My Favorite Fictional Character, Sherlock Holmes
By Phillip Duke
My favorite character is consulting detective Sherlock Holmes. He was created by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was knighted for his writing. I have to a certain extent taken over the character (which is in the public domain) and added a few embellishments of my own.
Sherlock Holmes is extremely observant, and a brilliant logician. He solves mysterious crimes simply by observing and putting together information, that others do not see. In addition he is modest, and gives credit wherever possible to Scotland yard Police Inspector Lestrade. Holmes is not greedy, he has no specified fee, and will help a penniless person in need, if their situation interests him. Holmes appears to be an austere and cold intellect, but actually he has a kind heart, and is very attached to Doctor John H, (Hamish) Watson, his associate, friend and chronicler.
In my development of Sherlock Holmes's character, I have changed a few things, with the object of making him more human, and therefore more likable. I have freed him from cocaine addiction, and made him believe in a higher power, called God. So far this belief surfaces in only one of my five Sherlock Holmes books; in Sherlock Holmes and the Napped Children, when the children appear lost, Holmes and Watson pray together to save them, and a new development allows their rescue.
Other than that, he is still pretty much the same Sherlock Holmes; the world's most famous, observant, brilliant, and always successful consulting detective. If you like reading Sir Arthur's Sherlock Holmes stories and books, you will enjoy reading Jack the Ripper versus Sherlock Holmes. With six authentic photographic illustrations, only $4.99.
I have been writing "on the side" for many years, and now retired write full time. My professional training is in medical science, with the Ph.D. in Experimental Pathology from the USC School of Medicine's Pathology Department. Subjects I write on include Sherlock Holmes (4), Heroin addiction (3), Golden Showers (1), Sci fi(4), and Religion(4). At this time I have 23 ebooks published with KDP, and available from Amazon.com.