Even if you have to cover your nose and mouth, you can still express yourself. Sherlockian publisher Belanger Books has introduced a line of masks featuring images from their book covers, two of which are shown above. They sell for $12.49 apiece, or $10 if you buy 4 or more. Check them out on RedBubble.
Note: These are not N95 masks, nor are they necessarily suitable for close contact, such as caring for a patient with Covid-19, but they’ll work for a trip to the grocery store or the park, with continued social distancing.
No commission or commercial connection here; just wanted to make people aware. Sources of fun are limited right now.
All through the month of April, Belanger Books is offering free Sherlockian e-books each week to help those of us who need more reading material during the Covid-19 lockdown. This week, the books are The Papers of Solar Pons, by David Marcum (hmm, a pastiche of a pastiche), and Sherlock Holmes: Adventures Beyond the Canon, Vol. 1, a 29-story anthology edited by Marcum. For the next 48 hours, C. Edward Davis’s illustrated steampunk novella The Voyage of the Lunar Schooner is free as well. You can download this week’s books here. Check back with their blog each week for more free books!
We’d be remiss if we promoted the giveaway without mentioning Belanger’s current Kickstarter project, Sherlock Holmes and the Great Detectives, which has already reached nearly five times its original goal with 20 days to go. If you’re interested in stories about the Master teaming up with other great detectives from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, take a look.
Some of you may be unfamiliar with escape rooms. In their physical incarnation, a group of people is locked in a room and given an hour (usually) to get out by solving a connected, generally themed set of puzzles. For the digital version, you will have to use your imagination to escape from sheltering in place. It consists of both text and videos, and it should appeal to anyone who loves both Sherlock (in any of his incarnations) and puzzles. Give it a try!
In light of the Covid-19 quarantine, we have suspended all in-person meetings. We have decided to try having our April meeting over Zoom. We’ll skip the business meeting and just have presentations and discussion of “The Man with the Twisted Lip.”
All members who are on the email list should receive the necessary information. If you don’t get it or need technical assistance, you may contact Janice Eisen at her email or through the NMSOBC Facebook page.