Formally published as A Slight Trick of the Mind, now a major motion picture.
"Why'd she come here? Why'd she come to you?" A cloud passed over the sun, casting a long shadow across the gardens. "Hope, I suspect," said Holmes. "It seems I am known for discovering answers when events appear desperate."
It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind.
But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking - about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know.
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One mystery: How did this get published?
Everything bar the narration, which was pretty good. Ridiculous, paper-thin 'plots' in which the author seems to have latched on to something unusual (the glass armonica, death by wasp sting) and spun unconvincing and rather desperate stories around them, liberally padded with inconsequential and boring nonsense. And really, a ninety three year old man travelling to Japan and back, seemingly overland? That would have been a serious undertaking for a much younger man in the fifties. Even when Holmes demonstrates his powers to his Japanese host he explains the process, instead of just suprising his audience with the conclusions for effect as Conan Doyle had him do. Managed to get half way through then gave up in disgust.
No, but he made a good fist of it given the poor material he had to work with.
Chapters One to Twenty Two.
Rambling and disappointing