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Published by Simon & Schuster, 8 October 2015. ISBN:
At the start of the First World
War, Dr John Watson re-enlisted to act as an army doctor in the trenches. Now a
Major and a prisoner-of-war, Watson's age means that he should be released into
a neutral country for the duration of the war. However, an old enemy of Holmes
and Watson uses his power in the German army to block Watson's release and send
him to one of the harshest prisoner-of-war camps deep in German territory.
Back in Britain, Watson's 'friend' Mrs Gregson is
working tirelessly behind the scenes of the Secret Service to enable Watson's
release and, of course, in the background, there is the shadowy figure of
Sherlock Holmes, who is never quite as retired as he appears to be.
The Allied blockade has led to severe food
shortages and when a new prisoner-of-war is murdered it is assumed that he was
killed for his Red Cross parcel. However Watson has been Sherlock Holmes'
companion for a long while and his instincts tell him that the true motive for
the murder is very different and much more sinister. Watson decides to
investigate, even though this involves grave risk to his own life.
Study in Murder is the third in the series of Dr
Watson thrillers. It brings to vivid life the privations of life in a German
prisoner-of-war camp, mixed with scenes of life and dangers in London in
1917.Watson is shown as a strong and
honourable man, capable of conducting an investigation in his own right. The
story is complex and might be easier to follow if one had read the two
preceding Dr Watson books (Dead Man's Land and The Dead Can Wait.)
However A Study in Murder is an interesting and involving book in its
Reviewer:by Carol Westron
Robert Ryanwas born in Liverpool and moved south to attend
university. He graduated from Brunel with a M.Sc. in Environmental Pollution
Science, intending to go into teaching. Instead, he spent two years as a
mechanic for a Hot Rod team, racing highly tuned Fords (“the fag-end of
motorsport”, as Bernie Ecclestone calls it) where he became addicted to the
smell of Castrol R. Weaning himself off that, he became a lecturer in Natural
Sciences in Kent, while dabbling in journalism. His articles on comic (or
graphic novels as they were just becoming known) gurus Alan Moore and Frank
Miller found their way into Nick Logan’s The Face magazine, which led to work
for the American edition of GQ, The Guardian, Sunday Times, Telegraph and
Arena. Eventually he took a position on staff at The Sunday Times as Deputy
Travel Editor. It was while on assignment in Seattle that he came across the
setting for his first novel, Underdogs
– the ‘lost’ city beneath the sidewalks of downtown – that was called ‘Alice in
Wonderland meets Assault on Precinct 13’ by Esquire. He continues to contribute
to The Sunday Times. He lives in North London with his wife, three children, a
dog and a deaf cat.
Carol Westronis a successful short story
writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in
contemporary and Victorian times.The
Terminal Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was
published July 2013. Her second book About
the Children was published in May 2014.