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
disappointing) and now Mitch Cullin.
The armonica - 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. The armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761. He was inspired to create it having heard a concert played on wine glasses! For a time armonicas were all the rage, Marie ...