Sherlock Holmes

Brilliant radio play of the stage show. Listen to this stunning CD on a cold winter's evening, when in a car or for a dose of Doyle and Holmes together. It's the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as challenged by Mr Holmes. Who is the greater - Doyle or Holmes? Sir Arthur's Irish mother has a lot to say 'n all. Rave reviews from Sherlockians and Doyleans around the globe. History comes alive.

"I have listened to the CD of The Real Sherlock Holmes. I must say how thrilled I was to listen to this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations on a superb production and I hope that the play will be performed in Britain in the near future." Brian Pugh - curator Conan Doyle collection
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Witty radio play of the hugely successful stage show. Sherlock Holmes is retiring. It's his final night at Baker Street. His long-suffering landlady is sorry to see the detective depart. But Mrs H has news and a stunned Sherlock Holmes now faces a huge challenge.

The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes

The Real Sherlock Holmes

 "About to leave Baker Street for the last time, Sherlock Holmes is astounded to learn that Mrs Hudson has been commissioned by The Strand Magazine to write her memoirs - "The Landlady of Sherlock Holmes". Like the first two plays, The Real Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Stock and Barrel, the play has been very successfully adapted for audio. I haven't seen Kirk Alexander and Eileen Nelson play Holmes and Mrs Hudson on stage but they're superb in sound alone, doing full justice to Cen Fox's excellent script."
 Roger Johnson - The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
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Sherlock, Stock and Barrel

"I've heard the CD of Sherlock Stock and Barrel and can report that it works beautifully. To recap: five actors set out to tell all sixty stories in eighty minutes but only manage twenty-five, and the result, necessarily played at a frantic pace, is dramatic, tuneful, ingenious, and above all very funny."
 Roger Johnson - The Sherlock Holmes Society of London
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Hilarious radio play of the stage musical featuring 25 of the Conan Doyle tales starring Sherlock Holmes. 5 actors play more than 70 roles with Mr Holmes, Dr. Watson, Mrs Hudson and a dozens of other characters. Witty lyrics and toe-tapping tunes. Enjoy almost half the Canon. A great gift for any mystery fan.

Nursing Holmes

Five books about the schoolboy Sherlock Holmes

5 books with 13 mysteries starring a very young schoolboy with a fascination for Sherlock Holmes

In Book 5 Felicity interviews Mrs. Mallet who has seen a moving light in her neighbour's hedge at 2 o'clock in the morning. Then Nicholas learns that a famous spiritualist called Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came to Melbourne a long time ago and told people about ghosts. Flick is trapped when she investigates the moving light and Nick uses a metal-detector in a vegetable patch to look for something really strange. There are spies and secret codes and danger for both the young detectives. Which case is more important? The second mystery is amazingly a tale about the real Sherlock Holmes. The case is The Tallest Woman in the World set in a carnival in England more than 100 years ago. See how the world's greatest detective solves mysteries. Finally, mystery number 13, sees Nick and the Baskets going for a picnic. Nicholas is suddenly in danger. Can he survive? Is this the end for the Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes?

In Book 1 meet Nicholas Twit who is almost 11. His Aunt Poppy introduces him to old black and white movies. Nick watches The Hound of the Baskervilles and is hooked. Nick turns his bedroom into the sitting-room at 221B Baker Street. Nick's a whiz with computers. Can you spot the code behind his picture? Nick helps the elderly couple next door who know nothing about software. Mr and Mrs Basket think the boy is wonderful and when he tells them he wants to be a detective like Sherlock Holmes, the old folk form a detective agency with Nick as their man in the field. Oh bliss, Nick is now the Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes. But will his 'cases' be dangerous and exciting? Nick has a hit. Even the police are impressed with female Detective Les Trade a big fan of the young boy. Then a girl, 14, clashes with Nick. The only solution is to make her Dr. Watson. Will they survive? On with the adventures.

