Narrelle M Harris on Atlin Merrick
The Only One in the World: “S.H.E.R.L.O.C.K.” by Atlin Merrick
I loved Atlin’s writing in the Sherlock Holmes realm before we ever met, and when she pitched her idea of a ‘global’ Holmes story for The Only One in the World I knew it would be a beautiful fit for the theme.
Atlin has a gift for reimagining how Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are fated to meet in every way, in every possible world (and has two books to prove it). Of course she says it was her favourite thing about writing “S.H.E.R.L.O.C.K.” in her Clan Destine Press interview.
My favourite thing about “S.H.E.R.L.O.C.K.”, apart from that wonderful new meeting, were the supporting characters who are part of S.H.E.R.L.O.C.K.’s creation. Atlin’s supporting characters are always so well developed, and meeting people like Rose Ajang and Nguyen Minh Tai in the course of this story was a pleasure.
This is another story where delightful snippets of canon are folded into the story, including Sherlock’s notorious ‘limitations’ on his knowledge and even Sherlock’s predilection for making some of his own decisions about law and justice, when he sees fit.
If you’re intrigued, take a look at Atlin’s interview about her story on Clan Destine Press, where she answers three questions about writing her story – the most unexpected thing she learned while writing it, her favourite thing about writing it, and what is quintessentially ‘global’ about her Holmes and Watson.
You can order The Only One in the World at Clan Destine Press right now.
More about Atlin
Atlin has written two Sherlock Holmes books: The Day They Met, as Wendy C Fries, and The Night They Met, as Atlin Merrick. She also has an eye for a good story and is the Commissioning Editor of Clan Destine’s imprint, Improbable Press. IP publishes genre fiction: contemporary supernatural, adventure, and mystery. Atlin lives in Oregon by way of New York, Dublin and London. Atlin thinks coffee is pretty.