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Sherlock Holmes, the Missing Years : Timbuktu
by Vasudev Murthy


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Still wondering what Sherlock Holmes was doing between his reported death in 1891 and his reappearance in 1894?


All the world knew that Sherlock Holmes died at the Reichenbach Falls, tumbling over the jagged cliff in a deadly embrace with his nemesis Moriarty.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Still wondering what Sherlock Holmes was doing between his reported death in 1891 and his reappearance in 1894?


All the world knew that Sherlock Holmes died at the Reichenbach Falls, tumbling over the jagged cliff in a deadly embrace with his nemesis Moriarty. But for history's greatest detective, death was only the beginning. Rumors abounded that Holmes had been sighted advising the Japanese emperor, studying with the Dalai Lama, and protecting the president of the United States, but only Dr. Watson knew the truth. From 1891 to 1894, Sherlock Holmes was dead to the world - and having the grandest adventures of his career.

It begins when an Italian scholar travels from Venice to 221B Baker Street, to beg the help of the legendary detective. He carries an ancient parchment, written in the hand of Marco Polo himself. It is a rubbing made from a brass disc found in the libraries of Kublai Khan, and it was torn in half centuries ago to protect the world from a terrifying secret, one that, apparently, first Marco Polo, then another great traveler, the Moroccan Ibn Battuta, took dramatic steps to guard. Where, if anywhere, is its missing half?

Holmes springs into action. He fakes his death at Reichenbach, and proceeds undercover to Venice. A murdered scholar, an archivist from the Vatican, British imperial politics and, of course, the dire hand of Moriarty propel Holmes and a surprised but resolute Dr. Watson, playing the roles they assumed in Morocco, on a perilous journey down the Sahara to the ancient city of Timbuktu...and beyond. In deepest Africa, Holmes will confront ruthless criminals, an ancient culture, and a staggering surprise.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781464204548
  • ISBN-10: 1464204543
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 270
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds

Series: Missing Years #2

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Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Traditional
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Private Investigators
Books > Fiction > Mystery & Detective - Historical

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Indian author Murthys colorful second reimagining of Holmes post-Reichenbach (after 2015s Sherlock Holmes, the Missing Years: Japan) opens in classic fashion with the arrival of a client at 221B Baker Street. Antonio Rozzi, an Italian scholar who has come into possession of half of an ancient map, desires to match it with the missing half. Doing so, Rozzi believes, will lead to a treasure of immense value, as suggested by an accompanying letter on parchment signed Marco Polo. This challenge sets Holmes and Watson on a chase that takes them first to Venice and then the Vatican. The intrepid pair later cross the Sahara Desert in a camel caravan, mingle with members of the Arab and Tuareg peoples, and visit fabled cities before reaching their goal of Timbuktu, where they learn a surprising secret. Sherlock Holmes devotees will find much of interest, though some readers may be put off by the confusing multiple points of view and the uneven pacing. (Jan.)

 
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