The year is 1888 and Doctor Watson and Sherlock Holmes meet once again to crack a handful of new cases in this compelling collection.
Sherlock Holmes and the Tandridge Hall Murder: Holmes and Watson are taking a stroll through Green Park, Holmes explaining his disenchantment with the dullness of London criminals. Suddenly, a terrified man approaches the famous duo and explains he has borne witness to a brutal murder. The pair are called to the countryside and the grand Tandridge Hall by the young man, Harold Norman, to solve this monstrous case.
Tension arises with the locals, as, with no evidence of an altercation, no one believes Norman’s tale. But Holmes soon finds a body in the river near the alleged scene of the crime, under a boat, which confirms Norman’s grisly story. With the evidence of the crime’s existence out in the open, will Holmes be able to uncover the mysterious killer?
Death at the Cricket: The year is 1896. Dr Watson has been invited by Stamford to watch a cricket match at the home of cricket benefactor, Lord Sheffield, and as Holmes has no cases, he joins them. The weekend is disrupted when Stamford’s body turns up on the first morning, and a valuable painting of Lord Sheffield’s has gone missing. All the evidence points to Stamford as the thief who met his fateful demise as he tried to sneak the painting out of the house. Desperate to clear the name of their dear friend, the duo scramble to find an answer to this puzzling crime. Will Holmes be able to prove Stamford’s innocence?
The Irish Professor: The year is 1897. John and his friend Hugo O’Neill are victims of several criminal mishaps that seem to be following O’Neill from London to Ireland. As the incidents grow more frequent and more dangerous, Watson finds himself longing for the help of his friend Sherlock Holmes, who claimed to be in France on business. However, nothing is as it seems. As Holmes weaves his web of lies and deception to catch a skilled criminal, Watson and O’Neill must battle their predicament alone. Will Watson be able to solve the mystery behind these attacks without Holmes? And what was Holmes’s business in France?
The Strange Affair at Glastonbury: The year is 1895. After solving a case in Bath, Watson suggests they visit Glastonbury, as they aren’t expected back in London for a few days. Upon arriving there, they discover that, to the confusion of the locals, seemingly random things have started to go missing in the dead of night, and all road signs have been turned backwards. As every night brings a new surprise, Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes are called upon to help by the local constable. However, the bizarre occurrences appear to have nothing in common except for the time of the crime.
Can the duo figure out if they are indeed related and put a stop to things before they escalate?
A Voice From the Ether: The year is 1896. Jabez Wilson, an old client of the sleuth, and owner of a pawnshop, has been unable to pay for Holmes’s services in the past. But when Holmes bumps into the man again months later, Wilson presents the detective with a phonograph by way of payment.
Upon setting it up, the duo discover that the previous owner’s last recording had contained an ominous message. Can Watson and Holmes follow the clues left behind on the phonograph in time? Will they save a man’s life, or will they be too late to be of any help?
Eddie Maguire was born in Croydon in 1950 and after a variety of jobs, fell prey to the scourge of disability (in body if not in mind and spirit) but discovered writing as a new way of expressing himself. He is also the author of Sherlock Holmes and The Secret Mission.