Sherlock Holmes on the Western Frontby Val Andrews
It is 1916 and the allies are losing the Great War. It had been a terrible two years; opening with that note of 'over by Christmas' optimism. Mycroft Holmes enlists the assistance of his brother Sherlock Holmes, 'You owe it to your country, ' says Mycroft who desperately needs Sherlock to investigate a female spy who is travelling too frequently between France and Germany.
Holmes and Watson take off for the Western Front disguised as army officers but whatever action they take, the spy always eludes them. Holmes and Watson are parachuted into enemy territory only to discover that they are almost too late. The plot involves a secret tunnel and, of course, Holmes and Watson satisfactorily fulfil their mission.
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Sherlock Holmes on the Western Front by Val Andrews The year is 1916 and the Great War is raging in Europe. Doctor Watson is strolling in St James’s Park, on his way to a command visit to the Diogenes Club. There Mycroft informs him that Sherlock Holmes has refused to aid in the war effort, and that Watson must persuade Holmes to acquiesce to undertaking a mission for the Crown. Holmes finally agrees. He and Watson are to go to the Western Front disguised as musicians. Holmes will play violin and Watson the piano to entertain the troops at Salisbury. They are joined by a Mr. and Mrs. Brand, who perform a marionette show. Part of their show is assisted by Sergeant Johnson’s manipulation of a spotlight to make the marionette skeleton look even more realistic. At Stonehenge, Holmes and Watson are startled by a German airplane which swoops over the monument and turns back across the channel. A stone is discovered which is daubed with florescent paint. It has obvious signs of being moved. The pattern of marks in the earth is a match for the position of strategic villages on the coast. Holmes discovers that messages are being passed in this way to the low flying plane. He sets a trap to expose the traitor that is helping the Germans. But his work will not been finished for some time. The story is a nice historical fiction piece. The exposures of the traitors and the discovery of the German war strategy is well written. I give the book four stars. Quoth the Raven…