I first became aware of this novel from my father in law shortly before he passed away, and it so happens that there is a story behind the story.
At 18 years of age my father in law had applied to join the household cavalry, this was in 1936, he was sent papers to attend an examination in London.
He turned up expecting to fail the exam, as he was a country boy from Hampshire, son of a simple carter!
As he turned the paper over, to his surprise and delight, the exam was purely based on the Conan Doyle story of "Rodney Stone", a book he had read over and over again, as a boy and as a young man!
To cut the story short, he scored one of the highest pass marks of the time, and was ordered to retake the exam by the c.o. as no one had scored so highly, he did, and he scored equally as well, and was accepted into the life guards section of the household cavalry!
That aside, i read the book and was thouroughly enthralled by it, i had purchased an old copy which was printed in 1921, and read the thrilling and enthralling adventures of Rodney Stone, it takes a slice of history set during the peace of the Napoleonic wars.
There is a thrilling race from Brighton to London in carriages, and the fight descriptions literally hold no punches.
i am now in the process of discovering the written works of sherlock holmes, and reading through the language is still current.
I have no disappointments with this story it has everything that any modern novel has, it is just a shame that it hasnt been made into a film or tv series, GUY RITCHIE... take note, you have done a grand job with Sherlock, you now need to discover Rodney!Rodney Stone