In Book 2 Nick and Mr Basket head off to Walhalla the old gold-mining town in the bush. Nick wakes up and on a moonlit night sees a couple carrying something heavy dart into the town cemetery. Then a jogger races into view. Who goes jogging at 2am? Some locals hear ghostly sounds. Nicholas discovers a mystery that happened 100 years ago and solves two cases in the one day. Back in town, Nick and Flick [that's Nicholas and Felicity] visit a lady with 200 garden gnomes. Some have been damaged. There are even two gnomes which look like the great detective - it's Sherlock Gnomes!  Felicity discovers a young girl sewing clothes in her home for a pittance. Nicholas discovers a mother and son who rescue garden gnomes and set them free. But one of the gnomes has something valuable hidden inside. The crook who robs the workers sewing clothes and the crook who hid something inside a gnome are very strange. What's inside the gnome and what does Felicity do with the crook's money?

In Book 3 Nicholas gets to use his special code. I am the fat goose or GOOSE for short is an anagram of The game is afoot. This is a famous Sherlock saying. Nick sends Flick a one word message - GOOSE. Their new mystery involves a rogue painter who rips off an old lady, and a woman wearing white clothes in a white house with white walls and white furniture. She steals trash. Rubbish? The young detectives help the old lady and Felicity solves the case. But with the Mystery of the Terrible Twins, Nicholas knows that Mr Holmes had a model of his head placed in the window to fool criminals so Nick unravelled the case of the cheating twins. Finally Nicholas meets Ned Kelly the famous outlaw. People today collect Ned Kelly stuff and some do crazy things to find new items. Nick is in the middle of a war, when two Kelly fans start a pitched battle using Kelly items as weapons. Will the ghost of Ned Kelly come back to haunt the crooks? And how does Nicholas fool the experts with his brilliant forgery? 

In Book 4 Nicholas meets Primrose Perkins and Mitzi Glam. They're both over-the-top actresses who are mad about Charles Dickens. Primrose keeps calling for Mr. Dick and Mitzi has a rotten wedding cake with cobwebs on her dining-room table. Felicity has her own problems when her father is arrested because his girlfriend's missing possibly murdered. The climax takes place at Luna Park, the fun park with many rides including the Ghost Train. Then Nicholas gets caught out at the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground home to the Olympic Games. There's a huge crowd at the ground and a man with a bomb. A visiting cricketing dignatary from the sub-continent, Mr. Quickrunnasingle is in danger. Nick helps a young boy help his father who has a mental illness. And finally the detectives face a ghost of a mystery. There's no such thing as a ghost but Nick meets the next best thing.

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"Cliff-hanging tales and subliminal lessons for young readers. Your books will encourage youngsters to read the original Conan Doyle stories." Classic Specialities

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As well as the mysteries, the books contain new words called Twit Speak, word games and puzzles, mini mysteries, illustrations plus Sherlockian Snippets. These snippets are titbits of fascinating information about Sherlock Holmes. The page numbers of the books are in a magnifying glass and the illustrations are full of details. Here are some samples.

The location of the mysteries in the streets near Nick's house

The layout of the bedroom of Nicholas Twit

There is a Nick Twit bookmark and the fact-filled booklet How to become a Detective with all sorts of clues on discovering how to solve mysteries just like Sherlock Holmes and the Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes. These are available when the author Cenarth Fox comes to reveal Sherlock Holmes at your school or library.

And finally there are the letters and reviews from readers of all ages. The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes is a wonderful way to introduce young readers to the world of mystery stories and to Sherlock Holmes in particular.

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Now available online as eBooks

Now available online from Amazon as eBooks

Three stage shows now also available as radio plays on CD.

Young Readers
I love The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes mysteries. I am up to your third mystery and can't wait until your next book. Jack, 10, Yarrunga PS
Dear Cenarth, How do you come up with so many mysteries? I'm only 10 and I finished your first book in 2 days. Callum
I am Nicklas and am 9 years old, and have almost read all 5 books. It is my birthday at October the 23 and I wish for book nr. 6 for my birthday, because I think they are really good!!!!
from Nicklas
Dear Mr. Fox,
I have bought all your books, and am up to reading Book 5, for it has just arrived at school. My favourite story of yours so far, would probably have to be "The MCG bomb mystery" because it was full of excitement, the whole way through! I want to start reading Book 5 ASAP. I'm sure it will be as adventurous and exciting as the other four. See you!
Sherlock Roby

Dear Cenarth
My teacher is reading the first book that you made about Nicholas Twit. It�s cool and i have to say I will give it a 10 out of 10. Where did you get the Twit speak words? My favourite will have to be schmickeldickle. And schabooly and all the rest.

