On the evening of 9th May 1911 a fire broke out backstage at the Empire Theatre, Edinburgh. The Great Lafayette, a spectacular illusionist and eight of his performers were consumed by the flames and as death shrouded the theatre, so a pall of mystery also surrounded the horrible events. Sherlock Holmes was called in to investigate what soon turns out to be yet another baffling mystery. Who and what had started the fire? This is one of Holmes's most riveting mysteries and the reader will be transported to a magical world in which Holmes not only reveals all the true facts concerning the death of Lafayette but discovers what almost seems to be another world frozen in time. Yet another well constructed Sherlock Holmes mystery.
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Sherlock Holmes and the Theatre of Death by Val Andrews The Great Lafayette, real name Sigmund Neuberger, was a magician and illusionist appearing at the Empire Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland. There has been a tragic fire in which many of the performers, including The Great Lafayette perished. His solicitors are having problems with the settling of his estate as he was a secretive man when it came to finances and his diamond rings were not on his corpse. Holmes and Watson are in Perthshire, Scotland. Watson is enjoying the trout streams, and Holmes is relaxing by staying on the bank and enjoying the countryside. They are interrupted by a man in a rowboat, bringing a passenger to find Sherlock Holmes. Septimus Greyshot of the firm, Luckens, Wild, Luckens and Greyshot, solicitors; is in charge of the estate of the unfortunate magician. He fears that the body found is not that of the Great Lafayette. This mystery is full of twists and surprises and just when you think it couldn’t take another twist, Val Andrews finds a way. The case is straightforward and rather easy to read. But the surprises are most certainly there! The only thing that I did not like was that the story ends abruptly, as if one had fallen from a cliff. I give the story four stars. Quoth the Raven…