Sherlock Holmes and the Element of Surprise

Sherlock Holmes and the Element of Surprise

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by James Taylor
     
 

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When two prison guards are found beheaded in the barren countryside surrounding Her Majesty's Prison at Wormwood Scrubs, Inspector Lestrade seeks Holmes' singular powers to determine how the murders could have been committed in separate locations with the only footprints being those of the murdered guards themselves. With Doctor Watson at his side, Holmes sets out on

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When two prison guards are found beheaded in the barren countryside surrounding Her Majesty's Prison at Wormwood Scrubs, Inspector Lestrade seeks Holmes' singular powers to determine how the murders could have been committed in separate locations with the only footprints being those of the murdered guards themselves. With Doctor Watson at his side, Holmes sets out on this new adventure and uncovers deeper mysteries still; mysteries that will not only test the detectives' powers of observation and deduction, but his skepticism of the paranormal as well.

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ISBN-13:
9781780922690
Publisher:
Andrews UK
Publication date:
08/06/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
263,309
File size:
2 MB

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Sherlock Holmes and The Element of Surprise: The Wormwood Scrubs Enigma 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
J. Andrew Taylor in his new book, “Sherlock Holmes and The Element of Surprise” published by MX Publishing gives us an untold story of Sherlock Holmes, The Wormwood Scrubs Enigma. From the back cover: When two prison guards are found beheaded in the barren countryside surrounding Her Majesty’s Prison at Wormwood Scrubs, Inspector Lestrade seeks Holmes’ singular powers to determine how the murders could have been committed in separate locations with the only footprints being those of the murdered guards themselves. With Doctor Watson at his side, Holmes sets out on this new adventure and uncovers deeper mysteries still; mysteries that will not only test the detectives’ powers of observation and deduction, but his skepticism of the paranormal as well. If you are anything like me then you grew up with Sherlock Holmes as well. When I was a kid I read everything that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the master sleuth and, of course, watched all the movies with Basil Rathbone. Now I do not believe in channeling. Having said that let me tell you that J Andrew Taylor writes just the way that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote and it is like reading one of the originals. I do not know how Mr. Taylor did it but he managed to create a brand new story that fits into the Holmes canon right after the “Red Headed League” adventure. This time Holmes is given an impossible case for him, or anyone else for that matter, to solve. However this is Sherlock Holmes we are talking about here and, of course, I am not giving anything away here, he is going to solve it. The clues are given for us to solve the case. I confess I did not, Holmes did it for me. Let me assure you if you like Sherlock Holmes then you are going to really enjoy this. I recommend it highly! If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from MX Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
Element in deed Sherlock Holmes and the Element of Surprise by J. Andrew Taylor Holmes has been missing for a fortnight. Lestrade is beside himself, as there have been two murders with elements of the impossible. Two guards from the prison of Wormwood Scrubs have been discovered minus their heads in the snow. However; there are no tracks in the snow except their own and the people who discovered the bodies. Holmes returns as suddenly as he vanished. Now Watson, Lestrade, and Holmes travel to the Wormwood Scrubs area to view the crime scenes. *** Possible Spoilers*** It is as it has been reported. The tracks show that the attack could not have came from any of the four directions; North, East, South, or West. The attack could not have come from beneath. When the impossible is eliminated, whatever remains, however improbable, must be true. The attack had to come from the air… There were witnesses to the crimes, even though they saw or heard strange things. The little girl of the giant woodsman who found one body heard “fairy voices” in the sky above her and the sound of their wings. He dog also reacted to these “fairies,” which means there was something there. The son of the local innkeeper was out getting drunk with his buddies when they saw a “flying elephant” go silently overhead, blotting out the stars for a moment. Strange as it may be; Holmes believes them, since the attacks had to come from the air. And a prisoner at Wormwoods scrubs now claims he is not himself… This was a fair story, and the solution will make Holmes have to believe in something that as far as he knows doesn’t exist. This is the days before aircraft. Hot-air balloons do exist, but the lack of a light in the sky makes that so unlikely. What killed the men with decapitations so clean that they could have been guillotined? I like this one, but it does lack a little depth. Four stars… Quoth the Raven…