Dec. 21, 2016

A return to the coast, and a returning villain…

Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Legacy by David Ruffle

 

My thanks go to Steve and Timi at MX Books for my reading copy!

Dr. Watson has returned to Lyme Regis in pursuit of Beatrice, the lovely widow he met in the first volume of this trilogy, Sherlock Holmes and the Lyme Regis Horror. A blustering peer, Sir Reginald Bartleby demands that Holmes be dispatched to Lyme Regis because his nephew Robert Fane has been murdered. The man has been poisoned in his own home. Eerily enough, dripping blood reveals the word “rache” has been scrawled beneath a picture on the wall…

Someone is pulling strings behind the scenes, and from the amount of trivia that piles up it is clear that this person knows a lot about Holmes and his investigations. Things turn very serious when Beatrice is kidnapped. Someone wants revenge on Holmes, Watson, and Inspector Lestrade—but out of all the cases the three have shared, who would be this implacable?

The story is quite good, and until the reveal I wasn’t certain of who was behind it all! Bravo, David Ruffle! Bravo!

There are also a series of what I hesitate to call “short stories” as they are very short. It is sort of like daubing a few brushstrokes on a canvas, signing it, and referring to it as a painting…

The main story is good enough to merit four stars!

Quoth the Raven…

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