“Classy and clever. Portia Adams is equal parts toughness and charm.” — Tim Wynne-Jones, two-time winner of the Arthur Award from the Crime Writers of Canada
“Even for teens who haven’t yet encountered Doyle’s stories, Portia Adams will prove to be a whip-smart, worthy new heroine.” Quill & Quire
Fierce Ink Press is thrilled to present Jewel of the Thames by Angela Misri. The young adult mystery features Portia Adams, an orphan who finds herself inheriting 221 Baker Street. As Portia settles into her new London home she quickly becomes involved in solving crimes. Set in the 1930s, Misri’s debut novel is rich in historical detail and all things Holmesian.
“Portia Adams is my homage to my favourite fictional detectives, especially Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes,” Misri says. “I hope people will come back ’round to Baker Street to meet the newest consulting detective to grace its vaunted offices.”
Jewel of the Thames features three casebooks, each one presenting Portia with new challenges both professionally and personally. Each casebook features an illustration by Sydney Smith (Mabel Murple, Toes in My Nose, The Dread Crew, Pit Pony.)
In celebration of the release of Jewel of the Thames a launch party will be held March 28, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ben McNally Books located at 366 Bay Street in Toronto. Misri will read from Jewel of the Thames and copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Misri is also giving a writing workshop, “Writing YA: The Truth and the Fiction of It,” on March 29, 2 to 4 p.m. at North York Central Library in Toronto. Joining Misri for the workshop is fellow Fierce Ink Press author, Natalie Corbett Sampson (Game Plan).
Jewel of the Thames is currently available for purchase on Storenvy, Kobo, iTunes and Kindle.
What is it about?
Recently orphaned Portia Adams inherits 221 Baker Street, the former offices of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Who will read it?
Anyone who loves young adult mystery, historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes or Downton Abbey.
When is it releasing?
March 25, 2014
About the Author
Angela Misri is a Toronto journalist, writer and mom who has spent most of her working life making CBC Radio extraterrestrial through podcasts, live streams and websites. These days she’s focusing on her writing but taking on freelance and digital projects along the side.
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About Fierce Ink Press
Fierce Ink Press Co-op Ltd. is a publishing label dedicated to producing high quality books of fiction and short non-fiction pieces by East Coast Canadian authors who write for young adults.