After finishing A Seditious Affair, I craved more KJ Charles. Having already devoured her Charm of Magpies series, I binged on her other two novels, including this gem of short stories: The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal.
Part of the fun of Sherlock Holmes is in the queer readings. Are they only bosom buddies? Are they more? (Or, like in BBC Sherlock, is Sherlock really asexual?) Fanfic writers played with this, and Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century by Graham Robb includes a chapter examining Sherlock and other possible queer detectives in the 19th century, and if their sexuality made them better investigators.
The Secret Casebooks removes this question entirely with its prime detective Simon Feximal and former journalist Robert Caldwall. These short stories (written in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle manner) progress from their first encounter in the haunting of Robert’s derelict house, to the strangulation of his journalistic career, to him becoming Simon’s assistant, and their deepening relationship.
Oh, and did I mention that instead of murder, these two Victorian detectives investigate supernatural hauntings?
If you loved the Charm of Magpies series and Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series, or are a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, then you’ll love this book too. I will warn you, though, the ending did make my eyes mist. Go read it now.
Just for fun, since I’m learning the violin, here’s violinist Taryn Harbridge performs BBC Sherlock theme music medley: