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The set of a Sherlock Holmes film is disrupted by a murder even the great detective would find hard to solve.

‘Delightful … A surprise on every page’ NEW YORK TIMES

The Baker Street Irregulars are a group of Sherlock Holmes experts, and when they get word that a Hollywood studio has plans to produce a tough, hard-boiled interpretation of the Great Detective, written by an author who dislikes both the group and Conan Doyle’s original work, they make their feelings abundantly clear.

To placate them, the studio invites them to visit the set. But as soon as they arrive, things start to get strange. There are a series of ominous warnings, each one referencing one of Holmes’s famous cases, warnings which are soon followed by murder …


If you know your Sherlock Holmes - and even if you don't - you will enjoy this delightfully farcical narrative, which offers a surprise on nearly every page. There is a good mystery plot, too, and the solution is the biggest surprise of all
Boucher was a Renaissance man, a complete man - writer, critic and historian. He was conscientious and a fine craftsman
Ellery Queen