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Holmes Volume 1: Enigma, Detective, Boro Lad (Boro's Greatest Detective)


"This is one of the best books I have read this year."
Six Short Stories Inspired By The Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
What if Sherlock Holmes, with his dry wit and natural predilection for data, deduction and logic, had been born on Teesside and lived in present-day Middlesbrough?

This smart-arse Boro lad hides his talents under a bushel of misdirection, self-deprecation and good old Teesside sarcasm, served up with some rather coarse language.

With the assistance of his associate, Doctor John Watson, a psychologist he met during some court-ordered counselling sessions, Holmes wends his way through a string of adventures, baffling and entertaining as he goes, with many a three-pint problem solved over his favourite libation, a pint of Engineer's Thumb in the Twisted Lip, before he staggers back to Flat 1B, 22 Baker Street, Middlesbrough.

"This is the most different incarnation of Sherlock Holmes that I've ever read. And the funniest. He's also more different and funnier than the Sherlock Holmes of my own e-book." - Rena Sherwood, Author

"Holmes Volume 1 is hugely entertaining; it's a wonderful modernisation of Sherlock Holmes whilst staying true to the inimitable features of Conan Doyle's original characters." - Michelle Ryles, The Book Magnet

"Very entertaining, very witty and very memorable." - Susan Hampson, Dusk till Dawn (Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer)

"In the last 42 months, I've read 337 books, and let me proudly say this one is in the top 10. " - Richard Lang, Author

"I loved this book,." - Stacey, Whispering Stories (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

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Melvyn Small

Born in Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England and raised in nearby Billingham, Mel left school at 16 to train as a civil engineering technician within the engineering department of the local authority, Cleveland County Council. Continuing his education he gained certificates in a number of civil engineering qualifications including a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering. After 14 years Mel drew a finally draughted line under the world of hydraulic modelling and roundabout design and undertook a Master of Science degree in information processing, before commencing a career in information technology.

It is perhaps Mel's technical upbringing and his drafting of countless technical reports and specifications that give him a succinct and efficient writing style that lends itself to the fast-paced short stories he has had published to date. This layered with the gin-dry humour, garnered from a Teesside upbringing, provides a thoroughly entertaining read.

His latest book Holmes Volume 1 provides a twist on eponymous Sherlock Holmes in a series of short stories that place the famous character in modern-day Middlesbrough. In these comical escapades Sherlock Holmes is a working class Teessider who swears, drinks beer and solves the most puzzling of mysteries as he and Doctor Watson wend their way around the North East of England.

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