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Quintette of Questions: GV Pearce

Today I’m asking GV Pearce 5 questions about their new book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

The book is called Ghost Story, which is also an accurate description for its contents. There were a few themes so it was a little difficult to choose, but sometimes it’s nice to get straight to the point. I’m sure John wishes Sherlock would do that more often too!

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

Early 1980s Paul McGann and Richard E Grant. There are some photographs of the pair of them taken behind the scenes of a film that absolutely fits the aesthetic for this John and Sherlock. McGann’s overgrown hair is perfect for an ex-military man finding his new persona, and Grant has always looked a little spooky.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Eerie, melancholy, uncanny, sanguine, tactile.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

Gomez & Morticia Addams have always been my touchstone for perfect relationships. They’re always there for one another, no matter how strange their lives become.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

‘When You Don’t See Me’ by Sisters of Mercy could easily apply to both the central relationship and the central theme of the book (not to give too much away) 

About Ghost Story

John Watson loves his husband, but he’d like Sherlock Holmes to leave this case alone. They’re supposed to be taking a break from London. From work. But then again, when has Sherlock’s brain ever taken a holiday? And honestly, the strange disappearance of Gloria Evans bothers them both—though for very different reasons.

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About GV Pearce

G.V. Pearce is a mysterious being said to haunt the North York Moors, but is otherwise as yet unclassified by science. Rumour has it that they can be summoned by leaving coffee in a faery circle at midnight.

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Read my review of Ghost Story.

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 he wasn’t pursuing. Already it’s clear that while they love and adore each other, there’s rockiness ahead.

Sherlock’s not the only one keeping secrets, however. From the very first chapter we know that John sees ghosts, and has done since he was a child. He can’t tell anyone – people would think him unbalanced – so he avoids thinking about it whenever possible. That is not as often as he’d like.

Ghost Story is both a great little Holmesian mystery about the missing Gloria Evans: it’s a fantastically spooky tale of a man haunted by ghosts and the traumas of his past; his relationship with a man who seems equal parts obliviousness and devotion; and a study of the cracks in a loving relationship when the deceptions pile up, whatever the motivations.

The unravelling of those secrets and why they’re being kept are part of a beautifully texture of a low-key case that feels very intense in terms of its impact.

A couple of the scenes are deeply affecting and gorgeously evocative. Gloria’a abandoned flat, where greenery has invaded the spaces; the streets and buildings of York; the banks of a river; the flashbacks to John’s childhood and the attack on the ambulance convoy in Afghanistan – all of these are described so splendidly that I could almost scent the atmosphere – Gloria’s flat particularly.

One of the many things I love about Ghost Story is how it becomes gradually clear that the spirits that John encounters are not the only ghosts of the title.

John and Sherlock are both a little ghost-like themselves, not quite anchored in the world or entirely present for each other. Sherlock flits in and out of John’s life for a while, through the flashbacks of how they met and their first case, and he still keeps secrets and disappears without explanation. At the same time, in avoiding confrontation and acceptance of his unwanted gift, and the secret that he’s therefore keeping himself, combined with the effects of his war injuries, John is absent in key ways too.

It’s a beautiful theme that threads through the whole and makes the conclusion – in which the resolutions for the hauntings and John and Sherlock’s relationship are linked – particularly satisfying.

GV Pearce has written us a wonderfully atmospheric, beautifully paced book – it may take a little time for case/relationship/ghostiness to come to a head, but every step is deeply involving and the reader is fully engaged with wondering how all the elements will turn out. It is in turns poignant, charming, funny and unsettling, but it’s deftly wound together in a conclusion that satisfies without being heavy handed.

I hope Pearce considers another book for Improbable Press – in this universe or any other they care to write in. I’ll pounce on it the minute I can!

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Quintette of Questions: Margaret Walsh

Today I’m asking Margaret Walsh 5 questions about her latest book!

1. What’s the name of your latest book – and how hard was it to pick a title?

My latest book is Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Perplexed Politician.  It was very hard to pick a title, because everything else I came up with pretty much gave away the plot of the book.  In the end I polled several variations on Perplexed Politician (Puzzled Politician etc) amongst friends and Perplexed was the favourite.  So I went with that.

2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest book?

David Tennant as Sherlock Holmes and Michael Sheen as John Watson.

3. What five words best describe your story?

Murder. Mayhem. Mystery. Sherlock Holmes.

4. Who is your favourite fictional team/couple?

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, naturally.

5. What song reflects a theme, character, relationship or scene in your book?

“The Mummer’s Dance” by Loreena McKennitt.  I listened to it a lot when I was writing the book.  The song always makes me think of the otherworldly eeriness that is a hallmark of the English county of Wiltshire, which is where the book is set.

About The Case of the Perplexed Politician

When the fiancé of the sister of a Member of Parliament is found dead in mysterious circumstances, the man turns to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson to get an answer to the puzzle. Journeying to the small Wiltshire village of Barrow-upon-Kennet, Holmes and Watson are soon deep into a murder investigation. With few clues and a mounting death toll, Holmes and Watson realize that they are facing something much more sinister than a perplexed politician.

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About Margaret Walsh

Margaret Walsh was born Auckland, New Zealand and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Sherlock Holmes and the Molly-Boy Murders and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Perplexed Politician, both published by MX Publishing. 

Margaret has been a devotee of Sherlock Holmes since childhood and has had several Holmesian related essays printed in anthologies and is a member of the online society Doyle’s Rotary Coffin.  She has an ongoing love affair with the city of London.  When she’s not working or planning trips to London. Margaret can be found frequenting the many and varied bookshops of Melbourne.

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Free #Lockdown Reading

While so many of us are practising social isolation and avoiding non-essential travel, it might be a good time to catch up on our reading.

At the same time, a lot of us are at risk of losing incomes, so if you don’t already have a stupidly large book stash like me, you don’t necessarily want to fork out for constant new books.

To do my bit for the lockdown, I’ve arranged with Clan Destine Press to make my Scar Tissue and Other Stories collection ebook available for free from their website.

Some stories are set in existing universes and others standalone. Most (but not all) have a paranormal/fantasy aspect. Some are lengthy and others flash fiction. It’s a veritable show bag of delights!

” The whole collection is saturated with wonder and delight, and a level of clear-eyed observation which allows for both horror and beauty, tragedy and hope. “

Just choose epub or mobi from the dropdown list for whatever suits your device.


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(and the publisher will email your book to you)


About Scar Tissue and Other Stories

It’s all about scars and what they mean.

Old myths made new.

Poems for those who’ve passed.
Tales of the lost and found.

Rarely seen stories, reprinted.
Brand new stories – in new places and familiar worlds.

Narrelle M Harris‘ Scar Tissue and Other Stories includes tales in the universes of:

Holmes ♥ Watson
Ravenfall
Kitty and Cadaver
The Vampires of Melbourne
Holmes + Watson


The stories include sequels to The Adventure of the Colonial Boy, Ravenfall, and Walking Shadows, and a prequel to Kitty and Cadaver.

There’s also a Sherlock Holmes/werewolf!John story set in the Victorian era, Lost and Found photo-inspired flash fiction, and short stories reprinted from other publications.

Wishing everyone the best. I’m also working on some online Q&As or other activities to help give people things to do with their home time!

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