By Gemma Doyle from the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series by Vicki Delany
I love owning my own bookshop. I get first dibs at great new books. I talk about books all day and enjoy mingling with fellow-booklovers. I have the chance to meet many great authors, the famous and the should-be-famous.
But there is always a downside. On Saturday we’re hosting a mega-famous writer, and I have to admit to a bit of uneasiness. Renalta Van Markoff is the author of the hugely successful Hudson and Holmes series. She has a reputation for being a bit of a….shall we say, flake? Highly demanding, imperious, bossy. Her staff seem to live in fear of her. But she can turn on the charm when she wants to and her fans absolutely adore her.
As for her books, I don’t care for them (overwrought and overwritten is my opinion). Critics are sneeringly dismissive, but her legions of fans (including Jayne Wilson from Mrs. Hudson’s Tea Room) can’t get enough. Serious Sherlockians, on the other hand, HATE them with a passion.
Donald Morris, esteemed member of the latter group, was in the shop earlier today. He actually demanded (demanded!) that I uninvite Renalta.
I can only hope that when she’s here on Saturday for what is looking to be a standing-room-only book signing, Donald doesn’t make a fuss.
Body on Baker Street, the second in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, will be released by Crooked Lane Books on September 12. Elementary She Read is now available.
Would you like to read an ADVANCE REVIEW COPY of Body on Baker Street, the second in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, and find out if Donald does make a fuss? I have one copy to give away as part of the Killer Characters Summer reading promotion. Please leave a comment to enter, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact the winner. (Do you recognize the book in the window?) Contest closes evening of Monday July 3. US and Canada entries.
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