Abaddon Books

An alternate Sherlock takes on The Case Of The Tattooed Bride

4 years ago

Ever wondered how Sherlock Holmes would deal with violence, intrigue and circus folk, all at the same time?

No? Ok, it’s a pretty specific situation so we’ll let you off, but doesn’t it sound cool? The correct answer is, of course, yes it bloody well does. And pretty soon you’ll be able to read this amazing tale of other-Holmes in Jamie Wyman’s The Case Of The Tattooed Bride, a brand new novella from Abaddon out on eBook on 16 July.

We’re publishing more other-Sherlocks after the resounding success of our Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, with The Case Of The Tattooed Bride the first eBook novella in a series that will eventually form a brand new print anthology. Exciting, eh?

But what’s it all about? Well, picture the scene: Winter, and the Soggiorno Brothers’ Traveling Wonder Show has pulled into its berth in Peru, Indiana; Sanford “Crash” Haus – this world’s Sherlock - and his friend, surgeon and retired soldier Jim “Dandy” Walker, are looking forward to a quiet few months. But then the Show’s old manager, Professor Sylvestri, comes into town, his ward in tow, and happily, too, because the Strong Man and the Tattooed Lady have just announced their betrothal, and the good Professor happens to be a minister. Preparations for the happy day begin, but it seems violence and misfortune attend on them...

“What I loved most about Jamie’s dirty-thirties era carnival-Holmes was the richness of the world the wonderful characters and the huge promise in the setup,” says editor David Moore. “It’s a joy and a privilege to be bringing out the next chapter in the irascible Sanford Haus’s – and the tragic Jim Walker’s – histories.”

After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, Jamie Wyman fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. She has an unhealthy addiction to chai, a passion for circus history, and a questionable hobby that involves putting a flaming torch into her mouth. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. Jamie is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog.

The Case Of The Tattooed Bride is out on 16 July.