Tim Symonds’s Novels


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Coming Soon

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

Latest Book

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 –

  1. The Ghost of Dorset House
  2. The Captain in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment
  3. A Most Diabolical Plot
  4. The Pegasus Affair
  5. Die Weisse Frau
  6. 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.

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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…



You can now download a digital version of Il Giallo Mondadori SherlockIl Giallo Mondadori Sherlock and Il Giallo Mondadori Sherlock.

Sherlock Holmes Il Mistero Della Figlia Di Einstein

Sherlock Holmes  Il Sigillo Dei Nove Draghi

Sherlock Holmes  Il Caso Della Spada Di Osman

Sherlock Holmes Il Caso Del Codice Bulgaro

Featured on Booklaunch

‘Sherlock Holmes and The Mystery of Einstein’s Daughter’ has now been featured on Booklaunch – The UK’s most widely distributed books magazine

Read the article on BookLaunch

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.

Rod Chambers

‘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.

Literary Titan


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