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Die Again, Mr. Holmes: A Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery (The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mysteries Book 8) Kindle Edition
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"A phenomenal read that left me hungry for more. Die Again Mr. Holmes was perfect on its own and can be easily enjoyed even if you haven't read any of the other books in the Sherlock Holmes & Lucy James Mystery Series." Florida Family Fun Travel
"Doing full justice to the Sherlockian Canon, Anna Elliott and Charles Veley have created an enduringly entertaining homage to literature's greatest detective while showcasing a memorable female counterpart in Lucy James. Die Again, Mr. Holmes will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections." Midwest Book Review
"Die Again, Mr. Holmes is part of the 'Sherlock Holmes / Lucy James' mystery series of original tales by the team of Anna Elliott and Charles Veley, in which Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic sleuth Sherlock Holmes has an independent, modern-minded, daughter - Lucy James, an American actress living in Victorian London. Lucy has inherited Holmes' brilliance, lionhearted courage, and knack for solving difficult cases. In Die Again, Mr. Holmes, Sherlock and Lucy each must confront a missing persons case fraught with hidden dangers. Connoisseurs of the classic Doyle mysteries will relish this exciting new saga! Highly recommended, as are the previous novels in the series." Andrea Kay, MBR Reviewer's Choice
"I thoroughly enjoyed following Holmes and his daughter on their adventures . . . in true Sherlock fashion, there is plenty of intrigue and plots that Holmes has neglected to share with his counterparts. Among the staple characters of Holmes and Watson, we're introduced to quite a few new ones as well. While this is not the first book of this series, it makes me want to read from the beginning and explore the history of Holmes and his daughter." --Angel Meyer, Literary Gluttony
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I thoroughly enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 471-page Sherlock Holmes mystery. This is the second novel in this series I have read (the other "Remember, Remember" I read back in late 2017). I have thoroughly enjoyed them both. The mystery definitely has the feel of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. I think that the cover art was well chosen. I give this novel a 5 out of 5. --John Purvis, Goodreads and John's Notes Reviewer
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It was a new experience for me to read a mystery in which both Holmes and his married daughter, Lucy, help to solve the mystery at great risk to themselves. The authors also capture a side of Watson's personality that is believable as well as different. And Becky, a young girl who lives with her brother and Lucy adds additional elements of surprise and suspense with her friend Flynn, one of the Baker Street Irregulars. This is a very engaging book!-- Mary Gonsiorowski, NetGalley Reviewer
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I highly recommend this series. These mysteries are always fun, entertaining and keep me guessing. -- Reanna Fox, NetGalley Reviewer
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I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended! --Annarella, Goodreads Reviewer
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I adore this series and the writing of Anna Elliott and Charles Veley. Every book has been able to balance the storylines easily between different points of view and the new addition of Becky as a chapter controlling character was so delightful.
If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan or a mystery fan this is a perfect series to check out and this book can act as an easy starting point. --The Nerdy Girl Express
If you are a fan of history and/or mystery, then this novel is absolutely for you! It has a little bit of everything in it though, so more than mystery fans can enjoy it. It's packed with adventure and readers are really able to connect with the characters. It's definitely worth the read, so go give it a try! --Caelainn Cox, Chief Librarian at So Many Books So Little Time
From the Author
Usually Holmes is on the side of the law and opposed to the criminals. But what if both sides demanded something that he absolutely, positively, could not tolerate? What if it appeared that there was no way out? Would he sacrifice himself?
Famously, once before, in the battle with Professor Moriarty, he did not hesitate to pay the ultimate price. In the 'Look Inside' excerpt from our story, Watson and Lucy learn that, indeed, Holmes will no longer be there to help them. But they, too are locked into the battle. Will they find a way out?
Hint: it was our great pleasure in recounting how they won the battle . . . with one exception, for which Holmes and Lucy will need at least one season of short stories to resolve, and maybe more . . .
You might also enjoy some detail about the historical locations and personages we brought into this adventure. We hasten to add our usual disclaimer, of course: "This is a work of fiction, and the authors make no claim that any of the historical locations or historical figures appearing in this story had even the remotest connection with the adventures recounted herein. However ..."
