Nov. 25, 2017

The Twist is too Good to Spoil!

Sherlock Holmes and the 100 Per Cent Society by Arthur Hall

My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book. I appreciate every book!

Possible Spoilers, none on purpose…

Sherlock Holmes had a saying that there is nothing so deceptive as an obvious fact. This book may be a serious nod to that particular phrase.

Someone is murdering people across London. This malefactor has entered 221B Baker Street and stolen the belt from Holmes’ mouse-colored dressing gown! Then a man turns up strangled by that very belt.

Whispers go around about a character called Rendt, but everyone that knows anything about this person ends up dead. Moreover, everyone who is connected to them also is murdered. There is no mercy for anyone Rendt feels threatened by—man, woman, or child.

Holmes cannot guarantee the safety of his Baker Street Irregulars, Doctor Watson, or even Mrs. Hudson. The evil Rendt seems to be able to reach anyone. People are not safe from this felon, even inside of prison!

There is a mysterious card with a Medusa head left on the scenes of the crimes. This symbol is tracked down by the Irregulars and proves to be the 100 Per Cent Club. The club appears to be made up of all the black sheep from various noble families. Holmes begins to smell a rat, wondering if he is being manipulated and that everything that has happened has been to the script of a mastermind…

The twist in this story comes somewhere close to the middle of the book and is so good I will not spoil it. The rest of the book deals with bringing a villain who might be the equal of Professor Moriarty…

Hall’s prose may not completely a mirror image of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s but it is incredible! The subtle use of vague hints to mask things until the reveal is fantastic! The book is one you will find hard to put down!

I give this book five stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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