It’s a mystery to Grenville and myself. And, exactly what we’ve been trying to figure out these past few weeks.
By reading these . . .
For the first time in its 125-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate has authorized a new Sherlock Holmes novel – The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
The setting is London, 1890 where Edmund Carstairs, a fine art dealer visits Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson seeking their help. He is being menaced by a strange man in a flat cap, a wanted criminal who has followed him all the way from America. In the days that follow, his home is robbed, his family is threatened, and then the first murder takes place. Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn deeper into an international conspiracy connected to the criminal underworld of Boston, the gas lit streets of London, opium dens and more. And as they dig, they begin to hear the whispered phrase, the House of Silk, a mysterious entity that connects the highest levels of government to the deepest depths of criminality. Holmes begins to fear that he has uncovered a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of society.
The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith features amateur Edinburgh sleuth, Isabel Dalhousie, a philosopher who uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. She edits the Review of Applied Ethics and also hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. This is the first of several books in this series. McCall has also authored the acclaimed Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency which features Mma. Precious Ramotswe, agency proprietor. The setting for this series is Botswana.
A Duty to the Dead is the first in a series about Bess Crawford, a nurse serving in France during World War I. The setting is 1916 England. Bess is returning home on the doomed hospital ship Britannic. During an earlier voyage, she had tended to the gravely wounded Lt. Arthur Graham. To give him comfort before he dies, she promises to deliver a message to his brother. It is some months before she can carry out this duty, as she is injured when the Britannic is sunk.
Charles Todd is the pen name of American authors Caroline and Charles Todd. This mother-and-son writing team are best known for a series of novels, set in post World War I England that features Inspector Ian Rutledge, a veteran of the European campaigns who is attempting to pick up the pieces of his Scotland Yard career. Suffering from shell shock, he lives with the constant, taunting voice of Hamish MacLeod, a Scots soldier he was forced to execute on the battlefield for refusing an order.
In The Brutal Telling, a stranger is found murdered in the village bistro and antiques store. Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are called in to investigate. No one admits to knowing the murdered man, but as secrets are revealed, questions start to surface about the beloved bistro owner, Olivier – How did he make such a success of his business? What past did he leave behind to bury himself in a tiny village? And why does every lead in the investigation find its way back to him?