Sherlock and Me
I must confess that I’ve been in love with Sherlock Holmes for almost fifty years. I was fifteen when my parents gave me The Complete Sherlock Holmes for my birthday and it was love at first read. Sherlock Holmes captured my imagination with his intelligence, eccentricities and his powers of observation.
Conan Doyle described Sherlock as a forensics expert before the science even existed and invented techniques which later became part of Scotland Yard's standard operating procedures. Part of my fascination with Sherlock has been that I’ve always felt like his colleague, John Watson. I’ve loved to go adventuring with the World's Only Consulting Detective if only in my mind.
The recent return of Sherlock films and the BBC television series which has updated Sherlock to contemporary times, has made me fall in love with the him all over again. How fantastic to see Sherlock using all of today’s technology and still running rings around those who see but don’t observe.
I began working on a series of contemporary Christian adventure novels about Sherlock Holmes in the summer of 2013. Written with suspense and humor, my first book is a study of some of our favorite Conan Doyle characters: Sherlock, John, Mycroft, Lestrade, Mrs. Hudson and even the villainous Moriarty. Through their new adventures, I reveal past secrets and challenge our friends to make life altering decisions.
Mary Morstan (John's wife), whose large blue eyes Conan Doyle described as "singularly spiritual and sympathetic," is introduced in my book as a woman of faith. In that role she illustrates the influence that one person can have for Christ. It is my fervent prayer that my labor of love will be used mightily by the Lord for as Sherlock would say:
"The Game is On!"