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You may be looking for more Sherlock Holmes stories, but haven't yet found a series that charms you and speaks to your heart. Maybe you can still remember how you felt when you first encountered the greatest detective of them all. You'd like to recapture that feeling, and rekindle that sense of excitement and sheer fun . . .
Well, you've come to the right place! If you love a strong heroine and a classic Sherlock Holmes, you're going to love this series. It's a fresh, faithful reimagining of the great detective and his brave, brilliant daughter, Lucy James.
"Entertaining . . . a clever variation on a familiar theme . . . Comparable Title: Laurie R. King's The Beekeeper's Apprentice." says Publisher's Weekly.
"A new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries." says The Santa Barbara Independent.
Since Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet, the fictional detective has gone on to become one of the most beloved and iconic characters of all time, spawning thousands of stage and radio plays, television shows, films, and books. 130 years later, in 2017, father-daughter author duo Charles Veley and Anna Elliott teamed up to release their first collaboration - Remember, Remember - in the Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery Series. With the pair's debut, they provided readers young and old with a fresh yet faithful reimagining of the Great Detective, and earned praise from Publishers Weekly: ("a winning" addition to the Holmesian canon"), The Historical Novel Society ("charming and amusing"), and more.
In the Sherlock & Lucy series, Holmes - as brilliant and engaging as ever - is the father of Lucy James: an independent, modern-minded American actress living in Victorian London who inherited her father's intelligence, detective skills, and bravery.
Each book centers on Sherlock and Lucy as they collaborate on solving a crime, and contains clean language, exciting conflicts, and imaginative mysteries in the Conan Doyle tradition. The books are as enjoyable as 'standalone' stories as they are read in consecutive order.
"While the Victorian era looked in many ways very different from our own - corsets! Lack of indoor plumbing! No iPhones! - there are human themes like love and family, and darker themes like crime and hate, that are still universal," Anna Elliott says of the Sherlock & Lucy books. "Our stories are built on absolute love and respect for the original Sherlock Holmes canon, and yet give the reader a few more glimpses of that humanity hinted at in the Conan Doyle stories," she continues.
Hundreds of ordinary readers and many professional reviewers have praised the series for the genuine relationship between Holmes and Watson, for the exciting, engaging character of his daughter, and for the gripping, compelling pace of each of the stories. Many are also pleased to see a hint of warmth coming from Holmes, and for the clean, family-friendly values - reminiscent of those in the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle canon - that underlie the tales. The Sherlock and Lucy series has been recommended by the Library of Clean Reads.
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London, 1895. A beautiful American actress visits 221B Baker Street, desperate for Sherlock Holmes to protect her from a mysterious, menacing man who has recently appeared in her life.
Holmes feels compelled to help the young woman, but he's been asked to solve an urgent case with international implications. A close associate of John. D. Rockefeller has been murdered, and Holmes suspects the violent act is an attempt to derail the upcoming British-American summit. Clues to the murder point directly to Professor Moriarty, proving that while Holmes's old archenemy may be dead, his criminal enterprise is alive and well. To prevent an international disaster, Holmes must figure out who is pulling the strings now, and why. As he races to find the true culprit, another woman walks into his life--someone from his past, who presents him with a mystery that will force him to look deep within for answers.
Can Holmes protect the young actress, solve the riddle from his own past, and prevent chaos on both sides of the Atlantic?
A fast-paced and witty Sherlock Holmes novel with a labyrinth of thrilling twists and turns. Narrated by Watson, The Last Moriarty is a feel-good mystery with a twist ending that stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while offering fresh new adventures for old and new fans alike. Whispersync enabled - read and listen with Audible!
A deadly secret. An evil plot. And a race against time to save England from disaster.
London, 1899—When a mysterious packet is stolen from a diplomatic courier, Sherlock and Lucy are called upon to recover it, before its ominous contents fall into the wrong hands. Their best hopes for success lie with a pretty young bookstore attendant, and her father, the kindly old bookstore owner.
As they work to recover the stolen packet, the Baker Street gang uncovers a dark, tangled web of intrigue, and an evil plot that could very well bring all of England to its knees. When a notorious criminal is found dead in the bookstore basement, and the bookseller is arrested for the crime, the danger becomes very real, and very personal.
Can Holmes and Lucy find the perilous packet, catch the murderous mastermind, and foil the fiendish plot? Or will the case of the bookseller prove to be the Baker Street team’s final chapter?
