The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure

by Richard T Ryan


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During the elaborate funeral for Queen Victoria, a group of Irish separatists breaks into Westminster Abbey and steals the Coronation Stone, on which every monarch of England has been crowned since the 14th century. After learning of the theft from Mycroft, Sherlock Holmes is tasked with recovering the stone and returning it to England. In pursuit of the many-named stone, which has a rich and colorful history, Holmes and Watson travel to Ireland in disguise as they try to infiltrate the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the group they believe responsible for the theft. The story features a number of historical characters, including a very young Michael Collins, who would go on to play a prominent role in Irish history; John Theodore Tussaud, the grandson of Madame Tussaud; and George Bradley, the dean of Westminster at the time of the theft. There are also references to a number of other Victorian luminaries, including Joseph Lister and Frederick Treves. For fans of Conan Doyle’s immortal detective, the game is always afoot. However, for the great detective the stakes have never been higher as he must mollify a king who refuses to ascend the throne until “order has been restored.”

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ISBN-13: 9781787050839
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication date: 09/14/2017
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 313,325
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)

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The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Casey07 More than 1 year ago
I received a free word copy of The Stone of Destiny by Richard T. Ryan courtesy of the author. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages. This was an interesting read. The author has done one of the better jobs of copying Arthur Conan Doyle's style and pace in the development of the story. I received a draft of the book and the draft needs some additional editing, but not to the extent that it diminishes the story. It is an engaging, quick read and I would almost put it in the category of a novella versus a full blown novel. I recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries and is looking for an author who engages the reader in a similar style.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
1901 historical fiction based on 1950’s fact! My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Books for my copy of this book! The year is 1901. Tension in the British Empire is growing. Ireland and Scotland are both pushing for independence. The Irish Brotherhood is seeking a way to force Britain to allow Irish Home Rule. The death of long reigning monarch Queen Victoria has given the Brotherhood a audacious idea. For centuries the monarchs of Britain have accepted the crown while seated upon the Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey, which contained the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone. Shortly, Queen Victoria’s son Edward VII will be crowned King. But what if the stone were stolen and hidden somewhere in Ireland? That plan is swiftly put into action, and the crown receives a letter with the Irish demands. The way the Irish Brotherhood sees it, Britain has three choices: Edward can be crowned without the Stone, which the Brotherhood will make certain is an embarrassment to the Crown. Britain can free Ireland, in which case the Stone will be returned, and the Coronation can proceed. Or they can do nothing, and the Stone will remain hidden and the conflict will continue. Not surprisingly, the Crown chooses option four: Hire Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to find the stone… Richard Ryan’s prose flows as easily as a stream in the summer. I thought the way the Stone was stolen, how it was transported out of England under the very noses of the army of police, and its hiding place in Ireland was brilliant! There is a bit of the story that drags while Holmes and Watson are pursuing the Stone, but overall the story is a plus. I don’t know that I would say that it is better than Ryan’s The Vatican Cameos, but it certainly is within the same class. Ryan is an author I would love to see more of in the future. I give the story four stars… Quoth the Raven…
MichelleStanley More than 1 year ago
Mystery lovers will enjoy reading The Stone of Destiny: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Richard T. Ryan. While loyal supporters mourn the death of their beloved Queen Victoria, a group of separatists known as the Irish Republic Brotherhood steals the Coronation Stone that every English monarch has been crowned upon since the 14th century. The new king refuses to ascend the throne without the precious stone and this worries the relevant bureaucrats. Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate this brazen theft and leaves for Ireland with Dr. Watson. They travel separately in disguise to blend into the communities where members of the Brotherhood reside. Holmes becomes a chimney sweep while Watson searches for his mother’s family. One of the main rebels who stole the Coronary Stone learns the detective is on the case and has his men searching for him. He has never met Sherlock Holmes but is wary of any newcomers who enters his town. Richard T. Ryan has written a very suspenseful mystery that I liked reading, especially as I’m a Sherlock Holmes fan and his protagonist was convincing. The Stone of Destiny has a few surprising twists as Holmes tries to outwit the rebels at their crafty traps and mind game they play. I think the separatists had a great plan and it amused me to see how they pulled it off. The story is well written with an organized sequence of events, and engaging dialogue from developed characters, some famous. These include Michael Collins, who fought for Irish Independence, John Theodore Tussaud, grandson of Madame Tussaud, and Joseph Lister. I have read another impressive book by Richard T. Ryan called The Vatican Cameos and look forward to seeing more from him.