The new Sherlock Holmes novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Odin.
It is 1890, and in the days before Christmas Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson are visited at Baker Street by a new client. Eve Allerthorpe - eldest daughter of a grand but somewhat eccentric Yorkshire-based dynasty - is greatly distressed, as she believes she is being haunted by a demonic Christmas spirit.
Her late mother told her terrifying tales of the sinister Black Thurrick, and Eve is sure that she has seen the creature from her bedroom window. What is more, she has begun to receive mysterious parcels of birch twigs, the Black Thurrick's calling card...
Eve stands to inherit a fortune if she is sound in mind, but it seems that something - or someone - is threatening her sanity. Holmes and Watson travel to the Allerthorpe family seat at Fellscar Keep to investigate, but soon discover that there is more to the case than at first appeared. There is another spirit haunting the family, and when a member of the household is found dead, the companions realise that no one is beyond suspicion.
About the Author
James Lovegrove is the New York Times bestselling author of The Age of Odin. He was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1998 and for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2004, and also reviews fiction for the Financial Times. He is the author of Firefly: Big Damn Hero with Nancy Holder and Firefly: The Magnificent Nine, and several Sherlock Holmes novels for Titan Books. He lives in south-east England.
"Atmosphere, setting, plot and style combine in a compelling tale" Sherlock Holmes Journal
"Compelling and inherently fascinating" Midwest Book Review
"Lovegrove has nailed the tone and rhythm of Conan Doyle's storytelling to a tee" Starburst
"This is a wonderful, joyous Christmas treat" Starburst
"A beautiful book that you'll want to revisit year after year" Culturefly
Praise for The Thinking Engine
“An enjoyable read that respects Conan Doyle’s canon.” Crime Scene
““The plot, like the device, is ingenious, with a chilling twist… an entertaining, intelligent and pacy read.” The Sherlock Holmes Journal
“The world of 19th century academia with its snobbery, petty conflicts and student pranks is brought to life vividly.” Baker Street Babes
Praise for Gods of War “For fans of the non-canon Holmes stories, this one’s a must-read.” Booklist
“This is an atmospheric mystery which shows just why Lovegrove has become a force to be reckoned with in genre fiction. More, please.” Starburst
“It’s set by the seaside and is the story of a failed holiday… but I will recommend it even if you’re not going to the sea this summer, as it is very enjoyable at any distance from the ocean.” Baker Street Babes
Praise for The Stuff of Nightmares
"Lovegrove deftly weaves social commentary on religion, family, love and war into the contest between theocracy and humanism." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The novel is perfectly structured and characters are introduced with flair and humanity. The overall effect is of a tremendously accomplished thriller which leaves the reader in no doubt that they are in the hands of a confident and skilful craftsman.” Starburst
“This is delicious stuff, marrying the standard notions of Holmesiana with the kind of imagination and we expect from Lovegrove.” Crime Time