A fun and thrilling take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, with memorable new characters, unexpected twists and turns, and international intrigue. The Body in the Bookseller's stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while showing the true value of family and friendship.
A loss of identity. A dastardly assassination plot. And a woman who must solve both riddles to save those she loves . . .
London, 1896--On a cold November morning, a lovely American actress awakens face-down on the concrete pavement just outside the British Museum. She has no memory of who she is, or what has happened to her--just a dim recollection of the name "Sherlock Holmes."
The search for clues to her true identity leads her to an alarming revelation: she may have killed someone, and someone is definitely trying to kill her. Desperate to find the truth and save her own life, she digs deeper, only to find that she is not the only target.
Backed by a familiar foe, shadowy, menacing figures have plotted an assassination at the British Museum. As the young actress works to learn more about their evil plan, her memory suddenly returns. She realizes she is none other than Lucy James, daughter of Sherlock Holmes himself! Now Lucy must put her inherited sleuthing abilities to the test as she, Holmes, and Watson work together to foil the assassination attempt. But their adversaries are ruthless and cunning, and success is far from certain. Can they escape peril and defeat the would-be killers? Or will Lucy lose everyone she holds dear?
A fun and fast-paced take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, with unexpected twists and turns, a strong, feisty heroine, and a touch of romance. Narrated by Holmes's daughter Lucy, Remember Remember stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while showing the true value of family and friendship. Read and listen with Whispersync on Audible!
Two strangely connected murders. An eve-of-war catastrophe. And a new sleuth determined to help Holmes against all odds . . .
London, 1896--A prominent banker is found dead in an unsavory part of the city. Hours later, the charred remains of another body are discovered on a beach in Dover. An intriguing link between the two murders brings the case to the forefront of Sherlock Holmes's attention.
The famed detective's investigation has barely begun, however, when the Secretary of War summons him with catastrophic news: on the eve of war, a new British superweapon has fallen into the wrong hands. Holmes must recover it, or risk dooming all of England to a dark fate for generations to come.
Holmes and his faithful partner Watson make plans to track the weapon down in Germany, where Brits are unwelcome and dangers lurk everywhere. But they're not alone in their endeavors: over Holmes's stern objection, his recently discovered grown daughter Lucy insists on helping the duo find the weapon and solve the two murders.
Lucy's sleuthing skills prove as formidable as her father's, and soon enough, the trail of clues in Germany lead the three detectives to a sinister plot that puts them directly in the line of fire. Can they evade danger, solve a double murder and save the Empire?
A thrilling and fast-paced take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, complete with unexpected twists and turns and international intrigue. A feel-good mystery with a twist ending, The Wilhelm Conspiracy stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, and features appearances from real-life notables Nikola Tesla, King Edward VII, and Kaiser Wilhelm II. Whispersync enabled - read and listen with Audible!
A pernicious assassination plot. A devious decoy. And a transcontinental race against time to catch a killer . . .
London, 1898. Held captive by a diabolical criminal mastermind and his gang of thugs, Watson overhears an assassination plot that not only endangers the life of Sherlock Holmes, but threatens to ignite a war. If he has any hope of foiling his kidnappers’ nefarious plans, he must escape, and quickly.
Eluding the familiar foe proves challenging, however. Watson is soon caught and awakens in jail, the prime suspect for two murders, dressed in the clothes of a missing man, one Lord Harwell. To save himself and prevent the assassination, Watson embarks on a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that leads him on a harrowing journey to Constantinople aboard the famed Orient Express.
Meanwhile, Sherlock and Lucy have been called upon to discern the whereabouts of the missing Lord Harwell. The stakes become much higher when Holmes discovers the missing man has ties to an important diplomatic negotiation in Constantinople. Just as he is pulled deeper into the investigation, Holmes receives a distressing telegram from Watson himself. He and Lucy quickly board the next outgoing Orient Express in hopes of rescuing Watson and preventing a gruesome act that could very well lead the nation to war.
Success seems uncertain as the enemy looks to thwart their heroic efforts at every turn, and Watson, Holmes and Lucy become targets in an ever-more-sinister plan. Will three intrepid detectives stop the assassination and put its mastermind away for good? Or will it all be too little, too late?
