Nov 15, 2021
If there is one author to whom we owe the rise in popularity of Sherlock Holmes in the mid-1970s, it is Nicholas Meyer, BSI ("A Fine Morocco Case"). It was his novel The Seven Per-Cent Solution (which spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List) and his screenplay for the film version of the book that put Sherlock Holmes back in mainstream consciousness.
Meyer and Holmes have returned with The Return of the Pharaoh, another Holmes adventure tale that takes us to Egypt in 1910 amid the Egyptomania craze that was running high in Europe at the time.
As The Return takes Holmes and Watson on a journey to North Africa, our conversation with Nick takes us on a literary journey spanning 45 years as he looks at how his writing has (or hasn't) changed over that time. We also point out the timely nature of his topics, homages to Conan Doyle, and even get nods to Homer, Edgar Allan Poe, and Agatha Christie.
It's an interview you won't want to miss with the master of latter-day Sherlock Holmes novels.
Please be sure to play our Canonical Couplet quiz: the winner will receive a copy of The Return of the Pharaoh. If you've already read it, play anyway and choose someone to give it to! Answers are due by November 29, 2021 at 11:59 a.m. EDT.