Event with Gordon McAlpine

On Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 pm, Laguna Beach Books is pleased to welcome local author Gordon McAlpine. Gordon will be discussing his latest book, Holmes Entangled. There is no charge for this event.

From the Edgar-nominated author of Hammett Unwritten and Woman with a Blue Pencil comes a startling novel told in the voice of Sherlock Holmes. Set in 1920s London, Cambridge, and Paris, Holmes’s final adventure leads him through labyrinths of crime and espionage in a mortally dangerous inquiry into the unseen nature of existence itself.

Sherlock Holmes, now in his seventies, retired from investigations and peaceably disguised as a professor at Cambridge, is shaken when a modestly successful author in his late-sixties named Arthur Conan Doyle calls upon him at the university. This Conan Doyle, notable for historical adventure stories, science fiction, and a three-volume history of the Boer War (but no detective tales), somehow knows of the false professor’s true identity and pleads for investigative assistance. Someone is trying to kill Conan Doyle. Who? Why? Good questions, but what intrigues Holmes most is how the “middling scribbler” ascertained Holmes’s identity in the first place, despite the detective’s perfect disguise. Holmes takes the case.

There is danger every step of the way. Great powers want the investigation quashed. But with the assistance of Dr. Watson’s widow, Holmes persists, exploring séances, the esoterica of Edgar Allan Poe, the revolutionary new science of quantum mechanics, and his own long-denied sense of loss and solitude.

Ultimately, even Sherlock Holmes is unprepared for what the evidence suggests. 

About Gordon McAlpine:

Gordon McAlpine has been described by Publisher’s Weekly as “a gifted stylist, with clean, clear and muscular prose.” A native Californian, he attended the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of California, Irvine. Mr. McAlpine has published short stories and book reviews in journals and anthologies both in the USA and abroad. His short story “The Happiest Place” appears in the Akashic Press anthology, Orange County Noir. He has chaired and taught creative writing in the Master of Fine Arts Program at Chapman University as well as fiction writing classes at UCLA and UC Irvine. He is a member of the Author’s Guild and PEN, and he is president of the board of directors of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation. He lives with his wife Julie in Southern California.

Event date: 
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Laguna Beach Books
1200 S. Coast Hwy #105
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Holmes Entangled Cover Image
ISBN: 9781633882072
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Seventh Street Books - March 6th, 2018