London, 1890. A deep freeze has fallen upon London, and its citizens remain huddled indoors.
But the cogs of the criminal underworld never stop turning, and Holmes and Watson find themselves embroiled in a crime that rocks the centre of the art world.
Sir Wellington is disturbed in the middle of the night, apprehending a thief attempting to steal his rare and valuable 14th portrait of King Edward III.
In the kerfuffle that follows, the painting is set ablaze and the thief escapes.
When the police track down the criminal to take him to the station, he is fatally shot by an unknown assailant.
But the labyrinth of deceit grows even more impenetrable, as the painting's provenance is called into question and Holmes and Watson find themselves in the midst of a vast conspiracy.
It seems that this incident is just one of many at the hands of a powerful crime syndicate, duping the London's wealthy into buying imitation artwork - with the renowned National Portrait Gallery supposedly at the centre...
With usurped identities, shootings, chases and conspiracies, Holmes and Watson find themselves enmeshed in a tangled web of theft, forgery and murder.
Can the famous duo untangle the mystery and expose the criminal network before it is too late? Or will this case prove too complex for even their brilliant minds?
Praise for The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance:
"... Derrick Belanger has once again created his own unique doorway into the world of Holmes and Watson. He makes you feel as if you're in Victorian London, and the story's twists are both surprising and satisfying." - David Marcum, author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes
"... well-paced, with just enough action to balance the domesticity and deduction, and the plot is cleverly executed."
- ihearofsherlock.com blog
"This author truly captures the storytelling virtues with which Doyle imbued Dr. Watson. Belanger's tale pulls you in from the first paragraph, and keeps you at Holmes's side as this marvelous new tale unfolds step-by-step. If you love Holmes, you'll love The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance." - Kim Krisco, author of Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Years
Derrick Belanger is an author and educator, most noted for his books and lectures on Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He resides in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife and children.
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