Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box

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Summer, 1915. As Zeppelins rain death upon the rooftops of London, eminent members of society begin to behave erratically: a Member of Parliament throws himself naked into the Thames after giving a pro-German speech to the House; a senior military advisor suggests surrender before feeding himself to a tiger at London Zoo; a famed suffragette suddenly renounces the women's liberation movement and throws herself under a train.

In desperation, an aged Mycroft Holmes sends to Sussex...

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Overview

Summer, 1915. As Zeppelins rain death upon the rooftops of London, eminent members of society begin to behave erratically: a Member of Parliament throws himself naked into the Thames after giving a pro-German speech to the House; a senior military advisor suggests surrender before feeding himself to a tiger at London Zoo; a famed suffragette suddenly renounces the women's liberation movement and throws herself under a train.

In desperation, an aged Mycroft Holmes sends to Sussex for the help of his brother, Sherlock. 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/03/2014
Mann opens more strongly than he closes in his second Holmes novel (after 2013's Sherlock Holmes: The Will of the Dead). In 1915, Watson is feeling the butcher's bill of WWI personally. His nephew, the last of the family line, was killed in France, just "another forgotten face, another entry in the tally chart of the dead." He gets a welcome distraction from his personal woes when he's summoned to Victoria Station, asked by Holmes to help with a new case. London has been beset by a series of odd suicides: a British Army officer threw himself into the tiger enclosure at the London Zoo, a suffragette jumped in front of a train, and a Member of Parliament plunged himself into the Thames. All three high-profile victims opposed British involvement in the war. The probe takes an odd turn when a search of MP Herbert Grange's belongings turns up some portraits of the politician featuring the images of bizarre gaseous auras. The solution doesn't match the cleverness of the setup, and some of Holmes's deductions are less than convincing. (Aug.)
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“A fun romp.” - Geek Dad

"Unexpected twists and turns" - Life is Story

"This novel is yet another delightful addition to Titan Books’ excellent Sherlock series." - Pop Mythology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781160022
  • Publisher: Titan
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 140,327
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

George Mann is the author of the Newbury and Hobbes and The Ghost series of novels, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and audiobooks. He has written fiction and audio scripts for the BBC's Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. He is also a respected anthologist and has edited The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, The Solaris Book of New Fantasy and recently Titan's Encounters of Sherlock Holmes anthologies.
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  • Posted October 12, 2014

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    George Mann in his book, ¿Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box¿ a Boo

    George Mann in his book, “Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box” a Book in the Encounters of Sherlock Holmes series published by Titan Books brings us a new adventure featuring Sherlock Holmes.




    From the Back Cover:  Souls In Torment




    German Zeppelins rain down death and destruction on London, and Dr. Watson is grieving for his nephew, killed on the fields of France.




    A cryptic summons from Mycroft Holmes reunites Watson with his one-time companion, as Sherlock comes out of retirement, tasked with solving three unexplained deaths. a Member of Parliament throws himself naked into the Thames after giving a pro-German speech to the House; a senior military advisor suggests surrender before feeding himself to a tiger at London Zoo; a famed suffragette suddenly renounces the women’s liberation movement and throws herself under a train. Are these apparent suicides something more sinister, something to do with the mysterious Spirit Box? Their investigation leads them to Ravensthorpe House, and the curious Seaton Underwood, a man whose spectrographs are said to capture men’s souls.




    This is typical Holmes.  Socially prominent wealthy individuals are seemingly committing suicide after doing or saying something against what they seem to believe in. Mycroft calls Holmes and Watson out of retirement to investigate. Mr. Mann has placed this story towards the end of Holmes’s career. Both he and Watson have aged and now the duo have to deal with the danger of war  Does this mean that the pair are not up to the task? Never. Holmes is in for a quite a challenge as he has to solve more than one murder and prevent more from happening.  On top of all this Mr. Mann has added the supernatural element of the Spirit Box.  This is an intriguing, well plotted and fast paced mystery that goes along at a roller-coaster pace.  Mr. Mann has given us a page turning thriller that will not disappoint any Sherlock Holmes fan.  “Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box” is great fun.  Let me assure you if you like Sherlock Holmes then you are going to really enjoy this.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books.   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.”

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