The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.  by Nicholas Meyer ~ Review

With the international bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Dr. John H. Watson. Now Meyer returns with a shocking discovery—an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes’ brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world.

Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo—in the company of a bewitching woman—aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before. (synopsis from Amazon)

My thoughts……5 stars

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. was my first encounter with Mr. Meyer and his excellent rendering of a heretofore unknown Holmes case. The style is true to Conan-Doyle and sure to delight any Holmes fan.

The masterful blending of fact and fiction, approaching the “recently discovered journal” and it’s “translation” as reality, combined with historic events and peoples brought Holmes and Watson to vivid life as they interacted with these well known personages and participated in historical events.

I have to confess to having to shift gears, so to speak, when starting the book. The style is so markedly different from my recent reads and brought home to me just how much change there’s been. Reading this “old” style was such a joy…the sentence structure, word choices, all a true delight.

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. was surprising (and scary in a way) in it’s relevance to current events;  proving in many ways, how the more things change the more they stay the same.

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. was pure reading pleasure on every level. Mr. Meyer has a new fan & I’ll be acquiring and reveling in his backlist posthaste.

 

 

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