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The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes Book Review

By Angela Youngman Sep 17, 2012, 22:48 GMT

The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes  Book Review

Previously unpublished case notes from the pen of Dr. John H. Watson, companion to the great detective Sherlock Holmes, come to light in this new collection from June Thomson. A mysterious veiled lady carries a counterfeit painting into an art dealer\'s office. A widow with three hands slips out of a church door. A farmer lies dead in a barn, his son accused of his murder, and a skeleton with ...more

Irresistible reading for anyone who enjoys history mysteries. Dr. Watson is again chronicling the cases of Sherlock Holmes.  The stories are a good attempt at recapturing the style and world which Conan Doyle created.  Certainly the stories are entertaining, and convincing. 

A widow with three hands leaves a church, while a skeleton with a silver locket is unearthed in a back garden. Then there is the story of the mysterious woman who brings a counterfeit painting into an art dealer's office.  And what of the farmer who is found dead in a barn, seemingly stabbed twice. Is his son really to blame?

Was Mlle Lucille Carere really murdered? Nothing is quite as it seems - in every case the story becomes more complex than it appears at first glance.  All the usual characters reappear including Lestrade seeking help from the Great Detective.

A little more atmosphere  might be helpful but overall an enjoyable collection of short stories worthy of Conan Doyle.  I thoroughly enjoyed them.

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