Once again Sherlock Holmes has risen from the dead as a local writer's second collection of short stories featuring the iconic detective is published.
At the height of the famous sleuth's popularity, the original author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle decided to kill off his greatest fictional creation, only to later resurrect him when Holmes' popularity failed to diminish.
Now author and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast Paul D Gilbert is again bringing back the detective with his new book The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes.
The collection of new stories is influenced by cases mentioned in some of the original tales but fans have until now only been able to speculate about the specifics of these cases.
The author hopes that the millions of ardent Holmes fans will enjoy his interpretations of these previously unwritten crimes.
Paul describes his work as "pastiche with respect" saying that accuracy is vitally important as "If I make one slip up, the fans will pick up on it but hopefully I've nailed it'.
He also re-reads the original stories again and again to try and reflect Conan Doyle's style.
"He wrote in a certain rhythm and a certain pace - it was almost lyrical," he says.
Paul, from Dove Park, Hatch End, first became interested in Sherlock Holmes when he was a young boy.
"I liked the appeal of a hero with flaws and problems like everyone else. There was also the mystical element, the image has just stayed with me".
Later in life Paul became a fan of the 80's television dramas, starring Jeremy Brett, based on the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Paul explains it was his wife's speculation: "Wouldn't it be great if someone took up Doyle's mantle?" that induced the father-of-two to begin writing new cases for the sleuth. His first book The Lost Files Of Sherlock Holmes was published last April.
Since then the retail worker's life hasn't really changed, although he remarks that "Friends and family were thrilled someone they know had a book published".
Having already begun work on his next project, the writer, 54, explains that he was working on a complete novel based on a famous unwritten case named The Rat Of Sunetra, apparently described by Conan Doyle as "the story for which the world is not yet prepared".
"This book will be darker and hopefully very exciting," Paul says, having researched Indonesian martial arts and animal cults in preparation.
Discussing the continued appeal of Sherlock Holmes, the author expresses his opinion on the forthcoming movie based on the detective starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, and directed by Guy Ritchie: "I've heard it's going to be contemporary, with a hard edge - something like the Victorian Dynamic Duo. It makes sense. Holmes was an expert in Japanese wrestling - it's how he defeated his enemy, Professor Moriarty".
Commenting on the film's interpretation of the character, he says: "It's such a great character, hopefully they don't denigrate it, but it brings Holmes to a new audience."
It appears that Sherlock Holmes will continue to be resurrected for another generation to enjoy, even if Paul's own children aren't interested in the eccentric detective.
"We can't all like the same things," he says philosophically.
* Paul D Gilbert will be signing copies of his new book The Chronicles Of Sherlock Holmes at Waterstone's in Harrow on Saturday, November 15.