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Liz Hedgecock grew up in London, England, did an English degree, and then took forever to start writing. After several years working in the National Health Service, some short stories crept into the world. A few even won prizes. Then the stories started to grow longer...
Now Liz travels between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries, murdering people. To be fair, she does usually clean up after herself.
Liz’s reimaginings of Sherlock Holmes, her Pippa Parker cozy mystery series, and the Caster & Fleet Victorian mystery series (with Paula Harmon) are available in ebook and paperback.
Liz lives in Cheshire with her husband and two sons, and when she’s not writing or child-wrangling you can usually find her reading, messing about on Twitter, or cooing over stuff in museums and art galleries. That's her story, anyway, and she's sticking to it.
Further info lurks at http://lizhedgecock.wordpress.com. For bite-sized pieces, follow Liz on Twitter at @lizhedgecock.
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'What is your profession, Mr Holmes?'
When Nell Villiers' policeman husband vanishes on a routine case, her life is wrecked. Placed under protection by Inspector Lestrade, Nell is ripped from her old life and her own secret police work. Instead she must live as a widow, Mrs Hudson, in a safe house: 221B Baker Street.
Two years on, with the case still unsolved, Nell vows to defy Lestrade and use her skills to discover what happened. She takes a lodger to cover her tracks; a young man called Sherlock Holmes. Before long, he is working on her case - and Nell is assisting him.
But as Nell delves into her past she raises ghosts whom one person would rather keep buried. Will she face danger, and risk her new life in the process?
'It's always been fun before - but now the police are the enemy...’
A House of Mirrors is the first book in the Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes series, which documents life at 221B Baker Street from Nell Hudson’s point of view.
Enter a world of mystery and intrigue with this complete series set in Victorian London.
• A House of Mirrors
• In Sherlock’s Shadow
• A Spider’s Web
Meet Mrs Hudson: a young woman whose life is wrecked when her policeman husband vanishes on a routine case. Placed under protection by Inspector Lestrade, Nell Villiers is ripped from her old life and her own secret police work. Instead she must live as a widow, Mrs Hudson, in a safe house: 221B Baker Street.
With the case still unsolved, Nell vows to defy Lestrade and use her skills to discover what happened. She takes a lodger to cover her tracks; a young man called Sherlock Holmes. Before long, they are working together on Nell’s case. And as they work, their relationship – both professional and personal – deepens...
Soon there are two detectives at 221B Baker Street, not one. Nell and Sherlock must fight London’s criminal underworld, from street gangs to high-level espionage, and evade the enemies they make along the way. But Nell, a female detective in a man’s world, must also fight for her career and her independence.
Start reading this thrilling series today!
Deanna Baran, Mark Mower, Thomas A. Turley, Will Murray, Brenda Seabrooke, Tim Gambrell, Thomas A. Burns, Jr., Amy Thomas, David Marcum, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, John Lawrence, Martin Daley, Dick Gillman, Liz Hedgecock, Paul Hiscock, Mike Hogan, Stephen Herczeg, and Roger Riccard, and forewords by Nancy Holder, Roger Johnson, Steve Emecz, and David Marcum
“Somewhere in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch box with my name, John H. Watson, M.D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid. It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes had at various times to examine...”
– Dr. John H. Watson
So wrote Dr. Watson in “The Problem of Thor Bridge” – and ever since, Sherlockians have been bringing us new adventures from this legendary tin dispatch box. While Watson’s original First Literary Agent only edited the pitifully few sixty stories that make up the original Canon, there have since been literally thousands of traditional adventures about the true Sherlock Holmes – and there will never be enough!
In 2015, The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories burst upon the scene, featuring adventures set within the correct time period, and written by many of today’s leading Sherlockian authors from around the world. Those first three volumes were overwhelmingly received, and there were soon calls for additional collections. Since then, their popularity has only continued to grow.
In Fall 2016, the series presented its first “themed” collection – Part V: Christmas Adventures – containing 30 new adventures that proved to be extremely and enduringly popular. With that in mind, we now revisit that season, with 57 more Christmas Adventures, ranging from a consequential case that occurred when Holmes was still a teenager, to another in the late 1920’s when Holmes – in retirement – was still at the top of his game.
The fifty-seven stories in these three companion volumes are a thrilling mix of mysteries, whatever the season. Some are directly involved with Christmas, while others occur during and in around that season. These represent some of the finest new Holmesian storytelling to be found by the best pasticheurs, and once again they honor the man described by Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
57 new traditional Holmes adventures in three simultaneously published volumes
The game is afoot!
All royalties from this collection are being donated by the writers for the benefit of the preservation of Undershaw, one of the former homes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
What happens when the honeymoon ends?
