Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly

Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly

And Other New Adventures of the Great Detective

Book - 2010
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"Have you ever seen a ghost, Mr. Holmes?" asks Victoria Temple, and Sherlock Holmes, at the height of his powers in 1898, must face a new challenge, one that plunges the great detective into the realm of the supernatural. Miss Temple has been found guilty--but also insane--at her trial for murdering a child under her care. She is locked away in the Broadmoor lunatic asylum, and worse still, she believes fully in her own guilt.But were the hauntings at the Elizabethan manor house of Bly a vision of the walking dead, perhaps, rather than delusions of her tormented mind? Or could it be that a criminal conspiracy is to blame for the psychic phenomena, as well as a second murder cunningly concealed in the past? In the company of Dr. Watson, the indefatigable Holmes will track down the perpetrators through the occult underworld of Victorian London.Next, on the eve of World War I, Holmes is confronted with fraud and forgery at the Royal Navy Academy in "The Case of a Boy's Honor," while back in London, behind the scenes of the Herculaneum Theatre in the Strand, "The Case of the Matinee Idol" embroils Holmes and Watson directly in an apparent on-stage murder. How did poison get into two Shakesperean goblets when only the victim, now dead, had access to them and the most likely suspect was a mile away with an unbreakable alibi?
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2010
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books ed
ISBN: 9781605981345
Branch Call Number: MF THOMAS
Characteristics: 364 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 30, 2012

This is my favourite of the 4 Sherlock Holmes books by Donald Thomas that I have read. The stories were all gripping, the atmosphere and settings were wonderful, and the characters well portrayed. The title story gave an excellent explanation to the long unexplained mystery of "The Turn of the Screw", but leaving it open as to whether there actually were any ghosts!

Aug 20, 2011

Brilliantly written - capturing the spirit of Holmes and Watson beautifully. Dare I say it? - I enjoyed Donald Thomas' writing so much and had little floating thoughts that I preferred his more-rounded mystery-novel approach than some of Conan Doyle's stories (my apologies to ACD!).


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