In High Holborn, quite close to Hatton Garden, stands that wondrous emporium of A. W. Forage Ltd. A huge overgrown drapers originally, the store has grown through the years so that each and every one of its many departments has become famous in its own right. It has been said that you can buy anything at Forages from a thimble to an elephant!
Val Andrews’s fascinating story is actually based on the original Gamages. It was a fascinating place and so vast that in its basement a circus ring complete with tiered seating for 300 spectators was often installed. Everything in this amazing Edwardian department store would have run like clockwork but unfortunately there was sabotage afoot. Nasty accidents started to happen and fearful of closure the management sought out the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Of course, Sherlock Holmes is able to unravel the mystery but who was the perpetrator; the guilty party determined to destroy a London landmark? And what was the fiendish saboteur’s motive? Val Andrews reveals all.
by Val Andrews