I’m busily working on the concluding volume in the Whitechapel Vampire series tentatively titled, “SHERLOCK HOLMES and the RETURN of the WHITECHAPEL VAMPIRE”. I’m in the final draft review stage and am working with an editor to help the process along. I still have some polishing to do, but thought now might be an appropriate time to give some preview to the concluding chapters in the Whitechapel Vampire series of Sherlock Holmes adventures.

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This story takes place some twenty-five years after “SHERLOCK HOLMES and the BODY SNATCHERS”, which is the second volume in the trilogy. Holmes has long since retired to his bees in Sussex and Watson is in semi-retirement, as he was when he penned “BODY SNATCHERS”. He is well along on his recovery from the depression he’d suffered upon the death of the third Mrs. Watson, so well along that he’s keeping company with another woman—a prospective fourth Mrs. Watson?

The story opens with Watson lamenting the fact that by having made Holmes relive the events chronicled in “BODY SNATCHERS” he may have opened wounds better left undisturbed. He’s just received a letter in which Holmes alludes to Baron Antonio Barlucci, whom he and Watson knew as the Whitechapel Vampire and who was known to the press of London and the world as “Jack the Ripper”. The letter was followed closely by none other than Holmes himself. In short order the two of them are once again off to America.
But is this adventure a continuation of the old one to tie up loose ends, or is it, as Watson believes, an errant exploit that is a manifestation of a dangerous obsession about Barlucci—one that won’t allow Holmes to believe Barlucci is dead.

I should caution the readers that the ravages of age may be telling on Holmes’ reason as this tale unfolds and Holmes himself must come to grips with not only his own mortality, but also the consequences of allowing imagination and valor to trump reason—consequences that land him in an asylum for the criminally insane.

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