The year is 1912.
Sherlock Holmes is called out of retirement by brother Mycroft, acting on behalf of the British Government, to investigate a break-in at the Norfolk home of a wealthy German financier, Sir Edward Muster.
Holmes is soon at work dismantling a German spy ring, but the investigation is quickly clouded by his suspicions concerning Mycroft’s pivotal role in those events.
What agenda is Mycroft pursuing?
What is the truth behind the loss of the fishing vessels the Misty Jane and the Yarmouth Adventuress in the North Sea?
And why is the Royal Navy seemingly operating incognito along the Norfolk coast?
Before long a number of very different events come together to reveal a dangerous conspiracy.
As the story unfolds against the background of an International Opium Conference, Holmes and Watson find themselves embroiled in espionage and arms smuggling in the tense period leading up to the First World War.
‘A memorable story that will delight any Holmes fan.’ – Robert Foster, best-selling author of ‘The Lunar Code’.
Jason Cooke, a keen student of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, received his Masters Degree in Modern History from the University of Birmingham.