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A Study in Murder by Robert Ryan

A Study in Murder

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A third solo case for Doctor Watson (following Dead Man's Land and The Dead Can Wait). Holmes' sidekick's life away from Sherlock sees him as a prisoner of war and medic in 1917 deep inside Germany. The murder of an inmate in the food-starved camp sees him launched on an investigation which quickly reveals that all is not what it seems on the surface, and that the crime was just the tip the iceberg. However, in order to avoid a similar fate and uncover the unwanted truth, Watson realises he will also have to escape the camp. And help is required. From 221B maybe? Rounded and dogged, this version of Doctor Watson brings a whole new dimension to the fabled character and fully justifies him enjoying a series of his very own. Elementary.

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Who is Maxim Jakubowski

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Emerging from his usual spot in Sherlock Holmes’ shadow, Doctor John Watson is reintroduced as the hero of his own mystery series. It is 1917, and as war devastates Europe, Watson is struggling to survive in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. Supplies are running short, and the murder of a recently arrived prisoner is at first assumed to be over a food parcel. But when Watson starts to make enquiries, he soon realises that there is more to the matter than meets the eye. Suddenly and suspiciously implicated in an escape plot and sent to solitary confinement, Watson must use everything he learnt from his old friend Holmes to unmask the killer, and to escape from the camp with his life and the secrets he has discovered. Robert Ryan takes on the mantle of the great Conan Doyle in this fresh and fast-paced new chapter in the Holmes and Watson history.
~ Susie Cogan


A Study in Murder by Robert Ryan

A stunning Dr Watson thriller perfect for all fans of Sherlock. The year is 1917 and Doctor John Watson is held in a notorious POW camp deep in enemy Germany, there as Medical Officer for the British prisoners. With the Allied blockade, food is perilously short in the camp and when a new prisoner is murdered all assume the poor chap was killed for his Red Cross parcel. Watson, though, isn't so sure. Something isn't quite what it seems and a creeping feeling of unease tells Watson there is more to this than meets the eye. And when an escape plot is apparently uncovered in his hut and he is sent to solitary confinement, he knows he has touched a nerve. If Watson is to reveal the heinous crimes that have occurred at the camp, he must escape before he is silenced for good. All he needs is some long-distance help from his old friend, Sherlock Holmes...'Robert Ryan is the key heir apparent to Conan Doyle' Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

About the Author

Robert Ryan
Rob Ryan was born in Liverpool. He has written for The Face, Arena, Conde Nast Traveller, Esquire, GQ Magazine and The Sunday Times. He lives in North London with his wife and three children.

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1st January 2015


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