A couple of months ago Titan Books brought out the George Mann-edited anthology The Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, which included my short story Woman’s Work among the work of luminaries including James Lovegrove, Paul Magrs and Eric Brown.
WOMAN’S WORK is a bit of a mischievous affair, positing the theory that it was actually Holmes and Watson’s housekeeper Mrs Hudson who did all the deductive heavy lifting while the Great Detective and his chronicler basically got loaded on booze and drugs and congratulated themselves for solving the mysteries. I guessed it wasn’t going to go down well among the Holmes purists, but there have been some lovely reviews mentioning the story, snippets below (click on author name for full review)
I was particularly amused by the story written by David Barnett entitled Women’s Work. He puts an amusing spin on the Sherlock Holmes mythos by having the duo’s ever-present landlady Mrs. Hudson being the actual driving force behind the solution to his mystery while Holmes languishes in a cocaine-induced stupor.
Absolutely hysterical and beautifully written; Mrs. Hudson handles her business!
The final story I will mention, “Woman’s Work,” will no doubt enrage Holmes purists, but it’s probably the best in this entire collection because it actively engages and deconstructs the standard narrative of Sherlock Holmes stories.
The final two stories I greatly enjoyed in the book were Kelly Hale’s “The Pennyroyal Society” and David Barnett’s “Woman’s Work.”
Even Mrs. Hudson gets in the act with David Barnett’s brilliant story “Woman’s Work.”
“Woman’s Work” by David Barnett: very good story told from Mrs. Hudson’s surprisingly active point-of-view, which might have been (gasp!) the nebulous beginning for the adventure involving the blue carbuncle.