MYSTERY

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Oct. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9781250228956. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250237118. M
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Rejoice, Sherlock fans! Meyer returns with another thrilling adventure for Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (after 1993’s The Canary Trainer and 1976’s The West End Horror). In 1905, Holmes and Watson begin a secret investigation at the request of Mycroft Holmes. A British agent has been murdered while smuggling The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a manuscript that endangers the entire Jewish population, The quest leads Holmes and Watson, accompanied by a gorgeous Russian translator, on a perilous journey from Paris to Russia aboard the Orient Express. The intrepid trio seek the manuscript’s creator in a desperate attempt to stop the insidious spread of the anti-Semitic document. A fabulous Sherlockian tale ensues, complete with unexpected twists, disguises, abduction, and Russian roulette.
VERDICT Director and author Meyer puts his own stamp on the Holmes and Watson tradition, basing his story on historic events with contemporary relevance, as lies become accepted as truth by means of willful ignorance. Holmes enthusiasts will relish this well-crafted novel.

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