Review: Ghost Story by GV Pearce

The latest book from Improbable Press gives us a piquant blend of love story, character study and spoooookiness. This Holmes/Watson tale has an original contemporary London/York setting and opens with John and Sherlock, married for several months now, on what ought to be a belated honeymoon but which John knows to be a case – a case which Sherlock said […]

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Review: The Case of the Misplaced Models by Tessa Barding

Improbable Press, recently acquired as an imprint by Clan Destine Press, has released two new books already under the new banner. I’ve reviewed the first – A Question of Time, a collection of 50 short stories with illustrations – and have just finished this new novel by Tessa Barding. The Case of the Misplaced Models takes place in a contemporary […]

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Review: A Question of Time by Jamie Ashbird

Improbable Press, recently acquired by Clan Destine Press, has come of of its new gate with two new books: A Question of Time by Jamie Ashbird, illustrated by Janet Anderton, and The Case of the Misplaced Models by Tessa Barding. A Question of Time is the third in IP’s 221B series (which began with my own A Dream to Build […]

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Quintette of Questions: K. Caine

Today I ask five questions of Holmesian romance writer, K. Caine: K. Caine 1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how did you choose the title? The title is A Study in Velvet and Leather– and surprisingly, this is one of the titles that I agonised over the least! The perfect title, for me, is evocative and visual, […]

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Review: A Study in Velvet and Leather by K. Caine

The second volume in Improbable Press’s 221b Series (the first was my own A Dream to Build A Kiss On) is the splended A Study in Velvet and Leather, due for release on 1 December 2018. An advance review copy was coaxed into my greedy little fingers, though, and promptly gobbled up. K. Caine may have written a female Sherlock […]

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Review: My Dearest Holmes by Rohase Piercy

In 1988,  author Rohase Piercy did something remarkable and controversial. She published a book in which Dr John Watson was in love with Sherlock Holmes. (Whether Holmes reciprocates is the grand question of much of the rest of the book.) Boy, did some people find that idea challenging. The Daily Mail seemed to think it would cause the fall of […]

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Upcoming rewards for my Patreon supporters!

My first six months on Patreon have gone really well, and I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me there to write fiction! The second of the Duo Ex Machina novellas, Sacrifice, will wind up its chapter-by-chapter posting soon, and will then be prepped to go to all my supporters there as an ebook! I’ve also reached my first […]

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New Release: A Dream to Build a Kiss On

A Dream to Build A Kiss On is my new contemporary-era Holmes♥Watson romance/adventure from Improbable Press! The book contains 100 connected stories of only 221 words, the last word of each beginning with the letter B! The stories are illustrated by Caroline Jennings, representing the sketches of John Watson, army doctor, war veteran, artist. A Dream to Build A Kiss […]

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Queer Victorian London

In preparation for working on a short story collection set post-The Adventure of the Colonial Boy, I’ve picked up some books to give me insights into late-Victorian queer culture and society’s attitudes towards it. Victorian attitudes to sex and sexuality (and to a whole bunch of things) is usually deeper and more textured than a cursory glance would indicate. And […]

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