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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Bulgarian Codex Paperback – 22 Nov 2012
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Praise for Tim Symonds' first book - Sherlock Holmes and the Dead Boer at Scotney Castle- involves Holmes and Watson in a deadly political conspiracy. In 1904 the invitation to speak to the exclusive Kipling League at a Sussex country house has unexpected consequences for the detective and the doctor. Holmes suspects that the lecture was arranged to provide an alibi for the murder at nearby Scotney Castle, but uncovering the truth stretches his powers to the limit as the killers have learned more from him than he supposed - and the Kipling League's schemes, like those of Baron Maupertuis, are colossal. It's an engrossing tale, well told. --Sherlock Holmes Society of London
About the Author
Tim Symonds is the author of the best-selling novel Sherlock Holmes and The Dead Boer at Scotney Castle.
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The Prince of Bulgaria visits Baker Street in the exact disguise as the King of Bohemia had worn. He states that he needs Holmes and Watson to come to Bulgaria to find a stolen document.
The Codex Zorgaphensis is an ancient document more than a thousand years old. It is a gospel which the Prince says must be present for his oldest son Boris to undergo a ceremony. He compares it to the Stone of Scone, which must be at a coronation to the throne of Great Britain.
Unless it is returned, Prince Ferdinand fears that Russia will encroach on Bulgaria, and start a war which will draw in the entire world. He pays Holmes the exact sum offered by the King of Bohemia.
A summons by Mycroft to number 10 Downing Street reveals that Mycroft and the Prime Minister both feel that Bulgaria could be the powder keg to starting a war they wish to avoid. Holmes is told to cooperate with Prince Ferdinand in any way. He is also to meet with the British Counsel in Sofia.
Upon arrival in Bulgaria, the Prince takes them to the Cave Monastery of Sofia. It is there the Codex was stored, and from the Monastery was it stolen. To everyone’s surprise, the Codex is there! The Prince proclaims that the thief brought it back after learning that Holmes was on the job.
Upon return to the Capital, a certain Captain Barrington, an Englishman who married a local lady has vanished. The lady is in argument with the Prince’s Majo-Domo, Konstantin, who also lays claim to her lands. Along about the same time, the body of a woman, stripped naked and drained of her blood lies in Mount Vitosh forest. There is evidence of a struggle. Her head has been shaved, perhaps as another attempt to shame her following the stripping of the body. An attempt has been made to make her death look like a vampire attack.
The story is filled with intertwining conspiracies, deception, outright lies, and assassination attempts. The major twist I did not see coming!
I will give this one five stars!
Quoth the Raven…