A decade before his death, Dr. Watson let it be known that with his passing he wished his nephew, Christopher Henry Watson MD, to be the executor of his will and guardian of all his personal and pecuniary affairs. One of the tasks he sanctioned was that his nephew should use his discretion in selecting for publication some of the three dozen or so cases involving Holmes and Watson which had not already seen the light of day.
The six stories in this new volume are more overlooked gems. The first in the collection, The Curse of Cuttleborough, is set in 1883 and sees Holmes and Watson investigating a suspicious death for their client, the famous amateur cricketer Dr. W. G. Grace. The Paradol Chamber has our heroes looking into the affairs of the London-based Prévost-Paradol Society, a social, literary and debating club. From the mystery of The Groaning Stone to the threats posed by The Recalcitrant Rhymester, there is, as always, much to entertain and enthral us.
As before, all of these tales are designed to contribute in some small part to the lasting memory of two extraordinary men who once occupied that setting we have come to know and love as 221B Baker Street. As ever, ‘The game is afoot!’
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