Smith (b. 1948) is a dedicated Sherlockian scholar who has produced a number of Holmesian pastiches starting with The Adventure of the Purple Hand, issued from his own Diogenes Publications. These have been reissued by Calabash Press with a new story as The Chronicles of Sherlock Holmes. He also has a passion for old maps and Victorian railways, both of which are germane to Holmes's adventures. Although a Yorkshireman by birth he now lives in Norfolk with his wife and three daughters.