Tim Symonds is back with his latest novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Nine-dragon Sigil
This next novel is set in the Forbidden City in 1907 and ia available now.
Sigil. Pronounced sijil. An inscribed or painted symbol or occult sign considered to have magical power
It’s the year 1906. Rumours abound that a deadly plot is hatching – not in the fog-ridden back-alleys of London’s Limehouse district or the sinister Devon moors of the Hound of the Baskervilles but in faraway Peking. Holmes’s task – discover whether such a plot exists and if so, foil it.
But are the assassins targeting the young and progressive Ch’ing Emperor or his imperious aunt, the fearsome Empress Dowager Cixi?
The murder of either could spark a civil war.
China’s fate and the interests of Britain’s Empire in the Orient could be at stake.
Holmes and Watson take up the mission with their customary confidence – until they find they are no longer in the familiar landscapes of Edwardian England. Instead, they tumble into the Alice In Wonderland world of the Forbidden City.