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J. Lawrence Matthews

J. Lawrence Matthews has contributed fiction to the New York Times and NPR, and is the author of three nonfiction books as Jeff Matthews. One Must Tell the Bees is his first novel. Written at a time when American history is being scrutinized and recast in the light of 21st century mores, this fast-paced account of Sherlock Holmes’s visit to America during the final year of the Civil War illuminates the profound impact of Abraham Lincoln and his Emancipation Proclamation on slavery, the war, and America itself. Matthews is now researching the sequel, which takes place a bit further afield—in Florence, Mecca, and Tibet—but readers may contact him at Those interested in the history behind One Must Tell the Bees will find it at