Wiggins Redux

The Irregular, by H. B. Lyle. Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn H.B, Lyle picks up one of the few neglected threads of the Sherlock Holmes canon—whatever happened to the Baker Street Irregulars, the loosely organized band of urchins that were Holmes’ eyes and ears in the London streets. In The Irregular, the year is 1909. Wiggins (the only named Irregular), having grown out of being an unobvious street rat, joined the British Army (a word from Watson getting him into the Doctor’s old regiment). He’s seen the horrors of war in the campaign against the Boers, mustered out, and taken … Continue reading Wiggins Redux

Dangers on a Train

Ruler of the Night, by David Morell, Reviewed by Gregory G.H. Rihn There may come a time in the future when every historical personage of any note will have been “revealed” to have been a detective or crime fighter of some sort. At first glance, Thomas De Quincey, notorious as the author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, would seem an unlikely choice to join that company. However, as David Morell, author of many thrillers, including the Mortalis series, reminds us, De Quincy was also the author of Murder Considered as a Fine Art, and a respected and formidable intellect … Continue reading Dangers on a Train