Fingers Molloy has beaten Sherlock Holmes once. Can he do it again?
Jack Hargreaves’ latest job is not quite as expected. Jack's new boss is Fingers Molloy, a time-travelling burglar with a host of ingenious devices supplied by the mysterious Mr Smith. And the things they're stealing are, frankly, odd.
Sherlock Holmes is convinced that Fingers works for his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Yet Inspector Lestrade won’t take him seriously. How can the great detective prove he is right?
Meanwhile, Jack’s conscience is working overtime. But coming clean could reveal Jack’s own secret...
This fast-moving novella, narrated by Jack and Dr Watson, features thrills, spills, showdowns, skulduggery, and a laboratory that thinks it’s a kitchen. Open A Jar Of Thursday to find out more!
The cover to Jar of Thursday made me want to discover its contents. It would stand on a modern fantasy bookshelf but it was reminiscent of days gone by and evoked memories of sitting in my great-aunt Emily’s attic reading penny dreadfuls that had belonged to a great-great-grandmother. The contents of Jar of Thursday were more than worthy of the fabulous cover.
Although Jar of Thursday is classified as Crime and Thriller on Amazon because of a time machine it has science fantasy elements. This novella is the perfect length for the story as the pacing was wonderful. It was slow enough to feel historical but was never so slow that it felt dry or dull.
Jar of Thursday is written in multiple first which I’m delighted to see. Liz Hedgecock is a competent author and builder of character, as a result her characters can indeed carry multiple first. The point of view characters are Dr Watson and Jack.
Dr Watson’s voice captured the feel of Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock was definitely Sherlock Holmes. Lestrade was Lestrade and Mrs Hudson was Mrs Hudson. In Dr Watson’s point of view the story intrigued and pulled me along.
However, it was the original characters like Jack, Constable Huggins and Mr Smith that made this Liz Hedgecock’s story and not Arthur Conan Doyle’s. I found myself looking forward to being back in Jack’s point of view. Jack is a strong female character. Whilst she had been down and out in her life I would find it difficult to believe she’d ever been a waif or a stray. She is a woman who knows how to get what she wants and needs out of life.
Liz has a wonderful balance between setting the Victorian world whilst not overdoing it. This is a story that could have been set in almost any era but Liz Hedgecock made it belong to the time she’d set in. At one point there is a sumptuous description of a beautiful dress but it’s tempered by an even better description of the realities of being dressed as a woman in Victorian England.
Another character in the story that stood out for me is the bookish but handy with a weapon, Constable Tom Huggins. If he’d been a modern character he’d have been worthy of a part in NCIS. I’d love to see more stories with the developing relationship between Jack and Tom.
Liz Hedgecock grew up in London, England, did an English degree, and then took forever to start writing. After several years working in the National Health Service, a corporate writing course rekindled the flame, and various short stories followed. Some even won prizes. Then the short stories began to grow longer...
Liz now lives in Cheshire with her husband and two sons, and when she’s not writing or child-wrangling you can usually find her reading, running, or cooing over stuff in museums and art galleries.
• Why did you choose Sherlock Holmes as your character it was big shoes to fill (you did it incredibly well by the way)?
Thank you! I’d had an idea for a novel - a Sherlock Holmes story told by Mrs Hudson - but I didn’t feel quite ready to take it on, so I decided to write some comic Sherlock short stories first to get my hand in, so to speak. These became The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and A Jar Of Thursday is a sequel to one of these, called ‘Sherlock Holmes And The Burglar’. I did write the novel, A House Of Mirrors, as my first NaNoWriMo book, and it’s currently on Kindle Scout here:
• Your acknowledgements talk about the research you did into Victorian Fashion. Would you like to wear Jack’s dress that you described so beautifully in Jar of Thursday?
Absolutely not. For one thing, I’m not convinced that emerald green would suit me! The real sticking-point, though, is how uncomfortable it would be. First the corset - ow! - then a bustle round the waist, then layers of petticoats, and a dress on top of it all. I read somewhere that the skirt alone could weigh six pounds. I’ll stick to my writer’s uniform of black trousers and T-shirts, thanks!
• You have captured Sherlock’s voice well. How did you go about that?
I’m a child of the 80s, so I grew up with Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes, plus my local library had all the stories. I think Holmes is well and truly stuck in my subconscious!
• Question from Nick Bailey, author of Liberator: If you could be a character from your novel(s) who would it be?
Ooh, tricky. I’d probably choose Fingers Molloy, as he generally has a good time and stays out of serious trouble.
• Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated writing space? If so what is it like?
I write at the family computer, which sits in the corner of the dining room. He’s called Fry, after Stephen Fry and Fry from Futurama, and under his screen lurk pens, post-its, and random bits and bobs. Don’t look too closely or something might bite!
• What is the single most useful piece of writing advice you’ve ever had?
Just one? It’s to keep writing, keep trying. I’ve had a few wobbles about whether I should be writing (show me a writer who hasn’t), but so far something has always happened - a nice review, a publication - to show me that yes, I should.
• In the following scenarios which character would you call:
1 You want to enter a marathon and need a personal trainer to get you fit?
Ha ha, this is a bit too close to real life because I’ve run a few half-marathons but lately I’ve let the running slide! I’d choose Horace Shackleton, trainer for the 1896 Olympics in The Secret Notebook Of Sherlock Holmes - he’d brook no excuses! I’d have to send him a telegram though.
2 You’ve been challenged to a duel for the love of your life?
Well, Watson says that Sherlock Holmes is an expert swordsman. I’m not sure how good a trainer he’d be!
3 You’re in a shoe shop and can’t choose between two particularly spectacular pairs?
I’d choose the unnamed narrator of ‘A Stitch In Time’, one of the flash fiction stories in Bitesize. She runs a bridal shop, so she’d steer me towards a pair I could actually walk in - I hope.
• What are you working on next/currently?
I’m planning this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, which is going to be a modern cosy mystery - yes, no more bustles! The working title is Murder At The Playgroup.
• What is the one question you wish I’d asked?
Hmmm…maybe whether I’ve left any Easter eggs for Holmes fans. Might have, might not have *winks*
• Where can we find you online?
I’m on Twitter at
my website and blog live at
I’m also on Goodreads -
my Amazon author page is here:
• Can you leave a random question for the next author?
How do you choose which story idea to work on next?
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