A seemingly impossible mystery tests the keen mind and forensic skills of Joanna Blalock, the daughter of Sherlock Holmes and the heir to his unique talent for deduction, from USA Today bestselling author Leonard Goldberg.
The following case has not previously been disclosed to the public due to the sensitive information on foreign affairs. All those involved were previously bound by the Official Secrets Act. With the passage of time and the onset of the Great War, these impediments have been removed and the story can now be safely told.
When an executed original of a secret treaty between England and France, known as the French Treaty, is stolen from the country estate of Lord Halifax, Scotland Yard asks Joanna, Dr. John Watson, Jr., and Dr. John Watson, Sr. to use their detective skills to participate in the hunt for the missing treaty. As the government becomes more restless to find the missing document and traditional investigative means fail to turn up the culprit, Joanna is forced to devise a clever plan to trap the thief and recover the missing treaty.
Told from the point of view of Dr. John Watson, Jr. in a style similar to the original Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study in Treason is based partly on facts in our world and partly on the facts left to us by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
This cunning locked room mystery is sure to be enjoyed by fans of Sherlock Holmes.
The game is afoot in Goldberg's lovingly crafted sequel to 2017's The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes. On the eve of WWI, Sir Harold Whitlock, First Sea Lord, asks Joanna Blalock, daughter of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, for help in finding a sensitive document that has disappeared from a locked room on the foreign secretary's estate. The police suspect the butler's son and the German-born groundskeeper of colluding to sell the document to the Germans, but a careful examination of the clues leads Joanna to conclude otherwise. In Goldberg's telling, Holmes died in 1903, and Joanna is married to John Watson Jr., M.D., the son of Holmes's original sidekick, Dr. Watson, who's still around to point out the similarities between Joanna and her late detective father. Avid Sherlockians will be delighted by the many echoes of the original Holmes canon, from the dog who did not bark to Joanna's unlikely disguises and knack for martial arts.