Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse wins Silver Falchion Award™! Stephanie Osborn
*I am celebrating my husband’s birthday today and tomorrow will be packing for what will HOPEFULLY be the last trip of the year. Well, long distance trip, at least. After which I intend to nest-in and just write. Fortunately for me Steph agreed to take today from me. – SAH*
Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse wins Silver Falchion Award™!
The Interstellar Woman of Mystery
The Killer Nashville mystery writer’s conference (http://www.killernashville.com/ ) is a community of writers whose work contains elements of mystery, thriller, or suspense. The mystery convention’s Silver Falchion Award™ (http://www.killernashville.com/awards/silver-falchion-award/) is committed to discovering new writers, as well as superlative books by established authors and sharing those writers and their works with new readers.
The purpose of the award is to honor the best newly-published books available to a North American audience in any format within the past year. The categories include both fiction and nonfiction. The winner is determined by the votes of the other attendees during the conference. (http://www.killernashville.com/2016-killer-nashville-silver-falchion-finalists/ )
Killer Nashville 2016 was held this year on 18-21 August, and the Silver Falchion Award™ ceremonies were held the evening of Saturday, 20 August.
I am thrilled to announce that the first book of the Gentleman Aegis series, Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse, has WON the 2016 Silver Falchion Award™ for Best “Nonfiction” (read: historical fiction) YA Book!
Why “nonfiction”? The books which were placed in that category were all historical mystery fiction, but they were ACCURATE historicals. I can’t speak for the others in the category, but Mummy’s Curse uses Victorian British English, accurate settings, historical accoutrements and behavior, and has an understanding of the archaeology of the period and its fascination with ancient Egypt. It also correctly uses (and footnotes) archaic spellings, ancient Egyptian translations, and more.
What is it about, you ask? Well, for starters, it really IS fiction, as you might expect with a title like that. As per usual with me, this is a science fiction mystery, with a hint of fantasy and thriller thrown in for good measure.
Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief at Pro Se Productions, approached me a couple years back at MidSouthCon in Memphis, after several of the Displaced Detective books had been released. He informed me he was a huge fan of that series, and wanted me to write a more traditional Holmes & Watson story for him. I liked the idea. We brainstormed for over an hour, and a new series was born. For those of you who have read my Displaced Detective series, this is the first in a prequel series, the Gentleman Aegis series, which chronicles the same version of Holmes from the Displaced Detective books, but in his original timeline as a young man, well before he transitions between universes.
So, according to Tommy, this is what Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse is about:
“Holmes and Watson. Two names linked by mystery and danger from the beginning.
“Within the first year of their friendship and while both are young men, Holmes and Watson are still finding their way in the world, with all the troubles that such young men usually have: Financial straits, troubles of the female persuasion, hazings, misunderstandings between friends, and more. Watson’s Afghan wounds are still tender, his health not yet fully recovered, and there can be no consideration of his beginning a new practice as yet. Holmes, in his turn, is still struggling to found the new profession of consulting detective. Not yet truly established in London, let alone with the reputations they will one day possess, they are between cases and at loose ends when Holmes’ old professor of archaeology contacts him.
“Professor Willingham Whitesell makes an appeal to Holmes’ unusual skill set and a request. Holmes is to bring Watson to serve as the dig team’s physician and come to Egypt at once to translate hieroglyphics for his prestigious archaeological dig. There in the wilds of the Egyptian desert, plagued by heat, dust, drought and cobras, the team hopes to find the very first Pharaoh. Instead, they find something very different…
“Noted Author Stephanie Osborn (Creator of the Displaced Detective series) presents the first book in her Sherlock Holmes, Gentleman Aegis series — Sherlock Holmes and the Mummy’s Curse, the debut volume of Pro Se Productions’ Holmes Apocrypha imprint.”
The book was released in November of 2015 and promptly became an ebook pulp bestseller. It is available in print and electronic formats.