Three May Keep a Secret: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure
by Richard T. Ryan
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 264 pages
Genre: Mystery; Content Rating: G.
Publisher: MX Publishing; Release Date: November 29, 2021
Tour dates: November 29 to December 17
When a meeting with a client goes disastrously wrong, Sherlock Holmes soon finds himself involved in a case of murder with two dead bodies and too few clues.
From some clear pieces of glass and a raven's feather, the Great Detective must divine exactly who the client was and what prompted him to seek assistance at 221B. Fortunately, Holmes has a number of experts upon whom he can rely as well as his own vast store of esoteric knowledge.
Treading a twisted path, Holmes soon finds himself matching wits with an unseen criminal, who appears to be the equal of the late Professor Moriarty. At the same time, he is tasked with sparing the monarchy any possible embarrassment that may stem from the investigation.
It's a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that finds Holmes and Watson attending underground auctions, using rare and priceless artifacts as bait and holding a late night vigil in anticipation of deterring a theft, all the while trying to understand how a priceless antiquity fits into their investigation.
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No Method to My Madness by Richard T. Ryan
People often ask me how I find the time to write. The answer is simple: I do most of writing late at night when everyone is in bed sleeping. I love the peace and quiet, and I’m totally free of interruptions and distractions.
This process started when I was working the night shift at the newspaper. I would arrive at my job at around 4 p.m. and usually get home between midnight and 1 a.m. The only problem was that when I arrived home, I’d be wide awake. Often I would read, but once I had decided to write a novel, my first was The Vatican Cameos, it seemed like the ideal time. I mean I was limited in what I could do – vacuuming and laundry were out (thank God) and there wasn’t much on TV at that hour – so I decided to use the time for writing and researching.
As for a routine, I know there are people who write every day. They also set goals for themselves either in terms of time spent writing or the number of pages and/or words produced.
Although I’m usually writing or editing something every day, it might not be my present work in progress. As a result, I tend to write my novels in spurts – three or four days at a time – then a day or two off. However, if I feel the muse talking to me, I might write every day for two to three weeks in a row. There is no set pattern and I’m often stymied – such as when I have painted myself into a corner – and I’m not nearly as productive during those periods.
As for daily targets, I tend to set very modest goals. If I can get 500 “good” words done in a day, I’m very happy. By “good” words, I mean that I’ve composed them and then gone back and tweaked and edited so that the page or two is ready to go.
I also take a great many breaks when I write. Perhaps it’s a lack of self-discipline, I can’t say for certain, but I can’t argue with the results. Writing in this rather idiosyncratic manner has resulted in six published novels, a children’s book, various scholarly articles as well as two edited anthologies – the bulk of which involve Sherlock Holmes. I managed to do all of that in about five years.
In short, I’m producing about a book a year, and since I didn’t start writing until I was 63, I’m rather proud of that fact.
To sum it all up, writing is an incredibly personal experience. It’s draining but it’s also rewarding. If you’ve ever considered writing, experiment. Find the time and place that work best for you. Consider your surroundings: I prefer silence when I write, but I also know authors who make playlists to inspire them.
Then find a subject and begin. Don’t let the naysayers talk you out of it because if you stick with it, within a year, you’ll have a finished manuscript ready to be edited. Trust me when I say, the sense of satisfaction that comes with that feeling is priceless.
Meet the Author:
A lifelong Sherlockian, Richard Ryan is the author of “The Vatican Cameos: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure,” “The Stone of Destiny,” “The Druid of Death” and “The Merchant of Menace,” and “Through a Glass Starkly,” all from MX Publishing. “Three May Keep a Secret” is his sixth Holmes pastiche, and he is currently at work on his seventh.
He has also written “B Is for Baker Street (My First Sherlock Holmes Book)," an alphabet book he penned for his grandchildren.
Among his other credits are “The Official Sherlock Holmes Trivia Book," a book on Agatha Christie trivia and the well-received murder mystery “Deadly Relations” that has been produced twice off-Broadway.
He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in medieval literature. To this day, he remains a die-hard fan of the Fighting Irish.
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