Holmes: The Darlington Substitution

Holmes The Darlington Substitution

Out now: A brand new Sherlock Holmes story

With Watson's literary career going from strength to strength, he secures a slot on local radio to publicise his new book.  Uncertain as how to well it went, he is still a little surprised when the recording isn't broadcast. Although disappointed, he disregards this snub to his confidence as a peculiar but unimportant bend in the path of his literary career.   

Sherlock Holmes is not so dismissive. He seizes upon the event, certain that there is more to this rebuff than meets the eye. He grills Watson to the content of his interview, convinced a key fact will reveal all. There is nothing. Watson is sure off that. An investigation ensues that takes Holmes to the end of the known world, a place just near Thirsk.

The Darlington Substitution is a retrospective account, occurring during the same time as the adventures chronicled in Holmes Volume 2. It sees Holmes at the height of his wisecracking, foulmouthed, law disregarding deductive brilliance.

As a novella it is the longest Holmes story to date...

...oh and did I mention it will be completely free?!


‘The Darlington Substitution’ is another inspired re-imagining of the legendary Holmes/Watson relationship. This donkey coat wearing, real ale loving Holmes sees off all comers with disdain and irreverent wit. On this outing, I sensed a vulnerability that I haven’t associated with this impressively ‘re-booted’ Holmes in previous outings. If Melvyn Small keeps this up he will probably receive an honour from ‘this is Cleveland’. These tomes almost make Middlesbrough worth a visit… almost’

Ian Douthwaite, Barely Dry Book Company


The Darlington Substitution can be read for free now on the Indipenned website or via the Indipenned Facebook.


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