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The Dead Can Wait by Robert Ryan

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Dr John Watson - yes, Sherlock Holmes' trusty sidekick - has survived the trauma of World War One and the Flanders fields and in the 2nd of his post-confict adventures (following Dead Man's Land) he is called back to investigate by the army who are developing a tank prototype in the Suffolk countryside with fatal, unexplainable consequences. The doctor cum detective, with some assistance from a familiar if now elderly face, and new acolyte motorbike, redheaded nurse Mrs Gregson is confronted by a female-staffed German spy network and the terrible aftershocks of the trench war. Historical crime at its very best.

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The second of this author’s Watson mysteries has Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick, a doctor in the First World War, return home to investigate seven deaths in a secret establishment at Elvedon outside Norwich. A special weapon is being developed. There is a slight, easy-read, period feel to the writing. It’s an interesting area and a good place for a murder mystery. Nice one.

If you like Robert Ryan you might also like to read books by Nicola Upson, Charles Todd and Gerald Seymour.


The Dead Can Wait by Robert Ryan

Dr John Watson is fresh from his time in the trenches of Flanders Fields and back home for some much needed R&R. But deep in England's green and pleasant land something evil lurks. For enemy spies have inflitrated the home front, in search of vital information to take back to Germany. And when seven dead men are discovered, their bodies laid side by side, there is only one man who can solve this curious crime: Dr John Watson.

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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30th November 1999


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