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October 23, 2016



Steve, my friend, the mark of an excellent writer is that you make these challenges look effortless. Your skillful writing puts you in rare company. I have enjoyed everything else you've put out in these intervening years, but I'm so glad you're jumping back into the Holmes boys' stories! They are my first loves. Here's hoping the effort expended continues to be balanced by the sense of satisfaction of a beloved job done superbly. Here's to Big Red and Old Red!

Jonathan Turner

Amen to all of the above. The HotR books combine a ton of craft with a ton of imagination. Either one is hard. The combination is, um, more hard. I suppose that's why a lot of authors settle for doing one or the other, and also why the standouts--including your various inspirations--do in fact stand out.

Steve Hockensmith

Thanks, Diva! It'll be interesting to see how I feel about the new novel once it's done. I remember being so exhausted after finishing some of the original books I couldn't tell if they were good or bad...which is all the more reason I'm pleased to discover now that they don't stink!

Thanks for your kind words, too, Jonathan! As half of my beta-reading team, you'll be one of the first to find out if I've still got the ol' Hockensmith touch!


While I enjoy the Tarot mysteries, and Cadaver and Chief, and collections (I have not read the kid science books yet)I've been hoping for a new Holmes on the Range.

Very excited about what future adventures may unfold.

Good luck.

Matthew Szewczyk

The news of new books has been very exciting! Somewhere I have a notebook with notes from my reading of the books, an unofficial annotated edition if you will. A reader could tell you put a lot of effort into the research and each book brought new surprises. It may be time to reread the series myself, it has been years since I have enjoyed them and I wonder if I will remember all the twists!

Steve Hockensmith

I like to think my books are memorable, but hopefully they're just un-memorable enough for readers like you to read and enjoy them again...after, I selfishly hope, buying them again!

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