A mysterious veiled lady carries a counterfeit painting into an art dealer's office.
A widow with three hands slips out of a church door.
A farmer lies dead in a barn, his son accused of his murder.
A skeleton with a silver locket is unearthed in a back garden.
What do they have in common?
The famous resident of 221b Baker Street.
From the gas-lit clamour of London's streets, to the isolated Welsh countryside, the great detective Sherlock Holmes, accompanied as always by his faithful friend and biographer Dr Watson, must solve cases as complex as any he has known before, some of which bring him face to face with old enemies from the past, figures left behind in the mists of the Reichenbach Falls.
A brand new cache of original cases from the brilliant imagination of June Thomson displays the master of the art of deduction at his intriguing best and proves that the game is still very much afoot.
Thomson, best known for her acerbic Inspector Rudd series, returns to Baker Street with her sixth collection of high quality pastiches (after 2004's The Secret Notebooks of Sherlock Holmes). As with her previous efforts, Thomson approaches the level of the best emulators of Doyle, such as Denis Smith, Donald Thomas, and Anthony Horowitz, by capturing the unique narrative voice of Dr. Watson. To that, she adds original plots, managing to imbue them with suspense and tension even without requiring a corpse in more than half of the seven stories, many based upon the notorious references to unwritten exploits Watson teased readers with, such as the Conk-Singleton forgery case and the Abergavenny murder. Her Holmes will be a familiar one to Baker Street Irregulars, and she offers a clever variation on the famous line in "Silver Blaze," in which the master sleuth reveals that something that didn't happen is the crucial clue to solving the crime. Her storylines are less challenging for Holmes than the mysteries Thomas throws at him, but Sherlockians who like their pastiches faithful to the tone and spirit of the Canon will be pleased.