P.S I am going to buy one of your books. And I will like you to sign them. Okay bye. Hey Nick Twit. Me and my friend just absolutely love your books! but we've already got the 1st, 2nd and 3rd book but we were just wondering if we could get the 4th book. Thanx!!!!! Alex
It's funny, as soon as I picked up this book from the library, as soon as I started to read the first paragraph of Nick Twit Book 1, I was amazed! Here this story was, about a boy who would love to be a detective, is crazy about his hair and loves computers! I'm 12 now, but when I was his age, 10, I was so crazy about my hair! I laugh at the fact now! And, ever since us as a family got our 1st computer, I've been a computer whizz, I now have my own even. And ever since I was about 8, I've always wanted to be a secret spy or detective. I always played these detective games on my own and dressed up, I had to look just right! And only just then I read that Nick Twit likes History, well, of course, so do I. And I write stories, I want to write mystery stories when I grow up, and since I like writing stories, I guess I like a bit of English. I got the 1st book of Nick Twit at the Goulbourn Valley library, so, where can I buy the other books? Is Nick Twit real? I wish he was. It'd be so cool, love,
your no.1 fan : )

We can't wait for more of The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes mysteries. You wouldn't 'elieve how often I use your books in my teaching. They are fantastic! Traralgon PS
A whole new generation was introduced to classic mystery fiction. Your session was great.
Spring Gully PS
Thank you for sharing the delights of The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Please come back. Goldfields Library
The students were inspired. Their evidence gathering and sample analysis was far superior as a result of your visit. Wesley College
The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes books are very much in demand; so much so boys are on a waiting list and we are very keen to obtain the fourth book.
Willington School, London
The children were excited by your entertaining and very informative visit. Many were enthused to read the books. Some came dressed either as Sherlock Holmes or Nicholas Twit for our Book Week Parade. Clairvaux Catholic School, Geelong
You certainly enthralled your audience and I was amazed at the children you particularly 'touched' ~ some of whom were very keen to follow up to see if we had Sherlock Holmes' books in our library. Black Rock PS

You told me The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes mysteries were suitable for young readers. I loved them and I'm 75. Joe Cooper, Heathcote
The Schoolboy Sherlock Holmes mysteries arrived and the children in my son�s class are loving them; not to mention that my son is now dead popular for providing something they actually look forward to reading.
Lorraine S, Queensland parent
The five Nicholas Twit books arrived today in beautiful condition and very timely fashion. The included "How to Be a Detective" booklet is also delightful. Thank you very much for your careful attention. This is a real acquisition!

An Ill-Dressed Vagabond
(aka Philip K. Jones) Sherlockian Collector

Congratulations on such an attention-grabbing, fun-filled book. I particularly enjoyed the touches of Walhalla history. Shock and horror at Mrs Basket's news. I hope she's okay. Cheryl Threadgold
MCG Bomb Mystery story is great. It's a fabulous idea to turn someone who is more often seen as a villain into a hero - such a refreshing change. Schizophrenia Australia Foundation
Nick Twit's use of Holmes's techniques makes perfect sense in these tales of 21st Australia; it all reminds me of Terrance Dicks' excellent Baker Street Irregulars novels, which can only be good. And there are puzzles and Sherlockian Snippets to keep the reader, of whatever age, engaged.
Sherlock Holmes Society of London
I did enjoy reading The Goldfields Ghost Adventure
and was amazed at how well you captured Walhalla. There are so many historic and descriptive details you recounted. I will place Nicholas Twit in our Research Centre so others may enjoy meeting him.
Walhalla Historical Society
Another note to let you know how impressed I am with The Nicholas Twit Mysteries. It's refreshing to read the Sherlockian Snippets and find the items correct and interesting. It's such a fine publication.
The Sydney Passengers [Australian Sherlock Holmes Society]