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Mark A. Latham is a writer, editor and games designer with a passion for nineteenth century history. Formerly the editor of Games Workshop's White Dwarf magazine and head of Warhammer 40,000, he is the author of the forthcoming Lazarus Gates series, and two Sherlock Holmes novels, as well as countless short stories and several tabletop games, including Legends of the Old West, and Waterloo.
A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Victorian-set adventures with a strong twist of steampunk. Captain John Hartdwick returns from captivity in Burma as an opium addict and a much disenchanted man. When he is recruited by a mysterious club to act as a spy against an untold menace to the Empire, he is soon coopted into a team of hardy secret agents fighting against a supernatural threat of the other kind. With touches of both H.G. Wells and H.P. Lovecraft, Latham conjures up a deft evocation of Victorian London in all its grime, bustle and colours and never slows the pace of the manifold derring dos unfolding. In addition, the splendidly engineered plot throws up regular surprises to keep the reader solidly on side and surprised on every dark corner. Simply put, a good read and exemplary entertainment. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
The brand new adventure from the author of A Betrayal in Blood, in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are faced with a fiendish locked room mystery. A FAMILY SECRET It is 1894, and after a macabre seance at a country estate, a young woman has been found dead in a locked room. When Dr Watson is invited to a weekend party where a seance is planned, he is prepared to be sceptical. James Crain, heir to the estate of Crain Manor, has fallen in with a mysterious group of Spiritualists and is determined to prove the existence of the paranormal. Confronted with a suspicious medium and sightings of the family ghost, Watson remains unconvinced - until James's sister, Lady Esther, is found dead in a room locked from the inside. Holmes is called to investigate the strange events at Crain Manor, but finds that every guest harbours a secret. Holmes and Watson must uncover the truth, and test the existence of the supernatural...
It is 1894, and the news of a Transylvanian nobleman's death at the hands of a certain Professor Van Helsing is the talk of London. Unsatisfied at the acquittal of the professor, Mycroft Holmes asks Sherlock to investigate what truly led to the deaths of Lucy Westenra and the mysterious aristocrat. The newspapers are full of inconsistencies and wild supernatural theories, and as Holmes digs deeper, he suspects that those hailed as heroes are not what they seem. The clues point to an innocent man framed and murdered for crimes he did not commit, and Holmes and Watson find themselves targeted at every turn, as what began as a quest to clear one man's name reveals a conspiracy that draws them to the mountains of Transylvania and the infamous Castle Dracula.