The Adventure of the Colonial Boy

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Improbable Press’s second book, The Adventure of the Colonial Boy, is a Holmes/Watson romance set in Australian in 1893. Murder! Dangerous sea voyages! Snakes! Honour, angst, and chases! Unrequited love, requited!


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Sherlockian fan and podficcer, Lockedinjohnlock, sent me a lovely aural gift – she reads the Goodreads sample pages of The Adventure of the Colonial Boy. Listen here!

About The Adventure of the Colonial Boy

1893. Dr Watson, still in mourning for the death of his great friend Sherlock Holmes, is now triply bereaved, with his wife Mary’s death in childbirth. Then a telegram from Melbourne, Australia intrudes into his grief:

“Come at once if convenient.“

Both suspicious and desperate to believe that Holmes may not, after all, be dead, Watson goes as immediately as the sea voyage will allow. Soon Holmes and Watson are together again, on an adventure through Bohemian Melbourne and rural Victoria, following a series of murders linked by a repulsive red leech and one of Moriarty’s lieutenants.

But things are not as they were. Too many words lie unsaid between the Great Detective and his biographer. Too much that they feel is a secret.

Solve a crime, save a life, forgive a friend, rediscover trust and admit to love. Surely that is not beyond that legendary duo, Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson?


I admit to being wary about whether [Harris] could really, truly pull off a romance for Holmes and Watson. I am convinced. She more than pulled it off. She nailed it. And now I’m swept headlong into a vision of Holmes and Watson, forever changed. I’ll eagerly be re-reading ACD canon with a brand new understanding. I’ve no doubt that ACD’s stories will be utterly consistent with a Holmes and Watson in love – whether pre-consummation or post.  – CoachJanette,

The biggest problem with this story is my inability to put the darn thing down. Needless to say it was read in one sitting. – cemm,

With heart and skill and passion for characters she clearly loves, Narrelle M. Harris shows us how John Watson and Sherlock Holmes prevail in a dangerous world of adders, gold fever, gruesome red leeches, and a murderous enemy bent on their destruction. Ooo now *that’s* romantic. Mysterious. And a damned awesome adventure.
– Atlin Merrick, Goodreads

I bought the ebook because I couldn’t wait – and ended up reading it in one day.
– Denise, Goodreads.

This was a romping good read, and absolute page turner that I couldn’t put down.
– Sally Koetsveld, Goodreads.

About Improbable Press

Improbable Press books add romance to the adventure,
set in a world where Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s relationship steps beyond friendship.

ImprobablePressImprobable Press specialises in Sherlock Holmes romance and erotica, across both Victorian, contemporary and other historical settings.

Wendy C Fries – author of The Day They Met and also known for her erotic fiction as Atlin Merrick – is the new press’s acquisition editor. She also wrote the Press’s first book, The Night They Met.

Upcoming titles at Improbable Press include the anthology A Murmuring of Bees (to which I am contributing) and God Save the Queen, a modern take on Holmes, co-written by me, Atlin Merrick and Verity Burns.

It would be wonderful if you liked Improbable Press’s Facebook page to keep track of the books and release dates – and to let us know you’d like to read Sherlock Holmes romance erotica, both canon and contemporary.

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