A thrilling and fast-paced take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, complete with unexpected twists and turns, international intrigue, and historical events and settings. Watson on the Orient Express stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series and features a new dynamic and new characters that will please die-hard fans and new readers alike.
A perilous bank robbery. A killer on the loose. And a search for identity that will forever change two lives . . .
London, 1895--American actress Lucy James is on a mission to find her true heritage. The few clues she has managed to unearth have led her to a safe deposit box inside the Capital and Counties Bank. With the help of her friend Johnny Rockefeller, she attempts to break into the box and learn the truth. But her plans are foiled when real bank robbers show up, and she and Johnny suddenly find themselves in serious peril.
Sherlock Holmes is on a mission of his own. A young man has been found murdered in his bed, and the famed sleuth has found few clues to go on, other than a mysterious woman who seems bent on causing trouble. Just as Holmes begins putting some pieces of the puzzle together, he is called to help stop a robbery at the Capital and Counties bank--the very bank where the murder victim worked as a guard, and where Holmes keeps his accounts.
Will Lucy evade danger and find out who she really is? Will Holmes foil the robbery and catch the killer? Or will the truth evade them both, and leave them in mortal danger?
This novella-length prequel to the Sherlock and Lucy mystery series has it all--twists and turns, near-misses, and a fast-paced and fun storyline that will leave the reader guessing breathlessly. The Crown Jewel Mystery stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while opening the door to new characters, a new dynamic, and fresh new mysteries to be solved. Read and listen with Whispersync on Audible!
A brazen murder. A lone witness. And a callous killer who will stop at nothing to silence her forever . . .
London, 1899 - Lady Constance has seen too much, and now her life is in danger. The beautiful, aristocratic newlywed is the sole witness in a murder case, and without her testimony, a killer will walk free. Her husband is distraught thinking any harm might come to his young bride, whose affection is the only thing that has given his wayward life purpose.
A ray of hope appears when the London Queen’s Counsel hires Sherlock and Lucy to protect Lady Constance. The Baker Street Team spirits her away to safety, and all appears to be well. That is, until a shocking turn of events makes it clear that danger is imminent for all of them, and there is no safe place to hide.
The team must work ‘round the clock to find and catch an old enemy before his deeds turn deadly once again. Will Lady Luck smile on them? Or will Lady Constance pay the ultimate price for knowing too much?
A thrilling and fast-paced take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, complete with hairpin turns and an unexpected twist even seasoned Sherlock and Lucy readers won’t see coming. The Solitary Witness stays faithful to the spirit of the original series, but offers new characters and a fresh take on the beloved classics.
A hero on the mend. A blossoming romance. And a mysterious murder that must be solved at any cost . . .
London, 1897--After narrowly cheating death in their last case, Lucy James and Jack Kelly are both on the mend. Jack's injuries are serious, and his recovery is slow. As Lucy attempts to nurse him back to health, she finds that her feelings for him are growing more intense every day. But does he feel the same?
Jack is a proud young man intent on making his way in the Metropolitan Police force. His plans to get back to full crime-fighting strength don't include help from anyone, especially Lucy. He is determined to keep her at arm's length. After all, a beautiful woman like Lucy could never care for him the way he cares for her. Or, could she?
In the meantime, Lucy and her father, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, are called to the Diogenes Club, where a retired general has been murdered in cold blood. The killer must be found, but there's a catch. The body is found in a locked room, and there are few clues, if any, to go on.
Just as the duo is making headway, they realize the crimes are just beginning. Soon Lucy, Holmes, and Jack find themselves in lethal conflict with the most ruthless gang leader in London, who is determined to eliminate his enemies. Lucy won't let that happen. But can she guard her heart while she protects those she loves?
A fun and fast-paced take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, with unexpected twists and turns, a strong, feisty heroine, and a touch of romance. Narrated by Holmes's daughter Lucy, Death at the Diogenes Club stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while showing the true value of family and friendship. Read and listen with Whispersync on Audible!
A long-awaited wedding. A ring of dangerous diamond thieves. And a murderer with an all-too-familiar modus operandi . . .
London, 1897--Love is in the air! Lucy James, daughter of famed detective Sherlock Holmes, is finally poised to marry her sweetheart, Jack. But Lucy isn't the only one who's starry-eyed--Dr. Watson's attention has been captivated by a beautiful and alluring woman . . . who may not be at all what she seems.
