In March 1882, when John Watson is invited to Edinburgh to visit his cousin, the eminent Dr. Patrick Watson, he convinces Holmes to accompany him on what he believes will be a relaxing holiday. But where Sherlock Holmes tends to go, then surely a crime must be detected. What begins as a chance encounter of a seemingly simple mystery at an Edinburgh home, soon takes Holmes and Watson in to conflict with the Edinburgh Police, an investigation involving murder and corruption, and crossing paths with the local populace including Dr. Joseph Bell. As Holmes works more closely with a young Edinburgh constable on the case, it causes Watson to question not only his own position, but his very relationship with Sherlock Holmes.
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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Edinburgh Haunting by David Wilson This adventure takes place between Holmes and Watson being introduced and Watson’s marriage and returning to medical practice at the end of The Sign of the Four. Watson has been invited to Edinburgh by his cousin Patrick Watson, who is also a medical man and attached to the University of Edinburgh as a colleague of Doctor Joseph Bell. Holmes is invited along on the trip, and since he admires Doctor Bell he agrees to go, as he has no cases at the moment. When they arrive in Edinburgh, Dr. Patrick Watson gives them a carriage ride around the city. They pass a house where the police are prominent and a hearse is waiting in the yard. Holmes asks to stop, and a casket is brought out an placed into the hearse. The detective in charge, DI Fowler rips into Constable Morthouse who had been placed to guard the house, which is supposed to be haunted. Both Holmes and Detective Fowler notice each other, but Holmes is unaware that he has been spotted. DI Fowler, like most of Holmes’ acquaintances in Scotland Yard, is determined to keep Holmes out of the case, even as the lady of the house, Mrs. Turner and Constable Morthouse are desperate for his assistance. When a maid disappears suddenly after yet another night of ghostly noises, Holmes begins his endgame against those responsible for the noises, the death in the house, and a crime that could bring down all of Edinburgh! The pacing is about right for the story, and the final reveal is a nice twist. The case entirely believable, and the clues and deduction sound. I had a bit of a doubt on the way the story jumped from a Watson narrative to a third party and back. In the end it was not ideal, but it barely hurt the story, which I enjoyed. The one star ding is simply my personal preference that the story should be told by Watson, or by a third party, but not both. This book receives four out of five stars from me. Mr. David Wilson, good show! Quoth the Raven…