By: Angie Haddock
Christmas morning, 1901: Sherlock Holmes discovers that the wine in a bottle of French Beaune (intended as a gift for Dr. Watson) has been switched with sand, and he suspects it means threat to the newly crowned King of England. Or does it?
What better way to kick off December than with a Sherlock Holmes short story that takes place on Christmas?! This one came out in September of this year, so it is still a relatively new release – and maybe flew under the radar of the Holmes fans out there.
We start with Dr. Watson heading over to Sherlock’s home on Christmas morning, with the task of inviting him to Christmas dinner. Sherlock has always turned him down in the past, but Watson’s wife wants him to ask anyway.
As they exchange gifts, though, Sherlock’s intended bottle of wine for Watson has been exchanged for a bottle of sand. And so, as they say… the game is afoot!
This short novella follows our main characters as they race around London trying to find out who knows what, and what it all means. We hear about many of the expected Holmes characters – Mrs. Hudson, Mycroft, Lestrade – without actually encountering them until the very end.
And no, I won’t give away the ending.
This one is available both in paperback and e-book editions. A perfect little stocking stuffer for any mystery lover.
Thanks to the team at Books Forward for sending me the e-book for review.