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About the Author
Other detective novels by the author include -
Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Einstein's Daughter, Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex; Sherlock Holmes And The Dead Boer At Scotney Castle, and Sherlock Holmes And The Sword Of Osman.
Website tim-symonds.co.uk/ --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Author
- ASIN : B01N3SO8IG
- Publisher : MX Publishing; 1.0 edition (November 6, 2016)
- Publication date : November 6, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2360 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 233 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,694 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This book is not only brilliantly written, it is exceedingly well researched. I enjoyed the detail in the history every bit as much as the story itself. The historical fiction is as clever as the stylistically accurate incorporation of by far the two most famous characters of Doyle’s huge imagination—two characters as famous as any in literary fiction.
I very much enjoyed the ‘glossary’ at the end of the book, which gave depth to so much of the period detail. This additional information doesn’t add to, or subtract from, the story itself, but certainly gives readers such as I, ignorant of Chinese history, a much needed and speedy education. All the detail is self-explanatory enough in the run of the story, however, the additional information rounds off this reading experience quite delightfully.
I recommend this book to fans of Sherlock Holmes, lovers of historical fiction and to all those that like a wide variety of well-written fiction. I will be looking to read further books from Tim Symonds’ pen.
Like many Sherlock Holmes stories, you get an introduction to the narrative of Dr. Watson and the setting. It's a calm, steady, necessary expedition that benefits the complicated mysteries of this Sherlock novel well.
From this you learn Sherlock and Watson no longer live together for the consulting detective has settled down in quiet Sussex. Personally, I love the retired Sherlock stories because they prove that no matter how old the great detective Holmes and his trusty Dr. Watson get, they're always going to be the most incredible team in fictitious history!
Tim Symonds is not humble about this fact, which I love.
This author has done some of the most authentic Sherlock Holmes writing I have ever read! And believe me, I have read a LOT of Sherlock Holmes in my time!
I don't know if this author has ever been to China or not, but I sure feel like I have after reading this! What's even better is I feel like I've fallen into a worm hole and gotten popped out in 1900's-China! The text used to describe this fascinating setting is as busy as it is disorienting, no doubt making it all that much more realistic for the time, place, and scenario.
The author has clearly mastered the art of foreshadowing because, even though I had to have Sherlock point it out to me, all of the evidence and bits of information relevant to the story are written RIGHT THERE!! I love being tricked just as much as I love being guided in the right direction and Tim Symonds has managed to do both. Amazing piece of literature! I would love to see this converted at some point to hit the big screen. I can picture Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce playing these roles and even though that's no longer possible, I would have a field day seeing the old fashion Holmes and Watson back on screen by some fresh writing and faces!
My thanks go out to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my copy of this book.
Tim Symonds writes about a specific time in the history of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. All of his novels take place after Holmes has retired to keep bees and Watson is still seeing a few patients. Most of the time I have found these books to be extremely interesting. This one has been an exception to the rule…
Doctor Watson is given orders to go to China to help set up medical teams with China’s army. His contact is General Yuàn. Watson has to go overland to China and there is no way to really protect him along the way. Except that Holmes is also involved…
I just couldn’t get into this one. I have tried and failed to finish the book on at least six occasions. I will read maybe twenty pages and then sigh and put the book down. It makes no sense to me because I know that Tim is a great writer. I have had the pleasure of reading several of his books and enjoyed them very much.
I will give the book three stars based on Tim Symonds’ usual writing ability. I cannot give any more stars because I just cannot get into this book. Sorry, Tim, what can I say?
Quoth the Raven…