London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend - until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.
Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star, writes that her illegitimate son by an English lord has disappeared, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre. Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single untouchable man.
Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.
This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson's friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes' own artistic nature to the limits.
©2016 Bonnie MacBird (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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"A thoroughly entertaining Sherlock Holmes adventure worthy of Doyle himself...vivid period detail, a superb, labyrinthine plot, snappy pacing and, most importantly, a deep respect for the classic characters." (Bryan Cogman, producer/writer, HBO's Game of Thrones)
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"NOT SHERIOCIAN AT ALL"
DR. WATSON CONSTANTLY TELLING HOLMES TO BE QUIET AND WHAT TO DO. NARRATOR WAS TERRIBLE, WATSONS VOICE WAS FINE BUT HOLMES SOUNDED LIKE A SQUEAKY MOUSE OR A WOMAN. SAVE YOU $$$$, PASS ON THIS ONE. VERY SLOW AND BORING.
Holmes and Watson together. This is a great read/listen with issues of the time highlighted with 20/20 hindsight; yet masterfully in character. Mr Doyle would be proud perhaps.
And Watson is not treated as a buffoon which also elevates the story.
"Good adaption of Sherlock stories"
Took me a while to get used to the voice of Sherlock but I soon did and the stories and narration was very good.
I enjoyed the stories a lot
"The Games Afoot!"
Excellent story, was compelled to listen to the whole thing in a few short hours. Holmes and Watson are authentic and familiar and the atmosphere is straight out of The Strand. Any Holmes fan will be hooked. The reader is excellent, versatile and the delivery is sharp. He does sound a little like CP3O at times and should be a shoe in for that role should Anthony Daniels ever vacate it! Thoroughly recommended.
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