Sherlock Holmes And The Strange Death Of Brigadier-General Delves
Out by May 2022, available from all good bookstores and on Amazon. From April 2022 copies signed by the author can be ordered for £10 incl. P/P
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A Most Diabolical Plot
Tim Symonds is back with ‘A Most Diabolical Plot’, his latest book of Sherlock Holmes short stories, six of the most intriguing cases ever to challenge Europe’s famous Consulting Detective and his faithful biographer Dr. John H. Watson, from the spooky ‘The Ghost Of Dorset House’ to ‘The Captain In The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment’, a story of a promising Undergraduate who went wrong. Order signed copies for just £10 including postage.
The six stories in the collection are –
- The Ghost of Dorset House
- The Captain in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment
- A Most Diabolical Plot
- The Pegasus Affair
- Die Weisse Frau
- The Mystery of the Missing Artefacts
‘A Most Diabolical Plot’ and Tim Symonds’s novels such as ‘Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Einstein’s Daughter’ are also available online from Amazon (including Amazon USA), and direct from MX Publishing (https://mxpublishing.me/tag/tim-symonds), and all good bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Waterstones UK, The Strand Magazine, and (for free shipping worldwide) Book Depository.
(Favourable reviews on Amazon etc. greatly appreciated!)
‘A Most Diabolical Plot’ is now available as an Audiobook.
Tim Symonds was born in London, England, and grew up in Somerset, Dorset and the Channel Island of Guernsey, off the coast of Normandy. After spending his late teens farming in the Kenya Highlands and driving bulldozers along the Zambezi River, he moved to California and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with an honours degree in Political Science. Read More…
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I have always enjoyed the stories of Sherlock Holmes, and used to love watching films and TV programmes of the same.
Your novels are being appreciated by my wife’s father Gerald. He is 96 years old and reading is his main pleasure because he has now become totally physically immobile. He has long been a member of the Folio Society as well as other book clubs, and as lawyer he has always enjoyed the forensic approach to the cases of Holmes.
So your writing is bringing much joy to a lovely gentleman who sadly is living a restricted life.
‘The Mystery Of Einstein’s Daughter’ is the finest historical mystery novel I’ve read since Peter Ackroyd’s seminal ‘Hawksmoor’ which is itself easily one of the greatest works of British literature since the 1980s. Very few writers of fiction attend to historical detail with such care.
Mike Walker, Journalist
A Most Diabolical Plot, by Tim Symonds, is a modern addition to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s infamous Sherlock Holmes series which feels as authentic as the original. The authors of this intriguing collection do very well in telling new stories while remaining true to Conan Doyle’s style and approach – not an easy thing to do. A Most Diabolical Plot is a collection of six stories featuring both new and classic themes, as well as characters that fans of the genre are sure to fall in love with. Each of the stories is unique and each story feels fresh as the reader progresses through the adventures.
This is a meticulously researched and expertly plotted Holmes & Watson tale. It takes place mostly in an exotic location but feels very familiar in the voice of Dr. Watson and the typical brilliance of Holmes’ unraveling of a deep mystery, and one that may threaten them both. Tim Symonds has captured the authorial voice of Dr. Watson as well as the ambience and attitudes of the era. The descriptions of the arduous overland journey to China as well as the sights, sounds, rituals, and politics of Dynastic China are brilliantly rendered and left me feeling as though I knew a great deal more about that bygone time and place after finishing the story than when I began, something I suspect would apply to many, no matter where on Earth they live. Others have summarized the plot and I will not add to that here. However, at the end of the book is an Epilogue with much additional information on the historical events from which many characters and plot points are drawn, as well as a descriptive glossary, English idioms, obscure words and phrases, and background readings that provide added value to the experience and for which I was quite eager after finishing the tale. Bravo!
Professor Stephen Seifert, Professor of Toxicology
This tightly crafted tale about Watson shows that war is a tool for the rich and powerful; less about glory than self-interest.
I have reviewed several Sherlock Holmes-related books by the publisher MX. As a fan of the world’s first “consulting detective,” I marvel at how easily the handful of its 500-title Holmesian catalog I sampled captured me. The stories pull me into 19th Century London’s sights, sounds and sensibilities in ways other books on the subject fail. Those who craft under that banner have a talent for authenticity, which elevates the narrative and appeals to even mystery lovers that are not into Holmes.
Tim Symonds’ Sherlock Holmes and the Strange Death of Brigadier-General Delves does more of the same. The novelette is the first part of the book unfurls a mystery that can engage any devotee of the genre. The last third of the book is a trove of background related to Victorian and Early 20th Century England and many topics that arise in the Watson stories. I cannot say it was more interesting than the mystery, but it is guaranteed to show fans, Holmes and Watson, in a different light.
The tightly crafted narrative is about Watson. Holmes is almost a background figure. Unlike other stories, the wheels that turn in the brain are the one-time sidekicks as he ferrets out the truth of a crime that pulls its backstory from the equally fictional Alfred Lord Tennyson poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”.
Holmes’ actions are mostly referenced as Watson compares and contrasts circumstances in The Death of Brigadier-General Delves to previous puzzles.
The voice of Holmes’ partner Dr. John Watson, an ex-army surgeon, is spot-on Victorian. Symonds’ narrative style as Watson gives readers what might have appeared in stories the doctor first released to the public through The Strand, Beeton’s Christmas Annual or Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. The greatest pleasure is that when the tale ended I asked, Did Watson really not write this?
Symonds uses authentic word orders and terms, as well as sentence cadences. The book offers a great escape from the present horrors of war and violence. Meanwhile, Symonds reminds readers that war has often been a tool for the rich and powerful. Readers are sure to come away from the allegory convinced that such mass-scale death is less glory and more self-interest.