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The Flying Scotsman (A Mycroft Holmes novel) [Hardcover]

Quinn Fawcett
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17 Feb 2000 A Mycroft Holmes novel
The Flying Scotsman opens with a wedding -- and an attempted assassination that brings several nations to the brink of war. To keep the peace a Prince must be smuggled back to his own country aboard the Flying Scotsman, the fastest train between London and Edinburgh.

Disguised as journalists, Mycroft and his secretary, Paterson Guthrie, are charged with the Prince's safety. Also aboard the train are Pauline Gatspy, an anarchist, and Sir Cameron Macmillan, with whom Mycroft and Guthrie have tangled before. Is one of them the assassin, or do they have innocent motives for traveling on the luxurious train?


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; 1st Edition edition (17 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312863640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312863647
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,376,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Quinn Fawcett's fluent prose captures a wealth of detail without slowing down the proceedings. The Brotherhood's ruthlessness is both shocking and convincing; the period details of travel, lodging, and communication are richly conveyed. Absorbing". Publishing Weekly

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Quinn Fawcett is the author of a number of mystery novels, including a series about Mycroft Holmes, older brother of the famous Sherlock ("Embassy Row, The Flying Scotsman," and more) and a series detailing the espionage adventures of Ian Fleming (including "Death to Spies "and" Siren Song"). Retired from a respectable position with the Courts, Fawcett moved from London to the Caribbean a number of years ago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining historical espionage thriller 18 Aug 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Unlike his more famous younger brother Sherlock, Mycroft Holmes prefers to work in the shadows where no public acclaim occurs. He enjoys working for His Majesty's government insuring the welfare of the empire. Countless times he has saved his country from a loss of power and influence, and from needless embarrassments. His most formidable opponent is The Brotherhood whose vision is to insure Germany becomes the most powerful European nation.
Mycroft loathes his current assignment because it places him under public scrutiny. He and his assistant must attend the wedding of the Duke of Marlborough to Queen Victoria's grand niece. All of Europe's noble class will attend. Mycroft sees the gathering as an opportunity to negotiate a treaty with guest Prince Oscar of Sweden and Norway. Britain will help develop the Scandinavian nation's rail system in exchange for access to North Sea ports. If agreed, Germany's control of North Sea would shrink. Germany, led by the Brotherhood prefer Oscar's brother to rule Sweden and Norway as he seems more sympathetic to their needs. Assassination attempts of Prince Oscar leaves Mycroft and Guthrie risking their lives to insure his safe passage home.
THE FLYING SCOTSMAN will have appeal to a broad band of fans. Readers who enjoy a historical mystery or espionage thriller will relish this tale. Quinn Fawcett, author of two previous Mycroft tales (see AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD and EMBASSY ROAD) keeps his story line within the wonderful world described by Doyle. Yet, the depth of detail adds to the overall authentic feel of the late Victorian age. The pompous Mycroft handles the weight of the British Empire on his shoulders with aplomb that makes him a fantastic character and his novels very entertaining.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quinn Fawcett writes corking good espionage thrillers. 2 Nov 1999
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In the Sherlock Holmes stories, Conan Doyle gave us just a taste of espionage, those stories that took him to his brother's club, involving naval treaties and submarine plans. Chesterton gave us one really good spy novel- The Man Who Was Thursday, then went on to produce his famous Father Brown. In both cases, Espionage's loss was Mystery's gain. But for those who love foreign intrique and the Victorian Era, there's no place like Holmes...when it's Mycroft Holmes, and his assistant, Guthrie. In this, the third in the series, Holmes and Guthrie must guard the royal heir to the Swedish throne, or allow England to lose face in international circles. But the Brotherhood is back, and noone is certain just how many assassins are trying to kill the young prince. Mycroft arranges for decoys, and he and Guthrie accompany the heir aboard England's most elegant train. It isn't long before the bodies fall, and Guthrie receives the first of many cuts and scrapes. Spies, trains, and Victorian elegance. What more could a reader want?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good ead for Holmes fans 17 Sep 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Unlike his more famous younger brother Sherlock, Mycroft Holmes prefers to work in the shadows where no public acclaim occurs. He enjoys working for His Majesty's government insuring the welfare of the empire. Countless times he has saved his country from a loss of power and influence, and from needless embarrassments. His most formidable opponent is The Brotherhood whose vision is to insure Germany becomes the most powerful European nation.

Mycroft loathes his current assignment because it places him under public scrutiny. He and his assistant must attend the wedding of the Duke of Marlborough to Queen Victoria,s grand niece. All of Europe's noble class will attend. Mycroft sees the gathering as an opportunity to negotiate a treaty with guest Prince Oscar of Sweden and Norway. Britain will help develop the Scandinavian nation,s rail system in exchange for access to North Sea ports. If agreed, Germany's control of North Sea would shrink. Germany, led by the Brotherhood prefer Oscar,s brother to rule Sweden and Norway as he seems more sympathetic to their needs. Assassination attempts of Prince Oscar leaves Mycroft and Guthrie risking their lives to insure his safe passage home.

THE FLYING SCOTSMAN will have appeal to a broad band of fans. Readers who enjoy a historical mystery or espionage thriller will relish this tale. Quinn Fawcett, author of two previous Mycroft tales (see AGAINST THE BROTHERHOOD and EMBASSY ROAD) keeps his story line within the wonderful world described by Doyle. Yet, the depth of detail adds to the overall authentic feel of the late Victorian age. The pompous Mycroft handles the weight of the British Empire on his shoulders with aplomb that makes him a fantastic character and his novels very entertaining.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 3 April 2002
By Clifford B. Vaught - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unlike many who have "reviewed" this book prior - this is NOT a Sherlock Holmes novel. It is, however, a great piece of work, painstakingly documenting period England and quite entertaining. Shame so many think because Mycroft appears so stodgy and sedentary in the canon that there can't be more than meets the eye. I daresay someone described as Mycroft is by Holmes and Watson wouldn't remain in a high government position long! It's also clear they weren't close. So let it go. Enjoy the read!
4.0 out of 5 stars Sherlocks brother Mycrofts adventure 8 July 2012
By Daniel A. Antidormi - Published on Amazon.com
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The story line is Fast paced and interesting. Though having Mycroft Holmes ( Sherlock's brother). Traveling about .Does not agree with his image. Of being " exact in his ways.And not one to exert himself ....other than crossing the street from his dwelling to the Diogenes Club. And Sherlock is not a active party in this adventure. But for us Sherlock Holmes " Followers " anything related to him or those connect to him .Makes for a must reading.
A good story.So read and enjoy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing! 1 Mar 2006
By Richard Leining "Dixit" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Elegant whodunit against a colorful background. I deducted one star because the character of Micah Holcomb and Poirot-style confrontation in the lounge car were over the top. Now I regret sleeping through a similar journey in 1975.
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