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Book Review: Blockbuster! by Lucy Sussex

Narrelle Harris books we like non fiction

Book Review: Blockbuster! by Lucy Sussex

In 1886 - a year before A Study in Scarlet launched the fictional career of Sherlock Holmes - Fergus Hume's The Mystery of the Hansom Cab was published. From its small beginnings as a 'schilling shocker', this crime novel set in Marvellous Melbourne became an international phenomenon, selling half a million copies. While Hume did not invent characters as enduring as Holmes and Watson, the publication of Hansom Cab and its subsequent unheard-of success made the future success of the Holmes stories (which might otherwise have started and ended with the Beeton’s Christmas Annual) and the whole detective genre a...

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You Can Pee a Rainbow

Wendy C. Fries Stuff Sherlock would know

You Can Pee a Rainbow

So, here's the thing about Improbable Press' blog. It's going to be anything, everything, but never nothing. Book reviews that'll tingle your Sherlock writer/readers senses. Editorial opinions on All Teh Things. Calls for submissions. And pee. Well, not just pee, but weird stuff like pee and the rainbow colors in which it can come. Because you can pee blue if you take certain supplements, pee purple if your kidneys are out of whack, and you know what? That's just strange and interesting and you also know what? Who's to say Sherlock or John wouldn't know this unusual fact and through...

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The Citizen’s Arrest

Narrelle Harris non fiction Stuff Sherlock would know

The Citizen’s Arrest

I’ve never seen a citizen’s arrest in real life – only on television. Specifically, on American television. Perhaps it popped up on UK and Australian shows from time to time, but it always struck me as an American thing, and even then I wondered – is it real? Can non-police people arrest suspected criminals and, if so, what are the limitations? Naturally, while one day seeing the expression arise in an episode of a show I can’t even recall, I once more thought – is a citizen’s arrest a thing? If so, is it a thing in Australia as well...

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Anything Can Happen...

Atlin Merrick

  Anything can happen Do you believe that? Could you try? Try to believe it by…trying? Seriously, believe that anything can happen by trying…anything. Trying changes you. It makes you braver, stronger, apt to try even more. But more than that, trying sometimes warps the world around you, creating opportunities. What I'm trying to say is that weird shit happens when you try to make things happen. Does it always? No. But does it ever when you do nothing? Absolutely no. So there's nothing to lose by stepping forward just the tiniest bit and trying. Submit that story to that...

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