Sherlock Holmes and Young Winston: The Jubilee Plot is now available on ebook and as a paperback from Red Room and MX Publications. Click the image below for US Amazon.
Holmes and Watson team up once more with the schoolboy, Winston Churchill in a dark tale of politics and political uprising and plotting. As with his previous outing, Mike Hogan's own plotting is second to none. the pace is leisurely at times and then grips hard when required. The book opens with a gorgeous scene between Holmes and Watson in which Watson is trying to do the 'household' accounts. He fails to bring home the importance of frugality to Holmes and that becomes a recurring theme of the tale. 'Take the underground', cries the good Doctor. The result: a cab! The dialogue in this opening scene displays the warmth of the characters to each other and Mr Hogan's unerring way with dialogue which is witty without ever being forced. This scene is closely followed by one involving Lord Salisbury which matches the opening scene in its splendid dialogue. The novel goes from strength to strength after that, plots and sub-plots fly by all deftly handled. Moriarty makes an entrance, still the Napoleon of crime that we know him to be, but with the saving grace of being an Englishman! This is the kind of pastiche that gives pastiches a good name. I am inclined to think it's the one of the best pastiches of the last twenty years. [Mr Ruffle's emphasis]
The celebrations for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887 are coming to a climax. She will take part in a great procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, and there join the peers of the Realm, foreign monarchs and heads of state in a service of thanksgiving.
In that turbulent year, it is unlikely that Ireland will gain her independence from Britain except through violent rebellion. Blood-oath Irish Republican fanatics vow to wipe out the Queen and her family; Fenian assassins prepare bombs of terrible potency using the new explosive, dynamite.
Sherlock Holmes and his companions Doctor Watson and Winston Churchill are called in not only to prevent a dynamite outrage against the Queen, but to avert a catastrophic war that might bring down the Empire. But, is all as it seems, or is one of their clients humbugging the other?
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