Monthly Archives: February 2012

Amusing info on our old pal Inspector Lestrade

Having read all of the Conan Dolyle books of the canon and having written thirteen Sherlock Holmes mysteries for my own book, I thought I was fairly well up on all the familiar supporting characters such as Watson, Mycroft, Mrs Hudson et al. Imagine my surprise then to discover that Inspector Lestrade’s first name is Sholto, his wife’s name is Fanny and he has a beautiful daughter called Emma Bandicoot-Lestrade! In addition I was unaware that the esteemed inspector had injured himself falling off the Titanic, just before she sailed on her maiden voyage!
All of this I have just gleaned from reading M J Trow’s very readable book called ‘Lestrade and the Devil’s Own.’ I was in our local library last week and amongst the ‘Old Books for Sale’. I found three of Trow’s hardback books of Lestrade selling for 50p each, so I bought them all. For any of you out there who, like me, had never come across this author I can fully recommend him to you. I’ve not quite finished the first book, but am enjoying it immensely. It is an irreverent, funny and quirky story involving numerous murders and Lestrade’s run-in with the frightening aspect of the dangerously militant Suffragettes. I’m looking forward to reading the other two books. These are, Lestrade and the Guardian Angel and Lestrade and the Magpie.

Spanish translation of ‘The Outstanding Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes’

Hi Everyone out there!
I am currently studying Castillian Spanish or Castellano at the University of the Third Age, and have been for several years, at various centres including the Cervantes Institute, so being reasonably proficient in the language it came in very handy for one of the stories in my book. In The Mayfair Strangler, a leading character is the Spanish Ambassador to the Court of Saint James’s, Don Pedro Garcia Manrique. Recently my friend and fellow student, Brian, suggested our class should have a go at translating my book into Spanish. Most of my fellow students have already read and enjoyed the book and they were keen to give it a try. As we already have our curriculum mapped out for this term, it may be possible that we could try it for next term. Depending on our tutor Roland.
I have bounced this idea off Steve Emecz and he said to go for it! So if anything comes of it I will announce it here in due course. It could be a daunting project and would still need expert editing to achieve the necessary Spanish nuances, similes and so forth, so don’t hold your collective breaths!

Molly Carr’s excellent review of my book.

I hope Molly Carr won’t mind me reproducing her very kind review of my book here on my blog.  I live for such positive feedback and really appreciate her remarks. G. Kelly

Molly Carr’s 9th August 2011 review of;
THE OUTSTANDING MYSTERIES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

Those fans of Sherlock Holmes (and they would appear to be in the majority) who dislike any deviation from the canonical style of the original detections will love this book. The reader can almost hear Sherlock himself speaking from the comfort of his armchair by the fire in Baker Street. The stories are good. Some of them are very good: and all are enhanced by the author’s own illustrations. While these lack the tautness of Sidney Paget, their fuzzy outlines give them an eldritch quality, which is quite pleasing, and one is used with great effect on the cover of what is a very well-produced article. Something which we have come to expect from this publisher. My favourite story is perhaps the very short ‘The Mysterious Disappearance of the Good Ship Alicia’, if one accepts that a whole vessel and its crew can become buried in the sand. The research here is familiar, and not so self-consciously ‘clever’ as in some of the other tales. Codes abound for Sherlock to solve, and riddles – some well known, others invented by the writer, and all making ‘The Musgrave Ritual’ seem very small beer indeed. There are investigations which sound positively Dickensian, and one at least which is not for the squeamish or for the recently bereaved. Altogether a good buy!

First thoughts on the new Sherlock Holmes films.

I have finally got around to watching the first of the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson and I have to confess to being a little disappointed in several key areas. As is often the case with modern films, I think there can be a tendency to substitute violent action and special effects in place of intellectual content and deductive reasoning, which were the hallmarks of the Conan Doyle stories, the earlier Basil Rathbone films and the Jeremy Brett T.V. series. Another quibble I have with the film is the casting. To my mind Jude Law was excellent, but Downey did not ring true. Apart from his diminutive stature, much of the time I found his attempted crisp, staccato speech to be unintelligable. No doubt I will be accused of being somewhat pedantic by some people, but I make no apologies for being a traditionalist and offer in my defence the fact that I have enjoyed watching the new Holmes series on TV with Cumberbatch and Freeman as Holmes and Watson.