Author: Barrie Roberts
Original language: Russian
From a manuscript believed to be the work of John H. Watson, MD The summer of 1897 brings visitors flocking to London for Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. With them comes a Russian nobleman, as well as an English lady from Canada. This lady calls on Holmes and Watson for their assistance in dealing with strangers who are following her. The mystery deepens when Holmes recognizes one of them as the head of Russian Intelligence in London. What dreadful deed occurred on the plains of Russia more than twenty years before? What has a charitable lady in Sussex, whose fianc? was murdered years ago, got to do with it all? Danger escalates as Holmes investigates, until he is forced to find an unusual refuge for his client.
From Publishers Weekly
Set in 1897 during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, British author Roberts’s eighth Sherlock Holmes pastiche captures the language and spirit of Doyle’s originals while keeping the great detective and his legendary medical sidekick in character. Diana Fordeland, a well-known journalist who also served as governess to the children of the king of Mongkuria, calls on 221B Baker St. because she believes that mysterious men have been shadowing her and her granddaughter. With typical brilliance, the sleuth soon finds the roots of his new client’s troubles in her past travels in Russia, which are of interest to various foreign factions, including the czar’s secret police. While the relative slightness of the puzzle makes this effort a notch below Roberts’s best work (e.g.,