9 October 2014.
The dramatic beginning has the soldiers involved in the development of a new weapon for the Great War dying in a mysterious way. Dr Watson is requested by Winston Churchill to investigate what has happened. In a rollicking thriller of John Buchan/ Rider Haggard style events move rapidly around the testing ground. Finding out who can be trusted and who cannot is the crux of the situation. Watson is worried about Holmes who is ill possibly mentally.
The story moves fast and furiously and very effectively - the violence is shocking when it comes. Watson has returned from the trenches where he was working for his old unit of the RAMC and is devoting himself to rehabilitating soldiers affected by shell shock. He is taken to the country site of the work on landships but he faces a very difficult situation where he cannot be sure who is an enemy.
After various adventures Watson is in France and the book ends with the preparation for the obvious next adventure.
Jennifer S. Palmer
The first adventure of Dr Watson by Robert Ryan is called Dead Man's Land.