In other news, I wrote an article for a fantastic Sherlockian magazine called The Magic Door and it’s featured on the front cover of their spring edition!
In the article, I highlight the themes that appeared in letters between Arthur Conan Doyle and his editor. The universality of the themes like writer’s block and arguments over editing made me feel even closer to ACD and I think make for an interesting piece. Click on the graphic to read through the PDF version of the magazine.
I reread it today because the only part of the story I was planning to emulate was Portia taking on a case with someone ‘illustrious,’ not the premise for the mystery or the solution of the crime — in fact I want to head in an opposite direction from that.
Holmes is hired in the Illustrious Client to convince young Violet not to marry a murderous Baron (who has not been successfully linked to his previous crimes) which he does with the help of the Baron’s former lover.
No problem, I’m planning for Book 7 to be about a client who is blackmailed for political information.
Hopefully, this formula (see image above) I just came up with holds true:
The original idea (an illustrious client) + my respect for Conan Doyle’s work + a new take (blackmail) = an effective homage.