“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
indefatiguable 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 Naval
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
onstage murder. How did poison get into two Shakespearean goblets when
only the victim, now dead, had access to them and the most likely
suspect was a mile away with an unthinkable alibi?
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