Publishers Weekly Likes Our Sherlock Holmes Novel

sherlock_holmes_02I’ve been writing and getting published since the 1980s, but this may be the first time I have had a work reviewed in the influential Publisher’s Weekly. And yet, a few weeks after the release of Murder at Sorrow’s Crown, we get a nice capsule review. Here’s what they wrote:

By making Dr. Watson a plausible active partner in detection, Savile and Greenberger succeed with their enjoyable pastiche debut. It’s 1881, and Holmes and Watson, who have been roommates for a short while, are just getting used to each other and struggling to make ends meet. They become involved in a complex case after Holmes is consulted by Hermione Wynter, an elderly widow distraught over the unknown fate of her son, Norbert, a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Norbert was serving in South Africa but did not return to England with the rest of his shipmates. After encountering official resistance to her inquiries, his mother was told that he was MIA and that there was evidence that he was a deserter. Holmes and Watson are also made unwelcome when they inquire about Norbert’s whereabouts and the basis for the allegation against him. The investigation takes some surprising detours, but the authors make their premise believable. Healthy doses of humor compensate for a few lapses in style (e.g., Watson calls his friend Sherlock). (Sept.)

I’ve also appreciated the good reviews we’ve been receiving at Amazon and Goodreads. We’re always looking for more feedback so if you happen to read it, let Steve and I know what you think.

One comment

  • bill

    Upon reading Murder at Sorrow’s Crown, I immediately looked for others in the “The Further Adventures of….”. Finding several, I was delighted.

    And then I noticed that the authors names were not you and Mr. Savile…….

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