A Pulham St Mary author, who was penning a new series of Sherlock Holmes novels officially authorised by the family of the late Arthur Conan Doyle, has died.
Ross Husband, of North Green Road, a retired advertising, public relations and film director, died in Gran Canaria on January 2.
Diss-based author Peter Langridge, who knew Mr Husband well, said Mr Husband had given a reading of the first of his six novels to be published, Sherlock Holmes & The Master Engraver, in the Waterfront pub in Diss just before Christmas and hadn’t looked well.
He and his partner, Glenny, were travelling to Gran Canaria, where they have a house, to spend Christmas and Mr Husband was taken ill as he boarded the plane. In Gran Canaria he was taken into hospital just after Christmas and found to have cancer, dying the day after New Year’s Day.
Mr Langridge said Mr Husband had been cremated on the island and his partner has remained there to sort out their affairs.
“He was very much respected and loved by all. He was full of interesting stories because he had travelled so widely. His death was a shock to us all - a tremendous shock,” Mr Langridge said.
“His book continues to sell well. The second in the series is at the proof readers and he had a contract to write four more but, of course, they will never be finished now.”
Mr Langridge said in addition to his partner, Mr Husband also leaves two grown-up children, who live in Norwich, and his mother who is in the West Country.
Mr Husband read his first Sherlock Holmes novel at the age of 12 and painstakingly carried out hours of research to make his own work as authentic as possible. His book is available from Amazon.