Reluctantly, Sherlock Holmes agrees to assist Inspector Lestrade who is being hounded by an obnoxious nobleman whose jewel-encrusted dagger has gone missing. However, what Holmes initially believes to be a simple theft turns out instead to be his first encounter with a master criminal, who is as ruthless as he is brilliant, and whom Watson dubs “The Merchant of Menace.”
Published: October 2019
My Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
The Merchant of Menace by Richard T. Ryan, is the first Sherlock Holmes story that I have read. Having always been intrigued by the original character created by one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, that has been the feature of so many books, and films, I one day wanted to read about the infamous character in all his original glory. The Merchant of Menace is an exceptional book and a worthy substitute for the original.
He has bested the greatest criminal minds in all of Europe.
The Merchant of Menace is told from the perspective of Holmes' companion, Dr Watson who gives us an account of the day to day goings on in their 'never a dull moment' life and career. Along the way we learn about many thefts that have occurred that turn out to be part of a much greater scheme of the one dubbed 'The Merchant of Menace'. Holmes almost meets his match when it comes to this mysterious criminal.
If you have a problem, you can rest assured Sherlock Holmes is more than capable of solving it.
The author has certainly done his research with this book, and never misses a step when it comes to the history of this time. The characters are well developed and the author has captured their personalities and quirks perfectly. Their world is portrayed beautifully and you almost feel like you could be there. The author certainly knows how to tell the most intriguing story. Full of humour, mystery, and historical references, this book is the perfect read for fans of Sherlock Holmes.
My Star Rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)
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