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by Simon & Schuster, 15 January 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4711-3506-4
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
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.
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.
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 own right.
Reviewer: by Carol Westron
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.
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