Tall, thin, androgynous Shirley Combs considers herself the
world's greatest living detective because she uses the methods and casebook
of Sherlock Holmes to solve crimes of the gentry of the American city most
closely resembling London, England -- in terms of the weather, at least. She
is unemotional, analytical, and given to pacing through the night in the
streets of the almost perfectly livable city of Portland, Oregon.
Sidekick/narrator Dr. Mary Watson both delights in and is frustrated by her partner's behavioral resemblance to Sherlock. Watson assists, and - of course - chronicles their exciting exploits.
Shirley investigates the untimely death of timber heiress Priscilla Vandeleur Leoni. Haunted by a phobia of dogs, Leoni was literally frightened to death by a pair of pit bulls.
Shirley, aware that Cilla is a direct descendant of Sir Charles Baskerville, is certain that this case will correlate with The Hound of the Baskervilles. Dr. Watson wonders whether the solution will be so elementary
About the Author
Sandra de Helen lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. This is her first mystery novel of a planned series. She is a produced playwright and published author of short stories.
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