Synopses & Reviews
After the rooms at 221B Baker Street are set ablaze—and a mutilated corpse is discovered in the wreckage—Dr. John H. Watson is arrested and imprisoned at Coldbath Fields penitentiary. Writing from a cramped and dimly lit cell, Watson describes the mysterious events leading up to his arrest. Someone has been mailing him a series of cryptic warnings. His lifelong friend Sherlock Holmes has vanished in the raging waters of Reichenbach Falls. And Professor Moriarty’s criminal empire is expanding across Europe and throughout America.
In a desperate attempt to clear his good name, Watson has compiled twelve clues that may prove his innocence, including:
• The front page of a newspaper from Thousand Oaks, California
• A catalog of Victorian fashions and merchandise
• An empty matchbook containing cryptic handwritten notes
• The complete text of “The Final Problem,” Watson’s famous account of the death of Sherlock Holmes
• Plus a theater ticket, an arrest report, a railroad timetable, and more
All twelve clues have been painstakingly reproduced for this volume, along with the complete text of Watson’s manuscript and specially commissioned illustrations by Homes aficionado Clint Hansen.
"This is a gorgeous book that has to be one of the best looking books that I have seen in a long time....The sealed solution even taunts you a bit from the back. Quirk books just did as fantastic job." Fantasy Book Spot
Quirk Books is excited to announce the discovery of a never-before-published adventure from the pen of Dr. John Watson, steadfast companion of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes.
As the tale opens, we discover that Holmes has vanished — and Watson has been framed for a grisly murder! Writing from a damp cell in Coldbath Fields penitentiary, the falsely convicted prisoner recounts the events leading to his arrest...and provides twelve removable, facsimile clues that point to the true culprit. Among them are:
- An article torn from a newspaper in California
- A puzzling manuscript ripped into several pieces
- A catalog of Victorian medicines and marital aids
- Plus a telegram, an arrest report, an empty matchbook, and much more
It's up to you to sift through the clues and solve the thrilling whodunit. When you think you've identified the culprit, slice open the final signature of the book (sealed at the printer) to read the remainder of the story. With beautiful Victorian-style illustrations, The Crimes of Dr. Watson
will appeal to mystery lovers of all ages.
It's up to readers to sift through the clues and solve this thrilling whodunit. Readers slice open the final signature of the book — sealed at the printer — to reveal the remainder of the story.
About the Author
John H. Watson, M.D., authored dozens of adventures about the great detective Sherlock Holmes (most were published under the name of his literary agent, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle).
Duane Swierczynski's crime novels include The Wheelman, The Blonde, and Severance Package (all from St. Martin's Press). He lives in Philadelphia.