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And The Cryptic Clues
THE FINAL WORD in Sherlockian scholarship, this book takes you on a tour of the resting places of over 300 creations that were brought to life by that master storyteller, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Each Canonical cemetery represents a different adventure of the master detective, Sherlock Holmes.
The tombstones found in the graveyards offer epitaphs that reveal the honoree's ultimate demise or particular plot in life. It is a daunting task to consolidate a life to a few phrases, yet the effort has been undertaken and the fruits of this research have been recorded within the covers of this tomb ... err ... tome. No stone has been left unturned to illustrate the sentiments behind the epitaphs contained in this volume. Whether funny, punny, poignant, or just plain awkward, the engravings represent THE FINAL WORD concerning the plights of hundreds of Canonical characters taken from all sixty stories. Notable Sherlockians are honored as their likenesses adorn the monuments as effigies, and members of the Baker Street Irregulars and Adventuresses Of Sherlock Holmes are listed after the tales from which
their Investitures were taken.
Beware ... deathly prose doth lie within !
Paperback Edition (Current through 2020)..... $21.95
Hardcover Edition with Dust Jacket ....$32.95
NOT A PASTICHE ...
SO MUCH MORE!!!
ARE YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, HONORED IN THIS BOOK? CHECK THIS SLIDE SHOW FOR NOTABLE SHERLOCKIANS THAT INSPIRED THE ILLUSTRATED EFFIGIES! ALSO EVERY BSI AND ASH MEMBER (THROUGH 2020) IS LISTED IN THIS EDITION ACCORDING TO THE ADVENTURE AFFILIATED WITH THEIR INVESTITURE.
It's deucedly odd, but undeniably amusing!
Roger Johnson - as reviewed in The Sherlock Holmes Journal ... the official voice of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London
A welcome addition to every Baker Street Irregular's bookshelf! My life as the Irregular Historian would have been far easier had it been available when I was getting started!
Jon Lellenberg - He is an author, editor and Historian to the Baker Street Irregulars, as well as the Conan Doyle Estate's U. S. representative.
The author comes from a decidedly morbid background to bring us a decidedly clever work that features art, wit, and serious scholarship presented in a very unique way, and even manages to correlate BSI investitures. It belongs on the bookshelf of every serious Sherlockian.
Dr. Jim Webb, BSI
We think it is remarkable! The format is, in our experience, unique and the content is quite scholarly (with none of the dreariness usually associated with books bearing the description of "scholarly"!) showing the intensity and scope of the author's research efforts. If this volume had existed before Steve Mason's "Essential 100" book survey, we would have certainty opted for the inclusion of Michael's "Cryptic Clues" therein.
Joel Senter - The Sherlockian E-Times ... January 2017 edition
An unusual romp through graveyards, for sure! Sherlockians will delight in the caricatures of friends, many instantly recognizable. McClure's pawky sense of humor tickles the funny bone, and the cartoons would be fit for a Sherlockian version of The New Yorker!
Francine Kitts - B.S.I. , A.S.H. , and an untiring advocate of our Grand Game
A fantastic new book by Michael W. McClure. There really isn't another book like this on the market. It's poignant ... it's punny ... it is everything you would want in gallows humor and Sherlockiana. Burt and I are thrilled to be included in this tome.
Scott Monty - I Hear Of Sherlock Everywhere Podcast #122
It's a terrific book. You should buy it ... we're deadly serious!
Burt Wolder - IHOSE Episode #123
This long awaited volume undertakes the correlation of Canonical corpses, delights in deliberation upon those deceased, and joins in the raillery of finely tuned mortuary merriment!
Dr. Acula's Department of Literature - Carfax Abbey
A shocking collection of research that seems to have Canonical doctors as the reasons for its very
existence. I thoroughly enjoy the volume, unless someone changes my mind again.
Frank N Stein - Nuts And Bolts Review