Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder

Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder

A Narrative Believed to Be From the Pen of John H. Watson, MD

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Recognizing a severed head as belonging to Algernon Crosby, a banker who went missing six weeks earlier, Sherlock Holmes pieces together clues surrounding the murder and eventually travels to a mountain wilderness in the American west, where Watson finds himself in deadly peril.

Perseus Publishing
In the sixth of Barrie Roberts’s highly accomplished pastiches of the masterly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is facing only dull professional prospects in London when Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard arrives at 221b Baker Street with a most peculiar parcel. After a swift but adept examination of the contents inside an ordinary shoe box tied with tarred twine, Holmes announces that the small, leathery-looking object before him is nothing less than the shrunken head of Algernon Crosby, a banker who had gone missing in London six weeks earlier. The rest of Crosby’s body, scarred and disfigured, has meanwhile been fished from the Thames. The mystery surrounding Crosby’s bizarre and gruesome murder is compounded by other significant missing pieces. Crosby’s yacht, the Gyrfalcon, which recently took him and his small crew on a trip to America and the West Indies, has vanished, and with it a burly deckhand known as Teddy the American. The discovery of a curious word chart in Teddy’s lodgings puts Holmes and Watson on the trail of a solution. Together they unravel a dangerous plot of curses and a revenge that reaches across the world to a mountain wilderness in America’s West. But before Holmes is able to close an investigation that will end in a violent confrontation with the killer in a warehouse on the London docks, Watson will find himself in deadly peril when he is trapped in a heathland pit with three hissing, poisonous lizards. ?Entertaining ... One of the best imitators of Conan Doyle is Barrie Roberts....”?Daily Telegraph

In the sixth of Barrie Roberts's highly accomplished pastiches of the masterly Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is facing only dull professional prospects in London when Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard arrives at 221b Baker Street with a most peculiar parcel. After a swift but adept examination of the contents inside an ordinary shoe box tied with tarred twine, Holmes announces that the small, leathery-looking object before him is nothing less than the shrunken head of Algernon Crosby, a banker who had gone missing in London six weeks earlier. The rest of Crosby's body, scarred and disfigured, has meanwhile been fished from the Thames. The mystery surrounding Crosby's bizarre and gruesome murder is compounded by other significant missing pieces. Crosby's yacht, the Gyrfalcon, which recently took him and his small crew on a trip to America and the West Indies, has vanished, and with it a burly deckhand known as Teddy the American. The discovery of a curious word chart in Teddy's lodgings puts Holmes and Watson on the trail of a solution. Together they unravel a dangerous plot of curses and a revenge that reaches across the world to a mountain wilderness in America's West. But before Holmes is able to close an investigation that will end in a violent confrontation with the killer in a warehouse on the London docks, Watson will find himself in deadly peril when he is trapped in a heathland pit with three hissing, poisonous lizards. "Entertaining ... One of the best imitators of Conan Doyle is Barrie Roberts...."?Daily Telegraph


Blackwell North Amer
After an absence of three years Sherlock Holmes has returned to London, and his old partner Dr. Watson knows only too well the dissatisfaction which overtakes his friend in times of inactivity. "Something is bound to turn up," he ventures by way of encouragement. And indeed it does.
Moments later Inspector Lestrade arrives at Baker Street with a parcel which has recently arrived at Scotland Yard. Having examined the strange contents, Holmes announces that Lestrade's package contains nothing less than the shrunken head of Algernon Crosby, a missing banker.
Recently returned from a trip to America and the West Indies, Crosby has not been seen for six weeks. His yacht the Gyrfalcon has also vanished. It was last seen sailing out of Itchen skippered by a mysterious yacht-hand called Teddy the American.
When Holmes discovers a curious word chart in Teddy's lodgings the mystery begins to unfold, and he and Watson find themselves following a dangerous trail of curses and revenge that reaches across the world to a mountain wilderness in America's West.
In a dramatic hunt for the killer, Watson's life is put at risk before the investigation comes to a violent conclusion in London's East India Docks.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2002
ISBN: 9780786710164
0786710160
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY ROBER...B
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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