Dean Turnbloom, JHWS “Stoker”: Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Raven’s Call

Ravens call AdventureSherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Raven’s Call follows Holmes into retirement, where shortly after he arrives in Sussex Downs he becomes aware that a reported accidental death may have been murder. Holmes uses his gifts for observation and deduction to discover the identity of the murderer and teams up with a new partner to get the guilty party’s confession. A pastiche of the first order, Raven’s Call will delight the Holmes enthusiast as it shows the consulting detective may retire, but is never retiring.

Weekly Forum #4

I’m in London right now! For the very first time in my life!

(Note: I’m not counting the time in my early twenties where I got rerouted through Heathrow Airport during a very hectic Madrid-to-Seattle trip, where I then got rudely yelled at, and then had my check in luggage lost for three weeks…. that one time doesn’t count. This is a proper do-over. And instead of Heathrow, I flew in through Gatwick. So there. Ha!)

If you live around London, or ever visit London, what are some of your favorite places to go?

If you’ve never been, but you want to go to London one day, what would you like to go see?

Dean Turnbloom, JHWS “Stoker”: Sherlock Holmes and The Return of The Whitechapel Vampire

SH&RTNofWV Front coverBodies washing up along the eastern coast of New England and the mysterious grounding of a “ghost ship” near Manhattan combine to bring Sherlock Holmes out of retirement to resume his pursuit of the villainous Baron Antonio Barlucci-the Whitechapel Vampire. But when he arrives in London to enlist the assistance of Dr. Watson, the good doctor has reservations.

It’s been twenty-five years since Holmes and Watson hunted Barlucci, twenty-five years since they learned the baron was buried beneath a mountain of ice and snow.

Has Holmes’ preoccupation with Barlucci driven him to see connections where none exist? Have his powers of deduction gone stale while in retirement? Has Watson’s worst fear, that Holmes’ obsession with the baron has unbalanced his finely tuned psyche, come true?

Sherlock Holmes and the Return of the Whitechapel Vampire is the exciting finalé to the Whitechapel Vampire Trilogy. In this final chapter, Holmes must face more than evil. He must face his own mortality-the only certainty in an uncertain world.


“Right from the opening paragraphs, I was overjoyed because I felt I was reading a brand new Conan Doyle mystery. Being a die- hard fan of the original, I then became wary: could a modern author be successful in this tremendous undertaking? The answer is a resounding yes! SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RETURN OF THE WHITECHAPEL VAMPIRE is more than an homage to Conan Doyle: Mr. Turnbloom essentially captures everything that is Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson but makes it his own, without the reader ever having the impression of the author “trying”; never does the author endeavour to copy, but he in fact prolongs the formidable legacy of Conan Doyle.” – Monique Daost

Facts about the Stories

One benefit of being laid up with a traumatic Brian injury is I have always had 1895 to fall back on and concentrate my memory and ability to enjoy the world that Watson and Doyle created.

Even the basic information I had read before has an enchanting New feeling about it. For example, Sherlock Holmes stories are thought of as murder mystery stories. A check of the wealth of information in the volume Sherlock Holmes for Dummies by Steven Doyle and David Crowder reveals facts like:

  • 263 dead bodies in the cases
  • 119 were murders
  • 3 can be classified as locked room mysteries such as the Speckled Band, The Empty House and the Valley of Fear
  • 3 can be crime prevention as The Red-Beaded League, Solitary Cyclist, The Three Garridebs
  • 4 Espionage – The 2nd Stain, The Bruce Partington plans, Last Bow, Naval Treaty.
  • 4 missing persons as in A Case of Identity, The Noble Bachelor, The Man with a Twisted lip. The Priory School.
  • 3 weird tales – The Yellow Face, The Crooked Man, Veiled Lodger.

Long stories: Watson and Doyle went a different way in adding a tale with a section explaining the background of what happened before. The three long stories are great tales yet the best one has no background – The Hound of the Baskervilles.

Thanks Steve and David in helping me mend.

Would any of my fellow Watsonians like to suggest any changes?

A Limerick

Note from Carla Buttons: I am pleased to reintroduce Tid Bits, written by our dear friend Ron “Chips” Lies as he now works to improve his health and continue his Sherlockian studies.

This a limerick I found and I enjoyed the picture that was created. I hope you enjoy it also.

Oh give me a home where Sherlockians roam
Where Watson is faithful and true,
Where seldom is heard a non canonical word
And anything could be a clue.

The author is the illustrious scholar, Christopher Redmond from his book, A Sherlock Holmes Handbook, second edition, page one.

So. Write and let Chips what you might think of it

Dean Turnbloom, JHWS “Stoker”: Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers


With Baron Barlucci escaping London on his way to New York with Abigail Drake, Dr. Watson is certain they’ve seen the last of the Whitechapel Vampire; Sherlock Holmes isn’t so sure. They soon learn the Animus Lacuna, barque of the now infamous Barlucci, was reported lost at sea and a longboat carrying the body of Abigail Drake was recovered by Newfoundland fishermen. But when Inspector Andrews of Scotland Yard arrives to retrieve her remains, the body suddenly disappears and Sherlock Holmes is called in to investigate.

Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers” takes up the story of the Whitechapel Vampire in New York, where Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson meet, work with, and sometimes work against, New York detectives Mylo Strumm and Michael Murray. Holmes and Watson are on a quest to find the missing body of Miss Abigail Drake, while Strumm and Murray are investigating a string of unusual murders that bear a striking resemblance to the ‘Ripper’ murders in London.


Sherlock Holmes and the Body Snatchers is a complex, well-plotted, well written novel. So many plot threads are woven throughout the book’s pages, and each one is nicely wrapped up in the finale. Turnbloom takes his subject matter incredibly seriously, even when he’s writing about vampires in New York City. Along with the fine plot are the excellent characters. Each character is developed in depth and you will emphatise with them as you read.” – The Consulting Detective


Weekly Forum #2

I would like to present a proposed design for a symbol of the John H Watson Society:

JHWS SymbolThe pen for Dr Watson the biographer, the scalpel for Dr Watson the man of medicine, and the tree roots that extend above and below to form a growing connection between the past and present, the established generation reaching out to connect with the recent wave of newcomers interested in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and our good friend, Dr Watson.

So the questions for this week’s forum is simply… hey, so, what do you think of the design?

A visit to the Shop!

Today, I renewed my membership to the John H Watson Society. It’s amazing how much has happened in the past two years and I’m looking forward to the next two. 🙂

If you happen to visit the JHWS Shop to browse through our wares or to renew your membership, there are some new additions I would like to bring to your attention.

Our recent Fall 2015 publications, the Vol 3, No. 2 of The Watsonian and The Limehouse Lucifer by Laura “Blythe” Tomkins, are available for purchase if you would like to own an additional copy.

Also, we have an upcoming Monograph!

Sherlock Holmes and the Challenge of the Blank Page by Leah Guinn will be printed and distributed this coming April 2016. If you purchase this volume before April, then we will relay the information to our printer and have the book sent to you as soon as the book is printed and ready to distribute. The digital edition will also be available to download in April.

The upcoming Spring 2016 publications of The Watsonian and Fiction Series are also available for early purchase, but if you are a member, then you do not need to make an early purchase. You will receive the printed versions of these books automatically .

If you have any questions, please contact me. I’m always happy to respond to any correspondence!