The Scottish Question – New Sherlock Holmes Novel Launches in Edinburgh on eve of Scottish Referendum

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When choosing a date for the launch of his new Sherlock Holmes novel, it was ‘elementary’ for author Mike Hogan. With the title of the book ‘The Scottish Question’ and the country facing the biggest question of modern times the scene was set for a very fun launch on the eve of the referendum.

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Publishers MX comment on the choice of launch: As Mike is based in Thailand we were very pleased to hear he planned to come to the UK for the launch – that he would be visiting Edinburgh was a brilliant chance to set up a memorable launch.

When choosing a date for the launch of his new Sherlock Holmes novel, it was ‘elementary’ for author Mike Hogan. With the title of the book ‘The Scottish Question’ and the country facing the biggest question of modern times the scene was set for a very fun launch on the eve of the referendum.

The next question was where to hold the launch? That too was a simple matter of deduction. The Conan Doyle pub in Edinburgh is famous for being the main location for fans of Sherlock Holmes to visit being close to the birthplace of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Publishers MX comment on the choice of launch “As Mike is based in Thailand we were very pleased to hear he planned to come to the UK for the launch – that he would be visiting Edinburgh was a brilliant chance to set up a memorable launch. We’ll be offering some prizes for the best dressed Victorian costume and we hope to see lots of Sherlocks on the night”. MX should be used to that, having recently hosted a Guinness Worlds Record attempt with 113 people dressed as Sherlock Holmes.

In Mike Hogan’s fourth novel Sherlock Holmes is at the height of his powers in 1897 on the trail of the fabled lost Crown of Scotland. The most potent symbol of Scottish sovereignty is stolen, members of the British Royal Family abducted, threats are made against the Queen and a campaign of terror is planned by separatists aided by a Great Power. Fans of Hogan’s three previous books (a trilogy featuring a young Winston Churchill) will be pleased to see that once again there’s lots of action mixed with a very traditional Holmes and Watson.

The phenomenal popularity of the Sherlock franchises has created millions of new fans across the globe. BBC Sherlock, CBS Elementary, the Warner Brothers movies and the new Russian series are all going strong with more episodes to come. Sherlock Holmes now holds the Guinness World Record for the most portrayed character on screen.

The publishers are offering a prize for the best dressed fan on the night so expect to see lots of Sherlocks and some Dr.Watsons as well. Tickets are free and available through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sherlock-holmes-and-the-scottish-question-edinburgh-launch-tickets-12880737633

About Mike Hogan
Mike Hogan has written several Sherlock Holmes short story collections including ‘Murder At The Savoy’ and three novels featuring a young Winston Churchill – The Dead Wood Stage, The Jubilee Plot and The Giant Moles. Mike is British and currently lives in Thailand. He has taught English in Libya and Japan, manufactured handicrafts In Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and he was Academic Director of a group of schools in Thailand. He writes novels, plays and screenplays. For more information visit: http://www.mikehoganbooks.co.uk/

About The Conan Doyle pub
You will find The Conan Doyle in Edinburgh within a short stroll of Cathedral Lane and Queens Street - however you won't find another like it. Located close to the pub is Picardy Place, where the pub's namesake, the great author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was born on 22nd May 1859. Today, an over life-sized bronze statue of Conan Doyle's greatest creation, Sherlock Holmes, stands opposite his birthplace. http://www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/theconandoyleedinburgh/

About MX Publishing
MX Publishing is the award winning world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publishers. They are based in London, England, but their seventy plus authors are spread around the world. Most of their one hundred and fifty books are fiction, but they also have many biographical works on Conan Doyle. In 2013 MX made a big splash on the international stage with the performance biography ‘Benedict Cumberbatch In Transition’ which has sold in its tens of thousands in English, Japanese and Chinese. http://www.mxpublishing.co.uk

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