Mycroft Holmes is not so unlike his younger brother Sherlock. Mystery-solving and clever solutions set in the eighteen-eighties are afoot in a collection of tales featuring “The Other Mr. Holmes”. Tearing through London in hansom cabs and knee-deep in the twists and turns in pursuit of adventure alongside Mycroft is his plucky, crack-shot mistress Anna.
Mycroft and Anna pursue whodunits around every winding corner in three adventures:
“The Adventure of the Royal Revelations”: Queen Victoria’s personal diary goes missing and an equerry is murdered. Certainly the murderer must be found; however, the Queen’s comments on some of her ministers must never reach the Continental press. Mycroft is just the man to find the murderer and save Her Majesty’s reputation. Mycroft and Anna attempt to keep the damning volume out of the hands of dastardly foreign agents.
“The Adventure of the Flame of the Natal Retrospect”: Mycroft and Anna set out to save the reputation of a leading actress and keep the unique gemstone, the Flame of Natal, from the grasp of audacious thieves.
“The Adventure of the Reuters’ Agent Summer”: Mycroft and Anna cross swords with one of the deadliest enemies of Mycroft’s brother–Colonel Sebastian Moran.
GENRE: Mystery (Historical) ISBN: 978-1-920972-26-4 ASIN: B003Y74HIW Word count: 55, 630
Once again Anna and Mycroft Holmes tear through London in hansom cabs as they pursue three further adventures set in the eighteen-eighties.
“The Deadwood Stage”: When an anarchist threatens mayhem at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Anna finds herself having to impersonate Miss Annie Oakley and hobnobbing with Bill himself before the Prince of Wales. Mycroft puffs and pants his way through another case, applying his keen mind while Anna faces death in a spectacular Indian “attack” on the Deadwood stage with the Prince of Wales on the driver’s box and four European kings as passengers.
“Murder At The Lyceum”: Anna is accused of committing murder during a performance at the Lyceum Theatre. Fellow actors Henry Irving and Ellen Terry believe in her innocence, but will Inspector Athelney Jones? Anna goes into hiding, and Mycroft must find the truth before the wrong person pays the penalty.
“The Green-painted Door”: After a hideous slaying in Wimbledon, Oscar Wilde exercises his scornful wit, but Mycroft Holmes is roused to action yet again. His privately-printed copy of the Kama Sutra (translated by Sir Richard Burton) stimulates another kind of action, as Anna has every reason to know. The book also saves Mycroft’s life in a sudden confrontation which leads to the discovery of the murderer.
ISBN: 978-1-920972-26-4 ASIN: B003Y74HIW Word count: 55, 630
Hansoms, bicycles, a passenger liner and a Cambridge punt transport Mycroft, Anna and their enemies through four more tales.
“The Adventure of the Endangered Princess”: Doctor’s orders send Anna on a much-needed sea cruise to Madeira. Among those on board is, surprisingly, Princess Victoria Kaiulani of Hawaii. The sudden appearance of Mycroft aboard Anna’s ship launches a case involving the Princess, political intrigue, murder, sudden betrayal…and deadly action on the moonlit beach of Madeira.
“The Case of the Disappearing Witness”: Following the Madeira adventure, Mycroft and Anna are drawn into a new investigation while also appearing as witnesses at the Old Bailey. Suddenly, Mycroft goes missing and Anna does her best to find him, using her skills both as investigator and as a crack-shot to save his life.
“The Mystery of the Brazen Idols”: The murder of a member of the Diogenes Club finds Mycroft and Anna perplexed by brass idols which are placed on a trail of fresh murders–a trail which misleads Mycroft and leads to his arrest! Left on her own, Anna receives a message that sends her to where she recognises a deadly enemy. There, she meets someone returned from the dead who assists Mycroft in closing the case.
“The Unpleasantness in Hanover Square”: What strange illness threatens the beautiful Lady Emmeline Tarragon? Dr Watson is baffled. Mycroft thinks he has the answer, but Sherlock has unexpectedly returned and brotherly jealousy hampers the investigation. Anna, meanwhile, is recruited into the Secret Service. When the scene shifts to Cambridge University, Mycroft and Anna confront the vampire.
ASIN: B00AUQFEBO ISBN: 978-1-922066-56-5 Word Count: 64, 596
Villainy galore, heroism in heaps, and a gallery of memorable characters await you in the three stories in this volume:
“The Roosevelt Deception”: An up-and-coming American politician attends an important ball in London, but he’s actually an impostor working for Mycroft as part of a diplomatic intrigue which threatens war between Britain and the USA. Mycroft’s old enemy, Colonel Fritz von Tarden, is behind the scheme. Sherlock Holmes is consulted, vital clues are recovered, and the scene shifts to Ireland where Mycroft and Anna pit themselves against von Tarden and his dangerous allies. But a small black cloud appears on Anna’s horizon: Mycroft and the beautiful Lady Bywell seem to be attracted to each other. Should Anna allow herself to be drawn to Lady Bywell’s handsome husband?
“The Five Fingers”: Upon learning Mycroft has gone shooting in the company of Lady Bywell, Anna is decidedly uneasy. She learns from her friend Joanna that he’s previously been unfaithful with Joanna’s sister Lucy. Emotional desolation for Anna accompanies news that Lucy is now at the mercy of one Baron Gruner, a suspected sex trafficker, and his equally odious nephew, who live in the outwardly respectable suburb of St John’s Wood. As a Government agent, Anna is dispatched to find out what she can. Deception and kidnapping envelop Anna and Lucy, and Mycroft and his friends track the culprits to the Continent where the showdown takes place at the mysterious Five Fingers.
“The Three Suicides”: Back in London, Mycroft alarms Anna by becoming ever closer to Lady Emmeline. No longer speaking to Mycroft, Anna becomes interested in the suicide of an actress and decides to follow up the case with her maid, Marie. Mycroft joins in the case and discovers that a crooked lawyer has drugged a wealthy citizen, got him to change his will in favour of the gang, and has then arranged his “suicide”. The lawyer, realising that Anna and Marie have tracked him down, has them seized and gives them a deadly dose of a hallucinogenic drug. Hardly surprisingly, the two women suffer dreadfully until Mycroft rescues them and the gangsters are arrested. But the life of Marie, Anna’s maid, is in danger from the drug. As she is now Watson’s fiancee, her predicament is doubly moving for Anna and Mycroft.
ASIN: B01CGKLMPI ISBN: 978-1-925191-51-6 Word Count: 55, 630