The Strand Magazine Special Holiday Issue: Featuring Jeffery Deaver and Rhys Bowen PLUS The Sherlock Holmes Calendar and a Free Pen
(You might wish to toss a few logs into the fireplace, grab a warm drink, put your feet up on a stool, and dim the lights while you read the holiday issue of Strand. For almost 25 years, we’ve taken our readers on a journeys from Africa to Eastern Europe, major metropolitan cities to small towns, and issue 67 carries on the journey but with a dose of holiday mayhem, a touch of cozy, add an assassin, and a few other thrills.)
We’re proud to present Jeffery Deaver’s “The Babysitter,” which is a twisty tale by one of the masters of the thriller genre. Also in this issue, Sherlockian pastiche writer extraordinaire Mark Mower takes Holmes and Watson on a yuletide adventure investigating an unusual medical case in “‘Twas the Season;” the always entertaining Michael Mallory brings big city crime to a cozy California town in “What the Cat Dragged In;” and the talented debut author Samantha Lokai loses no time ratcheting up the suspense inside an ordinary newspaper office in a terrifying ode to 1960s-style thrillers with “Tomorrow’s News.” Also, in time for the holidays, our second-to-none team of critics offers up reviews of the latest books in our genre, and don’t forget to take a look at The Strand’s fall reading list.
The cozy thriller is a wonderful mosaic of styles that lend themselves to long winter nights, at times light-hearted works, and in times of distress books and stories that are easy on the soul. One of the most successful practitioners of the cozy is Rhys Bowen. We had a chance to chat with Rhys about the enduring power of authors like Agatha Christie, mysteries past and present, and the wonderful world of travel.
Sherlock Holmes Calendar 2023 has a treat in store for fans of the art of illustrator Sidney Paget who brought Holmes to life in hundreds of illustrations for the original Strand Magazine. We also have several Sherlock Holmes themes, Sherlock Holmes on stage, Jeremy Brett battling Moriarty in “The Final Problem,” Sherlock Holmes and music, Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural, the various renditions of the Hound of the Baskervilles, and much more!
We have art by Jeffrey McKeever including his painting “Sherlock Holmes Shopping in Belgravia” and three other paintings that were commissioned by the Strand featuring Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Our quotes and trivia section looks at everything from the day that Sherlock Holmes was born to the publication dates of several short stories and novels from the cannon.
Our Sherlock Holmes Calendar 2023 is full color, 11×17 on glossy paper. A collector’s item that will last for years. Sherlock Holmes Calendar 2023 is a Strand Magazine exclusive. Our calendar is printed on heavy card stock and will last as collector’s items for many years to come! Also, the calendar is coil bound which means that it’ll open smoothly and will never ever tear.
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