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About Bonnie MacBird
Born in San Francisco, educated at Stanford, Bonnie MacBird lives in Los Angeles and London.
A fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle since age ten, she's active in the Sherlockian community in both the UK and the US, and lectures regularly on Sherlock Holmes, writing, and creativity. A longtime veteran of Hollywood, MacBird has been a screenwriter (original script for TRON), an Emmy winning producer, a playwright, studio exec (Universal) and actor.
MacBird attributes her enjoyment in capturing "voice" to both her acting and screenwriting experience and her music training as well. She teaches a popular screenwriting class at UCLA Extension, which approaches writing for film using techniques of other art forms.
In her Sherlock Holmes novels, she aims to accurately portray the brilliant detective and his friend as closely as possible to Doyle, yet expanding the original shortform fiction to full length novels. ART IN THE BLOOD features a child who has disappeared, and a bloody art theft and touches on the theme of the perils and blessings of the artistic temperament. UNQUIET SPIRITS features a murdered girl, a threatened scientist, and a haunted whisky estate, while considering the dangers of not dealing with the ghosts of one's past. THE DEVIL'S DUE brings Holmes to the edge of evil in order to combat a devilish multiple murderer.
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London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend – until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.
Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.
Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man.
Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.
This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson's friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes' own artistic nature to the limits.
A heatwave melts London as Holmes and Watson are called to action in this new Sherlock Holmes adventure by Bonnie MacBird, author of “one of the best Sherlock Holmes novels of recent memory.”
In Whitechapel, a renowned Italian escape artist dies spectacularly on stage during a performance – immolated in a gleaming copper cauldron of his wife’s design. In Cambridge, the runaway daughter of a famous don drowns, her long blonde hair tangled in the Jesus Lock on the River Cam. And in Baker Street, a malevolent locksmith exacts an unusual price to open a small silver box sent to Watson.
From the glow of the London stage to the buzzing Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, where physicists explore the edges of new science of electricity, Holmes and Watson race between the two cities to solve the murders, encountering prevaricating prestidigitators, philandering physicists and murderous mentalists, all the while unlocking secrets which may be best left undisclosed. And one, in particular, lands very close to home.
After Art in the Blood and Unquiet Spirits, Holmes and Watson are back in the third of Bonnie MacBird’s critically acclaimed Sherlock Holmes Adventures, written in the tradition of Conan Doyle himself.
It’s 1890 and the newly famous Sherlock Holmes faces his worst adversary to date – a diabolical villain bent on destroying some of London’s most admired public figures in particularly gruesome ways. A further puzzle is that suicide closely attends each of the murders. As he tracks the killer through vast and seething London, Holmes finds himself battling both an envious Scotland Yard and a critical press as he follows a complex trail from performers to princes, anarchists to aesthetes. But when his brother Mycroft disappears, apparently the victim of murder, even those loyal to Holmes begin to wonder how close to the flames he has travelled. Has Sherlock Holmes himself made a deal with the devil?
The new novel from the author of Art in the Blood. December 1889. Fresh from debunking a “ghostly” hound in Dartmoor, Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, only to find himself the target of a deadly vendetta.
A beautiful client arrives with a tale of ghosts, kidnapping and dynamite on a whisky estate in Scotland, but brother Mycroft trumps all with an urgent assignment in the South of France.
On the fabled Riviera, Holmes and Watson encounter treachery, explosions, rival French Detective Jean Vidocq… and a terrible discovery. This propels the duo northward to the snowy highlands. There, in a “haunted” castle and among the copper dinosaurs of a great whisky distillery, they and their young client face mortal danger, and Holmes realizes all three cases have blended into a single, deadly conundrum.
In order to solve the mystery, the ultimate rational thinker must confront a ghost from his own past. But Sherlock Holmes does not believe in ghosts…or does he?
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.
This volume benefits the Beacon Society. No royalties from the sale of this volume will be paid to either the authors or the editor. Royalties earned will, with the cooperation of the publisher, be turned over in their entirety to the Beacon Society, a not-for-profit organization of Sherlockians with the purpose of introducing young people to Sherlock Holmes through classrooms and libraries."
In his introduction, editor Christopher Redmond says “The essays in this collection are not an analysis of what Sherlock Holmes is like (brilliant, unsociable, hawk-nosed) but rather case studies of whom he can be said to be like. Their sixty suggestions range across centuries and continents, and include figures from belief and legend as well as from contemporary fiction and film. Some are household names, while others will be unknown to nearly all readers. In each case, while the author has been encouraged to provide an introduction to the character in question, the ultimate purpose of the comparison is to shed light on some aspect of the character of Sherlock Holmes, whose complexities are far from exhausted more than 130 years after he was introduced to a curious readership.”
Perhaps more enigmatic than Holmes’ methods is what Watson sees: the woman in the shadows. Whether lady or lady’s maid, if she does speak, it’s often not recorded in her words. That was life for half the population of Victorian England. A woman’s role was written before she was born; it merely required her to don the starched white apron of a maid, or the rough, stained skirts of a "char"--who did the dirtiest of household jobs—or the fine silk gowns of a lady.
