From the book jacket:
It is 1947, and the long-retired
Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse, where his
memories and intellect begin to go adrift. He lives with a
housekeeper and her young son, Roger, whose patient,
respectful demeanor stirs paternal affection in Holmes. Holmes
has settled into the routine of tending his apiary, writing in
journals, and grappling with the diminishing powers of his
razor-sharp mind, when Roger comes upon a case hitherto
unknown. It is that of a Mrs. Keller, the long-ago object of
Holmes's deep--and never acknowledged--infatuation.
Cullin's Holmes is a rather nice old fellow. He's still the...
Beyond the Book
Conan Doyle wrote 60 stories about Sherlock Holmes
between 1887 and 1927. Since Doyle's time, many authors
have been inspired to write further stories about
Holmes. In recent years these have included
Laurie R King (the Mary Russell novels), Michael Chabon (The Final Solution -
which I found to be
and now Mitch Cullin.
- a musical instrument constructed of
graduated glass bowls with holes and corks in the center
- forms a central role in the case that Holmes relates....