Life in Baker Street is not all Nell Hudson thought it would be. Financially the household is struggling, and in the masculine world of police work, Nell finds herself pushed aside in favour of Dr Watson. She takes a job as a department store detective to make ends meet; but though she is successful, none of the men in her life take it seriously.
Sherlock himself is busy investigating a missing prisoner; but when Emmett Stanley is found it turns out to be a case not of escape, but abduction. And he is in no state to tell anyone what happened.
Then trouble strikes closer to home. Military secrets are being leaked, and Mycroft Holmes is under suspicion. When Sherlock tries to help, a rift opens between the brothers, and its consequences threaten Nell and Sherlock’s relationship.
In the midst of it all, an opportunity beckons for Nell. She is approached to go undercover as a spy; but to do so she must leave everything behind and live a life completely alien to her.
Will Nell dare to step out of Sherlock Holmes’s shadow?
In Sherlock’s Shadow is the second book in the Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes series, which documents life at 221B Baker Street from Nell Hudson’s point of view.
Why won’t the past stay buried?
When Nell Hudson is offered an opportunity to work alongside Sherlock Holmes, she turns it down. She has forged her own independent career, and is happy with things as they are.
But she has no choice when an anonymous bomber plants dynamite all over London and sends only Sherlock the clues to find it. Soon, Nell’s and Sherlock’s lives are consumed as they race to disarm the devices and discover the villain.
A face from Nell’s past reappears, seeking to wreck the new life she has worked so hard to build. But they are not the only person taking an unwelcome interest in her. Someone else has tracked Nell down to Baker Street, and if they pay her a call, it will be fatal.
Can Nell take back control of her life and help Sherlock stop the bomber before tragedy strikes?
A Spider’s Web is the third book in the Mrs Hudson & Sherlock Holmes series, which documents life at 221B Baker Street from Nell Hudson’s point of view.
Books, magic, and a cat with character!
Travel to Charing Cross Road in London and join sales assistant Jemma, bookshop owner Raphael and Folio the cat in three spellbinding cozy mysteries.
Every Trick In The Book
When Jemma James takes a job at Burns Books, the second-worst secondhand bookshop in London, she finds her ambition to turn it around thwarted at every step. Raphael, the owner, is more interested in his newspaper than sales. Folio the bookshop cat has it in for Jemma, and the shop itself appears to have a mind of its own. Or is it more than that?
Gradually Jemma starts to make a difference ... and then the anonymous letters start arriving. Who is behind them, and why?
Brought to Book
Business is booming at Burns Books — so much so that Jemma and Raphael hire a new assistant. And that’s when things start to go wrong.
Luke’s helpful, he’s knowledgeable, and the customers like him. So why is the shop up to its old tricks, and a few new ones?
Jemma and Carl take it upon themselves to investigate, and end up finding out a lot more than they bargained for. Will working at the bookshop ever be the same again?
Jemma’s dream of running her own bookshop is becoming a nightmare. She has plenty of ideas, but her assistant Maddy is resistant to change. Come to that, so are the customers.
To distract herself, Jemma gets involved in Raphael’s attempt to recruit a new member of staff — but that doesn’t go entirely to plan either, as his wider team turns against him.
Can Jemma and Raphael work out what’s going on and get their lives back to normal before they run out of time?
It’s back to the bookshop for more magical cozy mysteries!
Join Jemma, Raphael, Folio the cat and friends for three spellbinding tales in the Magical Bookshop series.
By The Book
When Jemma takes on the post of Assistant Keeper, she wonders if she’s bitten off more than she can chew. Her boss Raphael has confidence in her … but Jemma is less convinced.
Then a mysterious developer targets the shops in their neighbourhood. When a familiar figure from Jemma’s past shows up, Jemma can’t help but smell a rat.
Will Jemma and Raphael be able to save the shop? Can Jemma step up to her new responsibilities? And will they ever find out where Folio keeps sneaking off to?
Jemma is happy in her work, so when Raphael mentions more responsibility she says no. She hadn’t realised Raphael meant his job.
Her new boss seems efficient, competent and rigorous: everything Raphael isn’t. They ought to get on like a house on fire, but sparks fly from the moment they meet.
Knowledge emergencies are rising, tensions are mounting, and Jemma’s job is at stake. Can she work out what’s going on and stop it before the worst happens?
When London is beset by strange happenings, Jemma finds herself in the thick of the action – and not in a good way.
Meanwhile, her boss Lennox plans to lighten the workload. Unfortunately, he means his own. Torn between running the bookshops and investigating what’s going on in London, Jemma knows something has to give.
