Sherlock Holmes and the Telegram from Hell (Hardcover)

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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson cross the Atlantic at the height of World War I in pursuit of a mysterious coded telegram in this new mystery from the author of The Return of the Pharaoh.

June, 1916. With a world war raging on the continent, exhausted John H. Watson, M.D. is operating on the wounded full-time when his labors are interrupted by a knock on his door, revealing Sherlock Holmes, with a black eye, a missing tooth and a cracked rib. The story he has to tell will set in motion a series of world-changing events in the most consequential case of the detective’s career.

Amid rebellion in Ireland and revolution in Russia, Germany has a secret plan to win the war and Sir William Melville of the British Secret Service dispatches the two aging friends to learn what the scheme is before it can be put into effect. In pursuit of a mysterious coded telegram sent from Berlin to an unknown recipient in Mexico, Holmes and Watson must cross the Atlantic, dodge German U-boats and assassination attempts, and evade the intrigues of young J. Edgar Hoover, while enlisting the help of a beautiful, eccentric Washington socialite as they seek to foil the schemes of Holmes’s nemesis, the escaped German spymaster Von Bork.

Sherlock Holmes and the Telegram from Hell plunges Holmes into a world that eerily resembles our own, where entangling alliances, treaties, and human frailty threaten to create another cataclysm.

About the Author

Nicholas Meyer is the “editor” of several Watson manuscripts, including The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which spent forty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. His screenplay of the film received an Oscar nomination. His film credits include writing and directing Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He wrote and directed Time After Time, co-created Medici: Masters of Florence, and directed The Day After, about nuclear war that attracted the largest audience ever for a television movie. A native of New York City, he lives in Santa Monica, California.

Praise For…

Nicholas Meyer’s stirring tale of the turning point of the Great War reveals the pivotal roles of Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson. Solidly based on history, it’s thrilling, full of surprises, yet touchingly poignant in its depiction of the aging partners. Please continue unearthing these lost accounts, Mr. Meyer!
— Leslie S. Klinger, editor, New Annotated Sherlock Holmes

Nicholas Meyer, a master storyteller, brings Holmes and Watson triumphantly to life during the English, American and Mexican intrigues of the Great War. His witty and riveting mystery, based on a crucial historical event, has a brilliant climax.
— Jeffrey Meyers

For me, Nicholas Meyer has managed the impossible, which is to sound exactly like Arthur Conan Doyle, as he plunges Holmes and Watson into a time in our history when the survival of Britain and the British was under threat. The danger is real and so, by this stage, at any rate for most of us, are Holmes and Watson. The combination is irresistible. It will not surprise the reader that in Sherlock Holmes and the Telegram from Hell, the Great Detective surpasses himself.

— Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey and The Gilded Age

For decades, Nicholas Meyer has held sway as the preeminent author of Sherlockian tales, and Sherlock Holmes and the Telegram from Hell demonstrates his strengths in profusion: crisp plotting, rich cultural-political background, many flashes of wit, and an abiding zest for the game.

— Alex Ross, bestselling author of The Rest Is Noise

Another tour-de-force from Nicholas Meyer, once more channelling Conan Doyle to tremendously entertaining effect, this time weaving in a Mexican-American connection which is, remarkably, both true to history and stranger than fiction.
— John Collee, screenwriter of Master and Commander

The Sherlockian mystery is solid and delightful on its own, but Meyer’s portrait of this moment in history adds a surprising and fascinating bonus. . . . Ingenious international froth studded with historical tidbits.
— Kirkus

“[Meyer] weaves real people into this fabulous tale, including Alice Roosevelt Longworth and a very young J. Edgar Hoover, all while keeping the game very much afoot. Baker Street Irregulars everywhere will enjoy this.
— Library Journal

This is not only another great mystery to solve but a grand adventure.
— Bookreporter on The Return of the Pharaoh

The combination of a terrific plot, surprising twists, and the poignant relationship between the elderly Holmes and Watson makes this a memorable read.
— Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi series

Product Details
ISBN: 9781613165331
ISBN-10: 1613165331
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Publication Date: August 27th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English