BRIMSTONE by John Allen, Historical/Women Sleuths/ Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, 336 pp., $9.99 (paperback) $2.99 (Kindle)
Author: John Allen
Publisher: Allen & Allen Semiotics Inc.
Genre: Historical Fiction/Women Sleuths/Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Louise Hawkins Conan Doyle, who gave birth to the beloved sleuth.Allen has put his beliefs to the test, writing and publishing the
first of a projected 12-novel series of Holmes mysteries titled BRIMSTONE. His
detective is Louise Hawkins Conan Doyle, and Allen names her as the
author of the tale he presents, set in 1879 Bristol, England.In a previous book, SHADOW WOMAN, Allen set out to prove
that Louise was the true creator of Sherlock Holmes. The inspiration for
his startling and controversial theory of authorship was a 1980s essay
by Martin Gardner called “The Irrelevance of Arthur Conan Doyle.”
Gardner claimed that Arthur was “too gullible and to easily duped to
have created Sherlock Holmes.”Allen determined that Gardner was correct, but Gardner identified no
alternative author. Allen continues, “So I decided to give it a try. I
came to suspect Louise as the actual author, but I lacked the knowledge
and tools to make a solid case.”Then the Internet came along, giving Allen a valuable research tool.
He became convinced that Louise did in fact create Sherlock Holmes.
Allen presented his case in SHADOW WOMAN, which was published
in 2017. To further advance Louise as Holmes’s creator, to give her the
credit he believes she is due, he is now featuring her in a series of
mystery novels, the first of which is BRIMSTONE.As if Allen hadn’t set the bar too high already, he has added a subtext to BRIMSTONE that explores contemporary wrongful convictions through his Victorian thrillers.BRIMSTONE brims with appeal to multiple audiences, from
lovers of detective stories to those interested in justice for the
wrongfully convicted. Sherlock Holmes would be proud.
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training, and experience,” he describes himself as “a recovering
engineer.” He left engineering to become the junior partner in Allen
& Allen Semiotics Inc., a corporation that his wife, Lynn, launched
for their diversified home business. Their projects include designing
databases for mid-sized companies. John Allen holds a BS from the United
States Air Force Academy, an MS from the University of Southern
California, and an MA from the University of California, Riverside.You can visit his website at http://louiseconandoyle.com/.