No Watson, the puppet master is real. When we discover who is behind The curtain, pulling the strings, I am certain that everything will become crystal clear, including the relationship between such seemingly disparate events.
Through A Glass Starkly by Richard T. Ryan is an exquisite Pastiche, written with a true understanding of his characters. It is an exceptional novel of Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson here are the gentlemen we have known since the late 19th-Century.
Mr. Ryan’s dialogue shows he has the ear of a playwright and he has done his research. The twists and turns of the mysteries make it especially enjoyable for the reader. For me any Holmes novel with the addition of Mycroft Holmes is a positive choice and the comfortable competitive sparing between the Holmes’ brothers, here is softened with humor.
I highly recommend Mr. Ryan’s Through A Glass Starkly, a superb Sherlock Holmes adventure.
Gretchen Altabef is an MX author of Sherlock Holmes novels. Mondadori Publishing has contracted to translate her novels into Italian. Ms. Altabef strives to emulate Dr. John Watson’s and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary style. The first, These Scattered Houses, is in Holmes’ own voice and resourcefully chronicles the last two months of his ‘great hiatus’. The second in the series is, Remarkable Power of Stimulus. After 3 years away, Holmes finds London awash in murders, No. 221B under siege, anarchists threatening Paris, and the return of Irene Adler. Fully aware he is being watched by Moriarty’s men, Holmes steps out of the cab into Baker Street knowing he will find Watson’s friendship and unerring aim are as dependable as the British Rail.