Enter Villains, Victims, and Violets to spy and report on these women in their darkest, most vulnerable moments. How does Irene Adler—pursued by a powerful king, and by Sherlock Holmes--outwit them both? Can Lady Hilda conceal the secret that only Holmes unravels? When Violet Hunter takes the last job offered before she loses everything, can Holmes free her and her doppelganger?
To understand Holmes’ world is to gaze unsparingly into the lives of its women: the villains and what drives them astray; the victims Holmes races to rescue; and the Violets, who make up the strongest characters from Holmes’ unforgettable cases. The authors pull back the curtain on their private spaces, revealing their "proper" place in a man’s world at the dusk of the 19th century and the dawn of the 20th.
Foreword by Nisi Shawl, noted Sherlockian and the James Tiptree Jr. Award-winning and Nebula-nominated author of the brilliant steampunk, feminist, Afrofuturist novel Everfair.
Londres. Un diciembre nevado, 1888.
Sherlock Holmes, de 34 años, languidece y ha vuelto a la cocaína tras una desastrosa investigación sobre Jack el Destripador.
Watson no logra consolar ni reanimar a su amigo, hasta que llega de París una carta codificada de modo extraño. Mademoiselle La Victoire, una hermosa cantante de cabaret francesa, cuenta que el hijo ilegítimo que tuvo con un lord inglés ha desaparecido y que ella ha sido atacada en las calles de Montmartre.
Acompañado de Watson, Holmes viaja a París y descubre que el niño desaparecido es solo la punta del iceberg de un problema mucho mayor:
¿Conseguirá Holmes recuperarse a tiempo para encontrar al chico desaparecido y poner fin a la ola de asesinatos? Para hacerlo, tendrá que ir siempre un paso por delante de un peligroso rival francés y esquivar las amenazadoras intromisiones de su propio hermano, Mycroft.
Esta última aventura, al estilo de sir Arthur Conan Doyle, manda al icónico dúo desde Londres hasta París y de ahí a los páramos helados de Lancashire en un caso que pone a prueba la amistad de Watson y la fragilidad y el talento de la naturaleza artística de Sherlock Holmes.
For those involved, Undershaw is infinitely more than 'just a house'. The purpose of this book is to hold a proverbial hand lens to that deeper meaning in hopes of capturing some small part of the deep emotion it represents. In the pages that follow, you will find an eclectic collection of essays, original artwork, and photography created by supporters and ambassadors from a wide range of countries, all of which in some way address the same set of questions: What is it about Undershaw that has the power to drive such a wide range of people from all over the globe (most of whom have never met one another in person) to join hands in support of protecting something that for many is thousands of miles away in a foreign country? How has the campaign or the property itself touched the lives of those who have come into contact with it and what sorts of experiences have people had as a result? Our intention here is to create a kind of insightful snapshot of these things as both a form of reverent acknowledgement for the efforts that have been put forth thus far, as well as a source of inspiration for the future.
A Paris, Holmes découvre que cet enlèvement n’est que la partie émergée d’une affaire tentaculaire. Une inestimable statue a été dérobée et des enfants employés dans une usine de soie disparaissent les uns après les autres. Les indices conduisent à un seul et même homme qui semble intouchable. Et extrêmement dangereux…
Une nouvelle aventure inédite de Sherlock Holmes.
Londres. Um mês de dezembro nevado, 1888.
Sherlock Holmes, de 34 anos, definha e volta à cocaína depois de uma desastrosa investigação sobre Jack, o Estripador.
Watson não consegue consolar nem reanimar o seu amigo, até que chega, de Paris, uma carta codificada de modo estranho. Mademoiselle La Victoire, uma bonita cantora de cabaré francesa, conta que o filho ilegítimo, que teve com um lorde inglês, desapareceu e que ela foi atacada nas ruas de Montmartre.
Acompanhado por Watson, Holmes viaja para Paris e descobre que o menino desaparecido é apenas a ponta do icebergue de um problema muito maior: a estátua mais valiosa desde a Vitória da Samotrácia foi roubada de forma violenta em Marselha, e foram encontradas assassinadas várias crianças de uma fiação de seda em Lancashire. As pistas, nos três casos, apontam para um homem intocável.
Conseguirá Holmes recuperar a tempo de encontrar o rapaz desaparecido e pôr fim à onda de assassinatos? Para o fazer, terá que ir sempre um passo à frente de um perigoso rival francês e esquivar-se das ameaçadoras intromissões do seu próprio irmão, Mycroft.
Esta última aventura, ao estilo de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, manda a icónica dupla de Londres até Paris e daí para os páramos gelados de Lancashire, num caso que põe à prova a amizade de Watson e a fragilidade e o talento da natureza artística de Sherlock Holmes.