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Featuring Tessa Wiggins,
the irregular detective

Author

KIM KRISCO

Fiction Books

The Magnificent Madness of Tessa Wiggins,

An Unlikely Protégé Emerges from the Mystical Realm of the Ancient Celts

1920 - Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales: Tessa Wiggins’s “madness” is provoked by the adopted spirit
of a two-thousand-year-old Druid priestess mentoring her to be the servant of The Earth Mother.
When Tessa defies treatment, her lover asks a childhood friend, Sherlock Holmes, to intervene.
But despite everyone’s best intentions, Tessa finds herself in Hellingford Asylum, where she is
driven toward her final breaking point on All-Halloween.

Review

The Magnificent Madness of Tessa Wiggins deftly combines many genres: mystery-suspense, adventure, fantasy, and even a love story. I thoroughly enjoyed the many strong women characters, especially Tessa who was powerful but still capable of loving. The story pulls you in slowly, but stick with it because the pace accelerates. There are some wonderful mystical elements woven into the story, reminiscent of the  "magical realism"  of Toni Morrison or Neil Gaiman. The blurb touted a woman, Tessa Wiggins, as the protégé of Sherlock Holmes initially had me skeptical, but it all came together in this great new story.

 - Joseph Harlan, Ft. Wayne, IN

The Celtic Phoenix

A Sherlock Holmes Adventure Featuring Tessa Wiggins the Irregular Detective

        An enigmatic jewelry case, holding human remains, arrives at the cottage of Sherlock Holmes, enticing him from his retirement refuge in the Sussex Downs. Holmes sets out on the trail of the murderer taunting him, joining forces with one of his former Baker Street irregulars, Tessa Wiggins. The two find themselves battling forces arising from a time before England was a country—when the Celts were fighting for survival.

        The Celtic Phoenix is the journey of three women who rise from the ashes of their past like fearsome phoenixes and shake the rational foundations upon Sherlock Holmes built his life and career.

Review

Kim Krisco has captured Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's style in his novels about the enigmatic Sherlock Holmes. Rarely  does a figure continue to live past the original writer’s time, but Krisco has managed a way to keep Holmes alive — much to the delight of this fan. In The Celtic Phoenix, Krisco treats us to an in-depth look into the lives of the ancient Celts and their intriguing ways, while at the same time entwining Holmes and Watson into the thick of things. An excellent read — an excellent author. — Catherine J. Moser, Chronicle News, Trinidad, Colorado

Irregular Lives: The Untold Story of Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars

The Story of the band of street Arabs known at the Baker Street irregulars

        Some of Holmes’s most bizarre cases involved the irregulars: a hideous execution of a man who had been strapped to the barrel of cannon, a fiend who hoped he could live forever on the blood of others, and the largest jewel robbery in Britain.

        This novel fills a growing niche some call “mystorical fiction” because highly accurate historical settings and characters provide the backdrop for Irregular Lives. This tale  begins in post WWI London, when Holmes is fully into retirement.

Review

I've always had a fondness for the Baker Street Irregulars, so it was with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation that I approached this book. Much like with the recent Lincoln in the Bardo, I believe authors should approach the young people associated with major figures, whether literary or historical, carefully. My fears were unfounded here. Out of the hundreds of pastiche I've read, this is one of the sweetest and saddest Holmes stories I've encountered. Highly recommended. — David Wade

Sherlock Holmes - The Golden Years

A completely new five-story Holmes collection

        These five, totally new, Sherlock Holmes adventures take place after Holmes and Watson believe they have gone into retirement. Of course, you and I know such a notion is irrealizable for either of them. Indeed, some of their most remarkable and dangerous adventures await them.

        While each story is a separate adventure, the five tales in this collection follow one another chronologically. In the end, this wonderful new chronicle sheds new light on greatest mystery of all, Sherlock Holmes himself.

Review

This collection of five novellas is one of the finest sets of Sherlockian fiction I have seen.  The author has a good grasp of Nineteenth Century British politics and thought, and each of the tales looks at seldom seen sides of that world. These five tales are rich in details.  Many historical characters are portrayed, some with no more explanation than a name.

 — Philip K. Jones