1 December 2017.
This is a further adventure for Dr. Watson in the war-torn London of 1917. He deals with his grief at a recent death of a woman by sublimating himself in his work at a hospital. He becomes aware of a disappearance of a man he knows and gradually realises that others have gone too and that they have been kidnapped. The horrible truth of their likely fate is slowly revealed and provide a ghastly leitmotif through the story.
Dr Watson is an indomitable man and he struggles against time to unravel the several puzzles with which he is faced. He has assistance from several sources - some are very unlikely - but he also faces barriers to his enquiries and deliberate sabotaging of his efforts. The bombing of London provides a horrible and apposite background.
This is a story with multiple viewpoints and numerous characters as strange events are linked together coming to a climax as the story reaches an end. The tale is packed with excitement, interesting characters and some real shocks and horrors. There are some people who really existed used here with characters from previous books reappearing; the layers of real and fictional link together effectively (remembering that our hero and Holmes are doubly fictional)!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Dr Watson features in three previous books set during the First World War.