Getting to Know David Marcum

Geri Schear

Author Picture Author David Marcum

I have a confession to make. I adore David Marcum. I love his style of writing and the gentle respect he shows for his fellow writers. His stories are among my favourites, not only of Sherlock Holmes tales, but of short fiction of any sort. (As an editor, he’d probably scold me for having three ‘ofs’ in that sentence, but he’d be very kind about it.) I hope when he makes his next pilgrimage to the UK he’ll stop off in Ireland. I’ll have the kettle on.

Hi, David. Tell us about yourself and the types of books you write.

First of all, thank for providing this opportunity!

I live in eastern Tennessee with my wife and son. After my first college degree (at normal college age), I became a Federal Investigator with an obscure U.S. Government agency. When that agency was shut down and eliminated, I…

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Review: The Case of the Rondel Dagger by Mark Mower

It is always a joy when the reader gets to learn something (in a respectful way) about a chapter in history.  Mr. Mowers is an established historian of crime and we are treated to his original character, Mr. Mickleburgh who may possibly reflect an aspect of the author’s voice.  The Rondel Dagger of the title is the linchpin clue brought to this humble expert of ancient weapons by a young Sherlock Holmes. We enjoy his voice, which is markedly different from Watson, but equally good.  He simply sees things in a different way and traces of an avuncular admiration tinge this (sigh) short story.

1880 shows us the meeting of these two men, both masters at their field regardless of the disparity in ages. Mr. Mickleburgh is entrenched, respected, and largely invisible to the world but Holmes is already rising in what he calls his “financially precarious vocation.” The conversation between the men flows easily; they both like each others’ company and we enjoy watching them puzzle out the matter of a brutal murder in which a rondel dagger is significant piece.

Without giving away the plot (sometimes avoiding spoilers is just agony), the two men discover that the Dagger is a relic of a personal piece of history for a group of “gay blades” and one fond story leads to less fond one; the deeper the men go the darker the stories until a well-concealed fact is finally brought to light.

I rate this one of the best of the book!