Suffolk Writer Receives Conan Doyle Estate Endorsement for His New Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper Novel

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At just 23 years old, Kieran Lyne is one of the youngest writers ever to receive the Conan Doyle Estate seal for his new novel, The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes. Lyne had the perfect credentials for tackling a Holmes novel having studied History.

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Steve Emecz MD of MX Publishing Quotes: Kieran’s take on the Ripper story is refreshingly new and very well linked back into the original stories. There has never been a better time to be a Holmes fan.

The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes is predominantly set in 1894 and offers fresh insights into the return of Sherlock Holmes and the fate of the most notorious serial killer of all time – Jack the Ripper. Lyne explains:

“Being a student of history I tried thinking of any events which a plot could be twisted around, but it was not until I watched From Hell that I first began to think of a Holmes story about Jack the Ripper. The brutality and senselessness of the crimes were in such stark contrast to the elegant puzzles found in the Canon, and I thought this offered something interesting, particularly as the Ripper was never caught. I did not research any other works on a similar theme until after I completed my plot outline as I wished to approach the story from an entirely fresh perspective.”

However, he almost took another path, into music.
“It was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who rekindled my interest in fiction and I now try to read as broadly as possible. My main passion growing up however, was not writing, or even reading, but bass guitar. I predominantly played Classic Rock and Heavy Metal, before moving onto Funk and Motown. At first I attempted to turn music from hobby to profession and attended the Royal Northern College of Music but soon realised this was not the right path. The following September I began studying History at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and graduated in 2013 with First-Class honours. It was at UEA that I discovered fictional writing as a new creative outlet, and began plotting The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes in the summer of 2012.”

Lyne approached MX Publishing with the novel. They are the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publishers and have around a dozen novels with the Conan Doyle seal. Steve Emecz their managing director comments:
“Kieran’s take on the Ripper story is refreshingly new and very well linked back into the original stories. There has never been a better time to be a Holmes fan. With all the adaptations running at the moment (BBC Sherlock, Warner Brothers movies, CBS Elementary) Sherlock Holmes has never been more popular. Combined with the enduring fascination with the Ripper case, Kieran’s book is timed perfectly.”

The Last Confession of Sherlock Holmes is released on 19th September worldwide including Amazon USA ( Waterstones in the UK
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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.

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