Dear friends, after something of an absence, I return to find that this is shaping up to be quite a busy few months! Books and stories abound, and although it is quite gratifying that readers continue to show an interest in my life (which, I must agree, has been both long and interesting) and in my memoirs.
I see that one of the lesser manuscripts (lesser in length alone—there are elements of considerable interest in it) will be published in an electronic format on 6 July. The publishers have given it the whimsical title “Beekeeping for Beginners,” since the story describes the earliest days of my relationship with Sherlock Holmes—but told from his point of view. Some years ago, Holmes drew up notes concerning our meeting, and I found it amusing that his memory was so very different from my own. Perhaps the two versions should be told in counterpoint.
In any event, “Beekeeping for Beginners” will be available July 6—although in the meantime, you can remind yourself of my own version of that meeting, here (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com/books/book-excerpts/the-beekeepers-apprentice).
And in September, the next volume of my memoirs will be out, both in the US and in the UK. Ms King will be writing about the book on her newsletter, and giving away advanced copies through that venue—if you are interested in winning one of those early copies, make sure you are signed up for her newsletter, here (http://www NULL.laurierking NULL.com).
Finally, I would like to extend an invitation to the garden party Holmes and I will host on August 21, on Twitter. Last year’s Twitter party was such a success, we thought we would enjoy another one, and this year we shall risk holding it out of doors on the terrace of our Sussex home. No more hiding behind the aspidistra! Details will come later.