Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders by Barry Day
A string of murders threatens to draw Sherlock Holmes back into his past
It has been too long since his last assignment, and Sherlock Holmes is beginning to come unglued. He stalks around his rooms at 221B Baker Street, too tense to work, and he is about to drive Dr. Watson up the wall when they are rescued by a knock at the door. It is Inspector Lestrade from Scotland Yard, and he has come to save Holmes—with a murder. A man has been found dead in Bayswater, slumped over a piece of homemade stationery marked with the words “Jabez Wilson”—the name of the victim in the long-solved mystery of the Red-Headed League. When Holmes enters the death room, the first thing he spies is the corpse’s flaming red hair. The old case is open again.
A series of bizarre crimes follow, each an imitation of one of Holmes’s greatest triumphs. Either Europe is in the grip of a madman—or the great detective has finally gone ’round the bend.
“A thoroughly enjoyable book.” —The Strand Magazine on Sherlock Holmes: In His Own Words and in the Words of Those Who Knew Him
“A clever and refreshing idea. An easy and entertaining read.” —Sherlock on Sherlock Holmes: In His Own Words and in the Words of Those Who Knew Him
“[Day] always captures the flavor of Conan Doyle and always comes up with a new, fresh plot. The pace is swift, right from the first page to the thrilling finale.” —The Sherlockian Times on Sherlock Holmes and the Apocalypse Murders
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