- MX Publishing
- Release Date
- December 2016
The Dean of a Swiss university persuades Sherlock Holmes to investigate the background of a would-be lecturer. To Dr. Watson it seems a very humdrum commission - but who is the mysterious 'Lieserl'? How does her existence threaten the ambitions of the technical assistant level III in Room 86 at the Federal Patents Office in Berne by the name of Albert Einstein? The assignment plunges Holmes and Watson into unfathomable Serbia to solve one of the intractable mysteries of the 20th Century. In Tim Symonds' previous detective novels, Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer At Scotney Castle and Sherlock Holmes And The Case Of The Bulgarian Codex the author based pivotal historic facts and a principal character on real life. So too in this new mystery.
Jul 05, 2017 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
53 people found the following review helpful
Tim Symonds' SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MYSTERY OF EINSTEIN'S DAUGHTER could rival Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As a lover of period pieces, especially those with a mystery, the idea of reading a Sherlock Holmes story was an easy decision, particularly since Tim Symonds has a magical knack to draw readers into the world he's built through his sweeping analogies and glorious imagery.
Purveyors of a good bit of detective work have nothing on Symonds. I loved everything about this story from the pacing to the richness of detail to the opening with Watson, which reminded me of so many other Sherlock Holmes stories that it was easy to fall under its spell as we immediately jumped into the Edwardian era where the "Simplon Tunnel was driven through the Alps", "Charles Perrine discovered Jupiter's seventh satellite, Elara", "Theodore Roosevelt began his first full term as President, after his second inauguration", "England there was talk of a new Automobile Association employing cycle scouts to help unwary motorists avoid police speed traps" and in "South Africa, Thomas Evan Powell brought the Cullinan to the surface, the world's largest rough diamond." With a history like that, who wouldn't be intrigued?
Whether you are a lover of detective stories, period pieces, or a combination thereof, it simply isn't possible to go wrong choosing this Sherlock Holmes story, which was an absolute pleasure to read as I found myself chuckling throughout the story eager to turn the page.
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