Sherlock Holmes has done it again, with the help of Dr. Watson of course. “Sherlock Holmes, The Missing Years: Japan”, written by Vasudev Murthy, takes place after Sherlock Holmes’ tragic fall from Reichenbach Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the Alps. The great sleuth is presumed gone forever.
Watson continues on taking up a quiet country life with his wife, and keeping Holmes’ memory alive until two years later, much to his surprise, he receives a letter from Japan with familiar handwriting requesting Watson’s help and a violin. It’s none other than his old partner.
After making sure he is equipped for the journey, Watson boards the North Star sailing to and stopping at many ports along the way. When a passenger by the name of Mr. Hashimoto dies onboard during the night, everyone is viewed a suspect, but they have no other choice but to continue the journey. Who could be next? With a mysterious note written in Japanese calligraphy presumed to be a warning, no one is safe.
Murthy gives everyone reason to love Holmes and his faithful best friend. As a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I could not put the book down.
Murthy keeps you on your toes throughout the whole book as the Missing Years Series begins. Full of dangerous plots, conspiracies, and a history lesson or two that could only belong to a Sherlock Holmes story; the mystery of the chase and few good laughs in this book will leave you wishing you could get your hands on more.
Ashlyn Duke is a traveler, not a tourist. She likes to read, draw, and look beyond what’s right in front of her.
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