Sherlock Holmes refused to accept the potential influences of the supernatural upon the many cases that handled, but there were a few that inspired doubt in the mind of his friend and colleague, Dr. Watson. The Hound of the Baskervilles and “The Sussex Vampire” are prime examples, but they are others! The apparition of a lady dressed in white and long thought dead; a deadly and shadowy form that wreaks terror on the heath; and a figure from the past who has accrued the power to commune with the dead! Here is collection of cases, some new, together with a few old favourites which test Holmes’ long-held beliefs to their very limits!
Sherlock’s elder brother handles rumours of parties in 10 Downing Street at the height of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 (such parties could obviously never have happened in the Covid pandemic of 2020), deals with the outbreak of the First World War and with dog flesh consumption (both matters historically accurate), organises the Armistice in 1918, gets Edward VIII to abdicate reasonably quietly in 1936, and counters tax evasion by the Managing Director of a company which supplies goods direct to the door of consumers in 1891.
Join Orlando Pearson for the official launch of A Study in Statecraft at the Limetree Café in Thames Ditton (very near the setting of Wisteria Lodge) at 7.30 on Thursday 23 November.