Over the last few years, Susan Knight has shown herself to be a first-class Sherlockian writer. Her traditional Canonical Sherlockian adventures appear regularly in “The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories”, always raising the bar of excellence. But she’s also known for her Mrs. Hudson novels. These two previous adventures, “Mrs. Hudson Investigates” and “Mrs. Hudson Goes to Ireland” are now joined by a third, “Mrs. Hudson Goes to Paris” – much longer than the first two – and well worth every extra page to tell a fascinating story.
People who think they know Sherlock Holmes simply from the pitifully few 60 stories in The Canon can learn with this book just how much more there is to the story. Ms. Knight’s Sherlockian contributions are valuable threads in The Great Holmes Tapestry.
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When Mrs Hudson’s young nephew, Ralph, decides to go to Paris and become an artist, his mother is distraught. She enlists Mrs Hudson’s assistance to try and persuade him to quit the fleshpots of that most debauched city and return home.
In Paris, the sisters soon find themselves caught up in the whirling fin-de-siècle world of bohemians and anarchists, the world of Montmartre and the Moulin Rouge. They encounter the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, along with the fabled can-can dancer La Goulue and her partner Valentin the Boneless, among many other colourful characters. But then the discovery of the mutilated body of a beautiful young artists’ model in the sinister catacombs of the city puts Ralph under suspicion of her murder…
Mrs Hudson’s search for the true perpetrator stretches her deductive powers to the limit, and puts her own life in desperate peril.
Another thrilling adventure for Sherlock Holmes’ landlady.