Obituary: Sherlock Holmes author Ross Husband, of Pulham St Mary

Ross Husband
Ross Husband

“It is exciting and little bewildering too”, Ross Husband told the Diss Express last year, on being given permission by the Conan Doyle family to pen a further six novels in the Sherlock Holmes canon.

An avid reader of Conan Doyle’s works as a child, the first of the new books, Sherlock Holmes and the Master Engraver, was released last year.

Mr Husband, of Pulham St Mary, had written the second, but he died suddenly on January 20 this year, aged 65.

His partner of six years, Glenny, said she is planning to have the book published.

Mr Husband grew up, first in Leeds, Yorkshire, before the family moved to Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The son of an industrial chemist, his own passion lay in literature, history and the arts. After attending art college, he turned his creative skills to the advertising industry, working first for an agency in London, before setting up his own business called IMP.

The business wound up in the mid-1980s, but he had already set up home in South Lopham, and had two children, Cameron and Camilla, from a previous marriage.

He moved to Pulham St Mary 21 years ago, retiring six years ago, allowing him time to apply himself to writing more seriously.

He did not like modern interpretations of Sherlock Holmes, such as the recent BBC Television series, instead preferring to keep his novels true to the character and the Victorian age in which they were set.

As a history fan, it was important to him that his research into the period was meticulous, to accompany his own encyclopaedic knowledge of Conan Doyle’s works. He even visited the Bank of England for research into Sherlock Holmes and the Master Engraver.

He was an admirer of the writers Max Hastings and Bernard Cornwell.

Mr Husband wrote mainly in Gran Canaria, where he died, at the couple’s second home, and was cremated in Las Palmas.

He leaves his partner Glenny, his mother, his two children and a brother and sister.

A memorial service will be held at 2.15pm on May 9 at Pulham St Mary Church and all are welcome.