The Haunting of the Belle Tote Lighthouse

Jamie Steidle

Can a mystery writer solve a mystery?

Seventy-year-old Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has not written anything about his most famous fictitious detective in a long time and he’s very happy about it “thank you very much.” He was never a fan of Sherlock Holmes, feeling that Holmes overshadowed his greater work.

But when a young boy by the name of Joey Belle comes knocking at Doyle’s door asking for the fictitious detective to help solve a crime, Doyle can not turn the boy down. Pretending to be a detective, Doyle is whisked away to the Sussex Downs, the wide, rolling hills at cliff’s edge. It is there where the old Belle Tote Lighthouse now-turned bed and breakfast is being treated to the most precarious of occurrences: a haunting. A series of mysterious incidents have been occurring: the sound of footsteps from unoccupied rooms, ghosts, stolen goods, and murder.

Together, Doyle and Joey must unravel a secret that if left unsolved, could not only destroy the Belle family but put all of their lives at risk.

A classic mix of adventure and wit, this book attempts to blend the dark and humorous mystery writing styles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Douglas Adams. This young adult mystery novel features legendary writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a mystery that’s very much like one of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mystery books.

If you like historical mystery crime novels, you won’t be able to put this book down.

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This is a sort of fairy tale that took place quite some time ago when fairy tales were more understood, more readily read, and meant more than just fiction but also meant a lot about life. This story takes place when there were still old Austin 7 automobiles hustling down the winding, bustling lanes of London; when candy was cheaper and cavities were more frequent; when the fictional Mr. Sherlock Holmes had retired to keeping bees on the Sussex Downs (the long rolling hills that ended in a shear drop at cliff’s edge); it was a time when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, aged 70, had retired to his home in Crowborough and was terribly tired of hearing anything about his “fictitious” detective Mr. Sherlock Holmes (“No he isn’t real!” “No, I’m not taking him a message!”). The year is 1930. The place is Sussex England. It is February the 23rd and nearing breakfast time when our story begins. It begins very simply. It begins with fried eggs, English muffins, and bacon. It begins on cliff’s edge at a very small lighthouse-turned-bed and breakfast run by a Mr. Reggie Belle and his wife Liz."

– The Haunting of the Belle Tote Lighthouse

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About Jamie Steidle

Jamie Steidle is a writer, Shakespeare scholar, and editor. He’s an avid reader, part-time reasoner, frequent blogger, and consumer of coffee and other caffeinated beverages. 

He attended the University of Limerick, where he received his Master of Arts in English Literature. Currently, he’s a professor of English at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida.

Steidle is co-author of the book, This is Zoic and is author of the book, The Keeper Reverie. If he isn’t spending his time writing, he’s thinking about spending his time writing.