The Accidental Detective

"This is one of the best books I have read this year."

Introducing The Accidental Detective

*** Published previously as Holmes Volume 1: Enigma Detective Boro Lad ***

Three Pint Problems by Melvyn SmallImagine if the great detective Sherlock Holmes was placed into a different location, a different time and a different section of society. Imagine. In this alternative reality, what would remain and what would be taken from the world around him? I dare you to imagine.

Thrown together by the British legal system, Holmes and his court appointed psychologist, Dr John Watson, seem an unlikely pairing... but sometimes the stars align.

Our two heroes are soon drawn into a series of riotous adventures that both bewilder and beguile. Holmes’ mastery of data, deduction and logic combines with his gin-dry wit and a casual contempt for life-threatening danger to ensure there is never a dull moment as he and the good doctor battle the mysteries that have the local constabulary baffled.

The game is afoot... oh yes!

Published by Indipenned

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“Very entertaining, very witty and very memorable.”

“This is the most different incarnation of Sherlock Holmes that I've ever read. And the funniest.”

“A wonderful modernisation of Sherlock Holmes whilst staying true to the inimitable features of Conan Doyle's original characters.”

A really fun collection. Manages to merge the feel of Sherlock Holmes with the noir-detective (Hammett) feel of more-modern-menace. Definitely recommended.

“Mel Small is added to the tiny list of people I trust with Holmes and Watson.”

“Hugely entertaining…”

The Woman (A Scandal in Boro)

Having completed his court-ordered counselling of sessions of a repentant criminal, Doctor John Watson assumes he's seen the last of his wayward charge, Sherlock Holmes. This changes on the arrival of two FBI agents, looking to track Holmes to make use of his "ethical hacking" skills in the search for a scandalous media file. The content of the file having the potential to unseat governments on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Goldfish Bowl

A group of youths involved in a reality television programme seek out the assistance of Holmes when the show literally disappears from its Middlesbrough location overnight. Given that the show apparently serves no purpose other than to line the pockets of those involved, Holmes' interest in the mystery of it all is instantly peaked.

The Secondhand Bride

Following the disappearance of Martha Hudson's estranged husband in the Afghan Desert, Holmes and Watson begin an investigation to track down the missing soldier which takes them on a train journey to far away Sheffield.

The Valley Drive Mystery

John and Mary's first official date at a society event is brought to an abrupt halt when the guest of honour is found floating in the swimming pool. Watson drafts in Holmes to utilise his unique investigative skills to determine how this tragic event occurred, the unique insight Holmes provides being largely ignored by Detective Inspector Lestrade.

Fifty Orange Pills

When experimental pharmaceuticals are stolen from a laboratory in Belasis, Billingham, Holmes and Watson are engaged by John Openshaw, the CEO of the company, to recover the drugs before they start to reap their deadly potential. They face a race against time to get these killer drugs off the streets of Teesside.

Death in the Twisted Lip

Fractious differences between Sherlock Holmes and Detective Inspector Lestrade need to be put aside following the discovery of a body, apparently tortured to death in the Twisted Lip pub. With little to go on Holmes needs to conjure up a line of investigation from nowhere. Who better to help than his faithful associate John Watson?

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