1. In 1897 Sun Yat Sen published Kidnapped in London, the account of his kidnapping and incarceration in the Chinese Legation the previous year. The government of China continues to occupy the building described in that book as being located at the corner of Portland Place and Weymouth Street. The building is now the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.
2. The Grand Hotel in the fictional seacoast town of Shellingford was inspired by the Royal Hotel, a grand old Victorian structure still operating in the very real seacoast resort town of Skegness, in Lincolnshire, where recently were found the ruins of an underground hydrotherapy center. No smugglers' tunnel has been discovered at the Royal, although that portion of the Lincolnshire coast was notorious for smuggling and for underground storage bunkers built into the sand dunes.
3. Another hotel tunnel on the other side of the Atlantic, however, is known to have been used for smuggling purposes. At the Congress Hall Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey during the 1920s, American bootleggers smuggled cargoes of alcoholic beverages from an oceanside dock directly into the hotel basement. Today that basement is enjoyed by visitors as an underground sports bar and pizza restaurant.
4. The HMS Lutine disaster was the most famous maritime loss in the 330-year history of the Lloyd's Company. The ship, a former French frigate converted for Royal Navy transport use, sank in a gale while carrying gold and silver in sufficient quantity to prevent a stock market crash in Germany. Divers still search for the sunken treasure, which is rumored to include the crown jewels of Holland. The ship's great bell was salvaged in 1858. The bell continues to hang in the atrium of the Lloyd's underwriting room, where formerly it was rung once for bad news and twice for good, for the very practical purpose of ensuring that all underwriters heard bad news or good news simultaneously. The bell is now rung to commemorate special occasions.
5. The theft of three opium cargo ships insured by Lloyd's underwriters is, as far as the authors are aware, entirely fictional.
6. The authors make no claim that the events described herein were in any way connected with those occurring in June 1898, when the Government of China signed a 99-year lease with Britain granting possession of the New Territories and increasing the Hong Kong area under British control by more than twelve times.
- ASIN : B07J1YNLF4
- Publisher : Wilton Press (January 2, 2019)
- Publication date : January 2, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2057 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 471 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #40,024 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As an avid reader in multiple genres, I am struck by the tone of books published after 2016. It would seem that nearly everything has a nod at the political climate of not only the United States but the world in general. For example, Lucy James is a thoroughly modern young woman who refuses to be denied on the basis of her sex. Can you say feminist? After their first meeting, her now husband, Jack Kelly, started calling her Trouble as a sign of both his affection and understanding of how Lucy looks at the world. Jack may worry, but he won't stand in her way and will always back her up.
Yes I am dissembling.
On May 4, 1891, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty fell to their deaths; in 1901 Sherlock Holmes reappeared in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. The Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James mysteries cover that time period with adventures that could not be shared with the public because they are of a sensitive national nature. Although more and more people become aware of the fact the Holmes lives, it is still generally unknown to the vast public. When I picked up DIE AGAIN, MR. HOLMES, I assumed the title was making reference to the incident at Reichenbach Falls, but, you will find, there is more to it than that.
It may come as a surprise to many readers that opium and the infamous opium dens were legal during the Victorian era. They were taxed and made money for the crown. Laudanum was a highly sought drug consisting of a tincture of opium and alcohol and could be purchased at any number of different shops. At a class I took years ago where one of the required readings was "The Consumer's Union Report on Licit & Illicit Drugs", by Edward M. Brecher, originally published in 1973. One of the things I learned from the report (actually a pretty hefty tome) was that it was common practice to prescribe alcohol to drug addicts, and drugs, such as laudanum to alcoholics. I mention this because a similar premise exists in DIE AGAIN, MR. HOLMES.
Although the original Holmes canon and the subsequent additions by authors such as Anna Elliott and Charles Veley are considered mysteries, I cannot separate them from good historical fiction. There is so much more to these stories than just a whodunit.
If you enjoy a good mystery, and it just happens to be set in Victorian London, I highly recommend that you start with the first book in the series, THE LAST MORIARTY, and work your way through all of the tales by the father and daughter team of Charles Veley and Anna Elliott.