Then it becomes clear that the chaos in London is the work of more than one person. Who is behind it all? And as they draw closer to the truth, Jemma discovers that she is in danger too…
Can Jemma save herself and the city before she runs out of time?
Who would miss a Crystal Kiss?
When Katherine and Connie receive a note from Mr Maynard at the Department, his request seems easy. After all, how hard can it be to investigate confectionery? But Crystal Kisses are everywhere, and frighteningly addictive.
How have the sweets become so popular? And why are so many being given away? Connie and Katherine travel across London, where they see the power of the sweets for themselves, and before too long find themselves back in the music hall, where they make some disturbing connections...
The duo’s investigations indicate everything is above board — almost too reputable — and all their enquiries result in dead ends. But someone knows they’re on the case, and will stop at nothing to make them abandon it. An easy case becomes a nightmare of disapproval, stress, and shame — yet the duo feel they must fight on.
Will Katherine and Connie dare to risk their reputations, and even their happiness, to find out what lies behind the Crystal Kisses?
The Case of the Crystal Kisses is the sixth book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.
When Katherine Demeray opens an unsigned letter addressed to her missing father, she is drawn into a quest to find the terrified letter-writer and learn the secret of the black tulips.
Struggling to support herself after her father's disappearance, Katherine has neither time nor money to solve the mystery alone. She has no choice but to seek help from a woman she has only just met; awkward socialite Connie Swift.
As the letters become increasingly frantic, this unlikely team of amateur detectives must learn to work together, while struggling to navigate the rigid rules of Victorian propriety, their families’ expectations, and the complicating interference of men.
Confronting danger as they venture into new and frightening territory, Katherine and Connie risk arrest, exposure, and even their reputations to solve the Case of the Black Tulips. Can they solve the mystery before someone gets killed....or they kill each other?
The Case of the Black Tulips is the first book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.
The discovery of a leather notebook hidden in the great detective’s sock drawer caused a sensation. Now readers can join Holmes and Watson on a romp through 19th-century London, in 29 new and remarkable early cases.
These humorous short stories feature appearances by Mycroft Holmes, Inspector Lestrade, and other familiar characters, as well as cameos from several well-known Victorians. They also contain numerous historical liberties.
Can Holmes and Watson solve the mystery of Mornington Crescent? Why are all the policemen whispering at Scotland Yard? Is the world prepared for the case of the Giant Rat of Sumatra? Read The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes to find out...
Praise for The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes:
"This book of short stories had me at the prologue... classic, dry Sherlocky wit" - Nicki Elson Blog
"A fun read... Holmes gets some great lines' - I Hear of Sherlock
"[A] little gem" - Pam Plumb, author of Akos Novus
Liz Hedgecock grew up in London. After some years working for the NHS, she finally began her career as an author, winning several prizes for her writing. Liz’s reimaginings of Sherlock Holmes, her Pippa Parker cozy mystery series, and the Caster & Fleet Victorian mystery series (with Paula Harmon) are available in eBook and paperback. Now living in Cheshire with her husband and two sons, she can usually be found reading, Tweeting or in museums and art galleries. Follow Liz on Twitter @lizhedgecock or on her blog at http://lizhedgecock.wordpress.com.
The Department recruit the duo to investigate London’s mediums and mesmerists, several of whom are suspected of fraud. Katherine and Connie must pose as clients to discover what goes on behind closed doors.
The deeper they delve, the more unsettling the duo’s findings become. Disturbing revelations shake their confidence in themselves and their mission. They are followed, and spied on. And when Miss Robson joins the team, she raises a ghost whom she had hoped was laid to rest for ever…
Both women face challenges in their personal lives, too. Connie has to balance her new career and her married life, while Katherine makes an enemy who threatens her chance of happiness and the success of their investigation.
Can Katherine and Connie see past the smoke and mirrors to uncover the truth?
The Case of the Deceased Clerk is the third book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.
Not every gift is a blessing…
When Miss Quinton, the Kings’ elderly neighbour at Hazelgrove, dies, no-one is surprised. Katherine and Connie are too busy trying to find a client’s missing family, not to mention having difficulties with their own.
But when the doctor orders a post-mortem, and Miss Quinton’s will delivers several surprises, the duo have no choice but to get involved. It becomes even more urgent when Evangeline King, the chief beneficiary of Miss Quinton’s will, receives a poison-pen letter. And then there is a death even closer to home…
Their personal lives make work harder than ever. While Connie investigates in London her family’s demands increase, and the fuss over Katherine’s first pregnancy creates unexpected obstacles.
Can Katherine and Connie uncover the secrets behind the will and discover what really happened?
The Case of the Fateful Legacy is the fifth book in the Caster & Fleet mystery series, set in 1890s London.