It's not all romance and roses, however. In the midst of wedding-planning, Lucy, Holmes, and
Watson must take on a nefarious diamond-smuggling ring. And, just as they are making headway, a familiar evil puts all of London on edge.
A young woman is found dead, and her murder is reminiscent of those committed by Jack the
Ripper. Has the infamous killer resurfaced? Or is some other sinister plan afoot? The intrepid
detective trio is determined to find out.
Danger escalates with every uncovered clue, and soon enough, Lucy finds her wedding plans--and her very life--in peril. Can she and the team disband the diamond smugglers, catch the killer, and ensure her happily-ever-after?
A fast-paced and thrilling take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, with unexpected twists and turns, a strong, feisty heroine, and a touch of romance. Narrated by Dr. Watson and Holmes's daughter Lucy, The Return of the Ripper stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while introducing an intriguing family dynamic. Read and listen with Whispersync on Audible!
A celebration for the ages. A looming disaster. And an old enemy returns anew . . .
London, 1887—Queen Victoria’s magnificent Golden Jubilee celebration is poised to be the event of the decade, but a criminal mastermind’s evil plot could turn it into the worst disaster of the century.
When an unlikely source overhears the plan’s sinister details, he goes to none other than Sherlock Holmes for help. It’s up to Holmes, his trusted confidant Watson, and his fearless daughter Lucy to find the culprit, foil his plot, and save the Queen—and thousands of her subjects—from certain death.
As the team follows the clues from Buckingham Palace, to an armorer’s castle, to St. Paul’s Cathedral, a faceless foe they have crossed swords with in the past resurfaces once again.
Can Holmes and his team unmask their nemesis and defeat him once and for all? And can they do it in time to save the most glorious fancy dress ball in the history of the Empire from going up in flames—and taking the monarchy with it?
A thrilling and fast-paced take on a classic Sherlock who-done-it, complete with unexpected twists and turns, international intrigue, and a strong, feisty heroine. Narrated by Lucy James and Watson, The Jubilee Problem stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, and takes the reader through some of the grandest sites of Victorian-era London. Read and listen with Whispersync on Audible!
A strange disappearance. A desperate plan. And a fight to bring a small boy home to safety . . .
London, 1899—On a brisk fall day, a six-year-old boy and his nanny vanish without a trace during a trip to the London Tower. When the boy’s father, Lord Rollings, is summoned to the Tower to receive ransom instructions, he immediately puts Sherlock and Lucy on the case.
The clues are scant and the tension is high—every moment that passes could bring the boy closer to danger. When a second, separate ransom demand is made, the case becomes even more convoluted, and the Baker Street team must take quick and cunning action in order to find and stop the real kidnapper.
The stakes escalate when one of the Baker Street team’s own is put in mortal peril, and it becomes clear that whoever took the Rollings child will stop at nothing to keep him from being found. Can Holmes and his team rescue the boy and uncover the truth? Or will the kidnapper’s desperate plot succeed?
A fast-paced and witty Sherlock Holmes story with a labyrinth of compelling twists and turns and a surprise ending that will keep readers guessing Narrated by Watson and Lucy James, Kidnapped at the Tower stays faithful to the spirit of the beloved original series, while offering a fresh new mystery for old and new fans alike.
A baffling murder. A master criminal. Have the world’s greatest detective and his intrepid American daughter finally met their match?
Seven short stories published in one volume for the first time, featuring Sherlock Holmes and his long-lost daughter.
Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James have become a formidable family crime-fighting team. But one murderous woman has evaded their grasp. And when they’re called to London’s Olympia Theatre to investigate the strange death of a circus clown, they quickly discover their cunning foe has struck again.
Tracking the enigmatic killer through London Zoo, a fancy-dress ball, and a sinister occult organization, the erudite duo stays hot on her heels. Each time they close in, a powerful criminal mastermind intervenes, and she slips through their fingers. But failing to bring their enemies to justice may cost them the one thing they both hold dear…
Can Holmes and Lucy catch a monster, or is this the evildoer who will defeat them at last?
The Collected Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Short Stories: Volume One takes the reader on a breathless journey through five connected tales, plus two Christmas bonus cases. If you like Victorian intrigue, stunning surprises, and old-fashioned page-turners, you’ll love Anna Elliott and Charles Veley’s exciting mysteries. Whispersync enabled - read and listen with Audible!