to guess from the title, features Derrial Book. It’s a nice little tale focusing on everyone’s favourite preacher-slash-badass that ties in thematically with the novel’s narrative.
So far the edition will be available only to book buyers in the US, but there is the possibility of it being available in the UK too. More on that when I have confirmation.