If someone had asked Sherlock Holmes later in the year,
there is little doubt that he would have said his life began
that spring day in 1871 when he met Violet Rushdale
upon the moors and ended in the winter some months
distant. His mother would have disputed the former
claim, and many, both friend and foe, would come to
deny the latter. Yet what happened that year nearly
cost him his life and his sanity, and strongly
influenced the man he was to become.
It is well known that the toughest steel that makes the
sharpest swords must be plunged into the fire, then
beaten and reshaped. So it is as well with the best and
wisest of men.
The first part of the sequel to The Crack in the Lens, The Consulting Detective Trilogy is now