The brand new adventure from the author of A Betrayal in Blood, in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are faced with a fiendish locked room mystery.
Dr Watson has been invited to Crain Manor, where his old friend James Crain is to hold a spiritualist gathering. During a séance a ghostly figure is seen, supposedly the spirit of Sybille, the first Lady Crain, who murdered her husband in the tower room, and whose appearance is said to be a sign of disaster.
In an attempt to debunk the seance, James's sister Esther declares that she will sleep in the tower room - but at midnight there is a bloodcurdling scream and Esther is found dead, a look of horror on her face, and the room locked from the inside.
Watson sends for Sherlock Holmes to investigate the tragic death. But it will be anything but straightforward, as there are those who do not want him to succeed...
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About the Author
Mark A. Latham is a writer, editor, history nerd, frustrated grunge singer and amateur baker from Staffordshire, UK. A recent immigrant to rural Nottinghamshire, he lives in a very old house (sadly not haunted), and is still regarded in the village as a foreigner.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“No ghosts need apply.”—Sherlock Holmes Watson is struggling with his decision to return to 221b Baker Street after the death of his wife, Mary Morstan. The offer by Doctor Verner is tempting, but the house and practice hold strong memories. Watson is asked by a friend named Theobald Crain, the son of the Marquess of Berkley to come to Crain Manor for a visit. Crain knows of Watson’s recent bereavement, being Mary’s friend as well. Crain writes that he is convinced a certain Madame Farr, a spirit medium, is the real thing. He claims to have been in contact with his deceased mother, and the peace he has discovered through spiritualism he hopes to share with Watson. He hints that Watson may make contact with Mary through Madame Farr. Against Holmes’ advice, Watson decides to go. He hopes to expose the medium himself. At Crain Manor, there is an addition known as the Red Tower. The tower is said to be haunted… Now history tells us of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s belief in spiritualism. It wouldn’t be unusual at all for him to have written an adventure in which spiritualism would play a major role. Yet although Doyle himself wrote about the “no ghosts need apply” I think he would have wanted Holmes to prove spiritualism—not the other way around. That said, if you are not a Holmes purist, the book is a great read. The pace is sometimes frantic. There are a dozen and one false leads, the character interaction is superb, and the final reveal of the case well thought out. After the reveal, one can easily go back through and see the tantalizing clues that Latham has spread throughout, but you may not see them on the way through. Like a magician, Latham uses misdirection and verbal smoke and mirrors to great effect. I really liked this one! I give the book five stars! Quoth the Raven…