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Chronicles of the Lost Years -- a Sherlock Holmes Adventure
ISBN 0-88801-241-1, Turnstone Press, September, 1999.
Sherlock Holmes Mystery/ Adventure.
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Where did Sherlock Holmes go, and what exactly did he do, during the three years (1891 to 1894) Watson believed him to be dead between "The Adventure of the Final Solution" and Holmes resurrection in "The Empty House"? (The Great Hiatus)
Why did he travel where he did an eclectic orbit of all the obscure locations known to the Empire? Was there a purpose behind the wanderings?
Why did Watson gradually withdraw from Holmes affairs, to the point where he could longer keep details consistent, and Holmes resorted to writing his own stories?
Why did Sherlock Holmes retire from public life? He retired in 1903, apparently without reason, to a secluded cottage on the Sussex Downs, virtually incommunicado, to study bees.
Why did he withdraw so abruptly?
An explanation of these and other inconsistencies, mysteries and inaccuracies found within the Sherlock Holmes collection of short stories and novels, and based upon the fictional characters and situations created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is given in The Chronicles are Closed the book of Dr John Watsons final and private narrative of the affairs of Sherlock Holmes.
Watson takes up his pen one last time to piece together the story from his collection of different perspectives over many years of observation and careful cross-checking and interviewing.
The answers come in the shape of a woman Elizabeth Sigerson. Elizabeth is embroiled in Sherlock Holmes life at the time when Holmes is building his scheme to expose Moriarty. She is to remain a vital yet secret part of his life for the next thirteen years, as she not only shares Holmes journey around Asia, and his return to London, but helps him survive the dangers he meets along the way.
Watson carefully weaves Elizabeths story into the tale of Moriartys pursuit and confrontation with Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls (as described by Conan Doyle) and then continues on with the story of Holmes and Elizabeths cross-country flight from Colonel Moran, the late Moriartys lieutenant in crime.
The tale spreads across the next three years of travel, which Holmes himself described with deplorable brevity in "The Empty House": Two years in Tibet, living amongst nomadic Tibetans, and travelling under the name of Sigerson; then Persia, Mecca, Khartoum, and Montpelier in France. Finally, Holmes and Elizabeth return to London, where, with Watsons connivance they settle into a secret hedonistic life together.
However, Moran has not finished with them yet....
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