Sherlock Holmes the Missing Years: Japan by Vasudev Murthy is a refreshing new Holmes mystery. Narrated by the ever faithful sidekick, Dr. Watson, the mystery begins with an ominous letter written in Sherlock Holmes handwriting instructing Watson to make haste from London to Yokohama. Watson is shocked, but overjoyed because for the past few years, he believed Holmes was dead.
The remainder of the novel is a mad dash across continents and seas in order to reach Japan, foil the evil Professor Moriarty’s sinister plan, and escape several attempts upon their lives along the way.
Because this is a mystery, I have chosen not to give too much away. One of the many things I enjoyed about this novel was the vivid travel log provided by the author in addition to a story I believe Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would have approved of himself. I found it engaging, clever, and delightful.