The Poisoned Penman

The Poisoned Penman

by Dan Andriacco, Kieran McMullen


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London, 1922: Two years after helping Sherlock Holmes solve the Hangman Murders, American journalist Enoch Hale becomes even more intimately involved in another puzzling mystery. Langdale Pike, veteran purveyor of gossip to the trash newspapers, is poisoned while sipping tea with Hale - and apparently just as he is about to spill a secret more important than social gossip.

With the unrequested aid of advertising copywriter Dorothy Sayers, Hale pursues a number of leads based on notes in Pike's pocket diary - including an interview with the formidable G.K. Chesterton. His attempts to uncover the identity of one of Pike's fellow club members bring Hale the unwanted attention of Mycroft Holmes, head of His Majesty's Secret Service, and of his younger brother. Once again Enoch Hale and the theoretically retired but far from retiring Sherlock Holmes join forces to solve a crime that may have international complications. And this time Hale himself almost becomes a victim when he gets too close to the solution. This fast-moving tale is sure to please the many fans of the first Enoch Hale - Sherlock Holmes adventure, The Amateur Executioner.

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ISBN-13: 9781780926339
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 892,734
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

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DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
Enoch Hale returns! The Amateur Executioner by Dan Andriacco and Kieran McCullen London, 1922: Two years after helping Sherlock Holmes solve the Hangman Murders; American journalist Enoch Hale is having tea with Langdale Pike. Pike is known for his sensational exposés in a variety of sleazy newpapers. Suddenly, Pike flops down on the table, dead from prussic acid poisoning. Enoch Hale acts upon impulse, and quickly grabs Pike’s all important notebook. However; he is coshed on the head and the notebook taken. He is more determined than ever to solve the case of Pike’s death. But obviously, it isn’t going to be without danger… As Hale’s former girlfriend, Sadie Briggs has married someone else, Hale finds himself visiting the various clubs and pubs with Dorothy L Sayers, who would become famous as creator of sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. His investigation again puts him under the observation of the mysterious M. Mycroft Holmes and his agents seem to almost have a license to kill… Once more Sherlock Holmes is on the case. Enoch Hale runs into him at various times, under various disguises. Hale’s investigations bring him close to the truth and Holmes finishes with the final reveal. As before, this is a delightful historical novel. Various historical characters waltz in and out of the story: Winston Churchill Dorothy L Sayers GK Chesterson Rudolph Valentino TS Eliot Some fictional characters appear as well. Enoch Hale works with Edward Norton, the reporter from The Lost World. Professor Challenger is mentioned. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson play their part. Each is like a single thread, woven by the authors into a tapestry of brilliance! Encore! Five Stars Plus Quoth the Raven…