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The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes

by June Thomson
     
 

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Murder, deception and the long shadow of Moriarty. All in a day's work for the great Sherlock Holmes. The unpublished manuscripts of Dr John Watson, concealed for years in the depths of a Charing Cross bank vault, are now brought to light. Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend and biographer must solve cases as complex as any they have known before. Some may even

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Murder, deception and the long shadow of Moriarty. All in a day's work for the great Sherlock Holmes. The unpublished manuscripts of Dr John Watson, concealed for years in the depths of a Charing Cross bank vault, are now brought to light. Sherlock Holmes and his faithful friend and biographer must solve cases as complex as any they have known before. Some may even bring them face to face with old enemies from the past, figures left behind in the mists of the Reichenbach Falls . . . A widow with three hands slips out of a church door . . . A farmer lies dead in a barn, his son accused of his murder . . . A skeleton with a silver locket is unearthed in a back garden. What do they have in common? The famous resident of 221B Baker Street. A brand new cache of original cases displays the master of the art of deduction at his intriguing best, proving that the game is still very much afoot.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Thomson, best known for her acerbic Inspector Rudd series, returns to Baker Street with her sixth collection of high quality pastiches (after 2004's The Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes). As with her previous efforts, Thomson approaches the level of the best emulators of Doyle, such as Denis Smith, Donald Thomas, and Anthony Horowitz, by capturing the unique narrative voice of Dr. Watson. To that, she adds original plots, managing to imbue them with suspense and tension even without requiring a corpse in more than half of the seven stories, many based upon the notorious references to unwritten exploits Watson teased readers with, such as the Conk-Singleton forgery case and the Abergavenny murder. Her Holmes will be a familiar one to Baker Street Irregulars, and she offers a clever variation on the famous line in "Silver Blaze," in which the master sleuth reveals that something that didn't happen is the crucial clue to solving the crime. Her storylines are less challenging for Holmes than the mysteries Thomas throws at him, but Sherlockians who like their pastiches faithful to the tone and spirit of the Canon will be pleased.
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From the Publisher
“There aren’t many writers who can capture the Doyle-Watson style almost to perfection. One of the few is June Thomson...The plots are clever without being too fancy, the writing is literate and appropriate, the atmosphere is authentic, and the characters ring true...Wholeheartedly recommended!”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780749011413
Publisher:
Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
291,979
File size:
306 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

June Thomson, a former teacher, has published over twenty crime novels including other pastiches of Holmes’ short stories available from Allison & Busby. Her books have been translated into many languages. She lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

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