A Slight Trick of the Mind


It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son.

He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind.

But: in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers – Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking.

Questions about life, love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know.

A novel of exceptional grace and literary sensitivity, A Slight Trick of the Mind is a brilliant imagining of our greatest fictional detective and a stunning inquiry into the mysteries of the human connection.

Author: Mitch Cullen / 2006

"Here is a truly creative, modern and deeply expansive offering by veteran author Mitch Cullen."

A Slight Trick Of The Mind is so well regarded that a new movie based upon it is scheduled for a 2015 release date.  Be ahead of the curve and read the book BEFORE the movie comes out.

For the film adaptation, Sir Ian McKellen is currently slated to play the retired, 93 year-old Holmes living in a farmhouse in the Sussex countryside.  Laura Linney is also on board to play Holmes’ widowed housekeeper, Mrs. Munro. 

The film reunites both McKellen and Linney with director Bill Condon.  McKellen previously worked with Condon on the 1998 drama Gods and Monsters and Linney was directed by him in 2013’s The Fifth Estate as well as Kinsey, in 2004.  Read more about the upcoming film by clicking HERE.

The novel itself weaves together three narratives:  Sussex/UK, Japan, and the also (still unsolved) Case Of The Glass Armonicist:  a London tale from 1902 when Holmes was still active as a consulting detective.  

Since Holmes believes his bees’ royal jelly is a part of the secret to his longevity, his further research takes him to post-war Japan.  There, he encounters the son of a former British diplomat who knew Holmes and disappeared at the start of the war. Holmes doesn’t remember, but feels the familiar pull of an unfinished case…

Personally, we at ESHolmes are extremely excited to see this brilliant novel come to life on the big screen!

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