The Baker Street Phantom
Translator: Morag Young
This witty, ingenious and wonderfully warm novel sees the introduction of a new and interesting double act: Singleton and Trelawny. Set in the early 1930s, The Baker Street Phantom combines elements of the supernatural with classic crime writing; and with superb results.
London is in the grip of fear and a series of brutal, bloody murders. As the country cowers and looks for safety, of Messrs. Singleton and Trelawney quietly arrive from Boston to set up their own detective agency. No sooner have they set up their rooms in Bloomsbury, their first case arrives: that in the shape of Lady Arthur Conan Doyle. Her stories of strange goings on at 221b Baker Street and her fears for the fate of humankind, lead Singleton and Trelawney to a world of spirits and séances; and the blurred boundaries between what is real and what is imagined. This is a great twist on the gold-age crime story, with fantastic characters, brilliant sense of place and a well judged period charm. The narrative zips along with enough suspense and intrigue to make this a real page turner - and one that will hopefully yield many more cases for Messrs. Singleton and Trelawney.
Publisher: Gallic Books