What if two had perished at Reichenbach Falls? One simple, disastrous error throws Sherlock Holmes from his intended Hiatus into a tortuous journey of sorrow and remorse. Far from home, broken in body and spirit, the haunted detective fights to survive the single most tragic failure of his career - a fight he cannot win alone. With old and new companions beside him, and a threat as deadly as Moriarty in pursuit, Holmes must find a way to live on without his greatest friend, while saving the rest of his beloved adopted family from a similar fate.
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What if things had gone horribly wrong that day at the falls? A Study in Regret by Claire Daines My sincere thanks to Steve and Timi at MX Publications for my review copy of this book. Looks like I’ll need the sequel! Every Sherlockian worth his or her salt knows how the faceoff at Reichenbach Falls ended. But what if that wasn’t the way things went? This novel explores an alternate universe of the Final Problem. I find the book charged with energy and with a command of plot and dialogue to rival the original stories. I am always appreciative of works that dare ask the question “What if?” Claire Daines answers that question and the result is a five star novel. Enjoy. The showdown at Reichenbach went as Holmes reported it, except for a major error. Holmes having vanquished Moriarty, he decides to hide and pretend to be dead. This should be familiar territory. But everything goes horribly wrong… In seeking a better hiding place, Holmes loosens rocks that alert Watson to his presence. Watson looks up with a glad cry at seeing that Holmes has survived. And then Colonel Moran shoots Watson down like a dog. Unable to bear the sight of his friend’s death, Holmes drops to the path—and directly into a trap. Holmes is taken prisoner. Moran and the gang are determined to break Holmes by any means necessary. They throw him into a dungeon. Holmes endures systematic starvation. They torture him in many inventive ways, rivaling the infamous Spanish Inquisition. Holmes is beginning to slip into insanity. His days are one long blur of pain and hunger. Moran has forgotten something, however. Holmes has people who care about him. And Watson left behind a wife who is a determined woman eager to find out the truth about her husband. Mycroft and Mary need someone to track Holmes and Watson down if they are still alive. In Mary’s case, she chooses to go on the journey herself. With her goes Inspector Lestrade, backed by all of the power that is Mycroft Holmes… Quoth the Raven…