Before Baker Street, there was Montague.
Before partnership with a former army doctor recently returned from Afghanistan, Sherlock Holmes had but the quiet company of his own great intellect. Solitary he might be but, living as he did for the thrill of the chase, it was enough.
For a little while, at the least, it was enough.
That is, until a client arrives at his door with a desperate plea and an invitation into a world of societal scandal and stage door dandies. Thrust deep in an all-consuming role and charged with the safe-keeping of another, Holmes must own to his limits or risk danger to others besides himself in this the case of the aluminium crutch.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
This book occurs before Sherlock Holmes meets Watson, so he is on his own for this mystery. It starts out a bit odd: Miss Clarke asks him to find her “real” friend, Mr. Tobias-Henry Price, and not the imposter who is posing as him.
The case is complicated and a little confusing, but Holmes has it figured out pretty quickly. Unfortunately, not quickly enough that he can prevent several murders. Will he and those he’s supposed to keep safe survive the murderers?
If you like a good old-fashioned mystery, you’ll like this book.
About the Author
M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.