Thomas Turley reviews Holmes and Watson - An American Adventure

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“David Ruffle’s latest takes our heroes to New York, after Holmes accepts a commission to train its police detectives in his methods.   Before long, however, he and Watson journey to Fall River, Massachusetts to reinvestigate the Borden Mur­ders, still officially unsolved five years beyond.   Complicating their task is a series of new slaughters, for it seems the notorious Lizzie has not ground her last ax.  Ruffle’s research is com­mend­able; he quotes extensively from transcripts of the famous trial and enlivens his text with contemporary photographs.  The minor characters are all well drawn (some are also interestingly named!); and Lizzie Borden confirms her reputation as a mystifying “sphinx of cold­ness.”  Without revealing the result of Holmes’ deductions, the novel’s chief delights remain (as always) Ruffle’s meticulous recreation of the late Victorian world and his obvious affection for the great detective and his Boswell.”   – Thomas A. Turley, author of ‘Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Tainted CanisterHolmes and Watson – An American Adventure is available for pre order from all good bookstores including The Strand Magazine,  Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Waterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository . In ebook format it is in Kindle, Kobo,Nook and Apple iBooks (iPad/iPhone). 9781780927824

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