When Sherlock Holmes was at the peak of his success he disappeared, abruptly, for three years. No-one knows what happened to him in those years...until now.
Chronicles of the Lost Years

Historical Mystery


Reviews Outline Author's Note Casting the movie

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Reviews:

"Christmas would hardly be itself without a good pastiche for Sherlockians. This one, yet another account of the Great Hiatus when Holmes hid out from the infamous Moriarty (and while Conan Doyle hid out from Holmes), is better than most. Cooper-Posey attempts to account for the change in Watson/Conan Doyle's writing style once Holmes returns, and does a mighty good job. She also inserts a terrific woman into Holmes's life, Elizabeth Sigerson, who matches Holmes deduction for deduction." -- Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail
 



Cooper-Posey does a masterful job of recreating the style of Doyle in this vivid, exciting tale. If you enjoy Dianne Day's Fremont Jones stories, you're going to love the adventures of Elizabeth Sigerson... oh yes, and of Sherlock Holmes as well! -- 4 Stars! ~ Toby Bromberg, Romantic Times Magazine

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Outline:

Watson takes up his pen one last time to describe in a private memoir the true tale of Holmes' adventures during his three-year absence from Baker Street, and provides a fictional explanation for many of the mysteries and inaccuracies found with the Sherlock Holmes collection of stories and novels.

The answers come in the shape of a woman - Elizabeth Sigerson. Elizabeth is independent, practical, a crack shot with a pistol, and definitely not a woman of her time. Elizabeth can more than hold her own against Holmes' abilities, but she has a secret that Holmes is compelled to solve.

Elizabeth is embroiled in Holmes' life at a time when Holmes is building his scheme to expose Moriarty. She is to remain a vital yet secret part of his life for thirteen years - not only sharing Holmes' journey around Asia and his return to London, but also helping him survive the dangers he meets along the way. With Watson's connivance they settle into a secret, hedonistic life together. But Moriarty has not finished with them yet; he escapes his Dartmoor prison and returns to exact revenge. He abducts Elizabeth and the game is afoot!

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Author's note:

Of all the books I have published to date, Chronicles is unique. It was written purely for my own interest, many years before fanfic became a generally accepted term. The book evolved over the years into a serious undertaking, and the plot and characters grew along with it. Every year or so I would read through the story and think "this is really quite good" and wonder if I should try to do something with it. Eventually, I decided that yes, I would like to share this story with others -- it had merit.

Turnstone Press agreed with me.

When reviewers who are mauling the book (yes, there's always bad reviews -- even Stephen King gets them) look down their noses and describe Chronicles as "self-indulgent," I have to laugh, because that's exactly why the book was written. However, I've had so much feedback from readers who love the book that, self-indulgent or not, the book continues to entertain others, and that was my only motivation for selling it.


-- Tracy.

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Casting the Movie...

I often get asked who I would cast in the movie of my book, if it should ever come to pass, so just for fun:

Movie producer's pitch:

Round the World in 80 days meets Lord of the Rings
When they return from their quest, everything has changed....

Casting call:

Sherlock Holmes: Daniel Day Lewis.

Elizabeth Sigerson: Julianne Moore.

Dr. Watson: Denholm Elliott.

Mycroft Holmes: Oliver Platt.

Moran: Keifer Sutherland

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