Bryant & May’s Hidden Cases
Remembering those Sherlock Holmes stories where Holmes enigmatically refers to an untold case as ‘that scandal of the Bohemian pilchard snatching’ and moves on to the investigation at hand, I started smuggling references of missing cases into the Bryant & May novels at a very early stage.
The Leicester Square Vampire was suitably sorted out (in a tale that explained Janice Longbright’s relationship with her mother) in an early Bryant & May novel, but the rest of the hidden crimes remained unexplained – until now, because I’m preparing a book that breaks open the files on those cases yet untold.
The Belles of Westminster, the Deptford Demon, the Odeon Strangler and the Chamber Of Horrors Maniac (not to mention the Little Italy Whelk Smuggling scandal!) will hopefully all get their say, along with a host of other tales from the old chaps’ mutual past.
I always loved books of short stories that explored other aspects of familiar characters. I have Adrian Conan Doyle’s volume of Sherlock’s mentioned investigations, which he wrote with John Dickson Carr (Carr did most of the heavy lifting for those tales) and the two volumes of ‘The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes’, which were made into a TV series in 1971.
I should be able to announce more long-term plans soon (I’m working on a whole raft of novels, short stories and er, other stuff, in case you think I just swan around the world all the time unaware of my obligations). Having missed my slot in the early death stakes, I’ll just have to soldier on and earn respect from the ‘Amazed He’s Still Around and Working’ critics.
So – new Bryant & May Hidden Mysteries book – you have been warned!