Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/29/10
ISBN 9781605981345
Trim Size / Pages 9.5 x 6.4 in / 368

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Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly

And Other New Adventures of the Great Detective

Donald Thomas

"Few authors have done as well in bringing these beloved and familiar characters to life. Donald Thomas masterfully evokes the flavor of Doyle‘s original stories of the great detective."—Publishers Weekly

“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?

Donald Thomas has published forty books, including poetry, fiction, biography, and true crime.  A stage-play based on his work, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, was recently produced in Wales.  His biography of Robert Browning was short-listed for the Whitbread Award and he received The Gregory Award from T. S. Eliot personally for his poetry collection Points of Contact.  The Execution of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes and the King's Evil and Sherlock Holmes and the Ghosts of Bly are all available from Pegasus Books. He lives in Bath.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“With respect for the canon, deep knowledge of Victorian and Edwardian England, and the writing chops to replicate the Watsonian style, Thomas is the all-time best at Sherlockian pastiche.” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine