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Dark Arts, Dark Acts - The Redacted Sherlock Holmes Novels


Loved it! 😍

Sherlock and Watson cross continents for the release of prisoners-of-war, leading them to investigate murders linked to a looming attack.

In 1940, Holmes and Watson may have been given their toughest assignment yet. Whitehall urges them to investigate the state of the prisoners of war taken at Dunkirk. Holmes and Watson travel to the enemies’ lair – Germany, in order to undergo talks with German high command. While in discussions with Joseph Goebbels, they get drawn into the familiar world of murder as their only means of negotiation to free prisoners of war.

An unusual case of several girls been assaulted in various ways leads Holmes and Watson towards a ruthless killer, and the motive that could set the world aflame.

This case takes a violent turn, drawing Holmes and Watson to sneak into Russia and put their lives at risk to prevent an attack.

The author does a great job of creating the type of tone one would expect from a Holmes novel. Oh, so positively English with old-fashioned phrases bespeaking of the times, adding to the authenticity of their situation.

The story is spoken from the viewpoint of Watson, providing his insights on the cases and on Sherlock himself. Aloof, sullen and unpredictable, Holmes follows his quarry to the detriment of himself, leaving Watson to scrabble behind. Watson’s role in the story helps to balance out the almost narcissistic nature of Holmes. It is rather comical to think about Sherlock and Watson roaming around the countryside, jumping onto trains and solving cases in their eighties.

Goosebumps. Yep, I got a few of these reading this book. Once again, the portrayal of Holmes and Watson is exemplary. Holmes and Watson are well-developed characters, drawing you in with their individual mannerisms. The supporting characters played their part perfectly, and utilizing well known historical characters just added to the story all the more.

The era in which the story is set just adds to the suspense and the importance of what they were doing. An easy read that had me engrossed from the beginning. I loved how the author referenced some of their previous cases, bringing a little smile to my face every time it happened.


Sherlock Holmes fans, fans of history, mystery and the plotting and subterfuge of wartime will enjoy this book.



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Sharlene Almond is the author of the genre-bending Annabella Cordova series, and a New Zealand travel book Journey in little Paradise. She has written a range of health, writing and body language articles; contributing as a guest writer on other blogs.

A Summons to Whitehall

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MX Publishing has over 500 Sherlock Holmes books, from short stories to award winning novels and biographies. Over 200 of books have made it into audio and there are more coming. We also have regular campaigns on Kickstarter to promote new projects. view profile

Published on November 22, 2021

Published by MX Publishing

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Historical Mysteries

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