Monday, January 29, 2024

Crossover Covers: Neck and Neck


Sergeant Beef investigates two murders, those of his biographer Lionel Townsend’s aunt and a publisher. Beef tells Townsend he’d like to know what’s happening between his (Townsend’s) brother Vincent and their relative Edith Payne. Townsend says that there’s nothing going on between them, to which Beef replies, “That’s what I mean...It’s like the old Sherlock Holmes gag of the behavior of the dog in the night.” The publisher’s secretary compares Townsend to Dr. Watson and Captain Hastings. Beef complains, “As I’ve said before, hardly anybody seems to have heard the name Beef. Now take Hercule Poirot..." The publisher’s stepson is a Major in the 10th Loamshires. Sherlock Holmes’ famous quote about the curious incident of the dog in the night-time appears in Doyle and Watson’s “The Adventure of Silver Blaze.” Captain Arthur Hastings is Hercule Poirot’s friend and sometime biographer, whose accounts were edited for publication by Agatha Christie. The Loamshire Regiment appears in several works of fiction, including H. C. “Sapper” McNeile’s Bulldog Drummond novels, Evelyn Waugh’s Put Out More Flags and Men at Arms, and the movie The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. The English county of Loamshire is originally from George Eliot’s novels. 

This crossover is one of hundreds covered in my book Crossovers Expanded: A Secret Chronology of the World Volume 3, which will be published by Meteor House! All three volumes are AUTHORIZED companions to Win Scott Eckert's Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1 and 2!

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