Darlene Cypser has been an avid follower of Sherlock Holmes for over 30
years. She is a member of a number of Sherlockian groups including Dr.
Watson's Neglected Patients (which she currently heads), the Hudson
Valley Sciontists and The Hounds of the Internet. The Baker Street
Journal (the official publication of the Baker Street Irregulars)
published two articles that she wrote about the Sherlock Holmes stories
in the 1980s. Her first Sherlock Holmes novel was The Crack in the Lens
which is followed by The Consulting Detective Trilogy.
With the help of interactive exercises, mystery author and crime fiction critic Hallie Ephron gives you the momentum you need to turn a kernel of an idea into an intriguing mystery novel. You'll learn to capitalize on your writing strengths and shore up your weaknesses.
This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of mystery writing, including:planning, twisting the plot, and constructing a credible surprise endingcreating a compelling sleuth and a worthy villaindeceiving and revealing with red herrings and clueswriting investigation, spine-tingling suspense, and dramatic actionrevising - from sharpening characters, to optimizing pace, to smithing wordsengaging the reader
By the time you finish reading part one of this book, you will have a blueprint for your entire story. Parts two and there take your blueprint from idea to well-polished novel. Part four is an insider's guide to getting it into an agent's or publisher's hands."
Never mind that Trevor's name wasn't really Trevor, or that Holmes hid the name of his university. Or perhaps you do mind, as so many have before you. It was such a like-minded group of people who got together in 1934 to found the world's first Sherlockian organization, The Baker Street Irregulars. With the end of the Second World War came the opportunity to found a means of publishing their studies in Sherlock Holmes and the Sherlockian world, The Baker Street Journal.
Long the first place the inquirer should look for answers to Sherlockian puzzles or the posing of new ones, The Baker Street Journal still flourishes, both as a journal of record of Sherlockian activities in America and throughout the world, and as the premier publication devoted to "the writings about the Writings" and to keeping green the memory of the world's first consulting detective.
The practitioners of the game have at their best offered learned works that they have written with their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks. Their tone has ranged from mock-heroic through the archly chiding to the playful, in prose and verse or in combinations of the two.
Sherlock Holmes by Gas-Lamp is the first time that the best of these writings has been gathered in one place.
Some of the prominent players of the game have included such luminaries in various walks of life as Christopher Morley, Franklin D. Roosevelt, T. S. Eliot, Vincent Starrett, Elmer Davis, Harry S. Truman, Franklin P. Adams, and Ellery Queen.