I’m pleased to announce that Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted will be released March 28 and is now available for preorder. http://amzn.to/2mqogxE Anatomy, which I co-edited with Laura Caldwell, tells the incredible true stories of 15 exonerees — innocent men and women — who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into…

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Well, In the Shadow of Agatha Christie: Classic Tales by Women Crime Writers, 1850-1917 is done and on its way to Pegasus Books. I thought I’d share the table of contents: “The Advocate’s Wedding Day” by Catherine Crowe “The Squire’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell “Traces of Crime” by Mary Fortune “Mr. Furbush” by Harriet Prescott…

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Sara Paretsky was our Distinguished Speaker this year for the Baker Street Irregulars at the Sherlock Holmes Birthday Weekend. She gave a powerful and moving talk about women crime writers who have been forgotten today, despite their achievements and popularity in the 19th and early 20th century. I was inspired by her talk to decide…

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I swore to myself when I started this website that I wouldn’t post about personal things, because, well, it didn’t seem right. But my wife and I have lost two good friends in the last three weeks, our beloved cat Xander (age at least twenty) and the imp of the perverse, our youngest cat Spike,…

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The brazenness of the Conan Doyle Estate Limited continues to know no bounds. A glossy new website, www.conandoyleestate.com, falsely claims “ownership” of U.S. trademarks in the character of Sherlock Holmes (it has applied for a broad range of trademarks but does not own them yet–and will not if the public speaks up). The CDEL’s website…

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I’m thrilled to share the cover for New Annotated Frankenstein, to be published by W. W. Norton/Liveright Publishing on July 25, 2017. Guillermo del Toro is writing an introduction, and there’s a fine afterword by Professor Anne Mellor of UCLA, one of the world’s great Frankenstein scholar. There are over 200 illustrations and photographs, and…

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Three events are set for Echoes of Sherlock Holmes: October 1 at 2:00 PM The Poisoned Pen, Scottsdale, AZ. The Les & Laurie Show returns to the Poisoned Pen, talking about Sherlock Holmes, Mary Russell,Echoes of Sherlock Holmes, and Mary Russell’s War & Other Stories of Suspense. ________________________________________ October 8 at 5:00 PM: Les Klinger…

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Don Cannon, a long-time mystery buff, Sherlockian, and friend died last week. I thought I’d share this memory of Don: Back in late 2009, I was slated to attend the 2010 Left Coast Crime, in Los Angeles. Don was in charge of programming (or at least in charge of programming me), and it was no…

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I’ve announced this elsewhere, but I’m still so chuffed that it’s worth repeating: I’m busy working on Annotated Watchmen for DC Entertainment. This came about because, when we were wrapping Annotated Sandman, I happened to say that my other dream project would be to take a similar approach to Watchmen, one of the great works of art of the 20th century.…

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I’m very pleased to hear from my publisher Liveright/Norton that New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft is doing very well—so well that they’d like me to do a second volume, tentatively titled New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft: Beyond the Mythos! Although the first volume contained 22 stories, we omitted a number of great tales simply to…

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