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The Undiscovered Archives of Sherlock Holmes


Loved it! 😍

Watson and Holmes set out on a series of adventures that pulls them into the throes of conspiracy and murder.

A London solicitor in 2018 reveals some secret archives that Dr Watson has entrusted to them over a century earlier. Tales dated 1925 are finally brought to light, revealing some secrets that many wanted to keep hidden.

Holmes and Watson embark on numerous adventures that bring them to the infamous surgeon Frederick Treves whom rescued and treated the ‘Elephant Man’, and surgeon to the king; a young woman fallen on a horse track; a mysterious prince; a kidnapping and the IRA; an assassination of a President; and a conspiracy that could de-stabilize a nation.

One of my favourite aspects to all these Sherlock Holmes’ novels is the plentiful amount of history that occurred around the time of Holmes. Creating a realistic portrayal of the times, and the amount of violence and dissension that brewed. All in the midst of this is Holmes and Watson doing what they do best – solving unusual cases.

Throughout the story, Holmes and Watson are brought in to assist Dr Treves, and deal with scrupulous doctors. A murder in a hotel room leads Holmes and Watson to the consequences of an historical atrocity. We continue from adventure to adventure, from a supposed suicidal woman on a horse track that points Watson and Holmes to the suffragists, and their brutal fight for equality. To the various suspicious deaths of multiple American presidents, drawing Sherlock and Watson into a range of scandals in which had to be kept secret due to the gravity of its situation.

Although no one can exactly portray Holmes like Sir Arthur Doyle, this author does a pretty good job of implementing the unique mannerisms of Holmes and Watson, and bringing in some influential historical characters.

It may appear slow at times, with a lot of dialogue going in to set-up the scene, instead of getting to the nitty gritty; however, there is pay-off. Clues are scattered throughout, and when the big reveal happens, you get that “ahhh”, moment.


Sherlock Holmes is perhaps the perfect example of reading a person’s body language and little intricacies to uncover the truth, and this book is no exception with detailing Holmes’ reasoning, and the thought processes behind the greatest detective. Age does not slow these two down!

For those that enjoy historical mysteries, and Sherlock Holmes novels will enjoy this read.


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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.

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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 March 24, 2022

Published by MX Publishing

80000 words

Genre: Historical Mysteries

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