The Case of the Russian Chessboard: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Only Now Revealed

The Case of the Russian Chessboard: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Only Now Revealed

by Charlie Roixburgh, Charlie Roxburgh

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Overview

Late on a foggy November afternoon, a desperate young woman arrives at Baker Street, imploring Sherlock Holmes to help her. She is terrified about what may be going on inside a secretive London refuge for Russian exiles, where her sister works. Thus begins a frightening case which deeply strains both Holmes and Watson because of the dreadful consequences of failure and the mystifying nature of the forces against them.

The case leads into strange territory. Into the circles of Victorian radicals and idealists, where early feminists and socialists rub shoulders with exiled foreign revolutionaries. To a utopian anarchist commune in Essex wilderness, which imitates the Tolstoy farm communes in Russia. Deep into the very dark political world from which so many Russian exiles have fled. The trail leads on - to one shocking discovery after another, as Holmes unravels a conspiracy as evil and twisted as a labyrinth in hell.

Narrated by Dr Watson, The Case of the Russian Chessboard respects Sherlock Holmes traditions and 1890s historical facts. Mingling mystery with gaslight, it offers a gripping, atmospheric and thought-provoking read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780922164
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/2011
Pages: 114
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.24(d)

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The Case of the Russian Chessboard: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Only Now Revealed 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Philip_K_Jones More than 1 year ago
This is a short novel set in the late 19th Century in London. Holmes and Watson are drawn into an investigation of Russian revolutionaries plotting and recruiting among London's Liberals. It brings them into the world of plot and counterplot, agent and counteragent that set the standards for 20th Century Social Commentary. The Emigrés and the Okhrana define the moves and relations followed by all the various Patriots vs. Secret Police From the October Revolution through the careers of Pol Pot and Idi Amin. This dance began during the Reign of Peter the Great and, in 200 years, the participants learned their roles well. Their examples through the Russian Revolution trained another hundred years of artists of abominations. This is Sherlock Holmes working on a World stage, with despair and misery playing the tune and ambition calling the moves. It is a dark and unpleasant tale, with few triumphs and little to cheer about. Holmes makes no brilliant deductions and no knighthood is awaiting him in The Service of the Crown. The lessons are all bloody and terrible and the victims are pitiful and miserable. How sadly and typically Russian! The truly sad thing about this story is that could well have been true. Holmes accepts a plea from a gentlewoman to help her sister who has become enmeshed in a nihilist organization's plot. As part of the investigation, Holmes visits an old acquaintance living on a pacifist commune in rural Essex. He and Watson are also offered work in St. Petersburg by the London head of the Okhrana and witness the murder of a revolutionary hero in Regent's Park. Untangling the ins and outs of the matter is a commentary on the methods used by both sides and the struggles to be faced in the dawning Century. The editing is quite good with only one or two errors apparent. The writing is dark and the mystery is, unfortunately, fairly easy to penetrate. The most depressing thing about the book is how true it is to life and the times. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, September 2011