The Italian Secretary: A Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

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Mycroft Holmes, charged with ensuring the personal safety of Queen Victoria, calls on his brother for help when a number of attempts have been made on her life and when two unexplained deaths occur amongst the staff at her Scottish residencies. Accompanied by Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes goes north by train, examining the few facts Mycroft has been able to cryptically supply. To Watson's bafflement he is sure there is a link between these deaths and the murder in the old royal apartments at Holyrood of the secretary to Mary ...

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bookishwench

Oct 28, 2008

A Good Pastiche

There are a lot of modern Sherlock Holmes pastiches out there, but this is one of the better ones. The inclusion of historical places and events flows naturally from the story, instead of being obtrusive. The beloved characters ring true most of the time; in fact, Watson may come off as a trifle too intelligent, which is certainly not the norm in pastiches. The inclusion of some supernatural elements is regretable, but not fatal.

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