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When a beer barrel containing the body of a man is delivered to the door of 221b Baker Street, an intoxicating new adventure begins for Sherlock Holmes. Together with his faithful companion, Dr. John Watson, Holmes travels north to Burton-upon-Trent to investigate the poisoning of a regiment in India from a contaminated batch of pale ale. The incident threatens the reputation of the mighty brewer, Houghton's, which supplies beer to half the world. But Holmes is not the only detective working the case. 

Miss Gertie Cresswell, owner of a first-class mind and a yellow umbrella, has a few ideas of her own. With militant suffragettes, folding bicycles, and the footprints of what appears to be a three-legged man, the unlikely trio face their most fiendish mystery yet. The game is on!

©2020 Chris James (P)2022 MX Publishing

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Not a strong pastiche

If you trim two or three hours from the book, and remove some of the very uncharacteristic (and frankly unbelievable) elements of the story, this pastiche might have been enjoyable. Instead it is a mismatch at best. Sadly Watson is written in the Nigel Bruce vein, as an older bumbler who doesn't seem to know when to stop talking. The one true highlight is narrator Steve Davison Smith's talent at bringing this jumble to life.

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