The Genius of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

M.J. Downing Just recently, preparing for a mid-February “Zoom” meeting with “The Derby Rotten Scoundrels,” the Louisville Chapter of “Sisters in Crime,” I dedicated some time to studying the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in order to spell out some things I’d long seen in his writing. Truthfully, I have enjoyed the Sherlock ntHolmes… Continue Reading →

The Sherlock Holmes Pipe Club of Boston.

Last night, I had the great privilege of addressing this group of fellows, all veteran pipe smokers, about my books, chiefly “The Case of the Undead Client” and the more recent “Werewolves of Edinburgh.” In short, it was a delight. One of the club members, Tim Hynik, is part of a regular on-line pipe chat… Continue Reading →

Just another futuristic, old-timey Christmas Story.

“The Last Old Man: A Christmas Story” M.J. Downing “The Oxen” Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock.“Now they are all on their knees,”An elder said as we sat in a flockBy the embers in hearthside ease. We pictured the meek mild creatures whereThey dwelt in their strawy pen, Nor did it occur to one of… Continue Reading →


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About the author

M.J. Downing is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.  Born in Shively in the spring of 1954, he was raised in Okolona. He lived in the Highlands for twenty years before marrying his wife, Amy, and moving to Valley Station.  He has friends and relations in all parts of Louisville, beyond those just mentioned.  He and Amy are members of St. Paul United Methodist Church and are active in its ministries.

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