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Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone: You do know who is who?
Nigel Bruce and Basil Rathbone: You do know who is who?
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It's elementary, dear, reader. I got involved with famous dead people from seeing Basil Rathbone's (1892-1967) crypt in the Shrine of Memories at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. He is buried next to his wife, Ouida, (1886-1974) waaaaaaaaay at the top tier, adjacent to the ceiling. (In other words, the crypts were the cheapest possible.) Want to dig up more details? They are in my book, Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous and Infamous.
The Sherlock Holmes FAQ (Applause Theatre, $24.99) is a one-stop guide to over a century's worth of mystery, mayhem, and most of all, deduction. Digging deep inside the manifold worlds of Sherlock Holmes, the FAQ is a dramatic and detailed digest of the Baker Street sleuth in all of his many guises, as TV and radio star, movie phenomenon, and, of course, literary giant.
Chapters investigate his predecessors and his successors, and discuss the influence that Holmes has had not only on other writers, but on real-life police procedures as well. The London that he perambulated in deerstalker and cloak is laid bare, plus the life and other fascinations of Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, are mapped out in all their foggy, darkened atmosphere.
We meet giant hounds and fearful foes, common crooks and misdirected souls. Ghosts appear in these pages, and vampires, too–and more puzzles, conundrums, and mysteries than any mortal detective could ever hope to solve. But Holmes, as we shall see, was no mere mortal. And Sherlock Holmes FAQ is the story of his immortality.
Elementary again.