Wednesday, 26 November 2014

If Only

So, a Sherlock special appears to be in the offing (there's no release date for it yet, but Christmas 2015 seems likely). Even though I hated the last series I know I'll almost certainly end up watching it (completist that I am). However, the photo that accompanied the announcement has definitely caught my attention. Cumberbatch and Freeman seem so at home in their Victorian clothes and their look is very reminiscent of Jeremy Brett and David Burke. The photo however just makes me wish they'd set the show in the Victorian period in the first place.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

500 not out for Requiem

Just a quick note to say that Requiem for Sherlock Holmes notched up 500 sales today (which is an amazing achievement for a self-published book). My heartfelt thanks to anyone who has bought a copy, and if you haven't got yours yet you can follow the link above to help us on our slow push into four figures.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Have a Sherlockian Christmas This Year (Thanks to

Christmas is nearly upon us so perhaps this is a good time for a little bit of self promotion. Here are some gift ideas courtesy of my publisher, Hidden Tiger (be sure to check the bottom of the post for details on a great discount).


Sherlock Holmes returns in five enthralling cases. Written in an authentic style, each tale adds new layers to the legend of the great detective.

The Collection opens with the Novella:

When Holmes' father is arrested for the murder of a servant, Sherlock is called in by his brother Mycroft to prove their father's innocence and clear the family name. Holmes reluctantly agrees to help, but the fractious relationship between father and son makes the case doubly a challenge. Will they be able to put aside age-old hostilities and find the true culprit before the accused has his date with the gallows? After decades of forced absence, Holmes returns to his childhood home, in the process unlocking long-repressed feelings which force him to confront his troubled past and threaten to expose his darkest secrets. 

The Collection also contains four Short Stories:

The descendant of a celebrated explorer calls at Baker Street with a curious tale. The late explorer's coffin, interred in the family mausoleum, has been broken into and Holmes, intrigued by the man's story, believes that there may be more to the incident than first meets the eye.


Holmes pits his wits against a sadistic killer, a man who had evaded the detective's clutches some years previous. When the killings resume, Holmes must identify the murderer and apprehend him before he strikes again.

Holmes and Watson travel to Paris in pursuit of a dangerous foe, but they soon find that a far greater enemy is lying in wait for them, eager for revenge.

Strange unseen forces are in play when Dr. Watson takes up an offer from overseas. The resulting sea journey brings about an encounter that takes him back to the gaslit streets of London and could solve the most fabled of mysteries.

Requiem for Sherlock Holmes is available in Hardback, Paperback and Kindle editions.


Sherlock Holmes takes to the stage in four entertaining playscripts written between 1898 and 1921 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Gillette.
Even though Sherlock Holmes had fallen to his supposed death at the culmination of The Final Problem in December 1893, it proved very difficult to keep the great detective down as this collection of theatrical playscripts proves. As the nineteenth century was nearing its end, Sherlock Holmes made his first official stage appearance and that legendary script is presented here along with three others: 

* Written by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
** Attributed to William Gillette
*** Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Theatrical Sherlock Holmes is available in Hardback, Paperback and various electronic editions.

The first collection of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works ever published, faithfully reproduced and augmented. 

Originally published in Great Britain in 1890 by the Walter Scott Company, Mysteries and Adventures collected together seven of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's earliest fictional works. Three years later, two international editions were issued and these featured five additional stories. Conan Doyle was not to profit from any of these ventures as, in order to have the stories carried by popular journals of the day, he had signed over all rights to their owners. Prior to their appearance in book form, several had been printed without credit and were not commonly known to be the work of Conan Doyle.

The narratives in Mysteries and Adventures dance confidently across the genres, touching upon colonial life, political upheaval, the supernatural, romance and the furrow he would later plough to great acclaim, crime.

These twelve entertaining tales plot Doyle's development from budding young writer to the great author that he quickly became.

Mysteries and Adventures is available in Hardback, Paperback and various electronic editions. are offering 25% off on any hardback or paperback orders made before the 25th of December. Just use promotional code KTP4 at the checkout to receive your discount.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Always Judge a Book by Its Cover

I'm pleased to announce that the cover design for Requiem for Sherlock Holmes has just been awarded a semi-final place in the 2014 Authorsdb Book Cover Contest. Of course the plaudits should go to the cover's designer, namely my brother, Alan Hayes. My brother and I are ecstatic that our cover has reached this far in the contest, as there were some very strong entries in our catergory.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Sparklers at the Ready

Remember, remember! The fifth of November,
the Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
why the gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot!

Wishing everyone a happy (and safe) bonfire night.
Also, if you are lighting a bonfire, take heed of the sage advice below.