COVER REVEAL: WHO KILLED SHERLOCK HOLMES?
26 November 2015
By Phoebe Taylor
Who has killed the ghost of Sherlock Holmes? That's the question that haunts the third of Paul Cornell's dark and dangerous Shadow Police novels. And what a question! A title that striking deserves an equally striking cover - so we've taken the opportunity to redesign the whole series. WHO KILLED SHERLOCK HOLMES will be out in paperback and ebook in May 2016 - but If you're not yet familiar with the Shadow Police series, check out LONDON FALLING and THE SEVERED STREETS, both of which will soon feature brand new ebook covers. Click on the titles to read a free extract!
For the new covers, our designer Neil Lang has gone for a fresh, clean look that seamlessly combines the past and the present, the real and the supernatural: London's iconic skyline merges with its ancient, twisting street map. The stark, sans serif font (which you may recognize is reminiscent of a certain hit TV show about the eponymous detective) is juxtaposed with the archaic symbol of the pentagram. In Paul Cornell's Fallen London, the supernatural is never very far away, but only a few can see it . . .
Urban-fantasy-meets-crime-thriller, the series follows Detective Inspector James Quill and his squad of crime-fighters gifted with 'second sight', as they delve into London's supernatural underworld. Described by SFX as 'grittier and harder-edged than Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, more coherent and less estoric than China Miéville’s Kraken, less pedestrian and harder-hitting than Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London', this is a series you should be reading. Scroll down for a tantalizing summary of WHO KILLED SHERLOCK HOLMES?
Someone has murdered the ghost of Sherlock Holmes. As a fictional character remembered by the people of London, Holmes' ghost walked the city, and now someone has put a ceremonial dagger through his chest. What could be the motive? The small team of Metropolitan Police detectives who have The Sight find themselves pursuing a criminal genius who soon lures them into a Sherlockian maze of too many clues and too much evidence. Ross finds herself drawn to an actor who may or may not be a deity, and goes on a quest to win back her happiness. Lofhouse seeks the answers, finally, about why she brought the team together. Quill battles for his sanity. Costain battles for his soul. And Sefton just wants to bring his team back together, even if that takes him to the edge of death.
Praise for the Shadow Police series
‘An irresistible blend of guns, gangsters, cops and monsters that grabs you by the eyeballs and never lets go. Start this book early in the day people, because you ain’t going to get no sleep until it’s done’
‘I think it is absolutely magnificent. I loved it . . . I'm not sure I've been that gripped by a novel in… well, decades’
Russell T. Davies
'Paul Cornell's London Falling is a much grittier vision of a gothic, fantasy London, well balanced between its depiction of the city's criminal underworld and a horrifying fantasy reality that for most of the novel lurks just at the edges of sight. Its take on the crime genre is less The Bill, more The Sweeney’
‘Realistic banter, original twists; a nifty debut’
‘Pacy, smart and revels in London mythology. It’s especially clever in that our heroes don’t stop being coppers just because they now realize there are more things in heaven and earth (and elsewhere) than dreamt of in our philosophies. London Falling might not be on the Booker longlist, but crikey it’s good fun’
Scotland on Sunday
‘The team’s continued struggle to understand the dark and terrifying side of London is gripping. This book is a strong follow-up, a good standalone story, and an excellent read for fans of dark urban fantasy’