He’s created his own world in a mystery series that now numbers five books – the latest being a short story collection called Rogues Gallery out this month. His Sherlockian sleuth Sebastian McCabe always draws on his knowledge of Holmes in solving the case.
Where does his inspiration come from? “I love mysteries and mystery writers from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (roughly 1920-1940) and writers whose style harkens back that era. I hope that mine does as well. Some of my favorite writers - the ones I reread frequently - are Golden Agers Ellery Queen, Rex Stout, Agatha Christie, and John Dickson Carr.”
Dan’s mysteries have been published by MX Publishing in London, the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. So how did an Ohio author get such a deal? By being a Holmes expert. His articles on Sherlock Holmes have appeared in half a dozen publications. He’s spoken on various Sherlockian topics to Baler Street Irregular scion societies around the country. On top of that, he’s also a member of a host of scion societies - The Tankerville Club (Cincinnati), The Illustrious Clients (Indianapolis), and The John H. Watson Society (international). He also holds an honorary membership in The Diogenes Club of Washington, D.C.
He writes an extremely popular Sherlock Holmes blog called Baker Street Beat, which is also the name of his first Holmes book. That book is a collection of essays, radio plays, and probably his most successful short story of all, “The Peculiar Persecution of John Vincent Harden.” That story, described by one authority as “one of the best Sherlock Holmes short stories ever written,” is available as a bestselling e-book.
Dan also co-wrote two short Holmes novels with historical military expert Kieran McMullen.
Rogues Gallery brings together for the first time a series of shorter Sebastian McCabe - Jeff Cody mysteries - three novellas and two short stories. The many fans of the McCabe - Cody novels will be delighted to find that these tales are characterized by the same dry humor, solid plotting, and adroit characterization that distinguish the novel-length adventures.
One of the early reviewers of Rogues Gallery was Bonnie MacBird, screenwriter and original author of the sci-fi classic film TRON. “Like a skilled close-up magician, Andriacco lulls you into what appears to be quiet Midwestern sense of normalcy, only to turn up an ace from his sleeve with a murderous surprise,” she wrote. “You're in the hands of a master of mystery plotting here. Rogues Gallery is a delightful read, hard to put down, and highly recommended. And did I say fun?”
So what’s next on the schedule for Dan Andriacco? “I’m working on the fifth novel in the McCabe-Cody series. No matter what other projects I work, on I keep coming back to these two. They’re a modern day Holmes and Watson and so much fun to write about.”