Dick Gillman

Biography

Dick Gillman is a Yorkshireman in his 60's. He retired from teaching Science in 2005 and moved to Brittany, France in 2008 with his wife Alex, Truffle the Black Labrador and two cats. He still has strong links with the UK where he visits his two grown up children and his grandchildren.

During his retirement he has written eleven Sherlock Holmes short stories published here. His latest short story, Sherlock Holmes and The Bulgarian Clockmaker was published at Smashwords in November, 2014.

Watch out for his latest Sherlock Holmes short stories throughout 2015.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I usually read action / adventure books. I was very sad to hear of the death of Tom Clancy as I enjoyed his work enormously. The detail and the realism of the settings that Tom created was superb.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing after I had my heart attack in 2004. I had to stop teaching and I needed something to fill my days. It's a big change going from being in contact with perhaps 200 people a day to being home alone with your black Labrador as company! I'd always loved reading Sherlock Holmes stories and watched many of the old black and white films. Just for fun, I decided to write a pastiche and so The Star of Bithur was my first attempt. I passed a paper copy around interested friends and then finally plucked up courage to publish it on Smashwords in 2012.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Dick Gillman online


Books

Sherlock Holmes and The Bulgarian Clockmaker
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,270. Language: British English. Published: November 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A dying man with a terrible secret is brought to Baker Street by a cabby. A visit to Lestrade at Scotland Yard frustrates Holmes whilst Watson is intrigued by a mysterious engine which is the 'prime mover' in the case. The pair begin a desperate search for a young girls killer. She is the key to foiling a Fenian dynamite plot destined to destroy the PM and the most famous address in Westminster!
Sherlock Holmes and The Severed Finger
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,040. Language: British English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Holmes and Watson's evening is disturbed by a gruesome find by cabbie Henry Wiggins. A cryptic note and a freshly severed finger triggers a desperate search for the owner. Mycroft is summoned when the involvement of Julia Moriarty is discovered. Holmes has a tense encounter with Moriarty and must balance an arms shipment to a potential enemy against a man's life. Has Moriarty defeated Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes and The Lymington Affair
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,610. Language: British English. Published: March 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Watson's interest in sailing prompts Holmes to instruct him in its finer points. However, Holmes falls desperately ill and poisoning on a grand scale is suspected. As Holmes recovers, Watson visits his aunt and exposes the true extent of the horror. Holmes's deductions and a reminder of Watson's embarassing exposure in the 'The Bishop's Tiepin' case leads Holmes to propose an unexpected solution.
Sherlock Holmes and The Highgate Magician
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,910. Language: British English. Published: March 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
The disappearance on stage of a magician's assistant draws Holmes and Watson into the world of international intrigue. A German pianist, a diplomat working as an aide to the Kaiser is enraged by Holmes's activities. This chance meeting inadvertently saves Holmes from certain death. Only Holmes's unique skills and swift action can halt a very public assassination and avert war in Europe
Sherlock Holmes - The Shadow of James Moriarty
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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An explosive event on Holmes's birthday begins the case that Dr John Watson records as 'The Shadow of James Moriarty'. Since Moriarty's death there has been no-one to challenge Holmes's formidable intellect...until now. It seems like the very shadow of Moriarty himself is to envelop Holmes and take him from us. Only his great intellect and a grand deception stands between him and certain death.
Sherlock Holmes and The Zhou Bell
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,010. Language: British English. Published: October 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Holmes and Watson are invited to the preview of an exhibition of Chinese antiquities at the Victoria and Albert museum. The star exhibit is the Zhou bell, a priceless artifact on loan from the Chinese emperor himself.Trouble looms as the bell is stolen and Holmes and Watson become involved in Imperial intrigue as they try to retrieve it.
Sherlock Holmes - Fireside Collection
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,570. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
This is a collection of the first five Sherlock Holmes short stories written by the English author Dick Gillman. Included in this anthology is his latest story 'Sherlock Holmes and The Rattle-Jacks Affair' published in February 2013. All five titles are available as separate Smashwords editions but this is the first time they have been brought together into one fantastic single edition.
Sherlock Holmes and The Rattle-Jacks Affair
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,950. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the deaths of 'Little Alfie's' Aunt and Uncle. The police believe they have been murdered and Flora Smith, the daughter of the deceased couple has been arrested for the murder. However, on further investigation involving an incognito visit to the gasworks where Watson becomes a touch light fingered, Holmes believes that there is another explanation.
Sherlock Holmes and The Bishop's Tie-Pin
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,360. Language: British English. Published: January 24, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A visit from the Bishop of Westfield raises concerns about a fellow bishop and his visits to an establishment offering Massage. Secret British Naval papers appear in the German embassy and are linked to the bishops' brother. Blackmail is suspected and Watson has to bare all in order to gain the necessary intelligence. Holmes must use his skills as a burglar to avoid the bishops' downfall.
Sherlock Holmes and The Cagliari Affair
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,200. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
A request by the Italian ambassador sends Holmes and Watson plunging into the dark world of anarchists in Victorian London. The King of Italy, known for taking risks when traveling incognito in London becomes their target. Holmes also takes a grave risk to protect the King in Greenwich whilst the ambassador's Venetian Masked Ball gives the anarchists a further opportunity to achieve their goal.
Sherlock Holmes and The Birchwood Affair
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,880. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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A letter to the British Government from a blackmailer brings Holmes and Watson to the town of Truro in Cornwall. There they investigate a mysterious and often fatal illness which has befallen the townspeople as predicted by the blackmailer. By visiting the victims and their places of work a common thread appears. Holmes prevents further illness but now must find the culprit and bring him to task.
Sherlock Holmes and The Star of Bithur
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,160. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Traditional British
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are retained by the Duke of Salcombe to investigate a dreadful family secret. The 'Star of Bithur', a great treasure with a bloody past threatens to dishonor a noble family. Holmes and Watson have to explore the history of the diamond and its links to the Indian Mutiny of 1857. However, others are in search of the gem and the key to its hiding place.
Saline
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,220. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A navigational 'accident' finds Ben Grissam marooned around the sea world 'Saline'. He boards an abandoned alien mining vessel where, with the help of the hologram Science Officer, he solves the mystery of the crews disappearance. However, the intrigue continues when the crew's home world Hebros is threatened by the warlike A'rath. Ben must find a way to defeat them in order to save Hebros.

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