To have positive feedback from a detective stories affectionado like yourself is truly joyful. I wanted to invoke the whole victorian aura of mystery so I guess "I was reading a Sherlock Holmes short story." qualifies it as such.
Hope you enjoyed your dinner and I´ll be have to provide the next meal.
Yes, I suppose. The only difference is that Emerald can complement it´s size with incredible action or just something interesting to get the readers hooked. I don´t know if I can do the same with this series.