In this extraordinarily well researched book, Ms. Knight manages to combine an engaging mystery with an entertaining introduction to life in Victorian Ireland. With Holmes believed to be somewhere at the bottom of Reichenbach Falls, Mrs. Hudson is happy for the opportunity to accompany her friend and neighbor, Kitty Melrose, to Ireland, there to rescue Kitty's godchild, Lily, from a suspected forced marriage. The two women find the situation everything they feared it might be. In exchange for a parcel of land, Lily is to be married against her will to a brutish neighbor. When said brutish neighbor is found stabbed to death on his wedding night with Lily standing over him with knife in hand, only Mrs. Hudson is certain of Lily's innocence...
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Sherlock Holmes has been missing and presumed dead for some time, and his grief stricken landlady, Mrs Hudson, is anxious for a distraction. However, she is in for a culture shock when she travels to Ireland with her friend Kitty Melrose, to try and stop a forced marriage. What she finds is a countryside steeped in superstition and beliefs in the old ways, a place of fairy forts and holy wells, of changelings and banshees. A place moreover where an impoverished peasantry remains under the heel of oppressive English landlords, but not for much longer.
Times at last are changing. A brutal murder followed by the arrest of someone Mrs Hudson is determined to prove innocent, leads her into mortal danger. At the same time, she is amused to find herself courted by an elderly widower with a roving eye...
You can also read the original series of short stories featuring the world's most famous landlady - Mrs Hudson Investigates.