William Sutton will be performing his story at Holmes Fest 2018’s Three Cheers For Arthur Conan Doyle on 27th June at The Square Tower.
Life Is Amazing: Hello William, tell us about your story.
William: My story is a Victorian detective story starring one of Sherlock Holmes’s contemporaries – Campbell Lawless, and is called Lawless and the Whisky Smugglers.
With whisky taxation high, the Scottish highlands are criss-crossed with smuggling routes. Lawless is sent to clamp down on the Sacred Band of Swollen Bladders. Seeking help from his godfather, Freemason John Macadam, and librarian Miss Villiers, he receives help from the Duke of Stirling, minister for taxation. In a showdown by Loch Katrine, he finds his helper has other allegiances.
Life Is Amazing: Why do you love Sherlock Holmes?
William: Because he’s named after two cricketers, and Conan Doyle himself was a stalwart performer for The Authors CC XI
Life Is Amazing: What would you investigate if you could investigate anything at all?
William: Erotobibliomania. Or Victorian tunnels.
Life Is Amazing: If Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes went shopping, what one item would each buy, and why?
William: Sherlock: rosin, for his violin strings…
…Moriarty: flowers, for his mum; because even super-villains have mums!