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In May of 2014 the Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada – better known as The Bootmakers (www.torontobootmakers.com) – announced a contest for a new Sherlock Holmes story. Although he had no experience writing fiction, the author submitted a short Sherlock Holmes mystery and was blessed to be declared one of the winners. Thus inspired, he has continued to write new Sherlock Holmes mysteries since. In real life he writes about and serves as a consultant for political campaigns in Canada and the USA (www.ConservativeGrowth.net), but would abandon that pursuit if he could possibly earn a decent living writing about Sherlock Holmes. He currently writes from Toronto, Tokyo, and Manhattan.
on June 29, 2015 :
While I was never a Sherlock Holmes fan, I started reading this book with some apprehension, but it stated that fans of Gone with the Wind would enjoy this parody. I was fascinated with the possibilities. When Starlet O’Halloran comes to London to ask Sherlock Holmes for his help in finding her wayward husband Brett Steward, my interest grew. Author Craig Stephen Copland did not disappoint.
The story flowed and I completed reading it in only four hours. The inclusion of very familiar characters from the past added to my extreme enjoyment of what was labeled a parody. Studying Scarlet was packed with intrigue, suspense, humor and romance. The way the author weaved together historical facts with classic stories quickly turned me into a fan. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you are a Sherlock Holmes fan or not, though I would tend to label it as a pastiche instead of a parody. As Wikipedia states, “Unlike parody, pastiche celebrates, rather than mocks, the work it imitates.” Studying Scarlet did just that, and I look forward to reading more of Mr. Copland’s books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)